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Monday, 27 June 2011
Capitalism under siege – an interesting article for considering connection of business and community
Tuesday, 24 May 2011
CI2011’s Poet in Residence, Philip Salom, treated us with this wonderful poem ‘Loving Connectedness’ at the Media Launch.
In physics they say: a particle can arrive
before it has left. Be in two different places
at once. Creative thinking arrives… before
you can think. It’s faster than love. But is it?
One after another, he texts his ardent
SMSs, to his lover, at home, in St Kilda.
Then, left arm extended like a tenor,
mobile in his right, at his ear, he shot-puts
whole parabolas of rapture from Paris.
She listens, sitting on a nightclub toilet,
in Perth. Just as she answers his ardour
the person beside her, suddenly flushes.
Oh my God, it’s my dishwasher, she says.
He frowns, in a bar, in fact, in Prague.
Ah, no time to think, still we can manage:
to be inventive, not embarrassed.
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Dr Peter Shergold AC was a CEO in the Australian Public Service for two decades. For five years from February 2003, Dr Shergold was Australia ’s most senior public administrator, serving as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Dr Shergold is now the Macquarie Group Foundation Professor at the Centre for Social Impact.
His presentation at CI2010 – “Empowering communities to transform democracy” – is an unquestionably informed and frighteningly real insight into the future of participatory democracy if something does not change.
The good news, however, is that there are extraordinary opportunities for renewal and invigoration if we are willing to be creative & innovative. Dr Shergold addresses five ‘Big Ideas’ that can change the face of democracy:
If we pull these ideas together, we can produce a new democratic fabric. There is an exciting opportunity for new-style governments based on interactive engagement, and dependant on ongoing involvement & engagement of citizens. IT IS POSSIBLE.
Watch this short 13min presentation by Dr Shergold as he investigates these ideas in further depth.
Thursday, 14 April 2011
In this presentation addressing the idea of the ‘big society’, Austin Williams questions why the word ‘community’ is now on the national agenda, what communities are and aren’t, and what politicians are trying to capture, bottle and sell back to us.
200 years or so ago we had enlightenment politics, which framed the way we viewed the world for over 100 years. We spoke of battles for reason, science and autonomy.
Then, we had the idealogical battles between left & right wing societies.
As recently as the last 30 years or so politics went on to address human rights – fighting rasicm, poverty, equality freedom, and so on.
Now, we are in a situation where the previous administration was talking about litter.
In this though-provoking presentation, Williams explores further the contradictory term “constructing communities”, what the key elements to a genuine community are, and why putting local issues on the national agenda can be detrimental to the true intention of community spirit.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Claire Pennicard is a pig farmer. You might think that she ended up in this career because it was a family business, or because of location, or any number of other reasons.
But the truth is, Claire is a pig farmer because she chose to be a pig farmer.
A series of careful calculations and meticulous research led her to this career, and to wide acclaim and recognition for her outstanding innovation and entrepreneurship.
This fascinating presentation follows Claire’s journey from her first beautiful sprawling cattle farm in the 1980s to the two 250m long pig farms she owns today. Two 250m long pig farms that produce $9million worth of pork per year.
By thinking outside the square Claire has reached the best kind of success – one that is financially sustainable, environmentally friendly and animal-welfare responsible.
Watch this video to hear how Claire ethically and innovatively achieved her goals.
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Mike Smith is well known in Australia as CEO of ANZ Bank. Before arriving in Australia, Mike was running the most profitable division of HSBC bank in Hong Kong – you could not ask for anyone more equipped to speak about big business!
This presentation takes a look at big companies: why they fail, how they can succeed, and the importance of innovation to ensure the longevity of any sized company.
The journey from a good company to a great company can be a long process, but the journey from a good company to a mediocre one can happen very quickly. From the Top 50 companies in Australia in 1980, only 8 survive today.
Why does this happen? As Mike outlines in this presentation, the world changes – and it changes extremely quickly. It can be very difficult to bring innovation into the thinking of large companies… But in order to succeed, we must not consider how to play the game better, but how to change the game itself.
In a time of rapidly evolving economies, we all need to innovate – there has never been a time we needed to do this more to survive & thrive in a world of constant change.
This presentation is a fascinating inside-view on how our top leaders can and must create capabilities to respond to tomorrow’s environment.