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    Don’t forget Earth Hour!

    Douglascomms     |      March 28, 2008

    Surely we should be thinking about our power consumption more than once per year.

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    Leading by example

    editor     |      March 27, 2008

    By Kerry Fallon Horgan

    Better work/life balance needs to start at the top.

    When I asked John McFarlane, then CEO of ANZ Bank, whether to create an enabling environment that supports work/life balance it is necessary for an organisational leader to model this balance, his response was illuminating.

    "Get a full life and then have success at work!"

    One of his key strategies being to follow a personal mission statement. This statement sets out the roles and pursuits on which he focuses all of his attention, avoiding "with good grace activities that are inconsistent, however appealing". He also takes very practical steps to ensure his time is managed well such as only having meetings in the mornings and if people are "high maintenance" he sends them away.

    To create sustainable flexible workplaces managers must lead by example. Unfortunately all too often what we find in our organisations are "mega-managers". They are the people, who because of the long hours spent at work, have highly developed roles as managers at the expense of other life roles. When these "mega-managers" return home late at night, usually tired and stressed, the only role accessible to them is that of manager. And no partner, child or friend wants to be managed!

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    A whole new approach to Women’s business

    Douglascomms     |      March 20, 2008

    Sometimes it's ok to break the rules.

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    Let’s hear it for Sydney

    alison gordon     |      March 19, 2008

    Sydney scores 8% lower than the "place to be" in a survey released today by recruiter Talent2.

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    Calling all polyglots

    Douglascomms     |      March 19, 2008

    We've trained our sights so far out we can't see what's in front of our noses.

  • If it’s public then it’s not private. Really?

    StephenWilson     |      March 19, 2008

    Can Metcalf's Law be applied to personal data management?

    It is often said that if data about someone is already in the public domain, then that information is no longer private. Sounds reasonable, but I reckon that can become an insidious furphy.

    "The data is already public" was the chief debating point advanced by proponents of searchable white pages. They argued that because publicly available paper white pages reveal everyone's phone numbers, surely having a searchable database didn't change anything. But a searchable digital white pages really is different. And not just quantitatively — it makes reversing names from numbers vastly more efficient — but also qualitatively.

    For one thing, the very act of searching generates new types of information, much of which is private (and commercially valuable). For instance, whomever owns the searchable white pages also gets to know stuff like who else is interested in my phone number, and why. The owner can synthesise brand new information, none of which is accessible to me, even though nothing other than my 'already public' number has been revealed.

  • Web 2.0 & rating the Police. A Bruce Schneier perspective

    Malcolm Crompton     |      March 17, 2008

    The transparency debate is nuanced & needs a lot more work.

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    Fighting inflation the old fashioned way

    proberts     |      March 13, 2008

    Is it right to use interest rates to reduce demand, when Australia's real economic issue is a lack of supply – of skills and infrastructure?

    There is a crying need for a bit of innovative thinking among those who manage our economy. The reserve Bank has taken the interest rate sledge hammer to our economy more than once too often already.

    This is especially true in this particular episode of economic overheating.

    A lot of inflationary pressures are coming from areas outside the reach of domestic interest rate policy, such as global movements in oil prices, food prices and commodity prices. These rises plus our housing shortage and the health needs of an ageing population are driving internal inflation, to be sure.

    This idea of shortages is the key. Interest rates can only affect domestic demand. Australia's core domestic contribution to inflation is linked more to lack of supply than excess demand. We haven't invested enough in skills and infrastructure and when resources of any kind get scare, prices rise.

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    Looking for Love in Decoupling World

    Douglascomms     |      March 12, 2008

    Can Australia withstand the shocks and blows of the global economy? 

  • A great day for privacy: genuine privacy respecting, user centric Identity Management has hit the mainstream

    Malcolm Crompton     |      March 6, 2008

    The bar for acceptable ID management has just been suddenly raised.

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    Wai, Kulila-ya!

    Douglascomms     |      March 4, 2008

    Now that we’ve said sorry, what can white Australia do to make up for our black history?

    Like millions of Australians I listened, somewhat tearfully, to Kevin Rudd’s apology to the indigenous custodians of Australia. At long last the Australian government was doing something of which I could be proud.  But the elation was short lived.

    By the afternoon I was again overwhelmed by the enormity of the challenges faced by the indigenous people of this nation.  

    And the phrase playing on my mind wasn’t "sorry", rather it was the Pitjantjatjara phrase Ngapartji Ngapartji.

    Earlier on in the year I was fortunate enough to see a play by the same name presented at the Belvoir Street Theatre in Sydney, and created by the amazing team at Big hART. The play was an incredible ride, and the notion of Ngapartji Ngapartji has been rattling around in my head ever since.

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    Lost generations

    Warren Reed     |      March 3, 2008

    At least a million Australias are overseas at any time, of which at least three-quarters reside on a permanent or long-term basis. Some represent Australian interests, but most don’t …

    One of Australia’s greatest achievements has taken place in Asia where much of this country’s destiny lies. And no, it’s not in the sporting arena. If it had been, it wouldn’t go unheralded.

    The story began in the 1970s when the first wave of young Australians shunned the usual option of gaining experience in the United States or Britain and started heading to Japan and the rest of Asia to study and work. The Japanese economy had taken off and trade with Australia was burgeoning.