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Australia's ageing workforce

2nd Annual National Ageing Workforce Forum 2016The second Annual National Ageing Workforce Forum takes place from 30 August to 1 September 2016 in Sydney. The focus will be on how to gain strategic advantage through older workers.


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Technology and transformation

Digital Disruption for Government 2016The second Annual Digital Disruption for Government 2016 takes place in Sydney 27-28 September with a pre-conference workshop on 26 September.

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Australia! Story Country

The Children's Book Council of AustraliaThe Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) invites young and old to celebrate Children’s Book Week from 20 to 26 August 2016. During this time schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian Children's Literature.

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Blog of the Day

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Globalisation and the curse of guilt by association

posted by Ian McAuley, Aug 26, 2016

There’s a growing public rejection of globalisation and economic openness, and we ignore it at our peril, says Ian McAuley.

Ron Heifetz, of Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership, coined the term “work avoidance” to refer to the ways we protect ourselves from dealing with hard issues – issues that may require us to face serious adaptive changes.

Most often work avoidance takes the form of directing our energies to a real, but comparatively unimportant problem, while ignoring far more serious and challenging issues. It helps if that problem has neat and quantifiable dimensions, and can fit within our existing political framework.

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Featured Forum

Spaces of Australian Innovation

How can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? At the end of last year Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his innovation statement, calling for an 'ideas boom' with a funding package of almost $1.1 billion. What has happened since then?

For the next two months this forum will explore space in the physical, virtual and metaphorical sense. We will discuss Spaces to Collaborate in smarter cities as centres of entrepreneurship and creative culture; Spaces to Learn and nurture Australian talent, embed design thinking and foster personal and economic growth; Research Spaces to encourage academia and industry to collaborate and commercialise research; Head Space and Outer Space, examining the potential of the emerging commercial space industry.

The forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit on the 15th and 16th of September 2016 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.

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