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Earth Hour success!
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Monday, 31 March 2008
As you may already know, Earth Hour was a resounding success. In Sydney the power dip from more than 2 million businesses and households increased from 5 to 8.4%, in Melbourne, with a similar number taking part, it reached 10.1%, and in other cities it went as high (or as low!) as 15%. Canada had 150 cities participating!

Earth Hour happened officially in:

Aalborg, Aarhus, Adelaide, Atlanta, Bangkok, Brisbane, Canberra, Chicago, Christchurch, Copenhagen, Darwin, Dublin, Hobart, Manila, Melbourne, Montreal, Odense, Ottawa, Perth, Phoenix, San Francisco, Suva, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Toronto and Vancouver.
Not bad! A lot of our globe participated in smaller ways.

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posted by Dr Ron @ 17:28   0 comments
Earth Hour today!
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Saturday, 29 March 2008
A year has gone by! And a lot of work has been done. The promotion of Earth Hour in Sydney this year is phenomenal compared to a year ago - and this time it's global! Lead on Sydney! We can expect to see a much greater dimming of the lights with resultant reduction in energy.


What does Earth Hour really achieve?

  1. It proves we can cut greenhouse emissions

  2. It proves we want to do this, we look to our future and are prepared to play our part as individuals

  3. It demonstrates to the world of business that we are starting to think about the sustainability of those we buy from.
    Profits will flow to those who think long-term and protect our future.
For those businesses wanting to move towards sustainability - and prove it - there is a well established, and easy to use structure for doing this. Check out Mega Planning - it takes strategic planning to a new level, and makes it very user friendly.



March 2007

Meantime, switch off 8-9 pm tonight. See you! Well, no, it'll be dark, but enjoy a little freedom from light.
We've given a link to the Sydney Morning Herald, a major sponsor, together with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) because the Earth Hour website is running a little slow at present! Everyone wants it! Try again later - and sign up.

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Appreciative Inquiry for Change
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Tuesday, 25 March 2008
I am an ongoing supporter of Appreciative Inquiry (AI) in all its many forms, countries and languages. I am also a supporter of John Loty who ran the first online AI conference for the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI, Sydney Chapter) and who is a great practitioner of AI and fountain of information about this process as it rolls around the globe. John is presenting workshops in Melbourne and Sydney in early April:

  • Melbourne: 3-4 April
  • Sydney: 7-8 April

These workshops are presented by PiCS (Performance Improvement Conferences and Seminars) and time is short.

PiCS will be happy to send a flyer on request.


Why would you attend? Only if you wanted to see real change happening and people enjoying it!


  • It's not problem solving (and it solves problems)

  • It is strengths based (and it overcomes weaknesses)

Be there if you can!


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Diversity and the brain
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Monday, 24 March 2008
"What's the next word I'll say at the end of this _______?" Yes, of course you know. Our brains are predictors, so we can have a chance of dealing with what's coming next.

Here's a nice write-up about how our brain operates for predictability (not new, Freud described it long ago!) and how that determines our reaction to diversity in the workplace. It's from Training Games, Inc. Worth checking.
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Leveraging the Power of Associations!
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Thursday, 20 March 2008
Have you ever wondered about the power that resides in our associations? All over the world, people get together in professional associations, societies, clubs and groups of all kinds to work together, improve themselves, share interests, promote some cause or just to enjoy themselves. What power might result if they all started thinking together about the world they truly want for themselves and their children! And what method more likely to make this happen than Appreciative Inquiry (AI)? This approach has an extraordinary track record of successes ranging from the BBC to the US Navy to the ANZ Bank (Australia and New Zealand), and can involve very large numbers of participants.

The founder of AI, David Cooperrider, is setting up a conference that will bring 500 delegates to Washington DC from 30 April to 2 May, and link in many thousands of others all around the globe. You can find details of the Global Summit - Associations as Agents of World Benefit (Leveraging the Power of Associations for Global Change) at the AI Commons where there is lot of information and news about AI. Or you can learn more from the sponsoring organization: ASAE & The Center for Association Leadership.
The purpose of this conference and virtual gathering is "to define the role that associations can play in solving complex world economic, social and environmental problems while simultaneously creating healthier organizations. The summit aims to collaboratively craft the principles, guidelines and actions that will transform this initiative from conversation to action".

International Society for Performance Improvement, (ISPI, Sydney Chapter) will be taking part.

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