Thought Pieces

Full speed ahead: How the driverless car could transform cities

Friday, 14 August 2015

by Matthew Claudel and Carlo Ratti

McKinsey & Company

Self-driving cars are not just about a hands-free driving experience. Their emergence points to an urban transformation that will change the way people navigate, access information, and interact with one another. Read the article

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Leading in the age of creativity

Monday, 10 August 2015

by Faisal Hoque


Creativity and innovation are key to building any successful organizations. But organizational creativity comes from inspiring and leading people, which is anything but easy. Read the article

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Sing for Good Highlights 2014

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Do good. Feel good.
Shower singers, it’s time to shine.

Sing for Good aims to get communities singing for joy in every postcode of Australia and beyond. Let’s have fun, feel good and make a difference to people in need!

1. Sing with a group (two or more)
2. Enter your video
3. Vote, donate + celebrate

Sing for Good is not a talent show. It’s all about fun and inspiration. Families, workplaces, schools, sports teams, choirs … everyone is welcome!

There are heaps of categories for all these groups and more, plus cash prizes for schools.

Winners are announced at the With One BIG Voice Concert (8 November, Melbourne Town Hall) and selected videos screen at Federation Square.

Donations raised help people in need through Creativity Australia’s inclusive With One Voice program, which builds supportive communities through song in three states. Other charities/non-profits are invited to use this project as a joint fundraising platform to support their causes.

Swinburne University research showed 98% of With One Voice choir participants experienced less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% feel less depressed. The program has also been named in Anthill’s SMART 100 social innovations in 2015, 2014 and 2013.

With One Voice welcomes people aged 9 to 90, from all cultures and backgrounds. Through the Wish List, diverse people grant each other wishes like music lessons, language tuition and jobs.

Did you know neuroscience proves singing makes us happier, healthier, smarter and more creative?

There are a lot of lonely people in our communities. Their isolation leads to anxiety and depression, unemployment and so much more.

With One Voice empowers people to care for one another, instead of relying on top-down, siloed social welfare services.

You too can help turn lives around. Join the fun of Sing for Good.

Watch the Sing for Good Highlights 2014 

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Why it’s time to forget the pecking order at work

Thursday, 2 July 2015

by Margaret Heffernan

TED Talk

Organizations are often run according to “the superchicken model,” where the value is placed on star employees who outperform others. And yet, this isn’t what drives the most high-achieving teams. Business leader Margaret Heffernan observes that it is social cohesion — built every coffee break, every time one team member asks another for help — that leads over time to great results. It’s a radical rethink of what drives us to do our best work, and what it means to be a leader. Because as Heffernan points out: “Companies don’t have ideas. Only people do.” Watch the talk

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Does Engineering Need More Right-brain Thinking?

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

By Marc Howe


Australia’s education system should place greater emphasis on using the right-hand side of the brain in order to produce more creative and capable engineering professionals. Read the article!

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Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional ‘basic income’

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

By Louis Dore

The Independent

The University College Utrecht has paired with the city to see if a system of welfare without requirements will produce an efficient society. Read the article!

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