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News, Reviews & Resources   ||   Issue 111 September 2014

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Dear Reader,

An issue for September? Whew!

It's a breathlesss dash across the finish line for us on the very last day of the month.

If this were really a race, we'd be trailing the field, that's for sure!

But we trust you'll find a few winners in the resources we've gathered for you.

Cheers
Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Everyday Leadership and Lollipop Moments

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If you do nothing else with this this month's Starlink, we urge you to watch Drew Dudley's TED talk on Everyday Leadership.

It's funny, heartfelt, provocative ... and inspiring! How many lollipop moments have you had? How many have you acknowledged and thanked someone for. And how many have you created for others that you don't know about?

A Taste of Appreciative Inquiry - Sydney

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Tuesday 18 November, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm
Adina Apartment Hotel (next to Central Station), Sydney

Our Taste of Appreciative Inquiry workshop is for all those who are 'dipping their toes' in the water of AI and would like to learn the essentials of this approach. It covers key concepts fundamental to the philosophy and practice of Appreciative Inquiry.

Appreciative Inquiry is a strength-focused approach for stakeholder consultation, engagement and planning, whether internally or external to an organisation. It is used extensively by local governments, communities, nonprofit groups and businesses around the world.

The registration fee of $341 (incl GST) covers the workshop, morning tea, lunch and a pack of professionally produced reference cards published by Appreciating People in the UK. (These card sets are available in Australia exclusively through BJ Seminars International and provide an excellent ongoing resource and reference after the workshop.) .

Discounts on the registration fee are available for those from remote regions or when three or more attend from one organisation. Should either of these options be of interest, please contact us for further details, as they are not available via our automated online registration system.

GlobalSchoolNet .org

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Launched in 1984, Global SchoolNet has two decades of experience in the field of online project-based learning and connecting schools around the world. Though based in the US, the site houses a wealth of resources and opportunities for involvement that are applicable to learners around the world.

Global SchoolNet's mission is to support 21st century, brain-friendly learning, and improve academic performance through content-driven collaboration.

We engage educators and students in brain-friendly e-learning projects worldwide to develop science, math, literacy and communication skills, foster teamwork, civic responsibility and collaboration, encourage workforce preparedness and create multi-cultural understanding.

Whenever possible, we make the content from our workshops and conference sessions available for your professional development use. Global SchoolNet engages youth in project-based, online learning activities, that stimulate individual creativity, teach communication skills, foster collaboration, and increase global understanding.

They also host several different mailing lists, if these are of interest for you.

Aged Care Chair Chi Training - Sydney

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Monday 17 November
Adina Apartment Hotel (next to Central Station), Sydney

We're delighted to be returning to Sydney to offer our Chair Chi Training (Level One) workshop. This is for aged care professionals, carers or volunteers and is based on an innovative, gentle exercise program that Chris has been delivering in aged care centres across Melbourne for almost two years. The program teaches people how to deliver Chair Chi sessions for residents to enhance physical, psychological, social and emotional wellbeing.

The registration fee of $341 (incl GST) covers the workshop, morning tea, lunch and a comprehensive workbook as an ongoing resource and reference.

As with our Taste of Appreciative Inquiry workshop (above) we offer discounts for anyone travelling from a remote region or for three or more coming from the same organisation. Contact us for details.

Investing in Social Change

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On 10 September, Michael Traill, CEO of Social Ventures Australia, delivered the 2014 SVA Oration at NSW Parliament House. Entitled Investing in social change: Building an efficient capital market for social purpose, Michael's speech focused on the need for more efficient and strategic capital allocation to achieve social purpose outcomes.

Whether you agree or disagree with the points he makes, his speech is worth visiting - lots of food for thought!

A handful of key points:
* Be bold, be brave and be prepared to take risks
* Be clear about what you want
* Bring mainstream funders into the game
* The importance of political leadership

Watch Michael Traill on YouTube - the speech is about 45 minutes altogether. Or read his article on the SVA blog, which draws on and expands on his speech.

Measuring What Matters

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In Michael Traill's speech (above), he also raises the issue of HOW we measure social purpose and social outcomes. A constant challenge for those in the non profit sectors!

In relation to that issue, Starlink readers may also enjoy a TED talk by Chip Conley entitled Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile.

When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.

Out and About on the Web

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Global Kids Oz

 
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Social Opportunity Group

 
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Dementia Roadshow

 
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Voices of Youth

Community Directors Australia

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The Institute of Community Directors Australia is a wonderful resource for all community-based or nonprofit boards and organisations.

While there is a cost to join, should you wish to do so, there are also many resources available at no cost to site visitors.

For example they offer a wide range of Tools and Resources, including Damn Good Advice for Treasurers.

Great Schools, Great Teachers ... Great Ideas!

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We've gathered a handful of wonderful talks on education, for your enjoyment and, we hope, inspiration.

You may have seen this one before, but it's worth watching again! Sir Ken Robinson asks us to Bring on the Learning Revolution.

Teaching Design for Change is presented by Emily Pilliton, who is "teaching a design-build class called Studio H that engages high schoolers' minds and bodies while bringing smart design and new opportunities to the poorest county in the state". Truly inspiring! And do follow up by checking out the Project H website. You may find the time to watch their full length documentary called If You Build It.

Listen to Will Richardson's talk from a TedXMelbourne event: Education Leadership. Also worth visiting and reading is Will's blog!

Taylor Mali

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Finally this month, here are some short pieces written and performed by Taylor Mali, who is an American "slam poet, humorist, teacher, and voiceover artist"

Miracle Workers is both very funny and a strong testament to the role of a teacher!

To the question What do Teachers Make? we think he's crafted the ultimate comeback!

We loved Totally, Like, Whatever ...You Know. As Mali says, "It's not enough these days to question authority ... you gotta speak with it too!"

And as for this one on The Impotence of Proofreading? ... How DOES he recite this so effortlessly without ever stumbling into the right word? :)

From Our Blog

Dates for Your Diary

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Visit our Events Calendar to find details of conferences, workshops, training opportunities, exhibitions and special days to celebrate!

A few highlights of the coming month include Halloween of course at the end of October - particularly for our US readers. :) But there is also the International Day of Older Persons on 1 October as well as The Unconference in NSW from 21-24 October. And don't forget that the whole of October is Buy Nothing New Month!

Click the links to these events on the Events Calendar for more information.

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