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Issue 3, 2011

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activating emerging leaders

What’s in this edition? Revolutionary lives, making a difference, leadership experiences and more THE OFFICIAL MAGAZINE OF EMERGEN - WWW.EMERGEN.COM.AU


emergen emag IN THIS ISSUE 4

Alicia’s  Update

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Next  Blogging  for  a  Cause  event

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6  Ways  to  Start  living  a  Revolutionary    life

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Minute  of  Noise

10 Progress  Trumps  all  forms  of  Motivation 12 What  they  didn’t  Teach  you  at  School 14 Blokes  doing  their  Bit 17 Meeting  the  Dalai  Lama 18 Creative  Sustainability 19 Book  Review:  Work  Smarter,  Live  Better 20 My  First  Rotaract  Conference 22 Have  you  heard  of  the  AIIA? Issue 3 : 2


“ When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid. ” Audre  Lorde


EDITOR’S NOTE

alicia’s update Welcome  

         to  the  third  issue  of  the   Emergen  e-­‐mag.      Emergen  is  a  collaborative   community,  activating  emerging  leaders  through   providing  connections,  inspiration  and  promotion.     Ok,  so  this  edition  is  a  little  late  -­‐  sorry  about  that.    I’ve   had  a  pretty  crazy  couple  of  months.    I  travelled   overseas  and  got  married!    Then  when  I  got  back  to   Perth  it  was  work  work  work  and  I  launched  an   awesome  new  blog  at  www.revolutionarylives.com.       All  my  hard  work  is  paying  off  though,  I’ve  received   great  feedback  about  the  blog  and  received  funding  to   run  two  Young  Women’s  Leadership  Programs  in   2012.   Emergen  has  been  busy  as  ever.    Lots  of  blogs  and   activity.    Lots  more  talk  about  how  Emergen  can   support  youth  and  community  organisations  to   promote  their  activities  and  collaborate.      Our  last   Blogging  for  a  Cause  Ebook  on  volunteering  was   picked  up  by  the  United  Nations  Volunteer  program   based  in  Germany  and  they  are  now  distributing  our   Ebook.    Well  done  to  Janine  Ripper,  our  Emergen   Blogging  Coordinator  for  collating  and  distributing  the   ebook.    It’s  a  pretty  good  time  to  get  involved  in   Emergen  really!.   Alicia  Curtis

Alicia Curtis is one of Australia’s most experienced mentors of emerging leaders. She empowers young employees, entrepreneurs and social innovators through her engaging workshop programs. She also releases an annual report on the challenges and aspirations of young leaders in the workplace. Alicia founded Emergen as an online space to activate the leadership potential of young professionals.

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Join the Emergen Global Entrepreneurship Week Blogging Carnival

Did  you  know  that  our  last  Blogging  Carnival   Ebook  was  acknowledged  by  the  United   Na;ons  Volunteer  program?    Get  ready  to   par;cipate  in  the  global  movement   unleashing  new  ideas  -­‐  right  here  on   Emergen!

Global  Entrepreneurship  Week Global  Entrepreneurship  Week  -­‐  November  14-­20   -­‐  is  the  world’s  largest  celebration  of  the  innovators   and  job  creators  who  launch  startups  that  bring   ideas  to  life,  drive  economic  growth  and  expand   human  welfare. During  one  week  each  November,  GEW  inspires   people  everywhere  through  local,  national  and   global  activities  designed  to  help  them  explore  their   potential  as  self-­‐starters  and  innovators.  These   activities,  from  large-­‐scale  competitions  and  events   to  intimate  networking  gatherings,  connect   participants  to  potential  collaborators,  mentors  and   even  investors—introducing  them  to  new   possibilities  and  exciting  opportunities.

History The  initiative  kicked  off  in  2008,  launched  by  former   UK  Prime  Minister  Gordon  Brown  and  Carl   Schramm,  the  president  and  CEO  of  the  Ewing   Marion  Kauffman  Foundation.  Since  then,  it  has   grown  to  115  countries—with  nearly  24,000  partner   organizations  planning  more  than  37,000  activities   that  directly  engage  more  than  7  million  people. With  so  many  new  jobs  in  entrepreneurial   economies  coming  from  _irms  less  than  _ive  years   old,  it  is  not  surprising  that  leaders  around  the  world  

are  looking  to  reinvigorate  their  economies  by   focusing  on  ways  to  stimulate  new  _irm  formation.   Global  Entrepreneurship  Week  helps  map  the   entrepreneurial  ecosystem  in  those  countries  and   enjoys  the  participation  and  support  of  presidents   and  prime  ministers  on  every  continent,  including:   President  Barack  Obama  (US);  Prime  Minister  David   Cameron  (UK);  Prime  Minister  Benjamin  Netanyahu   (Israel);  President  Anibal  Cavaco  Silva  (Portugal);   Prime  Minister  Stephen  Harper  (Canada);  President   John  Atta  Mills  (Ghana);  and,  numerous  ministers   focused  on  advancing  economic  growth.

Unleashing  Ideas GEW  is  more  than  just  an  awareness  campaign   supported  by  world  leaders  and  celebrity   entrepreneurs.  It  is  about  unleashing  ideas  and   doing  what  it  takes  to  bring  them  to  life—spotting   opportunities,  taking  risks,  solving  problems,  being   creative,  building  connections  and  learning  from   both  failure  and  success.  It  is  about  thinking  big  and   making  your  mark  on  the  world—doing  good  while   doing  well  at  the  same  time.

What  is  a  Blogging  Carnival? Just  like  the  'Blogging  for  a  Cause'  events  held   previously  on  Emergen,  a  Blogging  Carnival  is  a  way   to  encourage  everyone  to  get  involved,  share  ideas   and  have  some  fun  by  blogging  on  Emergen  for  the   theme  'Global  Entrepreneurship  Week'.  Simple! So  join  us  between  14-­‐20  November,  by  sharing  your   posts  for  GEW  right  here  on  Emergen!  You  may  also   get  the  chance  to  be  in  the  next  Emergen  Ebook! For  further  informa;on,  refer  to  the  event  details  on   Emergen,  or  contact  Janine  Ripper,  Emergen  Blogging   Coordinator  or  Aaron  Koo,  Young  Entrepreneur’s   Coordinator  or  check  out  the  GEW  website.

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FEATURE

6 ways to START living a REVOLUTIONARY life

So  you  want  to  live  your  Revolu0onary  life,  but   not  sure  where  to  start?    Here  are  six  key  areas   to  start  your  journey.  

