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The Sydney Opera House will again be the home for TEDx Sydney on Saturday, 26 April. TED is a not-for-profit enterprise that aims to broadcast ‘ideas worth spreading’ and invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.


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19th Biennale of Sydney

From the 21 March to 9 June the Biennale of Sydney presents Australiaʼs largest contemporary visual arts event. Held every two years, the Biennale has this time gathered more than 85 artists from 28 countries, with an accompanying program of artist talks, forums, guided tours and family days.


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The Sydney Royal Easter Show is running from 10 to 23 April 2014. It celebrates Australian culture, from rural traditions to modern day lifestyles. It is Australia’s largest annual event, attracting close to 900,000 people each year.


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Youth unemployment and ways forward


posted by Simon Kwan, Apr 23, 2014

Young people are finding it ever more difficult to find jobs that match their skills and education. Simon Kwan is part of a group of business leaders who offer professional support to young people in their work and career development.

With the change in economy, like globalisation and the technological advancement in communications, there is a fundamental transformation of many traditional occupations. Young people are expected to think and act more like an entrepreneur for emerging employers. They have to think faster, act quicker and deliver more. 

Last year, the global unemployment rate among 15- to 24-year-olds was estimated at 12.6%, with 73 million people jobless worldwide, according to the International Labour Organisation. Youth are almost three times more likely to be unemployed than older workers and finding it ever more difficult to find jobs that match their skills and education. Calls for urgent collective action have escalated, but the scale and complexity of the crisis limit the impact of isolated initiatives. Members of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Youth Unemployment are urging government and business leaders to move from discussing the issue to implementing solutions.


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Featured Forum

Urban Planning


Australia needs a vision for its urban spaces. As our population grows and demographic changes, we need a sound strategy to ensure the sustainable future of our urban landscape. The pressure on our roads, on public transport and energy systems is intensifying. Infrastructures will have to be able to cope with the increasing demand.

In our featured forum on Urban Planning we will look at the organisation and design of our urban surroundings. How can we make sure that our public spaces accommodate the needs of our communities? How can we improve urban planning to ensure our cities are environmentally sustainable?

We aim to introduce diverse neighbourhoods and consider the practical versus the aesthetic needs of urban design. What are the challenges, where are solutions for our public transport system? We will inspect the Australian property market – the very essence of every Australian dinner party conversation.

If we want to preserve our urban heritage for future generations, we need to work together with directly affected community groups and experts alike. We intend to give a voice to both in this featured forum.

Does any of these topics inspire you, or is there another aspect that you think is vital for the debate? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au to share your story, opinion or ideas.


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