• Science and Technology

    Creatives in the country


    Marcus Foth |  June 17, 2019


    Digital technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics may make many urban jobs redundant but blockchain, agtech and other innovations are also set to create jobs in regional Australia.


  • Human Interest

    Too many chiefs make for ineffective teamwork


    Rebecca Hoyle |  June 17, 2019


    Some people are better team players than others, but people with goal-oriented and manipulative personality traits can actively undermine collaborative efforts and affect the team outcome.


  • International

    Putin and Xi plot an oppressive digital future


    Michael Shoebridge |  June 17, 2019


    China and Russia are very different nations in many ways, but both are ruled by authoritarian regimes determined to assert themselves on the international stage while crushing political dissent at home and both use the internet to achieve their goals.


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  • Big Issue lanches Womens’ Subscription Enterprise

    Natalie Susman     |      March 31, 2010

    There are 110 000 homeless people in Australia every night. 46,000 of them are women, many of whom have children.

    I began working with The Big Issue in 2008, initially leading the Marketing and Communications Team on the Homeless World Cup before becoming the Head of Corporate Affairs for the organisation.

    One thing that became quite apparent early on for me was that while the Street Magazine Enterprise (whereby vendors sell The Big Issue magazine on the streets of Australia’s capital cities) showed remarkable outcomes for homeless and marginalised vendors, it predominantly worked well for men.

    With women making up nearly 40% of Australia’s homeless population there certainly was a need to establish a viable and sustainable social enterprise that worked for them also.

    The Big Issue has been operating in Australia since 1996 and has successfully worked in helping thousands of homeless and disadvantaged Australians to help themselves.

  • Two days in Washington DC looking at the future of privacy

    Malcolm Crompton     |      March 31, 2010
     
    Two significant events took place in Washington DC on 16 and 17 March 2010 and I was privileged to attend them both. 

    The first was a celebration of the tenth anniversary of the founding of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. It was broadcast from the National Press Club of America and featured a panel of distinguished speakers debating "The Future of the Privacy Profession". The celebration also launched a new IAPP publication, "A Call for Agility: The Next-Generation Privacy Professional".

    The panellists each drew out different aspects of a surprisingly unified view on what will happen over the next ten years. 

  • National Compact welcomes 100 Partners

    editor     |      March 30, 2010

    National Compact LogoToday, the National Compact welcomes Drug Free Ambassadors Australia as the 100th organisation to sign up as a Compact Partner. This significant milestone comes only 12 days since the Compact was launched by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at Parliament House on 17 March 2010.

  • Five Ways to Flourish!

    Clive Leach     |      March 29, 2010

    In February I attended the 2nd Australian Positive Psychology & Well-being Conference at Monash University. It was fascinating to learn more about the evidence-based practice being undertaken in these fields and how it is really beginning to influence social, economic, education, health and business policy. The key take-away for me however was from a presentation by Felicia Huppert from the University of Cambridge Well-being Institute.

    Felicia talked about the recent research and work that has been done to define, measure and promote flourishing within the population. The findings add tremendous value to my work as a coach and facilitator but I believe they are equally relevant to parents, managers, teachers, workplace colleagues – in fact anyone who wants the very best for those around them!

  • A Greenhouse Gas Trajectory Change-Enabler

    Andrew Jones     |      March 29, 2010

    The Fifth World Urban Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was this week the location of the launch of the Global Greenhouse Gas  Standard for cities, enabling a common approach for cities to calculate greenhouse gas emissions within their boundaries.  The Standard was launched by UNEP, UN-HABITAT and the World Bank.

    The Standard builds on a number of existing protocols and methodologies, including the WBCSD, ICLEI and IPCC, and a host of existing efforts by cities to estimate baseline emissions and apply emissions accounting tools.

  • Harmony Day Celebrating Diverse Australia

    Shaun Hazeldine     |      March 27, 2010

    Just how rich a multicultural society we are is borne out by official statistics: more than half of all Australians in the 2006 Census claimed non-Australian ancestry. Collectively, we speak more than 200 languages and come from about the same number of birthplaces.

    Harmony Day, 21 March 2010 , was a day when people all over the country acknowledged the enormously valuable contribution of the many diverse cultures to the nation that is Australia today. Harmony Day coincides with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

    According to the last census, 24 per cent of the Australia population was born overseas, 40 per cent have one or both parents born overseas and over 60 per cent have at least two different ethnic origins. More than two million Australians (or about 14 per cent of those aged over five) speak a language other than English at home.

  • Uncategorised

    SURVEY: UTS research Gov2.0 trials

    editor     |      March 25, 2010

     

    If you have taken part in any online government consultation during the past year – state or federal Open Forum and the University of Technology Sydney would like to hear about your experiences. Read more, or go straight to the quick survey.

  • Diverse cultures strengthen Australia’s sporting culture

    Melinda Turner     |      March 24, 2010

    Many people from migrant and refugee backgrounds are enthusiastic about sport and recreation. Like other Australians, they want to participate in a supported and structured way.

    According to the key findings of the Sports Participation report published in 2005 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics people from culturally diverse backgrounds are two-thirds less likely to participate in sport than other Australians. This discrepancy can be attributed to cultural differences, a lack of awareness and, sometimes, the institutional attitudes of some sporting bodies.

    This means many people are missing out on all of the health and social benefits of sport that others enjoy. It also means that at the both grassroots and elite level Australian sports are missing out on the greater participation rates and skills which people from culturally diverse backgrounds have to offer.

  • Give us your views about online government consultation

    jim.macnamara     |      March 23, 2010

    If you have taken part in any online government consultation during the past year – State or federal Open Forum and the University of Technology Sydney would like to hear about your experiences.

  • Make every day Harmony Day in your workplace

    Dr Hass Dellal OAM     |      March 19, 2010

    The message of Harmony Day is "Everyone Belongs". Millions of Australians are employed in small to medium sized businesses, so yous SME workplace is a good place to start putting this philosophy into practice.  

  • Sharon from What’s for Dinner? takes the OZ SI Camp Changemaker Quiz

    Sharon Lee     |      March 17, 2010
     
    Sharon Lee introduces her new project from OZ SI Camp, "What’s for Dinner?", in a quick Q& A.
     
    Had you ever entered a contest like this before?
     
    No, ASIX is my first.

    How much research did you do to find out if other people are already developing an idea like yours here or overseas?

  • Book Review: ‘Australian Sustainable Energy – by the numbers’, by Peter Seligman

    Dr Gideon Polya     |      March 17, 2010

    Professor Peter Seligman is not alone in estimating that Australia can rapidly and relatively cheaply ($253 billion) achieve 100% sustainable energy.