1.    What’s  your  revolu;onary  ambi;ons? Most  people’s  goals  suck.    Why?    Because  what   most  people  write  down  as  their  goals,  is  not  what   they  truly  want  and  won’t  make  them  happy.    It   doesn’t  make  sense  does  it?  Let  me  explain.   Most  of  us  have  been  so  in_luenced  by  advertising,   the  media  and  popular  culture  to  believe  that   being  a  certain  size,  rich  and  famous  will  make  us   happy.      That’s  what  we  want,  right?   Unfortunately  that’s  not  what  will  make  us  happy.     In  fact,  the  research  says  that  if  we  follow  these   extrinsic  rewards,  it  will  actually  make  us   depressed  and  unhappy.    Crazy,  huh?  So  what   should  our  life  purpose  and  revolutionary   ambitions  include?   Again,  the  research  says,  in  particular  Edward  Deci   who  wrote  the  book  Why  We  Do  What  We  Do  says,   if  we  follow  more  intrinsic  goals  such  as  building   better  relationships,  building  mastery  in  our   talents  and  having  a  purpose  that  is  bigger  than   ourselves,  our  level  of  happiness  increases.     Easy...want  to  try  it?   Where  is  your  life  purpose  at?  What  goals  are  you   striving  for?  

2.  Are  you  the  master  of  your  talents?

Gallup  research,  ‘each  person  has  greater  potential   for  success  if  you  focus  on  who  you  are  already  -­‐   your  natural  talents’ But  even  your  strengths  take  hard  work!  Malcolm   Gladwell  in  his  book  Outliers  found  that  the   difference  between  average  and  extraordinary  is   about  10,000  hours.      Are  you  in  it  for  the  long   haul?      These  days,  we  expect  success  so  quickly   and  are  not  willing  to  take  the  long  term  view.  

Don’t  put  your  talents  to  waste.  What   are  you  doing  every  day  to  strengthen   your  talents?   3.  Movement  every  day! We  are  meant  to  move!  But  everything  in  our   world  is  built  to  allow  us  to  stay  still  -­‐  remote   controls,  cars,  escalators!      We’ve  so  gotten  used  to   the  ‘I’m  too  busy’  excuse  that  we  put  movement   and  exercise  on  the  bottom  of  our  list.   How  would  you  feel  though,  if  you  did  move  every   day!  Yes,  I  said  every  single  day!    If  you  did,  you   would  _ind  out  that  our  body  and  mind  works   better  when  you  move  -­‐    we  think  better,  we  eat   better  and  we  feel  better. It’s  not  just  about  exercise,  it’s  about  _inding  more   ways  to  move  everyday.    Here  are  some  simple   ideas  -­‐  instead  of  having  coffee  with  a  friend,  why   not  go  for  a  walk,  visit  a  new  park  every  weekend,     try  new  active  hobbies  like  tennis,  hiking  or   swimming.    Find  the  movement  that  you  enjoy  and   have  fun  with  it.  

We  are  led  to  believe  there  are  ‘born  geniuses’  or   ‘overnight  successes’.    The  reality  is  mastery  takes   time.      

4.  We  are  what  we  eat!

So  if  you  are  going  to  invest  your  time  in  building   mastery,  what  are  you  going  to  focus  on  -­‐  your   strengths  or  your  weaknesses?      According  to  

I  would  like  you  to  challenge  what  you  eat!    Brian   Johnson,  a  modern  day  philosopher  said  “why  is  it   ok  to  go  out  drink  beer  and  eat  chicken  nuggets  but   weird  to  drink  green  juice  and  eat  sprouts?”

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What  you  eat  has  been  in_luenced  by  how  you   grew  up,  the  media,  what’s  convenient  and  what   gets  stocked  at  the  supermarket.      But  what  if  we   made  an  effort  to  look  beyond  all  of  this.   The  latest  food  research  such  as  Joel  Fuhrman,  MD   who  wrote  the  book  Eat  to  Live  and  The  China   Study  by  Colin  Thomas  PhD  and  Thomas  Campbell   MD  tells  us  to  eat  less  of  all  the  foods  that  are   popular  and  convenient  -­‐  less  re_ined  foods,  animal   products  and  sugar  and  more  water,  whole  foods   and  dark  green  leafy  vegetables.      Just  start  with   small  changes  such  as  only  drinking  water  during   the  day,  having  a  veggie-­‐packed  salad  for  lunch  or   not  buying  sugar  laden  products.   A  lot  of  what  we  eat  is  de_ined  by  what  we  know.     Try  a  new  recipe  every  week!    Go  book  yourself   into  a  cooking  course  and  expand  your  knowledge   about  cooking  and  nutrition.  

5.  Medita;on  metamorphosis I  have  to  admit  took  me  a  long  time  to  get  what   meditation  is  about.    Now  it  excites  me!   Just  like  you  go  to  the  gym  to  work  on  your   muscles  and  endurance,  meditation  is  exercise  for   your  mind.    It  allows  you  to  practice  controlling   your  thoughts.        You  meditate  not  for  the  15  -­‐  30   minutes  of  quietness,  you  meditate  for  how  it   makes  you  feel  for  the  rest  of  the  day  and  the   strength  it  teaches  you  about  controlling  your   mind.      

The  bene_its  of  meditation  is  extraordinary  -­‐  less   anxiety,  decreased  chances  of  depression  or  anger,   boost  in  your  immune  system,  better  focus  and   increased  your  wellbeing.  And  all  this  can  be   attained  in  just  eight  weeks  of  consistent   meditating!    It’s  not  easy  though.    It’s  pretty  hard   to  control  your  mind  and  your  thoughts  in  the   beginning.    But  like  anything,  with  practice  you  get   better!  

6.  Be  a  Revolu;onary  Role  Model We  need  people  to  make  the  world  a  better  place.   Think  global,  act  local.    What  are  you  doing  to   become  a  better  social  citizen?   Are  you  taking  care  of  the  animals  and   environment  around  you?      Could  you  volunteer  at   your  local  homeless  shelter?      Perhaps  you  could   help  out  at  the  local  primary  school?    There  are   limitless  ideas  to  help  the  world  become  a  better   place. I  would  ask  yourself  what  are  you  passionate   about?  And  how  could  you  use  and  practice  your   strengths  to  help  the  community.      Share  your   passions,  talents  and  leadership  with  the  world.

Alicia Curtis Emergen Founder www.revolutionarylives.com


Are you making some noise? Do  you  teach  at  a  school,  are  you  involved  with  a   school  or  know  someone  who  goes  to  a  school?  Or   are  you  involved  with  a  community  organisa0on,   company  or  have  a  major  event  coming  up? Then  we  invite  you  to  spread  the  word  about  The   Global  Good  Foundation's  Minute  of  Noise  campaign,   designed  to  let  kids  be  kids  and  let  them  know  it  is  ok   to  speak  out  about  domestic  violence.

