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You all notices now that I’m huge advocate for collaborating with others. From my ventures with Creativity Australia, The Song Room, Creative Innovation Global, Pot-Pourri and Music Theatre Australia, I believe in collaborating for success. While I spearheaded these initiatives I didn’t do it alone.

What’s really exciting to see is when collaboration is amplified by speed in numbers, access to a network of connections to get an idea off the ground, ability to execute quickly, and my favourite — the collective energy and positivity of a group of people all focussed on bringing an idea to life.

A recent study “Human behaviour and barriers to effective collaboration. These were all grounded in human behaviour and included building relationships based on trust, turning human interactions into results, balancing decision-making and consensus building and evolving the workplace culture. …


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Australia can build a productive, sustainable economy with the help of innovation but we are far behind. We need to improve our competency and capability to innovative.

I was inspired by by PwC in their recent report on‘Expanding Australia’s Economy’. They describe and talk about how country build there sustainable economy. Compared with other countries, Australia is lagging behind and desperately needs to re balance physical and knowledge based assets. That will require rapid transition to a knowledge-based economy.

“We will need to invest significantly in industries such as technology, biotech and health as well as grow science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM), which is currently in…


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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.”

However, society has skewed views on the value of singing, leaving us with destructive criticism of our own voices. Singing is instinctual and necessary to our existence. …


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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. …


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Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Dulnig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Museum, a favourite haunt. Except that the prospect on this May morning with its ominous looking clouds was not so inviting — and so to prepare for the likely showers she took a heavy umbrella with her.She takes her all frustration on her notebook. Why on earth must I carry this clumsy thing? They should invent a small foldable umbrella that could be put in a handbag’. …


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This convoluted mechanism is simply a poor tool for our elected representatives to use to avoid taking any real accountability.

Subject to a High Court challenge, a national postal ‘vote’ on same-sex marriage is going ahead. An opportunity existed for our government to truly act as leaders, as representatives of their electorates, and to progress Australia’s human rights agenda. Instead, a costly, voluntary, non-binding, postal opinion poll will waste a ridiculous amount of much needed public funds.The problems with the postal ‘vote’ are multifarious.

The problems with the postal ‘vote’ are multifarious.

An insult to gay and lesbian Australians

Making changes for the progress, development and betterment of the Australian nation is the responsibility of the Parliament, with each Member of Parliament responsible for representing the interests of the electorate who voted for them. …


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We live in that type of world where pace of change is rapid and very complex. The world as it existed back in 1900 is barely recognisable today. A long time ago mobile and internet as we know now were still experimental fantasies.

As life’s complexities breed more complexities, strategic creativity helps nations, communities and individuals trying to succeed in an ever more information-overloaded world. Creativity and innovation are vital for businesses exposed to globalisation, increased competition, consumer diversity and rapidly changing technology.

No doubt in this, leader of Kodak now thinking carefully after dismissed the potential of the digital camera, a Kodak innovation, in favour of the company’s then hugely profitable traditional film-based business. Presented by its own people to try to dominate the photographic market, but essence is Kodak failed. …


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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.

Annabel is unmissable because her laugh echoes around the rehearsal space at Sofitel Melbourne On Collins. The With One Voice choirs have never been about producing beautiful music — that’s just the lovely side-effect of creating an environment where people of all walks of life come together for the pure joy of singing. …


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Vienna. 1926 and Slawa Duldig was looking forward to a pleasant Sunday walk in the gardens of the Kunst Historisches Museum, a favourite haunt. Except that the prospect on this May morning with its ominous looking clouds was not so inviting — and so to prepare for the likely showers she took a heavy umbrella with her. She captured her frustration in her notebook — ‘Why on earth must I carry this utterly clumsy thing? They should invent a small foldable umbrella that could be easily put in a handbag’. …


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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

We lag well behind many other nations on innovation. We have to nurture our entrepreneurs and innovate faster in order to keep up with the pace of growth. To compete globally we must welcome, include and empower the many diverse voices of our citizens, migrants and the refugees who are seeking a haven here.

Over the next 5 to 10 years it is estimated that up to 40 percent of companies on the Standard and Poors index will be disrupted by rapidly advancing technologies and the entrepreneurs adapting quickly to this new environment. According to international research, 47 percent of middle-class jobs will become redundant due to robotics and new technologies. And some jobs will continue to exist but will be performed in cheaper labor markets overseas. …

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Tania De Jong Am

Tania de Jong AM is an inspirational speaker, singer, business woman and social entrepreneur who has founded a number of successful businesses.

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