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IPC logo26 September to 2 October 2016 is Right to Know Week, brought to you by the Information and Privacy Commission (IPC). Right To Know Day on 28 September is an international annual event to increase awareness of citizen’s rights to access government information and open, transparent government.


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Alzheimer's Australia logoSeptember is Dementia Awareness Month. The theme for 2016 is "You are not alone". Wednesday 21 September 2016 is World Alzheimer's Day.


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Digital Disruption for Government 2016The second Annual Digital Disruption for Government 2016 takes place in Sydney 27-28 September with a pre-conference workshop on 26 September.


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Head space for creativity and innovation



posted by Dr Melis Senova, Sep 30, 2016

How can we move beyond the what to the why of innovation? At the recent GAP Summit Dr Melis Senova called for nothing less than a collective mindset revolution.

Good morning all, I’d like to begin by acknowledging the traditional people of this land upon which we meet today, the Gadigal Clan of the Eora Nation, and extend my respect to their elders, past and present. 

I often wonder about the original peoples around the globe, those who tens of thousands of years ago knew how to live in complete harmony with the Earth—those so connected with our planet, their instincts guided their survival and development as a community.

I wonder how they spoke about innovation.​


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Spaces of Australian Innovation


How can Australia build and nurture spaces for innovation and creative engagement so that we can become a truly innovative nation? At the end of last year Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull revealed his innovation statement, calling for an 'ideas boom' with a funding package of almost $1.1 billion. What has happened since then?

For the next two months this forum will explore space in the physical, virtual and metaphorical sense. We will discuss Spaces to Collaborate in smarter cities as centres of entrepreneurship and creative culture; Spaces to Learn and nurture Australian talent, embed design thinking and foster personal and economic growth; Research Spaces to encourage academia and industry to collaborate and commercialise research; Head Space and Outer Space, examining the potential of the emerging commercial space industry.

The forum will be leading up to the Global Access Partners 7th Annual Economic Summit on the 15th and 16th of September 2016 at NSW Parliament House with speakers and participants featured in this area.

If you would like to contribute a blog to join the debate, please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au.


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