• 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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    A glimpse of the future

    Gary Nairn     |      July 29, 2008

    Merging technologies unleashes the true power of each technology.

    A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to take a paddle on a pristine lake on the far south coast of New South Wales, and while it didn’t look like it, I was hard at work.

    You see my kayak was not only spatially enabled, it was linked to the net. It was a new wireless web-technology kayak.

    In-between paddles I was on-line booking my flight from Canberra to Wellington, checking my emails and buying and selling some shares (although I’m not sure if I should be buying or selling these days).

    The web-kayak was also monitoring the tides and lake current patterns and linked to a GPS which indicated how many paddles in what direction would give me the optimum course to get across the lake to the river we were about to explore.

    The system was also taking into account underlying 3D topographical maps of the lake to highlight water depths, submerged rocks, sandbars, etc.

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    What to say when talking to your kids…

    Yu Dan Shi     |      July 29, 2008

    It's important to tell kids that they are your priority and your motivation for doing what you do.

    There's a lot of talk about work life balance, and the importance of creating parent friendly workplaces. There's a lot of talking with managers, and reports, there's a lot of talking to customers and peers. But when we're talking about talking we often forget to communicate with the one group who have the most to gain, and lose from more flexible work arrangements: we forget to talk to our kids!

    The great thing about kids, and about taking the time to talk to them, is that they are so forgiving and so ready to understand. Like all working mums I've struggled with the guilt of not being able to get to this sports carnival, or that cake stall.

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    Social Networking: A new ‘point of view’ from Cisco

    msweeks@cisco.com     |      July 23, 2008

    So, here's a provocative question – if the answer is social networking, what was the question?  

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    A Market Price for Carbon, However…

    Tim Hanlin     |      July 23, 2008

    The sooner we have a fully functional liquid carbon market, the sooner we can create hedging and risk management products and make them available to industry to reduce the impact of operating in a carbon constrained world.

    While it’s better than nothing, the Federal Government’s Green paper on carbon trading recently released by Minister Penny Wong, rates about a five out of ten.

    All the essential elements of an effective carbon market are there, but there is one word that has me worried: "however". Just about every time the report discusses best practice, or recommends the sorts of approaches identified by the Garnaut Review to reduce greenhouse emissions, it’s followed up with the word however, and some excuse as to why they’re not going to implement best practice.

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    Emissions Trading, where to from here?

    Manus Higgins     |      July 22, 2008

    It is very possible to maintain our current lifestyles with the clean energy and associated enabling technologies.

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    Creating a Global Compact

    Matthew Tukaki     |      July 22, 2008

    Responsible business practices can in many ways build trust and social capital, contributing to broad-based development and sustainable markets.

    As many of you know, I have been a strong and passionate advocate of the work of the United Nations, as it has applied to matters relating to governance, intellectual property and the protection of rights, particularly for small business. More recently I have taken the decision to align my business interests with those of the United Nations through the signing of the United Nations Global Compact. I am pleased to inform SansGov partners and clients that this morning I signed the final remaining letter of intent from the UN Secretary General in order for SansGov to become a full member of the Compact. You may wonder what the Compact is all about and perhaps, more importantly, what it means to you as a client or as a partner.

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    What’s next on the agenda after the Pope?

    jim.macnamara     |      July 22, 2008

    An ever-widening mediascape brings the hope that a greater plurality of views, issues and attributes will see the light of public attention.

    Last week while the Pope was in Sydney and World Youth Day dominated the media agenda, the founding father of media agenda-setting flew in for a quick visit after speaking at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference in New Zealand and, while attracting a much smaller audience, had some interesting things to say.

    Professor Max McCombs who gained worldwide attention in 1972 after publishing research with his colleague Donald Shaw showing media set the agenda of issues during the 1968 US Presidential election, has evolved his views since, but says the media are still setting and framing the agenda of issues and debate.

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    Solar Compressed Air, Sequestration of CO2 and Coal Exports

    Jim Staples     |      July 21, 2008

    Whatever course we adopt, it will cost. I make the following proposals for laws and expenditure to meet the menace of global warming brought on by the burning of coal and oil:

    1. Postpone the introduction of carbon trading until after the next  Federal election. We need more time for the formation of a public consensus and  sound community support for meaningful action,  for something more than mere soft support for laws that will keep the government in office. The political imperative may well lie elsewhere.

    2.  Side by side with a licensing and carbon trading regime, we need taxes of the nature of ground rent of mine sites and of an excise on coal produced for use, or for domestic and export markets.

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    Beyond the Greenwash – can we ensure Global Sustainability?

    Ronald Forbes     |      July 21, 2008

    This is the first blog in a ‘Sustainability Insight' online series created by the Society for Sustainable Business – a group of business and academic professionals motivated to provide leadership to accelerate the change to an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially healthy society.

    This is the first blog in a ‘Sustainability Insight' online series created by the Society for Sustainable Business – a group of business and academic professionals motivated to provide leadership to accelerate the change to an economically viable, environmentally sustainable and socially healthy society.

    As the pressure to be green and to do green, heats up, we run into two major questions:

    1. What criteria do we use to choose the route we follow?

    2. How do we know that we are successful?

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    E-Health system

    foggy     |      July 20, 2008

    With the click of a button e-health system will answer all the needs of all in the health care picture as it exists. That is wishful thinking.

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    Thank you to all survey takers so far

    JoeyPin     |      July 18, 2008

    The response to our survey "Houses and Humpies" has been tremendously huge. A great big "thank you" to everyone out there who has participated.. your contribution to this task has meant a lot to us, and we will do our best in writing up the results from this. Statistics will be available for all to […]

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    Green Paper sends no signal for change

    editor     |      July 16, 2008

    Tim HolloBy Tim Hollo

    The Rudd Government's Green Paper has failed the test of true leadership by neutralising the carbon price signal and still providing no responsible target, says Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne.