News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 126 May 2016 Dear Reader, Whatever your current situation or the sector in which you work, may you find somet


News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 126 May 2016


Dear Reader,

Whatever your current situation or the sector in which you work, may you find something of benefit or interest in this month's issue.

There's a collection of tips, tools and resources, some short videos to inspire - and a collection of Laws of Household Physics that I hope will make you smile.

And, as always, if you have any feedback, resources or ideas to share I'd love to hear from you!

BJ Seminars International

Corporate & NonProfit Partnerships


In today's ever-changing economic and social climate, nonprofit organisations and corporates are increasingly seeking partnership for mutual benefit. The six resources below are not recent, but provide some excellent tips and tools for making your partnership successful.

7 Step Nonprofit Plan to Attract and Keep Corporate Partners

How to Choose & Approach a Corporate Partner for Your Non-Profit

Profits for Nonprofits: Find a Corporate Partner

Community Sector and Business Partnerships Toolkit

Community Corporate Engagement: A Toolkit to get a Corporate Partner

Help Sheet: Building Business Community Partnerships

Chair Chi Training Program


Our Chair Chi Training Program is proving popular, with several public and onsite workshops delivered already for 2016.

The Level One workshop enables you to deliver a basic 30 minute Chair Chi session which includes gentle exercises and strategies that will help enhance your clients' emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing. Level Two provides additional activities and includes a segment on Pain Management. Level Three includes many additional skills to allow you to deliver a full one hour Chair Chi session, and also included components that cover sleep, anxiety and depression from a Tai Chi perspective.

To see the full list of public workshops, see our Public Program Schedule.

Energising Education

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Here are three TED talks that provide lots of inspiration and food for thought!

First an interesting talk by David Weston - Unleashing Greatness in Teachers - outlines how developing great teachers can change the world.

Next, I Love Teaching So Much ... I Quit is an inspiring story from Tawana Weicker in which she tells how she "learned how to transform waste into biofuel while at the same time identifying the enormous waste of knowledge, creativity and expertise that too often happens in our classrooms".

Finally, in Teachers as Change Agents, Karl Lindgren-Streicher provides ideas for how we can fix 'this broken system' that is education today. He says, "As a teacher, don’t be afraid to take risks and act in the best interests of our students regardless of what the powers that be tell you to do. You CAN be a change agent. Even if you are ‘just’ a teacher!" And he talks about you can find the courage to do this. He also says "when kids know that they're heard, when they know they are impacting on instruction, they'll roll with you."

Planting New Seeds for Change


For all those who work in the aged care sector, here is a worthwhile article by Teepa Snow, , In Planting New Seeds for Change she argues for several changes to the way in which we view and also screen for dementia.

As she says "Dementia has become the most feared aspect of aging yet we do not regularly screen for it or actively prevent it. Brain health is sought after, but we don’t even know where we are starting from, because we don’t have a baseline. Isn’t it time to change our brain aotude and get curious? ...Let’s choose to be courageous and prepared for what is and what may be, not fearful and angry!"

The State of Early Learning in Australia 2016


Launched earlier this month, The State of Early Learning in Australia Report 2016 analyses the current state of early learning across the country, using the international OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) framework Starting Strong as a starting point for analysis.

While it finds there are a number of promising trends and programs happening in different states across the country, it concludes that "the state of early learning in AUstralia must improve to build Australia's future prosperity".

Who's Right for the Job?


Some time ago, author and researcher Jim Collins wrote "Those who build great organizations make sure they have the right people on the bus" and spoke about the "First Who" concept.

Here are some resources that deal with some myths and realities about getting the right people on your bus.

Why Smart Managers Hire the Wrong People argues that "Too many organizations repeatedly hire people who are in the bottom 50% of performance the minute they walk in the door" and debunks 5 common myths that get in the way of hiring better candidates.

And from Business News Daily comes this article - 5 Common Hiring Myths Debunked.

You might also like to take a look at Jim Collins' website - including his article Good to Great and his collection of tools including the Good to Great Diagnostic Tool.

Out and About on the Web

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3 Technologies Changing the Landscape of Memory Care in Senior Living


10 Things Creative People Know


16 Habits of Exuberant Human Beings


20 Quotes from Children's Books Every Adult Should Know

20 Scientifically Backed Ways To De-Stress Right


However passionate you may be about your work or your other roles in life, you will no doubt experience times that are very stressful! This article outlines some of the effects of stress on our health and wellbeing, and offers 20 Scientifically Backed Ways To De-Stress Right Now.

An interesting read that I hope will be of benefit for you or perhaps for others you know!

Studio G (Queensland)


For all young people, the transition from secondary school to work or further education can be difficult to navigate. For young people with autism, this transition can prove insurmountable. Studio G is an interactive workshop that supports young people with high functioning autism in the transition to employment, training or further education.

Workshops run from 1-4pm, Tuesday and Thursday for four terms of 10 weeks per year and program activities encompass game development, animation, short film making, photography & graphic design, music and sound (for film and media) and creative writing.

Community Toolbox


The Community Toolbox has been mentioned in previous issues of Starlink, but is worth bringing to your attention again. It is an excellent online resource for anyone wanting to build healthier communities and bring about social change.

There are thousands of pages of tips and tools, including learning modules, a trouble-shooting guide, best change processes, best practice examples and much more.

Laws of Household Physics


I thought these might make you smile. How many are familiar to you? And you've more to share, please send them through!

A child's eagerness to assist in any project varies in inverse proportion to the ability to actually do the work involved.
Leftovers always expand to fill all available containers plus one.
A newly washed window gathers dirt at double the speed of an unwashed window.
The availability of a pen or pencil is inversely proportional to how badly it is needed.
The same clutter that will fill a one-car garage will fill a two-car garage.
Three children plus two biscuits equals a fight.
The potential for disaster is in direct proportion to the number of TV remote controls divided by the number of viewers.
The number of doors left open varies inversely with the outdoor temperature.
The capacity of any hot water heater is equal to one and a half sibling showers.
What goes up must come down, except for bubble gum, kites and slightly used cereal.
Place two children in a room full of toys and they will both want to play with the same toy.

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