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Reconc iliation AustraliaNational Reconciliation Week (NRW) from 27 May to 3 June celebrates and seeks to form meaningful and respectful relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.

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Have your say on big data and privacy

Office of the Australian Information CommissionerYou’ve got until 26 July 2016 to comment on the draft Guide to big data and the Australian Privacy Principles. It’s your chance to have your say on a topic with enormous social and economic impact.



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Your chance to comment on NSW strata law reform

NSW Fair Trading logoYou’ve got until 27 May 2016 to have your say on NSW’s proposed strata regulations. Current government reforms in strata laws were informed by a highly successful community consultation facilitated by GAP and hosted on Open Forum in 2012.

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Leslie Fritz: Wine Connoisseur and Regional Industry Leader

posted by Peter Fritz, May 30, 2016

When Leslie Fritz bought property in the Southern Highlands, he used revolutionary wine-making techniques and a passion for excellence to establish the first modern winery in the cool climate. Leslie’s son, Peter Fritz, explains how knowledge, imagination and foresight can transform a whole region.

Innovation has always played a crucial role in the development of our industry and society, and in today’s economy it’s more important than ever. We all know that change is necessary for growth. Many individuals and organisations have contributed to the growth and transformation of Australia.

I have a very personal interest in sharing an example of how innovation, knowledge, imagination and foresight can transform a whole region – in this case the Southern Highlands.

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The dictionary definition of philanthropy is 'the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes'. Promoting the welfare of others is a fundamental strong suit most stable countries value. This is not unique to Australia.

But what exactly defines Australian philanthropy?

Impressively we have more than 3,000 philanthropic organisations. Even more impressive is that in 2014 Australian charities collectively raked in $103 billion (of which $6.8 billion were donations).

So we know Australia is making a strong effort for its philanthropies. But where do we look for leadership? What is profit with purpose and does it really work? And then, maybe most importantly, how can we build a national culture of philanthropy where giving is intrinsic to the fabric of our families and the wider community?

For the next two months, Open Forum will talk with local humanitarians, altruistic groups and organisations that are giving while building their business, in order to get a better grasp of Australia's philanthropic involvement.

Please contact Svetlana at sstankovic@openforum.com.au with your blog idea to share your thoughts with the Open Forum community.

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