The  Global  Good  Foundation  is  a  not-­ for-­pro<it  organisation  that  is  setting   up  education  centres  beyond  crisis   care  for  those  affected  by  domestic   violence.   We  are  setting  a  global  standard  on  the  rehabilitation   methods  that  are  used,  and  providing  entrepreneurial   opportunities  through  micro  lending  facilities  and   creating  a  self  sustainable  organisation.  We  assist   those  affected  by  domestic  violence  through   empowerment,  opportunity  and  education. Our  new  campaign  involves  schools,  organisations   and  companies  around  the  world  to  joining  us  in   standing  together  against  domestic  violence,  by   making  a  minute  of  noise  to  show  kids  it  is  ok  to  

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speak  out.  The  Minute  of  Noise  events  are  targeted  for   the  age  group  participating,  and  either  a  GGF  team   member  can  attend  your  event,  or  an  introductory   video  can  be  provided  to  assist  you  in  running  it.   Then  you  video  your  Minute  of  Noise,  email  it  to  GGF   and  we  Youtube  it  to  challenge  others  to  do  the  same.   The  only  cost  involved  is  a  gold  coin  donation  from   each  participant  to  GGF  to  assist  us  with  building  or   education  centres  to  provide  ongoing  support  for   those  affected  by  domestic  violence. It's  that  easy!  Check  out  some  of  the  Minute  of  Noise   events  that  have  already  been  held  by  visiting  our   Youtube  channel  -­‐  www.youtube.com/ theglobalgood  or  our  Facebook  page   www.facebook.com/globalgood This  campaign  is  also  being  supported  by  a  number  of   celebrities  including  Vanessa  Amorosi,  Bobby   Andonov  and  Bree  DeRome. Help  us  let  kids  be  kids  and  show  them  that  it  is  ok  to   speak  out  -­‐  a  minute  of  noise  for  a  lifetime  of   memories.  Sign  up  your  school,  company  or   organisation  or  request  more  information  by  emailing   tanya@ggf.org.au Tanya Dupagne www.ggf.org.au


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FEATURE

PROGRESS trumps all forms of motivation (and here’s 5 ways to hack it) It’s  not  your  beliefs,  goals,  plans,  visions  or   ideas  that  drive  you  to  do  the  work  required  to   make  things  happen  –  it’s  progress.  And  games   are  all  about  progress.   In  2010,  some  fascinating  research  was  published   in  the  Harvard  Business  Review,  prompting  a  good   rethink  about  the  way  we  go  about  building  and   sustaining  the  elements  that  support  motivation  at   work.  Originally,  researchers  Amabile  and  Kramer   surveyed  over  600  managers  from  dozens  of   diverse  companies,  asking  them  to  rank  workplace   factors  commonly  considered  to  be  signi_icant  to   motivation.  “Recognition  of  good  work”  was  the   clear  winner.   While  this  is  still  quite  a  good  answer,  it  was  far   from  the  best.  The  most  signi_icant  motivating   factor  –  identi_ied  from  a  multi-­‐year  study  of  over   12,000  employee  diary  entries  along  with  ratings   of  motivation  and  activity  –  was  a  sense  of  progress.   And,  ironically,  this  is  what  the  600+  managers   ranked  dead  last. This  has  been  known  to  science  for  some  time,  but   as  Dan  Pink  would  say,  “there’s  a  big  gap  between   what  science  knows  and  what  business  does.”  And   so  many  businesses  continue  to  unquestioningly   subscribe  to  the  conventional  nonsense  like: •

 “Failing  to  plan  is  planning  to  fail”  –   which  is,  of  course,  rubbish.  Google’s   business  strategy  is  to  have  no  business   strategy,  and  too  often,  planning  gets  in  the   way  of  action,  or  locks  you  into  a  redundant   pathway.

 “You  can  achieve  anything,  all  you  need   to  do  is  believe”–  self-­ef>icacy  is  important,   but  you’re  kidding  yourself  if  you  believe  you   can  achieve  positive  change  simply  by   thinking  about  it.

 “All  it  takes  is  one  big  idea”  –  wrong,  on   so  many  levels.  I’ll  talk  about  this  in  another   post.

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I  could  go  on.  Regardless,  the  above  elements  are   indeed  each  an  important  component  of  any  good  goal,   strategy  or  game-­‐plan.  But  even  if  you’ve  got  an  idea,  a   goal,  a  vision,  a  plan  and  the  belief  to  execute  it,  you’ve   still  got  a  heck  of  work  to  do.  It’s  easy  to  gloss  over  this   fact,  and  make  a  disproportionate  investment  into  your   goals/ideas/plans/etc.  Even  if  a  “motivational”  speaker   parachutes  in,  gets  your  people  hyped  up,  then   jetpacks  off  into  the  sunset…  you’ll  still  have  a  lot  of   work  to  do  to  make  your  ideas  happen. But  that’s  _ine,  because  work  can  be  awesome  if  you  get   the  progress  dynamics  right.  It’s  why  World  of   Warcraft  still  has  millions  of  people  paying  money   each  month  for  the  opportunity  to  engage  in   challenging,  repetitive  work.  It’s  why  the  Nike+  system   for  recording  your  running  progress  was  a  huge   success.  It’s  also  why  we  procrastinate  by  writing  lists,   making  cups  of  coffee  or  cleaning  the  house  –  because   these  activities  provide  an  easier  way  to  see  (and  mark   off)  the  progress  we  make.

We  are  most  happy  when  we  can  see  that  our   efforts  directly  contribute  to  something  meaningful. So,  here  are  the  _ive  critical  design  elements  that  are   used  sustain  motivation  and  effort  in  good  games  –  and   they  are  totally  available  for  you  to  adapt  into  your   work  projects:  

1.  Track  it Of  all  online  communities  and  social  networks,   LinkedIn  has  one  of  the  highest  levels  of  pro_ile   completion.  This  is  largely  due  to  a  nifty  little  (and   quite  simple)  progress  bar,  which  indicates  your   percentage  of  pro_ile  completion.  Coupled  with  this  are   suggestions  on  the  direct  actions  you  can  take  to   progress  the  level  of  pro_ile  completion.

2.  Reduce  feedback  latency Motivation  declines  when  there  is  a  long  delay  between  


FEATURE how  short-­‐term  grati_ication  (points,   mini-­‐rewards,  hat-­‐tips)  can  be  used  to   reinforce  your  progress  toward  bigger   grati_ication.

