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Melbourne Cup Carnival 2014

On Tuesday, the 4th November, thousands of people will flock to the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne again for ‘the race that stops a nation’.

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Rethink assessment and learning

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Global Mindset presents its 12th conference on Assessment and Learning on 29 October 2014. The conference is all about students and teachers and how they can improve learning through better understanding of the current state and the future of assessment and learning.

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IQ2 hosts a live debate at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on the 28th October about “Society would flourish under female rule”.

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Random acts of kindness

posted by Fi Bendall, Oct 31, 2014

Many companies and individuals would like to help their community, but don’t know how to go about it. Fi Bendall has set up Genrossity as a marketplace for peer to peer giving and receiving random acts of kindness.

Have you ever been touched by the kindness of a stranger? Do you feel like you want to give or volunteer but are met with walls of resistance when you reach out to try? Do you just sometimes want to do something that makes a difference?

I do and I am doing just that as founder of Genrossity.com, a new site that matches random acts of kindness with people who need help.

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Today school leavers are competing in a global race for the best jobs. Youth unemployment rates in Australia have reached a crisis point. The general unemployment numbers have jumped to the highest level in more than ten years with a surprise fall in job growth. Some argue that unemployment rates are even higher than officially recognised.

To stay employed we have to foresee change and adapt. In this featured forum on Employment we explore what changes in the labour markets we are facing and what we can do to lift productivity and compete in the global market place. One thing we know is that skills are fundamental. But we need the flexibility and resilience to apply these skills in different contexts and go on learning.

In which fields are the job opportunities and how can we counter-balance the decline in areas like manufacturing and mining? How can we match the ongoing growth in Asian countries, where large amounts of routine work is performed at significantly lower costs? How are new technologies changing the job market and which skills do we need to cultivate that are not easily replaced by technology? And as white-collar jobs in the post-information age are not only about remuneration anymore, where can we find meaning and transcendence in our work?

What are the most pressing issues around Employment according to you? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas and concerns with the Open Forum community.

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