Tony Gibson on June 9th, 2017

Mindfulness training, mentoring and the accidental counsellors are some of the ways we can provide supportive workplaces and help to prevent suicides.

This article provides some practical ideas to make your workplace safer. See the article from HRM On Line.

How workplaces can help prevent suicide

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Tony Gibson on June 2nd, 2017

Daniel Bauer writing in the PA Times
“U.S. infrastructure and its present state of operating capacity is dominated by substantial costs to upgrade and/or costs attributed to new construction. Either way, the issue of infrastructure seems to be increasingly categorized as a ‘wicked’ policy problem”.

Clearly infrastructure development in Australia is the same wicked problem even with the rapid expansion of new technologies and funding approaches such as private-public partnerships adequate infrastructure is not being delivering for communities.

My observation is that the funding issue continues to get worse for governments with increased debt and a back log of funding priorities and promises for politicians. The failure to deliver on public transport like high speed inter-city rail and communication technologies like high speed broadband (NBN -National Broadband Network) are good examples of public policy failures.

It is a classic chasing your tail or what Brian Head has described as a wicked policy problem.

How do we stop chasing our tails to fund and develop appropriate infrastructure for our society? It is worth reading Daniel’s discussion in the US.

http://patimes.org/infrastructure-technologies-delivering-impact-2-0/

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Tony Gibson on April 16th, 2017

The current level of unemployment stops many people being able to afford security, safety and basic needs. If we add to the unemployment levels. Underemployment, we have a significant problem.

Underemployment describes a situation where the potential labour of employed people is not fully used. For example underemployed would be people employed part time or casual who want to work more hours to make a satisfactory living.

The underemployment challenge is not only the 18-25 age category but also the over 50s and the ABS statistics do not show the true picture. These groups are not captured in official figures as in many cases they have stopped looking for work and do not register for unemployment benefits.

As a coach and mentor I feel it is best for people to love their work living their passion having a clear purpose. This approach to life and work helps people maximise their opportunity for success. Unfortunately, people without the passion, purpose and resilience are more likely to suffer health and wellbeing problems.

The safety net in terms of social security benefits and age pensions is failing to ensure that people can keep abreast of increasing costs in utilities such as water and electricity charges and spiralling health costs. Governments continue to reduce the size of this safety net or fail to support minimum wage adjustments that are meaningful. The move to a Universal Living Income (ULI) as in Scotland and Canada seems to be a step needed to help more people from falling below the poverty line.

I have become involved with the Re-think Re-engage Foundation (RRF) which is a group formed to address the future talent shortage and unlock the prosperity getting more over 50s back into the workforce. I am keen on improving industry take up of over 50s (i.e. past the Bunnings and banks) and examine internships and other ways for re-entering the workforce.

Governments need to address a universal living income and support a better framework for unemployment, underemployment, reducing poverty and increasing productivity and prosperity for everyone in our community.

Easter for me is a time for us all to open our hearts to those less fortunate in the community as well as appreciating our natural world.

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Tony Gibson on August 2nd, 2016

It was great to meet Karl at The Cleantech Effect 2016 Conference on the Sunshine Coast and enjoy his future predictions and moonshots. Dr Karl tells it the way is on the environment and the impact of climate change with lots of positives for the future of the planet. Thank you Karl.

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Tony Gibson on August 1st, 2016

The feeling of fulfillment or completion is known as purna (sanskrit). The postures and flows used in yoga practice can help us to feel fulfilled.  While we are taught in the ancient scripts that life is perfect and that we are perfect at the same time you can extend yourself.

I enjoyed the Brisbane Yoga Fest over the weekend extending and reaffirming my love of Yoga Chi Gung, meditation and spiritual music. I continue to learn from experiences like the Yoga Fest and other practitioners and followers of the ancient wisdom.

The Sunshine Coast Yoga Fest is on at the end of October this year and would be a great opportunity to extend yourself and continue your learning and fulfillment. See link http://www.yogafest.com.au/

Three (3) Yoga Chi Gung classes are offered weekly and holistic coaching appointments are available by appointment at Mudjimba on the Sunshine Coast. Contact Tony on MS 0419791860.

yogafest | Gallery

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I am so fortunate to work with environmental groups, community groups and a political party that have visions for a better future both here on the Sunshine Coast and across the world.

The North Shore Community Centre at Mudjimba is one such organisation that could teach many people a better way. The vision of the Centre is to reduce social isolation for individuals and groups by offering a positive and empowering environment where members can connect and contribute creatively with inspiring possibilities. We aim to revitalise our existing community, celebrating diversity with compassion and respect.