4.  Celebrate  wins Sometimes  it’s  easy  to  get  caught  up   relentlessly  focussing  on  the  to-­‐do  list,   without  celebrating  the  wins  in  your   “have-­‐done”  list.  For  managers,   stretching  targets  and  autocratically   changing  goals  will  eliminate  the   ability  for  your  team  to  celebrate  wins   and  achievements,  which  in  turn  will   diminish  the  motivation  to  do  work. effort  and  useful  feedback  –  which  makes  sense,   because  if  it  is  unclear  whether  our  efforts  are   contributing  to  progress,  we  are  more  likely  to   conserve  our  energy  (ie,  do  nothing)  or  invest  it  into   an  area  where  we  can  make  progress  (like  checking   emails).  The  quicker  we  have  access  to  meaningful   feedback,  the  sooner  we  can  calibrate  our  efforts  to   make  progress.

3.  Balance  grati<ication You’ve  probably  heard  of  the  marshmallow  study,   which  has  cute  videos  associated  with  it.  The  basic   premise  is  that  delayed  grati_ication  leads  to  success  –   and  while  the  evidence  is  only  a  weak  correlation,  at   some  level  we  can  all  see  the  reason  in  this.  If  we   were  simply  run  by  short-­‐term  grati_ication,  it’d  be   beer  and  skittles,  all  the  time  (which  probably  isn’t   healthy).  So,  we’re  told  to  instead  word  hard,  save   money,  stick  at  it  and  delay  grati_ication.   But  it  doesn’t  have  to  be  like  this  –  you  can  actually   blend  both  forms  of  grati_ication.  Games  do  this  very   well  –  as  you  are  leveling  up  and  progressing  your   characters,  you’ll  receive  small  acknowledgements   and  little  token  rewards.  You’ll  progress  the  narrative,   and  this  will  continue  to  fuel  your  motivation  and   effort. Tim  Ferris  –  the  author  of  The  Four  Hour  Workweek  –   has  given  some  people  an  idea  about  how  they  can   build  in  mini-­‐rewards  into  their  life.  Rather  than   living  what  he  calls  the  “delayed  life  plan”  –  he   advocates  for  frequent,  mini-­‐retirements  instead. The  key  here  is  to  not  think  in  terms  of  either  short-­‐ term  or  long-­‐term  grati_ication,  rather,  to  think  about  

Of  course,  when  you’re  playing  a  good   video  game,  you’ll  know  what  level  you’re  at,  and  it’s   easy  to  mark  out  your  previous  wins,  achievements   and  all  the  stages  you’ve  progressed  through.  But  we   can  build  this  into  our  real  world  work  too. Behance  –  a  creative  agency  based  in  New  York  –  has  a   wonderful  “DONE!  wall".  It’s  a  physical  wall  where   they  post  up  all  the  completed  action  steps  they’ve   taken.  As  they  describe  it,  they  have  literally   surrounded  themselves  with  progress.

5.  Maintain  agility The  path  to  innovation  rarely  follows  a  straight  line,   and  your  ability  to  make  progress  will  be  dependant   upon  your  ability  to  adapt  to  changes  along  the  way.   Many  software  developers  are  very  used  to  this,  and   they  employ  agile  project  methods  to  keep  their   people  making  progress.  For  some,  this  includes  12-­‐ minute  stand  up  meetings  each  morning,  where  team   members  will  report  on  yesterday's  wins  and  today’s   goals  (which  also  creates  an  ecology  of  open   accountability,  and  the  ability  for  team  members  to   work  collaboratively  and  eliminate  _ires  early). Meaningful  progress  is  the  heart  and  core  of  all   motivation  (and  the  whole  point  for  doing  work).  If   you’re  serious  about  building  and  sustaining  the   motivation  to  unlock  massive  productivity  in  your   team,  make  work  work  by  making  it  work  more  like  a   game.

Jason Fox www.drjasonfox.com

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FEATURE

What they didn’t teach us at school At  the  start  of  last  month,  I  was  asked  to  present  at   a  local  High  School  around  the  life  lessons  I’ve   learned  from  my  journey  of  being  an  author,   speaker  and  consultant. I  was  shocked  to  _ind  that  after  sending  my   presentation  through,  I  was  asked  to  write  out  a  new   one…some  of  my  suggestions  and  lessons  were  too   ‘provocative’  for  the  student  body,  and  something  that   they  didn’t  want  their  students  exposed  to. It  was  an  interesting  piece  of  feedback  to  hear,  as  I’ve   never  been  censored  in  such  a  way  before,  so  I  thought,   for  this  to  not  go  to  waste,  I’d  re-­‐tell  some  points  in  the   online  world  (where  everything  is  allowed).  Many  have   heard,  or  have  heard  of  Bill  Gates’  speech  he  gave  at  an   American  High  School  around  his  life  lessons,  and  I   must  say,  it  was  nothing  different  to  it…apart  from  the   fact  that  I  don’t  have  any  sort  of  billion  dollar  empire,   I’d  love  to  see  the  day  that  some  of  these  life  lessons   are  at  least  discussed  at  school  –  after  all,  isn’t  this  the   institution  that’s  supposed  to  prepare  youth  for  the   ‘real  world’? At  the  same  time,  I  know  of  many  schools  that  have   Leadership  Days  where  they  invite  speakers,  and  teach   them  some  of  the  real  life  lessons…maybe  this  school   was  just  a  bit  too  sheltered  for  the  truth,  but  here  we   go,  my  three  points  that  I  wanted  to  share  with  the   school…judge  for  yourself  how  it  may  break  students   as  the  school  thought…

1.  You  Need  to  Work  Hard In  our  generation,  somehow  we  get  it  into  our  heads   that  life  is  going  to  be  easy.  Who  can  blame  us?  Our   parents  are  Generation  X,  or  for  some,  even  Baby   Boomers  and  all  their  life  they  had  to  work  really,   really  hard  to  get  whatever  they  wanted  in  life.  They   obviously  didn’t  want  their  kids  to  go  through  some  of   the  same  struggles,  so  they  tried  to  make  an  easier  life  

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for  us  –  their  kids.  Back  in  the  day,  some  of  our  parents   were  working  at  13  or  14  years  of  age,  whereas  today,   that’s  illegal!   Our  parents  had  to  work  hard  to  get  their  _irst  job,  while   we  expect  to  have  a  steady  job  in  our  late  teens,  because   we  hear  of  how  some  of  our  parents  had  been  promoted   to  manager  positions  in  their  late  teens.  What  we  forget,   or  what  our  parents  forget  to  tell  us  is  that  they  had  to   work  up  for  years  before  then  to  get  to  that  position.   You  are  going  to  work  hard  to  get  to  wherever  you  want   to  get  to  –  whether  it’s  a  promotion,  or  starting  your   own  business,  or  anything  else,  you’re  going  to  have  to   get  out  there  and  put  in  the  hard  yards.  That’s  what  we   don’t  get  to  by  parents  or  teachers…not  because  they’re   lying  to  us,  but  because  perhaps  they  forgot  about  their   own  journey  and  challenges.   The  best  advice  I  was  ever  given  is  to  choose  what  I   love  and  put  in  all  my  passion,  blood,  sweat  and  tears   into  it.  And  I  have.  Have  you?  What  do  you  want  to  do?   Whether  it’s  a  short  term  or  long  term  goal,  what  do  you   really  want  from  life?  Find  out,  pin  point  it  and  get  ready   for  some  hard  work  –  there  are  no  shortcuts  there!

