As a child, Ben received a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Looking back as a young adult, he feels that the needs of high-functioning adolescents are neglected, as they tend to be grouped with younger and less well-functioning students or given no support at all. Ben believes in the transformative power of stories and art, and for a student work, created a hybrid comic and learning resource drawing on his own experiences to address this problem. This concept is currently being redeveloped as a multimedia project by Crucible Australia.
The world was ripe to explore, and fear was just a word without shape (poem)
The challenge of building our characters through building personal capacity in ourselves to augment “community capacity.”
Denis Giasli – Sustainability (living simply)
We live in a society with an economic system focused on GDP growth that is no longer linked to increased levels of happiness and our lives are becoming increasingly shaped by technology and the marketing industry, our consumption is creating increased pressure on the Earth’s natural systems and our urban lives have becomes increasingly detached from nature.
David Parsell – Tasmania - Creating a State of Change
What if we took Charles Darwin’s theory on evolution and extended it to society and the economy?And more specifically, what if we apply it to Tasmania’s society and economy?
Associate Professor Fred Gale - Unsustainable Credit
One of today’s most important issues is the disconnect between consumer behaviour and its social and environmental impacts. Two features of this disconnect stand out: easy credit and poor information.
Nathaniel Bott - 21st Century Learning
Sara Redman – Glimpse
In this moment I had a flash of insight – it occurred to me that the catalyst for the transition from a place of fear to one of possibility is to catch a glimpse. A glimpse of who you really are, or who you could be, a glimpse of hope for the future, a glimpse of joy, a glimpse of love, a glimpse of kindness, or a glimpse of possibility. A glimpse by its very nature is a flash, a shimmer, that is momentary but its impact remains, burning softly like an ember lives well after the fire has died.
Richard Tubb – A New Social Currency
What if charitable giving was as fun as online gaming? Maybe more people would enjoy doing it? What if we took the aspects of online gaming that were enjoyable and developed a way to make charitable giving popular to the masses?
James Riggall – Regional Innovation
Regional areas don’t need to be left behind — they can be as successful as the major innovation hubs, relative to their own local scale, but to do so, they need to do things a little differently.
Dr. Kerry Howells – Can the practice of gratitude transform education?
An inner attitude of gratitude can generate greater consciousness of what we receive from others and our environment, and increase our motivation to want to give back.
Jon Yeo – The Ecosystem of Possibility
Jon is a bit of a productivity geek often contemplating with how everything can work better. In business, information overload, late running projects or stressed workers are all areas that can be readily addressed with Systems Thinking.
Jon consults, speaks and is on panels regarding the cross over of business and technology including Melbourne’s Ministerial Advisory Council, Telstra’s Industry Analyst Summit, and the National Speakers Association national conference.
As part of his contribution back to society Jon volunteers on the board of Melbourne’s largest adult education provider in the eastern suburbs responsible for Board Education and Social Enterprise
Timothy Slater – What is the Colour of Love?