Tony Gibson on September 14th, 2017

I was fortunate to experience my high school years at an inner city public school in Brisbane that was a melting pot of different nationalities and racial groups. I developed friendships from this time and for me it has highlighted my belief that diversity is what makes great organisations and makes Australia a great nation.
I define diversity as the inclusion of individuals representing different national origins, races, religions, socioeconomic stratum, sexual orientations, genders and age profiles which make our Australian culture great.
As a manager and business coach I have seen the benefits of diversity in the workplace as individuals bring a range of different skills and can relate effectively with different elements of the customer base. We need to reduce unemployment in the workforce creating jobs and increasing the wealth distribution in the Australian economy as we take advantage of this diversity.
I believe we should continue to benefit from our cultural diversity increasing international connections and keeping the dialogue going to avoid conflicts and more wars. If we look at the impact of a Samsung or a Hyundai from South Korea they benefit the Australia with a transfer of innovation, technology and local jobs. Clearly we still need to do more to value add to create more local jobs.
Australia is largely a migrant nation with most of us having arrived here in the last couple of hundred years and we can trace much of our prosperity to diversity and to our social cohesion.
We can see diversity and our migrant’s backgrounds in the makeup of the Australian parliament. The Section 44 of the constitution eligibility concerns for current parliamentarians highlights how many have recently arrived.
When the Australian nation and our harmony are threatened by people who seek to divide us it is more important than ever to concentrate on the things that unite us.
A thousand mile journey starts with one step and I call on our political leaders to focus on unity and prosperity taking advantage of our diverse rich culture.

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Tony Gibson on August 29th, 2017

I have taken on a role as an ambassador with RE-THINK RE-ENGAGE FOUNDATION AUSTRALIA The RRF is an Australian non-profit organisation committed to influencing and supporting Australia’s O5UW’s (i.e. over 50’s underemployed overqualified workers) transforming this talent to drive innovation in the Australian economy.

The Federal Government has just announced a trial to bring back older Australians into the workforce. The 5 sites that include Somerset in Queensland will spend a total of $110 million. The program includes a short intensive course with better ways to search for jobs and understand the local labour market and optional computer and information technology training.

As a HR professional and coach I am afraid without a holistic approach that recognises discrimination and stereotyping of older workers further training is unlikely to bring results. Many older workers are already highly literate in information technology and have much to offer just needing a chance.

With underemployment, casualisation of the workforce, low superannuation balances for many workers and technological changes meaning many jobs are disappearing the need to respond to the plight of older workers is significant. Older workers are a talent pool we need to nurture and support through broad based programs accessible to all in the Australian economy.

If you would like to be involved in developing solutions please contact me on tony.gibson@spirit3h.com.au

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Tony Gibson on August 20th, 2017

Take a quiet slow walk in nature it will nurture and heal your mind, body and spirit. A walk allows you to be in harmony as you return to an instinctive sense of what life is and how to live.
I completed the 90 K Cooloola Great Walk over 5 days from Rainbow Beach to Tewantin with Cowan Caldwell and Tony Wiggins.
It was a perfect walk for the 3 of us with wonderfully warm weather and beautiful vistas from high up on ancient dunes. I particularly enjoyed breathing the sweet and clean air of the rainforests and viewing the colourful wildflowers of the heath. We were able to cleanse and recuperate with clean and calm lakes, rivers and the ocean along the way.
This type of slow walk is a form of walking meditation as it allows you to be in the moment and in tune with what is about you having a profound healing effect.
I felt so fit and cleansed from the walk and I would certainly recommend the Cooloola Great Walk (see https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-cooloola/).

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Tony Gibson on July 6th, 2017

A stunning coastal icon of our headlands and dunes, the Pandanus, is the focus of a community conservation project to celebrate its cultural significance and to support its conservation on the Sunshine Coast.

Unitywater’s Community Sponsorship Program has funded this
initiative, enabling Coolum and North Shore Coast Care to work with Kabi Kabi Traditional Owners, historian Dr Ray Kerkhove and Pandanus
dieback mitigation expert, Joel Fostin.

Together, they have documented the extent and the many traditional
uses of the Pandanus species and its ‘breadfruit’, after having held
recent community information workshops. The impacts of the leafhopper pest and the mitigation measures needed to preserve this unique species have been the focus of workshops to save the Pandanus. The local Pandanus have developed crown rot, a condition which if left untreated, can kill the Pandanus and cause ‘dieback’ in populations.

If you would like to learn more about the historical use of and
Aboriginal heritage values of the Pandanus, an event will be held to
launch a free digital booklet on such, during NAIDOC week, Friday 7
July. This is event is at Point Arkwright Lookout and Park, beach access number 85 from 9:30 to 10:30 AM.

For more information about the project please contact Tony Gibson on MS0419791860, email tony.gibson@spirit3h.com.au

Go to http://coolumcoastcare.org.au/launch-of-pandanus-heritage-booklet/ to download the booklet.

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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.

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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.

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