News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 115 February 2015 Dear Reader, Welcome to the first issue of Starlink for 2015! We hope the year has begun sm


News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 115 February 2015


Dear Reader,

Welcome to the first issue of Starlink for 2015! We hope the year has begun smoothly for you.

We've had a very busy start to the year, including planning a series of no fewer than 28 public workshops we'll be offering, spread throughout the year in several locations.

As usual, this month we're sharing a variety of items to whet readers' appetites. We hope you'll find something to your taste!

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Communication Planning Tool for Nonprofits


Smart Chart is an interactive online planning too for nonprofits to help them "make smart choices and develop high-impact communications strategies". Though it's a US-based resource, it's very applicable to an Australian context, to help you think through your communications strategy.


As you work your way through the Chart, you'll have several opportunities to evaluate your answers and ensure you are making the smartest choices. You can also stop and save your answers at any time, and come back and finish later. This allows you to finish the planning process in your own time – and gives you maximum flexibility so you can get input on your choices from staff, board members or other outside resources as needed.

At the end of the process, you will have a fully completed Smart Chart that links your organization's goals to the many strategic decisions necessary for a successful communications effort.

Public Workshops 2015

Our public program schedule for 2015 is now in place. We're offering workshops in Bendigo, Sale, Shepparton, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide on the dates indicated below.

All are $352 (incl GST) or $319 (incl GST) at the Early Bird rate. Early Bird deadlines vary, depending on the workshop date. (See the cut off dates for those in our full Program Schedule.) Click on the images below for more information about each program.


Chair Chi Lvl 1
Bendigo 13/04
Sale 01/06
Shepp. 15/06
Melb. 22/06
Brisbane 17/08
Sydney 21/09
Adelaide 09/11


A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry
Bendigo 13/04
Sale 01/06
Shepparton 15/06
Melb. 22/06
Brisbane 17/08
Sydney 21/09
Adelaide 09/11


Chair Chi Lvl 2
Bendigo 14/04
Sale 02/06
Shepp. 16/06
Melb. 23/06
Brisbane 18/08
Sydney 22/09
Adelaide 10/11


Unleashing Appreciative Intelligence®
Bendigo 14/04
Sale 02/06
Shepparton 16/06
Melb. 23/06
Brisbane 18/08
Sydney 22/09
Adelaide 10/11

World Appreciative Inquiry Conference 2015

Johannesburg, South Africa
Monday 6 July to Friday 10 July 2015
An exciting opportunity to meet and learn from Appreciative Inquiry practitioners and projects from around the world! Click on the banner to go to the website.

A1 2015 Bannerv4

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere:
Invitation to Exhibit

Gallery Sunshine Everywhere

Gallery Sushine Everywhere is finalising it's exhibition schedule for the year and there are still some dates available for more! See the first exhibition and the full 2015 schedule (including available spots) on their website.

We invite your kindergarten, school or organization to nominate times that suit you best for an exhibition. BE QUICK: we'd love to have the year's timetable complete within the next couple of weeks. As ever, we collect, frame and hang the work, organize opening events, return the work at the end of the exhibition, take photographs and include those in the Art Gallery section of the web site.

Maureen Ryan
Director, Gallery Sunshine Everywhere
P.0. Box 5203 Burnley, 3121, Victoria.
Telephone: 0412218974

Edutopia Resources


We've promoted Edutopia before in Starlink. Though it's a US-based site, we think it has some excellent resources and articles for teachers everywhere.

Here are just four we've selected to highlight in this issue of Starlink:

Teaching Students How to Control Insults

Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground

30 Techniques to Quiet a Noisy Class

8 Myths that Undermine Educational Effectiveness

Out and About on the Web


How to Handle Difficult Conversations at Work


Better Meetings: Four Questions to Reflect On


Is Your Child a Plunger or a Dripper?


Works and Conversations

Australian Children's Laureate


The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation, founded in 2008 to champion and promote the transformational power of reading in the lives of young Australians. ACLA is a collegial and inclusive organisation with representation from across the field of children's and young adult literature.

One of ACLA’s primary activities is the development and management of the Australian Children’s Laureate program.

ACLA's vision is to: enrich the lives of young Australians through the power of story.

ACLA’s mission is to:
* Promote the value, importance and transformational nature of reading
* Influence the reading habits of Australian families
* Raise the profile of books in the lives of children and young adults
* Champion the cause of young Australians reading.

Download the beautiful Share a Story Calendar 2015 created by current Children's Laureate, Jackie French.

Living with Dementia


We've discovered some wonderful resources for anyone who works with the elderly or who has a friend or family member affected by dementia.

Firstly, we've been inspired by our copy of Love, Loss and Laughter: Seeing Alzheimer's Differently, by Cathy Greenblatt.

Her exhibitions of photos took place in 2013, but you can experience their delight via the book. This is a truly inspirational publication which, as it's 'blurb' says, challenges the perception of people with Alzheimer's as 'empty shells', lost to themselves and others.


Teepa Snow

And here are three YouTube videos, presented by Teepa Snow:

The difference between forgetfulness and dementia

Ten early signs of Dementia

Phrases to learn for caregivers

Teepa Snow also features in a series of videos entitled Alzheimer's and Dementia: Care for the Caregiver.

Watch the first part on YouTube, and visit the sidebar links for the remaining three parts. (Part 4 is a Q&A session)

Kidsafe Victoria


Kidsafe, the Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia (CAPFA), was established in 1979.

We are an independent, non-profit, non-government charitable foundation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death, injury and associated disability to children.

Kidsafe operates at national, state and regional levels in cooperation with a variety of stakeholders including government, industry, schools, hospitals, the media, community groups, voluntary organisations and individuals.

Since Kidsafe's establishment, the number of children in Australia killed by unintentional injury has been halved. This has been achieved through collaboration with others to provide injury prevention programs, media campaigns and educational resources.

Dates for Your Diary


Visit our Events Calendar to find details of conferences, workshops, training opportunities, exhibitions and special days to celebrate! Go to the relevant date in the Events Calendar for details and links to the event websites.

Here are a just few highlights for the coming month. There's still time to participate in FebruDAREy in support of Cerebral Palsy, and March is the awareness month for Polite Pets.

We love the idea of World Compliment Day on 1 March - but also think every day should be a compliment day!

In the middle of March, there's A Taste of Harmony - a delicious way to celebrate cultural diversity at work. And 20 March is International Day of Happiness ... a lovely thing to celebrate!

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