Announcing The Search: Growing Collective Impact in Australia For most Australians life is good. By a measure of average wealth, we’re among the wealthiest in the world. Our cities regularly top global lists for livability, and our nation has recently been named as one of the happiest places to live on the planet. But while most Australians enjoy a high standard of living by international standards, many are facing serious social and economic problems that are proving tough to resolve, and in many cases becoming worse. Once the domain of government or not-for-profits to solve, it has become clear that the complex nature of many of these issues means that no single program or organisation, however innovative, influential, well managed or well funded, can successfully address them singlehandedly.
Generative Dialogue - Dene Rossouw - Possibil.com In his book, Dialogue and the art of thinking together, William Isaacs introduces the concept of a container that is essential for dialogue to take place. “Dialogue….is a conversation with a centre, not sides. It is a way of taking the energy of our differences and channelling it toward something that has never been created before. “William Isaacs The container is a place of psychological safety. He contends that if the elements of Energy, Safety and Possibility are not present, no dialogue will take place. Tips For Writing Pattern Languages This is a message originally sent by WardCunningham to the PatternsList in January 1994. I can't find it archived online anywhere. SteveBerczuk sent me an OCR'ed version he had, which I just cut and pasted in. -- DougLea Friends - I'd like to encourage all of you to get your pattern pencils out and get to work on your submissions to the PLoP'94 conference. To that end, let me suggest a few steps that have helped me get something down on paper. Also, I've included the introduction and section headings from what I expect to be my own submission: a pattern language I call CHECKS. But first the steps... 1) Pick a whole area, not just one idea.
Indigenous Governance awards for women's group and theatre troupe A central Australian women’s group and a regional Victorian theatre troupe have won the prestigious Indigenous Governance awards and $20,000, it was announced in Melbourne on Thursday night. The awards, run by Reconciliation Australia in partnership with mining giant BHP Billiton, are held every second year “to identify, celebrate and promote strong Indigenous governance”. The 2014 competition received a record 113 applications from across Australia. Alice Springs’ Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation was awarded the top honour for its work supporting and advocating for remote communities across 90,000 sq km of Australia’s central region. The management committee and executive is made up of elected Aboriginal women from its member communities. Chair of the judging panel, Prof Mick Dodson, said it was “hard to fault” the governance of the organisation.
New Paradigm Economics We’ve been enculturated to think of economics as a cold, boring, academic subject devoid of connection to humanity’s heart and soul. In fact it is intimately connected and potentially one of the most juicy, alive, rich ways of understanding and evolving our humanity, our purpose and our future. Economics is one of the most essential fields of agreements on how we hold our collective self-image, how we develop our collective self esteem. It is how we agree to take care of each other – how we hold every other human being on the planet in relationship. It holds the promise of manifesting a system of intrinsic love, social justice and caring into society. A Pattern Language A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction is a 1977 book on architecture, urban design, and community livability. It was authored by Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa and Murray Silverstein of the Center for Environmental Structure of Berkeley, California, with writing credits also to Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel. Decades after its publication, it is still one of the best-selling books on architecture. The book creates a new language, what the authors call a pattern language derived from timeless entities called patterns.
How Does A Honeybee Colony Think? As any kid with a mason jar can tell you, the honeybee isn’t the smartest animal on the planet. But oddly enough, a honeybee colony is actually pretty intelligent. Without the understanding of any single bee, the colony is constantly weighing decisions and making choices—like sending workers to the best place to collect food, or efficiently allocating jobs. You have to wonder, how does the honeybee group make decisions when the individuals can’t? Although you might think the queen bee plays some role in this, she actually has no say in the decision-making. Instead, a honeybee colony "thinks" by combining and evaluating information from all the bees in a colony-wide discussion.
Global Dynamics Processes: the Pattern which Connects from KaliYuga to Tao: Metalogue: what is the instinct of Tao? Definition of insinct: in animal psychology and ethology, “nervous mechanism hierarchically organized, with innate action patterns, sensitive to certain environmental stimuli that arouse it, put it in action and direct it, to which it responds with well-coordinated movements which have as their purpose the preservation of the individual or species". The animal instinct (which leads for example the birds to build nests) is more complex than reflection; does not change either during the life of the individual or through several generations of individuals of the same species, and become less rigid or preformed and so much more connected to learning as going up in the zoological scale.. Definition of Metalogue: A metalogue is a conversation about some problematic subject. This conversation should be such that not only do the participants discuss the problem but the structure of the conversation as a whole is also relevant to the same subject. D: But what does it explain? D: Don't be silly.