2.  Take  the  Opportunity  to  be  Curious When  I  came  to  New  Zealand,  I  was  the  most  outgoing   child  you  could  ever  imagine.  Even  now,  I  can’t  contain   my  excitement  when  telling  a  friend  some  good  news   that  I  end  up  telling  the  whole  street  rather  than  the   person  I’m  talking  to.  But  what  happened  for  a  little  bit   when  I  came  to  New  Zealand,  all  of  a  sudden  people   were  speaking  a  funny  language,  and  I  didn’t   understand  a  thing.  So  I  became  really  introvert  and   started  to  really  take  in  what  other  people  were  doing.  I   guess  my  observation  skills  have  stuck  with  me  since   that  time,  but  now  that  I  _inally  know  what  language   everyone  is  speaking,  I  can  add  my  extrovert-­‐ness  into   any  conversation.  


FEATURE Get  mentors,  contact  whoever  can  help  you  –  even  if   they’re  at  the  very  top  of  their  game  –  they  always   have  time  for  you!  Take  some  time  to  be  curious  about   the  world  around  you  –  whether  it’s  contacting   someone  you  think  is  out  of  reach,  or  doing  some  extra   research  about  some  topic,  job,  or  person  –  just  do  it!   What’s  the  worst  that  could  happen?

3.  Learn  to  be  Brave So  you  work  hard  and  you’re  curious  about  the   opportunities  out  there…with  all  of  this,  you  need  to   learn  to  be  brave.  

What  I’ve  learned  over  the  last  4  years  of  being  in   business,  being  an  author  and  speaker,  is  that  people   think  that  celebrities  and  opportunities  are  out  of  their   reach.  If  only  people  knew  the  truth.  I’ve  learned  to   be  brave,  which  is  what  I’ll  touch  on  in  the  next   point,  but  the  biggest  thing  I  learned  is  the   importance  of  being  curious.   I  wrote  my  _irst  book  when  I  was  17,  and  luckily,  I  was   invited  onto  a  live  radio  interview  with  some  of  the   other  top  parenting  authors  of  the  country.  After  the   interview,  I  e-­‐mailed  all  of  them  –  even  the  ones  that  I   disagreed  with  on  the  radio,  and  expressed  my   gratitude  and  honour  for  the  opportunity  to  be  heard   alongside  them  on  national  radio.  One  replied.  But  you   know,  that  one  was,  and  still  is  THE  biggest,  most   respected  parenting  author  in  the  country.  The  busiest   people  are  the  ones  that  have  enough  time  for   everyone  and  I  now  know  this  and  am  not  afraid  to  e-­‐ mail  or  even  call  some  of  my  most  admired  heroes.   This  parenting  author  is  now  one  of  my  dearest   mentors  and  friends,  and  always  makes  time  for  when   I’m  in  her  city  and  vice  versa.  The  lessons  she’s  taught   me  and  all  the  information  she’s  helped  me  out  with   has  been  priceless.  

Many  self  esteem  books  will  tell  you  to  be  yourself,  but   the  beauty  of  life  is  taking  risks.  I  used  to  hate  public   speaking.  I  mean  I  used  to  love  being  the  centre  of   attention,  but  as  I  became  more  and  more  introvert   when  I  came  to  New  Zealand,  I  bought  into  the  whole   ‘public  speaking  is  worse  than  death’  belief.  I  had  to   get  out  of  it,  because  very  early  on,  I  realized  that  in   order  to  get  the  message  –  my  precious  message  of   how  people  can  build  better  relationships  with  each   other,  across  to  many  people,  I  was  going  to  need  to   get  out  of  my  limiting  belief.  The  fear  used  to  really  get   to  me,  but  I  knew  it  was  for  the  best.  I  knew  I  was   going  to  have  to  swallow  my  pride  and  fear  and  get  out   there  and  do  it  for  the  people  –  without  sounding  like   some  sort  of  revolutionary,  I  knew  my  message  was   going  to  really  help  people.  Sometimes  when   following  your  dreams,  you  need  to  be  brave.   Do  you  think  Martin  Luther  King  Jr.  wasn’t  scared  –   getting  up  and  speaking  about  something  that  he  truly   believed  in?  All  those  people  watching  him,  but  his   passion  and  vision  drove  him.  He  could  have  hid  in  his   room  and  stuck  with  the  life  he  was  given,  but  his   belief  that  his  vision  was  for  the  greater  good  of   people,  drove  him  to  get  out  there.  Your  fear  may  not   be  public  speaking  –  it  might  be  getting  out  there  and   contacting  J.K.  Rowling  –  who  knows!  But  if  you  really   believe  in  what  you’re  doing,  get  out  there  –  be  brave,   and  just  do  it! What  other  advice  would  you  give  to  youth  today?   What  do  you  wish  you  knew  when  you  were  13,  16,  or   19? Eva Maria Salikhova www.eva-maria.co.nz

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INTERVIEW

Blokes doing their bit for the community

Meet David, Chris and Matthew Let  me  introduce  you  to  three  community   driven  and  passionate  men  from  the  Top  Blokes   Founda0on,  David  McKenna,  Chris  Gibbs  and   MaPhew  Dawson.  So,  what  do  these  guys  do?   What  are  their  goals  and  aspira0ons?  How  do   they  contribute  to  the  community?  You  will  be   inspired!  Please  check  out  how  David,  Chris  and   MaPhew,  through  their  different  journeys  and   perspec0ves  have  been  able  to  contribute   tremendously  to  the  community,  as  well  as  the   words  of  wisdom  the  wish  to  share.

Meet David McKenna Tell  me  about   yourself A  well  organised,   people  oriented   administrator  with   extensive   experience  in  the   government  and  not   for  pro_it  sectors;  with  additional   experience  in  policy  development,  administration   and  research,  consultation  and  engagement,   human  resource  and  project  co-­‐ordination  from   the  community  service  focus.  A  self  motivated   student,  in  the  _inal  stages  of  completing  a   Bachelor  of  Business  majoring  in  Human  Resource   Management.  I  have  a  passion  and  desire  to  work   in  the  community  service  and  government  sectors,   because  I  believe  that  this  is  where  I  can  make  a   real  difference  in  the  community.

