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The third annual GivingTuesday is on 2 December. It’s a national day of giving to kick off the giving season. Participants are asked to create and commit to a project for/on #GivingTuesday and then help spread the word to their networks. It’s a campaign to create a national day of giving at the start of the annual holiday season.


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Read about GAP’s Education Summit


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Education in Australia took center stage at the 5th National Economic Review held at NSW Parliament House in Sydney on 18 and 19 September 2014.


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Made in Movember


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Movember is an annual campaign raising funds and awareness for prostate and testicular cancer and men’s mental health. Mo Bros grow a moustache for the 30 days of Movember to spark a conversation and raise funds.


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Developing a design mindset rather than just methods and tools


posted by Melis Senova, Nov 26, 2014

Design thinking is a growing trend in business. Melis Senova explains what it is and how Huddle Academy supports people adopt a different mindset so they can lead the charge for large organisations.

In a time where businesses are beginning to focus on customer centricity and meaningful value exchange, they are also looking to people with different characteristics within their organisations. These characteristics are not the usual ones we hear about in traditional big business. They include empathy, imagination, belief in possibility, vulnerability, and humility.


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Featured Forum

Employment


Today school leavers are competing in a global race for the best jobs. Youth unemployment rates in Australia have reached a crisis point. The general unemployment numbers have jumped to the highest level in more than ten years with a surprise fall in job growth. Some argue that unemployment rates are even higher than officially recognised.

To stay employed we have to foresee change and adapt. In this featured forum on Employment we explore what changes in the labour markets we are facing and what we can do to lift productivity and compete in the global market place. One thing we know is that skills are fundamental. But we need the flexibility and resilience to apply these skills in different contexts and go on learning.

In which fields are the job opportunities and how can we counter-balance the decline in areas like manufacturing and mining? How can we match the ongoing growth in Asian countries, where large amounts of routine work is performed at significantly lower costs? How are new technologies changing the job market and which skills do we need to cultivate that are not easily replaced by technology? And as white-collar jobs in the post-information age are not only about remuneration anymore, where can we find meaning and transcendence in our work?

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


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