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Open Forum is an independent collaborative think-tank built around an interactive discussion website hosted and moderated by Global Access Partners (GAP). It provides a platform for focused dialogue on social, political, economic, ecological and cultural issues and challenges.

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Computer Science Education WeekComputer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) from 7 to 13 December 2015 is dedicated to inspiring children to take interest in computer science. It’s a global initiative with Hour of Code events around the world.

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Understand the digital landscape

GovInnovate 2015GovInnovate takes place in Canberra from 24 to 26 November 2015. In this public sector conference attendants hear the latest in service design, digital delivery and security. Its aim is to help government agencies along their digital transformation journey.

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Are you in?

People's Climate MarchIn the last weekend of November, on the eve of the United Nations climate summit, people will gather in Australian cities and walk alongside millions of people in cities around the world to show that they want an end to fossil fuels and a transition to renewable energy.

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Experts and vested interests

posted by Allan Catlin, Nov 26, 2015

How do you approach the advice of experts? Allan Catlin says in particular with the internet as a massive noticeboard of opinions, facts and fantasies we have to make sure we stay critical and look at the big picture.

The old joke defines an expert as made up of its parts, where ‘x’ is an unknown quantity and a ‘spurt’ is a drip under pressure. Many a politician and public figure bears this out, especially when he or she has been promoted to a new department or given a new job portfolio. The temptation to believe the title is all that is needed to make you superior and better informed than everyone else is easy to fall into. Stay open minded, both speaker and listener.

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Climate Change

There is no further need for debate over the reality of climate change – the science is incontrovertible. We are experiencing extreme weather patterns everywhere: longer heatwaves, more floods and bushfires. The polar ice is melting and iconic places like the Great Barrier Reef are at grave risk.

Leading up to the Climate Change Conference in Paris in December, we will discuss developments in Australia and worldwide. Where do we stand? How are we tracking? What happens after Paris? And is there any hope?

Australia is one of the largest emitter per capita. So far the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will not consider returning to the carbon trading scheme he once advocated. He ruled out changing the Coalition’s existing climate change polices and wants to stick with Direct Action.

As governments alone are too slow to act, we need to engage business and communities more than we do already. We have to make lowering carbon emission part of our national identity.

What are the economic opportunities in the fight against global warming? Can we have a clean energy revolution that will drive, not hinder, growth? Some anticipate that solar could be globally competitive with coal by 2020. Greenpeace has recently released a report stating that Australia could operate with 100% renewable energy by 2050. How can other new technologies help slow down or even reverse damage done by climate change?

What are the most pressing issues around climate change according to you? Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au and share your ideas and concerns with our online community.

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