I  am  currently  the  Wollongong  Citizen  of   the  Year,  which  I  was  awarded  on   Australia  Day  2011,  in  recognition  of   approximately  4000  hours  of  volunteer   service  that  I  completed  over  the   2008-­2010  period.   Issue 3 : 14

This  service  was  with  the  Australian  Navy  Cadets,   where  I  was  the  Training  Of_icer;  Junior  Chamber   International  Illawarra  where  I  am  a  general   member;  Justices  Association  of  New  South  Wales   Wollongong  Branch  where  I  am  the  Secretary,  and   a  Candidate  for  the  State  Board;  Lions  Club  of   Wollongong,  where  I  am  the  Vice  President  and   Program  Director;  and  Wollongong  Council  where  I   am  the  Neighbourhood  Forum  Convener  for  the   Unanderra  area.  When  I  have  some  spare  time,  I   also  help  out  some  great  friends  of  mine  on  their   fantastic  programs,  Top  Blokes  Foundation  and   MindBlank.

What  are  your  special  hobbies   and  interests? Other  than  my  community  work,  my  hobbies   and  interests  generally  relate  to  going  to  the   shops  to  help  support  local  businesses,  or   spending  time  on  the  phone  to  friends,  chatting   with  them  online,  and  of  course,  getting  all   engrossed  in  peoples  facebook  status’.

What  are  your  aspirations  over  the   next  1-­5  years?  And  how  will  you  get   there? Over  the  next  few  years,  I  hope  to  _inish  my   Bachelors  of  Business  in  HRM,  and  then  complete   some  post  graduate  study  in  politics  and  public   policy.  I  hope  to  then  transition  from  a  role  in   human  resource  policy  into  community   development  and  government  policy.  I  guess  I  will   get  there  like  everyone  else,  90%  hard  work  and   effort  and  10%  luck.

What  one  piece  of  advice  would  you   give  to  other  emergen  members  and   why? Don’t  take  things  for  granted,  your  destiny  is  in   your  hands.


INTERVIEW

Meet Chris Gibbs Tell  me   about   yourself I’m  a  23  year  old   guy  who  has  last   year  _inished  a   Commerce  degree   in  Marketing  and   International   Business  and  now   work  at  BlueScope   Steel.  I  love  skiing   and  snowboarding,   photography,   cycling,  motorbikes   and  having  a  beer   with  mates.  Pretty  regular  guy  I  guess,  I  enjoy   working  hard  and  I  get  a  lot  out  of  seeing  other   people  achieve  their  goals  and  dreams.

What  is  the  project  you  are  most   passionate  about  right  at  the   moment? I  am  on  the  board  of  the  Top  Bloke  Foundation   (check  it  out  at  www.topblokes.org.au),  which  is   enabling  me  to  draw  more  young  guys  into  doing   volunteer  and  community  work.  I’m  truly   passionate  about  communicating  and   demonstrating  the  bene_its  volunteer  and   community  work  can  have,  not  only  on  the   organisation  or  community  receiving  the  work,  but   the  individual  doing  the  work  to.  It  raises  self-­‐ esteem,  develops  skills  like  communication,   tolerance  and  acceptance  and  gives  an  amazing   sense  of  purpose.  In  the  region  where  I  live,  the   Illawarra,  under  10%  of  18-­‐24  year  old  males   volunteer  their  time,  which  is  a  huge  potential  that   the  Top  Bloke  Foundation  (led  by  our  amazing   Managing  Director,  Melissa  Abu-­‐Gazaleh)  it  trying   to  make  a  realisation.   I  also  love  the  volunteer  work  I  do,  which  is  a  funny   sentence  to  say.  It  doesn’t  feel  like  I’m  volunteering   or  giving  away  my  time  as  I  get  so  much  out  of  it.  I  

hang  out  with  a  young  guy  with  a  disability  from   the  House  With  No  Steps  once  a  week,  and  we  go   have  a  beer  and  some  food  and  heaps  of  laughs,   he’s  got  such  a  great  sense  of  humour.  I  also   hang  out  with  a  9  year  old  boy  from  Barnardo’s   once  a  week  as  part  of  their  mentoring  program,   where  we  go  rock  climbing,  bowling,  to  the  zoo   and  everything  else  the  inner  kid  in  me  loves.  It   is  amazing  to  be  involved  with  these   organisations,  and  to  help  make  a  difference  in   someone’s  life.

What's  your  favourite  book  and   why? I’d  have  to  say  that  the  book  ‘The  Power  of   Now’  by  Eckhart  Tolle  has  been  the  book  that   has  had  the  most  impact  on  my  life,  so  that’s   probably  my  favourite.  Its  well  worth  a  read,   gives  amazing  perspective  and  teaches  you   things  about  yourself  you  didn’t  know.  I  have   always  tried  to  be  a  busy  person,  I  know  I  work   much  better  when  I’m  _lat  out,  but  after  reading  the   book,  I  was  much  more  peaceful,  even  in  the  most   hectic  of  times.

What  one  piece  of  advice  would  you   give  to  other  emergen  members  and   why? All  I  would  say  is  _ind  your  passion,  and  do  things   that  feed  it.  Passion  is  not  something  that  everyone   _inds  after  leaving  school,  or  at  uni,  or  in  an   epiphany,  but  everyone  is  passionate  about   something.  If  you’re  passionate  about  making   coffee,  make  coffee!  I’m  not  a  big  coffee  drinker  but   I  think  everyone  can  agree  that  if  the  barrister  loves   making  coffee,  you’ll  get  a  great  tasting  cup  of  joe.  

So,  let  your  passions  >ind  you,  then  feed  it   by  eating  up  all  the  opportunities  that   satisfy  it.  Also,  don’t  forget  to  give  back,   whether  it  be  time,  money  or  skills.  If   you  are  lucky  enough  to  be  able  to   discover  and  chase  your  passion,  chances   are  there’s  someone  who  isn’t,  and  it   might  just  be  you  that  can  help  them. Issue 3 : 15


The Boys are Back in Town (cont)

Men Making a Difference Meet Matthew Dawson Tell  me   about   yourself   My  name  is   Matt  Dawson,   in  24  and  born   and  bred  in   Wollongong,   NSW.    I  am  _ive  and  a  half  years   through  my  six  year  combined  Engineering  and   Commerce  degree  and  love  sport,  music  and   undertaking  new  adventures.