By acting locally and having a global vision we can achieve so much in this world.

Thank you to the team at the North Shore Community Centre.

Why not visit their website http://www.northshorecommunitycentre.org/contact-us.php 

or Like on Facebook    https://web.facebook.com/NorthShoreCommunityCentre/?_rdrpage to find out more.

Mudjimba Dunes Sunshine Coast

 

 

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When I think of leaders like Mandela, Gandhi and King the attributes of being grounded and humble leaders come into mind. These leaders of nations and movements led significant change for the betterment of their peoples.

In being humble you learn by being patient and listening and when you are grounded, it is easier to challenge yourself taking on new experiences while being calm and at peace. These attributes are not only the winners for the leaders of nations, but are similarly found in the great leaders in business and the wider community.

The greatest challenge of today is climate change which threatens our very existence on this planet.  By “recognizing our earth roots, and the earth roots of everyone else, knowing that we are not, in essence, greater than, lesser than, or even separate from, the rest of life” we can start to heal this planet and lead a path for a sustainable future.

In “This Changes Everything” Naomi Klein describes the urgency for leadership to respond to the challenges of climate change. I believe she is identifying the need for grounded and humble leaders who really care about the future and who are not captured by the carbon based economy interest groups. Finding such leaders sounds like an achievable quest or will they simply emerge?

We need grounded and humble leaders to put up their hands to lead change whether it is for popular movements on climate change or leading positive changes in corporations, communities and nations to bring about a more compassionate and caring world.

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Tony Gibson on December 22nd, 2015

A wonderful community event with a mission to explore and celebrate our folklore – the traditions, its evolution and its fringe. Join the party and get new ideas feeding the soul from 27 December 15 to 1 January 2016.

woodford folk festival – Google Search

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Tony Gibson on September 11th, 2015

While Australia seems to be falling behind in the skills race for a new economy, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched a Skills India Initiative to provide 400 million people with human resources skills. India aims to be the world human resources capital by 2022.
I travelled to India several years ago before Modi was elected and India was powering ahead as Australia was slowing. I met scientists, doctors, teachers, managers and members of a prosperous well educated Indian middle class. The people I met were excited about learning and the future of India.
In contrast over the past two years in Australia the leadership is not there and the breaks are on in learning and skills development. There actually has not been the political will for skills development and delivery on education reform for a few years and the necessary investment has not occurred.
In addition, the opportunities to move to a greener economy in Australia to create prosperity with green jobs have been squandered. The tardiness in the reform agenda means Australia is slipping back in comparison to other developed economies. The OECD reported in July 2015 that Australia is no longer the best performer in the OECD with the harmonised unemployment rate of 6.2%. From this relatively poor performance result it would seem obvious that Australia needs to rebalance the economy with more attention to social, cultural and environmental issues for prosperity.
I believe that transformation is required largely through more green jobs and entrepreneurs in areas like high value eco-tourism, indigenous cultural enterprises, health, wellbeing, educational services, public transport and high speed rail, renewable and clean energy, organic farming and participation in the digital economy.
It is not the intention to get into greening skills and job profiles but clearly there has been significant work in that area occurring with adaption, mitigation and eco-innovation. There will be significant work required in training and skills development which is an opportunity for prosperity in itself.
It would be nice to have a Modi leading the way with ambitious targets though the funding is not on the table in India and it seems it will be very much a partnership with the private sector. The difference is that at least there is some hope provided with the Modi agenda unlike the leadership provided by the Abbott federal government in Australia.
Speaker and writer Meg Wheatley says whatever the problem community is the answer and we need to expect leadership of the change to come from anywhere. As the Government is not leading the community is leading a government caught up in the interest groups of an old economy. I believe there is definitely hope and leaders will emerge for our own Skills Australia Initiative.

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Tony Gibson on August 29th, 2015

Even if we do not realise it we are connected to nature and the seasons. The turtles, rays, sharks whales, sea birds and wildflowers are all connected like the people in our communities. The spring is a time of renewal and growth for us.

In the five elements connections of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the element in Spring is wood, the colour is green and in the lifecycle it is about birth. Also, as we move into Spring with Yoga Chi Gung, the meridians for focus are the liver and gallbladder. The meridians run on the inside and outside of the legs so the practice is designed to stretch those areas to help the flow of chi or energy. By using postures and flows like twisting snake,  lever pose and more this will help your body, mind and spirit refresh and revitalise.
Wildflower Walk Beauties.2

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