Five things startups can learn from kitesurfing


  Do you have an idea, insight or passion you think could make a great Startup? Time spent at the beach could actually be relevant to your business success… Recently I’ve helped launch StartupWA, mentored at Startup Weekend, advised government on digital and innovation strategy and enjoyed the start of the kitesurfing season. This all got me thinking, and below I … Continue reading Five things startups can learn from kitesurfing

Four reasons why Bendigo is the most surprising Bank in Australia


What would be your response if I told you that the 5th largest Australian Bank was: So innovative it’s model is being exporting its model across the world, So good it’s been awarded as the most ethical, reputable, innovative and best for business, and So committed to creating shared value towards a 100-year vision that it’s … Continue reading Four reasons why Bendigo is the most surprising Bank in Australia

Geraldton as a Shareable City?


I’ve just returned from a conference on coworking, which gave me reason to revisit the relevance of the ‘sharing economy’ and ‘shareable cities’. While we’re seeing a huge upsurge in sharing of spaces, vehicles and everything else through clever use of technology, not all of it is positive. It’s timely for Geraldton to consider the question: … Continue reading Geraldton as a Shareable City?

I’ll follow you: followship and leadership co-arising


In conversations with a friend about our slightly different perspectives and approaches, I looked up definition and etymology of Leadership: “guide”, “cause to go with”. What I freshly appreciated from this was the emphasis on the relationship to the ’other’ who one is causing to go with. That is, that leadership and “followship” co-arise in … Continue reading I’ll follow you: followship and leadership co-arising

Reflections on Day 1 of FORM’s #PUBLICsymposium


Rather than tackled the impossible task to personally condense the first day’s messages and ideas from dozen civic leaders’ life’s work from Day 1 (and which the ‘crowd’ has done well through the event’s hashtag #publicsymposium ), this post is to articulate a few personal observations and ideas-in-formation. A brief disclosure, first, because I didn’t just … Continue reading Reflections on Day 1 of FORM’s #PUBLICsymposium