What  is  the  project  you  are  most   passionate  about  right  at  the   moment?   At  the  moment  I  am  in  between  ‘projects’  so  to   speak.    Over  the  past  three  years  I  have  been  the   President  of  the  UOW  Civil  Engineering  society   which  has  involved  a  lot  of  student  mentoring  as   well  as  the  development  of  affordable  community   housing  options.    I  have  also  been  involved  with  the   Top  Blokes  Foundation  who  showcases  the  work  of   young  men  volunteering  in  the  Illawarra   community.    We  are  currently  exploring  a  number   of  expansion  options  which  seems  to  be  my  next   big  project  area.

What's  your  favourite  book  and  why? My  favourite  book  is  Losing  My  Virginity  –  The   Richard  Branson  autobiography.    I  have  been  a  fan   of  the  Virgin  boss  for  a  long  time  now  but  after   reading  his  book  I  found  there  is  a  lot  more  to  him  

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than  meets  the  eye.    He  started  off  with  a  Student   newspaper  and  then  developed  a  non-­‐ for-­‐pro_it  community  counselling   service.    The  rest  is  history.    Such  a  great   example  of  how  you  can  make  a  healthy   living  and  provide  a  lot  of  positive   change  in  the  process.

What  are  your  special  hobbies   and  interests? I  am  very  passionate  about  independent   music  and  the  local  music  scene.    I  have   travelled  a  lot  of  the  country  with   independent  acts  volunteering  to  help   deliver  quality  products  and  give  them  the   best  chance  to  get  ahead.    Sport  is  also  three   quarters  of  my  life!

What  are  your  aspirations  over   the  next  1-­5  years?  And  how  will  you   get  there? I  graduate  in  uni  in  six  months  time  so  I  _irst  plan  to   secure  a  solid  graduate  position  in  the  Engineering   _ield.    Ideally  I  would  then  like  to  take  this  to  either   South  East  Asia  or  South  America  to  develop   affordable  housing  and  infrastructure  for  third   world  countries…do  this  while  I’m  still  young.

What  one  piece  of  advice  would  you   give  to  other  emergen  members  and   why? A  well  rounded  life!    Academic,  sporting,  social,   philanthropic  and  professional.    I  think  a  lot  of   young  ‘do-­gooders’  often  forget  some  of  those   and  hence  burn  out.    Remember  you  have  to  pay   the  bills  somehow….

 Linde Le Emergen Featured Members Editor www.genyadvantage.com.au


SHORT FEATURE

Meeting the Dalai Lama On  Sunday  I  was  blessed  to  have  the  opportunity  to   listen  to  the  Dalai  Lama  XIV  speak  in  Perth  regarding   ‘Spirituality  in  the  Modern  World’.    The  Dalai   Lama  shared  his  wisdom  with  the  14,500  strong   audience,    speaking  of  the  bene_its  of  living  a   compassionate  and  holistic  life  –  and  holistic  in  the   sense  of  the  world,  not  just  within  ourselves  or  our   own  countries.

“From  my  own  limited  experience  I   have  found  that  the  greatest  degree  of   inner  tranquility  comes  from  the   development  of  love  and   compassion.” As  I  write  this  I  re_lect  on  his   words.  At  times  I  feel  that  my   heart  could  break,  thinking  of   those  who  have,  or  are  suffering   and  struggling  in  the  world.  This   is  so  much  more  poignant  given   the  airing  of  a  3  part  series   on  Australian  TV    called  ‘Go  Back   To  Where  You  Came  From’.  In  my   lifetime,  I  do  not  believe  that  I   have  ever  seen  a  TV  show  that   has  stimulated  so  much  open   discourse  on  such  a  powerful  subject. For  those  not  in  the  know  –  or  in  another  country   perhaps  –  ‘Go  Back  to  Where  You  Came  From’  is  a   series  whereby  ‘six  ordinary  Australians  agree  to   challenge  their  preconceived  notions  about  refugees   and  asylum  seekers  by  embarking  on  a  confronting   25-­‐day  journey.  Tracing  in  reverse  the  journeys  that   refugees  have  taken  to  reach  Australia,  they  travel  to   some  of  the  most  dangerous  and  desperate  corners   of  the  world,  with  no  idea  what  is  in  store  for  them   along  the  way. Deprived  of  their  wallets,  phones  and  passports,   they  board  a  leaky  refugee  boat,  are  rescued  mid-­‐ ocean,  experience  immigration  raids  in  Malaysia,  live   in  a  Kenyan  refugee  camp  and  visit  slums  in  Jordan   before  ultimately  making  it  to  the  Democratic  

Republic  of  Congo  and  Iraq,  protected  by  UN   Peacekeepers  and  the  US  military.  For  some  of  them   it’s  their  _irst  time  abroad.  For  all  of  them,  it’s  an   epic  journey  and  the  most  challenging  experience  of   their  lives’.

Reality  TV  –  yes.  Produced  with  intent  –   yes.  Powerful  statement  –  of  course.   Within  Australia,  and  many  countries  I  have   travelled  to,  there  is  always  one  common  thread  that   stimulates  ‘passionate’  discussion  between  people,   and  that  is  immigration.   Over  the  last  few  years,  this  has  been   increasingly  prominent  within   Australia,  especially  with  the  rise  in   people  seeking  asylum  and  the   apparent  increasing  amount  of  boats   approaching  Australian  shores   carrying  ‘illegal  immigrants’  (or  so  the   media  would  lead  us  to  believe)  trying   to  ‘skip  the  queue’. I  have  very  strong  views  on  this   subject.  I  have  friends  who  are   refugees,  or  have  come  to  Australia  for   a  better  life.  I  am  actually  from  a  family   who  came  to  Australia  for  a  better  life  –  although  we   did  not  have  to  _lee  from  mistreatment  and  injustice.   I  am  not  one  to  lecture  (or  am  I?).  All  I  can  say  is  that   I  am  thankful  for  this  TV  series,  as  it  is  challenging   the  atypical  view  that  the  mass  media  seems  to   perpetuate  almost  daily.   I  do  have  hope  that  it  will  succeed  in  opening  up   discussion  and  some  people’s  eyes.  I  hope  that  it   strikes  at  the  hearts  of  people  –  and  that,  as  the   Dalai  Lama  stated  so  eloquently,  helps  with  the   ‘development  of  love  and  compassion’  and  in  turn   tranquility  for  all.

