Think Differently: ideas that change communities

Communities in Control 2015

Think Differently: ideas that change communities

Conference opened 25 May 2015, Melbourne
Today's rooster is tomorrow's feather duster, and the same thing goes for doves and peacocks and owls. You've got to keep the golden eggs coming, only better - double-yolkers, and organic. You have to think differently.

You need time to reflect too. If you're not going forward, you're slipping backward - and you should be learning, either way. When did you last take time out to reflect on what your organisation is doing well, and what it could do better? What's the reception for people pointing out your missteps, mistakes, and failures?

You can't ever stop changing and adapting. Every advance creates new expectations. And you can't work in isolation.

At Communities in Control 2015 we set aside some time to be open to the future. To take the long view, and the high ground, and the red pill. For a couple of days, we knew what it meant to think differently.

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Added 26 May 2015

Helena Norberg-Hodge

The Economics of Happiness

Through her writing and lectures, Helena has become a widely respected analyst of the impact of the global economy on communities, local economies, and personal identity, and advocates 'localisation' as a measure to tackle those impacts.

Added 26 May 2015

Hugh Mackay

The Art of Belonging

The eternal question 'Who am I?' must be weighed against an even deeper question: 'Who are we?'

We are writing each other's stories as much as we are writing our own. As social creatures we can only reach our potential when we engage with our communities - as we work for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.

Added 26 May 2015

Barnaby Howarth

Bad Things Happen to Good People. What happens next?

Barnaby Howarth thinks the life you're living right now is something to be proud of.

Today's society says that if you don't achieve what you're aiming for, you've failed, but Barnaby thinks as long as you couldn't have tried any harder, you should be as proud as the next person.

Added 26 May 2015

Dr Gregory Phillips

An Aboriginal Australian Republic

Gregory proposes a radical shift in thinking - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are in fact at the forefront of global social and environmental sustainability, intellectual prowess, artistic meaning and creative beauty. What can other Australians learn from them? What is an Australian? Who is sovereign in Australia? How might we build a Republic and great southern land which we can be proud of?

Added 26 May 2015

Virginia Trioli, Denis Ginnivan, Carolyn Hendricks, Rohan Wenn, Joanne Yates

Panel Session: Think differently - disrupt politics

Pollsters, pundits and politicians generally share a common set of assumptions about what's going to lose you elections - but are they right? Our panel explores new forms of citizen engagement.