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20 bars, 20 talks, 1 night

Raising the Bar SydneyOn 20 October, Sydney is Raising the Bar. Have a drink and listen to academics discussing a broad range of topics, as 20 pubs around the city will be transformed into classrooms for one night.

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Shop less. Live more.

Buy Nothing New MonthThis October is Buy Nothing New Month, a global movement for collective, conscientious consumption. It's a one month challenge to buy nothing new (with the exception of essentials like food, hygiene and medicines).

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Host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast

National Breast Cancer Foundation logoOne in eight women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, and seven women die from breast cancer every day in Australia. This October, you can host a Pink Ribbon Breakfast and raise funds for breast cancer research.

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Vision for Australia: what to do when technology drives accelerating change

posted by Nina Sochon, Oct 06, 2015

Technology is and will continue to be a driving force for business and change in the future. Nina Sochon explains why technology should have a leading role.

The forces currently at play in today’s workforce will change what it means to work and live.

In any other era this might have seemed an overstatement. In the current Information Age, the capacity for disruption, volatility and uncertainty in the workforce is greater than ever.

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Climate Change

There is no further need for debate over the reality of climate change – the science is incontrovertible. We are experiencing extreme weather patterns everywhere: longer heatwaves, more floods and bushfires. The polar ice is melting and iconic places like the Great Barrier Reef are at grave risk.

Leading up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, we will discuss developments in Australia and worldwide. Where do we stand? How are we tracking? What happens after Paris? And is there any hope?

Australia is one of the largest emitter per capita. So far the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will not consider returning to the carbon trading scheme he once advocated. He ruled out changing the Coalition’s existing climate change polices and wants to stick with Direct Action.

As governments alone are too slow to act, we need to engage business and communities more than we do already. We have to make lowering carbon emission part our national identity.

What are the economic opportunities in the fight against global warming? Can we have a clean energy revolution that will drive, not hinder, growth? Some anticipate that solar could be globally competitive with coal by 2020. Greenpeace has recently released a report stating that Australia could operate with 100% renewable energy by 2050. How can other new technologies help slow down or even reverse damage done by climate change?

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

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