When singing a song together, we become participants rather than observers of others. Singing gives us an opportunity to make ourselves really and truly present. No one has to be a perfect singer, or have the most beautiful voice, to be a part of a music group. As a well-known quotation reads: “The woods would be very silent if only those birds sang who sing the best.”
Everything is accelerating and fear is ruling the planet. We are afraid of terrorists and climate change; deeply uncertain of the economy, our leaders and what the future holds for our work, our relationships and our communities. What we thought we knew is no longer true. Where are we heading?
All the lonely people, where do they all come from?
All the lonely people, where do they all belong?
The life and death of Eleanor Rigby, in the bleak Beatles song, reminds us that loneliness kills. Recent studies conclude loneliness and social isolation are the next big public health issue, on par with obesity, domestic violence and substance abuse.
At some stage of our lives, loneliness affects almost all of us. For many, it is a core factor in mental and physical health problems, and economic disadvantage. A 2012 study showed that in 2001-09, almost one in three Australians experienced loneliness. The study concluded loneliness is an increasing trend and emerging factors, from social media use to single person dwellings, feed this trend.
The jobs of yesterday no longer exist and the jobs of tomorrow haven’t been invented yet. Over the next 5 to 10 years it is estimated that up to 40% of companies on the S & P will be disrupted by rapidly advancing technologies and the entrepreneurs adapting quickly to this new environment. And according to considerable research more than 50% of current Australian middle class jobs will no longer exist over the next decade due to robots, artificial intelligence and other new technologies. And some jobs will continue to exist but will be performed by those in cheaper labour markets overseas.
Today you either disrupt yourself or someone else will! Retail, the media, airlines, telecommunications, professional services and insurance firms, even governments globally are all in the throes of fundamental change in response to disruption. Is it a threat to your industry or profession, a problem to be managed – or an opportunity to be seized? You and your organisation have a chance to understand disruption, to innovate in response, or take the initiative and be a disruptor. Learn from the who’s who of global thinkers and innovators at the 6th Creative Innovation 2016 Asia Pacific Global event (Ci2016), 7-9 November 2016 at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. continue reading »
Australia has traditionally been a highly successful and prosperous nation. On almost every important business index, we are accelerating. The stakes – the financial, social, environmental and political consequences – similarly are rising. Being lucky is no longer enough
Research shows singing is the best drug of all: the ultimate cure for mental and physical health
It’s hard to miss her. Not just because her crutches have slipped to the floor, and in truth without them you can’t actually tell that she’s living with her cerebral palsy. She’s not the best, or the loudest member of the choir.
Public speaking is considered the greatest fear a person can have, even greater than the fear of death. Yet we all have unique voices, stories and knowledge to share with others and inspire. continue reading »
While the arts sector faces challenges to secure funding and capture audiences in the digital age, the leading hub for technology and entrepreneurship, Silicon Valley may hold the key to innovation. continue reading »
The only constant in this world is change.
That’s what one of world’s outstanding leaders and executive Chairman of the X PRIZE Foundation, Dr Peter Diamandis and world-leading experts and futurists reminded Creative Innovation 2015 Asia Pacific From Disruption to Sustainable Growth.