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School of Philosophy – week 3

More on the School of Philosophy: [Introduction] [Week 1] [Week 2] Week 3 [Week 4] [Week 5] [Week 6] [Week 7] [Week 8] [Week 9] [Week 10] This week I couldn’t make Thursday night, so I went to the Tuesday night class instead. There was a very different group … Continue reading

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School of Philosophy – week 2

More on the School of Philosophy: [Introduction] [Week 1] Week 2 [Week 3] [Week 4] [Week 5] [Week 6] [Week 7] [Week 8] [Week 9] [Week 10] Synchronicity. As I sit here writing this, ‘Young Adult‘ is on TV in front of me (yeah, I know, who says men … Continue reading

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School of Philosophy – introduction

More on the School of Philosophy: Introduction [Week 1] [Week 2] [Week 3] [Week 4] [Week 5] [Week 6] [Week 7] [Week 8] [Week 9] [Week 10] Many years ago a very old and dear friend from the UK came to stay with us for a while. During his stay we … Continue reading

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School of Philosophy – week 1

More on the School of Philosophy: [Introduction] Week 1 [Week 2] [Week 3] [Week 4] [Week 5] [Week 6] [Week 7] [Week 8] [Week 9] [Week 10] So, what was the first week of the course like? It was fun. We went through the main aims of the course, and the … Continue reading

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Progress

Back in the old days, taps used to come in pairs, one hot, one cold, and they used to have washers inside that would wear out every few years, so you’d have to go down to the hardware store, buy … Continue reading

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The only six businesses in the world?

In the ongoing search to understand business and help organisations be more effective, I’m currently researching a framework to describe the fundamental nature of all businesses in the smallest logical number of categories. I’m thinking of this as the ‘periodic … Continue reading

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Social capital and young people – new research

Longitudinal Surveys of Australian Youth (LSAY) has released a research report today, 5 October 2011, looking at measurement of social capital in young people. This may be relevant to anyone working to help youth overcome an inheritance of socio-economic disadvantage. Some … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 3

Look back at earlier posts on risk management: [Part 1] [Part 2] Part 3 Risk management vs risk avoidance In some circles, especially in non-commercial sectors, ‘risk management’ is commonly confused with ‘risk avoidance’. And you don’t have to be a genius to … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 2

More on risk management: [Part 1] Part 2 [Part 3] Risk management plan One common approach to risk management is to create a risk management plan. The process of creating such a plan can be fun, as a whole bunch of … Continue reading

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Risk management: Part 1

Risk management and other buzzwords ‘Risk management’ has joined the growing lexicon of management terms being bandied around to make the speaker sound impressive and knowledgeable, while the original meaning has been steadily eroded. When people start latching on to … Continue reading

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