Why Bill Gates (and Christopher Pyne) are Wrong

Bill Gates in his Washington Post article, http://tinyurl.com/47mxu7eĀ  How Teacher Development Could Revolutionize Our Schools suggests that one approach is to get more students in front of top teachers by identifying the top 25 percent of teachers and asking them to take on four or five more students. Part of the savings could then be […]

Carbon Tax compensation for industry unjustified

The Australia Institute released a policy discussion paper showing how most of the industry compensation on the table is unjustified. These companies are asking for even more exemptions than what’s being flagged. You can watch an interview with the author here (fast forward to 28:33): http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/746841 You can download the paper here: https://www.tai.org.au/index.php?q=node%2F19&pubid=842&act=display Finally, here’s […]


Yesterday I attended two workshops, each purporting to show how to write and publish in these changing times. The two events could not have been more stark in their perspectives. One was run by a publishing company which, I remember, began publishing ebooks over a decade ago, when they were still highly unfashionable. Their presentation […]

The (immediate) future of technology

Last night I watched my new 9 month old grandbaby totally bamboozle her father by flipping a skype screen- he had no idea how she did it or how to undo it! Technology makes for great toys. The question is how your do we expose kids to what forms of technology. This video raises the […]

Business Gets Real About Sustainability

The real power of achieving sustainableĀ  life on the planet does lie to a large degree with the response of business. While there are business people who are more concerned about their own economic sustainability than social and ecological sustainability, at least they are starting the conversation and reaslising that it is impacting their bottom […]

100 Things To Watch In 2011

Interesting summary of things to take note of in the upcoming year  

Global Change Makers. Youth Economic Forum

Bioneers ask- Why are we living off capital- not income or investments

Paul Hawken has dedicated his life to changing the relationship between business and the environment, and between human and living systems in order to create a more just and sustainable world.http://books.google.com.au/books?id=47bSS5RhvgcC&dq=paul+Hawken&printsec=frontcover&source=bl&ots=Hy7MeJe1Cv&sig=8OLyBFEKL1Lym58TC-Y7aGPWC9o&hl=en&ei=358MSrmWBM-IkQWK1YW8BA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3#PPR9,M1     His work on NATURAL CAPITAL builds on the work of the brilliant Hazel Henderson who has been calling for us for decades, […]