The system or the people?

I’m angry. What’s she raving about now you may ask? It’s something that’s been bugging me for a while.  A long while. I’ll let you in. As you may know I have a keen interest in adding value to government initiatives that have been designed to make the lives of everyday people better.  I’ve been involved in Work for the Dole …

What’s annoying me today: disengaged youth

I have a bee in my bonnet. Apparently I’m rather annoying in this frame.  So I thought I’d share it with you.  Maybe there’s something you can do. I’m annoyed. REALLY annoyed that we bang on about a lack of opportunities for young people, in particular opportunities in employment.  The Brotherhood of St. Laurence’s report ‘The Teenage Dream Unravels‘ (March …

Baby-Tooth “forget the government”

This track from Baby-tooth (Sam Jarrett) who I met at ‘the Youthie’, a highly innovative youth centre in Nambucca Heads (NSW). It’s so inspiring to hear the message of freedom – self-determination and appreciation of family and community come from such a young person. Thanks Baby-Tooth, I feel the fire in my belly again. CHECK IT OUT (warning, explicit content): Forget …

Why I won’t attend your support group

If 1 in 4 Australians experience a mental illness at any time, could that possibly mean that 1 in 4 Australians (give or take a few) are caring for someone with a mental illness at the same time? And if that’s the case it’s highly likely that those 1 in 4 Australians are busy searching for some form of information, tools or something! …

When working for the dole works

You know Work for the Dole is working when you overhear a group participant telling a friend they are at ‘work’. Note, the ‘at work’ statement is NOT inter-changable with ‘at a course’, ‘painting stupid walls’, ‘working for the dole’, ‘bored senseless’ or ‘volunteering’.  They declare they are at work, working and simultaneously imply a sense of belonging, being happy to be …

What if there were no not for profits?

“It’s time to stop calling yourselves not for profits. It’s about profit for social purpose” Cheryl Kernot, Social Enterprise Symposium Coffs Harbour 5 November 2014. For too long the notion of dealing to embedded social issues has been the sole responsibility of government and by proxy not for profit organisations. Certainly the massive shift in ‘social impact culture’ is changing …

WHY DO PEOPLE GIVE? It’s all about the connection

Recently I spoke with Violeta whom I met recently on Facebook (of all places) and we had a conversation about why she gives. Violeta is a self-employed communication consultant who only recently left the world of being employed to start her own company.  She is of Argentinian heritage, does subscribe to religion (though tells me that her husband is the …

Tall poppy be gone

If there was ever a way to squash tall poppy syndrome it is this. A sure fire approach to stop tall poppies in their tracks. Let me warn you in advance, it’s likely to make you feel a bit shy – and many grown adults I’ve asked to do this at various workshops have giggled, blushed, told me to get lost, …

Are you weird about competition?

Think about it – there are plenty of opportunities to be competitive in our day to day lives. There’s competition for a mate, a job, a good deal, the last chocolate biscuit. We’re encouraged by popular media to be forthright, get in there and have a go, don’t wait or it will be all gone, HAVE IT NOW and hurry …