Why your pond?

I’m sure you’ve noticed my fascination with regional Australia – more specifically, the stories of people who live in the towns of regional Australia.  I’ve been collecting leadership stories for a while now (watch out for our iTunes podcast very soon) – but the towns are so utterly diverse and inspiring I decided I’d better share them as well. So, …

Stop planning, start doing.

If I could distill just one thing from over 12 years consulting for communities it’s this; People in any community, no matter how disadvantaged already know how they want to live their lives. And that’s hard for an ‘expert’ to chew on.  Because we are paid to have the great ideas, right? One of the things that always irked me in …

#15 Flying Pigs at Number 20

Week 15 of posts to inspire you through the week. Copy the format, engage in the content, learn and grow. We are all on a journey, why not make it a conscious one.  Below:  Leadership, What Matters, Community, Work/Life balance and The Week Ahead.  But first… I’ve been thinking a lot about CHANGE, in particular leading in times of change …

Leadership Conversations; Michelle Jarrett, don’t call me a leader

I was so excited when Michelle Jarrett (Lulu), a prominent member of my local community and proud Gumbaynggirr woman agreed to do this interview.  While Michelle doesn’t consider herself a leader my observation is she is a person who has a very strong presence in the local community.  A go to person for both people within, and external to the …

No marching band, no stripes

I distinctly remember a visit from the Governor General to my primary school in the early 1980s.  According to Wikipedia this must have been Sir Ninian Martin Stephen who, according to my recent reading (on Wikipedia) appears to be a rightly honorable Sir. But my childhood memories of this leader are quite different.  To me he was the man who …

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! …

Why do people give?

As the festive season, “the time of giving” draws horrifically closer I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my motivations for giving and donating. I’ve been asking myself: * Is there a difference between giving and donating? * Why is giving important to me? * What motivates people to give, when and how? * And when is it OK to talk about giving – …

The unspoken impact of community events

In an ever disconnected world I find great comfort when I see a poster for a humble community event.  The kind of event that is probably arranged by an exhausted committee of people who are driven by their purpose.  The kind of event that could involve a performance from the back of a truck and perhaps a collection of other activities that …

Life on the bus

If you live in the city the blog title was probably enough to make you tune out. Stop Press – woman catches bus. boring !

But in the country this is actually quite a big deal.

In the country, at least where I live public transport is NOT in abundance.

Why I love regional Australia

When the Regional Australia Institute called for ‘returners’, (that is people who grew up in the country, moved to the big smoke and returned) to participate in a research project I almost jumped down the phone line in anticipation of being part of the project. Talking point: Returning to Regional Australia, Regional Australia Institute 2014 There are so many things …