Janine Ripper Emergen Blogging Coordinator www.reflectionsfromaredhead.com 

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SHORT FEATURE

Creative  Sustainability As  a  "predominantly  right  side  of  the  brain   thinker,  from  the  heart,  living  in  the  past,   reasonably  self-­‐actualized,  caffeine-­‐inspired,   passionate  day-­‐to-­‐day  dreamer"  how  can  I   maintain  my  crea0vity  in  work  and  play  AND   give  all  the  aspects  of  my  life  the  same  amount   of  crea0ve  aPen0on? This  is  something  I  struggle  with  daily. At  work,  often  I    feel  untouchable.    I  hit  a  zone  of   creative  thought,  ideas  come  easily  and  I  know   precisely  what  needs  to  be  done  without  too  much   thought..it  just  happens  most  of  the  time.   As  a  graphic  designer/publisher  and  business   owner,  I  always  have  a  lot  going  on  at  once,  so  I  am   used  to  _litting  between  numerous  projects  and   ideas,  constantly  switching  between  different   layouts,  mixing  problem-­‐solving,  administration   and  aesthetically-­‐pleasing  page  design...  BUT...at   the  end  of  the  working  day,  I  come  home  and  I   struggle  to  come  up  with  a  single  costume  idea  for   my  7  year-­‐old  daughter's  book-­‐week  parade...  "it   seems  that  I  have  used  up  all  of  my  supply..." Perhaps  I  need  more  of  the  left  side  of  the  brain   activity  to  help  me  deal  with  the  'organisation'  of   my  creativity,  _ile  it  in  a  logical  manner  (Or  safe   storage  facility),  so  that  I  can  access  small  amounts   when  required…      Right  about  now,  I  am  sounding   like  a  drug  addict  looking  for  my  next  _ix...  the   analogy  seems  _itting  as  I  write  however… To  sustain  a  healthy  "Creative  Life",  after  asking  a   few  friends,  family  and  colleagues  I  am  _inding   quite  a  few  personal  sacri_ices  need  to  made.    Here   is  a  small  list  I  have  accumulated  from  suggestions   so  far; 1)    Get  at  least  7  Hours  of  sleep  at  least  each   night.  (Preferably  without  eating  the  last  meal  past   8.00pm) 2)    Plenty  of  water  throughout  the  day.   (Preferably  without  vodka  in  it) 3)    Turn  off  all  Social  Media  devices  and   programs  for  at  least  half  the  day.  (This  could  be   a  struggle  for  me..I  mean,  some  contact  with  certain  

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people  draw  some   unexpected   inspiration  when  least   expected) 4)    Write  daily  task   lists  and  cross  them   off. 5)    Set  yourself   achievable  mini-­ tasks  in  creativity  DAILY  to  convince  yourself   that  you  are  on  track...  (Does  this  mean  I  have  to   write  this  on  my  task  list  as  well,  what  if  I  don't  get   to  this  mini-­‐task,  do  they  bank  up? 6)    Commit  to  one  random  personal  act  of   spontaneity  each  day. 7)    Anything  that  catches  my  eye,  COPY  &  PASTE   IMMEDIATELY! 8)    Blog  my  'frustrations  and  celebrations'   weekly. 9)    Drink  "Buddha  Tears"  herbal  tea.     (Recommended  by  closest  friend,  do  love  the  name   but  I  can't  help  thinking  of  a  perfect  marketable   logo  for  the  tea  company...oh  yes,  I  could  probably   drink  more  tea  and  less  coffee) 10)  Change  jobs.  (hmmmmm...)   As  you  can  see,  quite  a  varied  list  of  suggestions.    I   think  I  will  actually  make  a  conscientious  effort  to   document  my  top  100.    If  you  have  any   suggestions..please  let  me  know.    Perhaps,  I  will   make  up  one  of  those  Calendar,  daily  page  _lip   thingo's,  with  a  creative  tip  each  day  of  the  year???  I   will  look  into  this… Creative  Sustainability...maybe  it  is  something   that  is  developed  over  time..maybe  it  something   that  needs  to  be  worked  on,  much  like  getting  _it  or   building  muscle  mass  in  the  gym...   All  I  know  is,  I  need  to  harness  even  levels  I  have  to   ALL  aspects  of  my  life  DAILY...(And  hopefully  at  the   end  of  the  day  when  work  and  play  is  complete...I   have  a  little  bit  left  for  my  dreams  when  my  head   hits  the  pillow!)

Cam Allen www.scribemagazine.com.au


SHORT FEATURE

Work Smarter: Live Better Book Review Work  Smarter:  Live  Better   by  Cyril  Peupion  is  more   than  just  a  guide  to   information  and  time   management.  It’s  about   taking  your  long  term   strategic  goals  or  KPI’s  and   translating  them  into  your   weekly  schedule.

desk,  reduce  your  emails,  plan  your  week  with  time  to   breathe  and  understand  why  saying  'No'  sometimes  is  so   important.  

Use  some  of  the  tools  and   tricks  to  become  more   ef_icient  and  effective  at   work  (and  home)  so  you   have  more  time  to  be  creative   or  strategic  rather  than  getting  bogged  down  in  daily   tasks.  

I  raved  about  the  book  so  much  that  we  are  paying  Cyril   to  come  to  Perth  to  share  his  knowledge  and  experience   in  person!  If  you  are  available  on  Thursday  8  September   2011  I  would  highly  recommend  taking  just  3  hours  out   of  your  day  to  pick  up  some  tips  from  Cyril  in  person  on   becoming  more  ef_icient  and  effective.  It's  not  just  about   your  work,  it's  about  your  life.  

Spend  less  time  in  crisis  mode  by  becoming  more   proactive  and  less  reactive.  Learn  how  to  clear  your  

Amy Bouckley www.wa.ipaa.org.au

My  colleagues  can  see  the  difference  it  makes  for  me  to   put  the  tips  into  practice.  I  still  remember  their  faces  in   the  staff  meeting  though  when  I  told  them  that  I  was   going  to  schedule  in  only  two  or  three  times  a  day  to   read  my  emails!

Gen Y, Ambitious or Impatient? Who  here  is  guilty  of  skipping  their  lunch  breaks  to  get   ahead  of  their  diary,  leaving  work  when  the  sun  goes   down  or  waking  up  in  a  cold  panic  because  you  just   remembered  a  task  that  was  not  completed?! I  have  been  guilty  of  all  of  the  above!  But  is  this  a   condition  of  poor  time  management  or  a  Gen  Y  trend?   The  stigma  attached  to  Gen  Y's  of  being  lazy,  unfocused   'job  hoppers'  could  contribute  to  this  behaviour   and  heightened  work  ethic.  The  opinions  of  young   professionals  I  know  is  that  they  have  to  'prove'   themselves  in  their  position  due  to  their  age  or  limited   work  experience.   However,  our  generation  is  no  longer  expected  to  choose   just  one  career  and  stay  with  it,  our  options  are  limitless   therefore  being  ambitious  can  be  construed  as   impatient.  We  want  to  get  to  the  top  sooner,  because  we   don't  have  to  spend  20-­‐30  years  climbing  the  same   corporate  ladder,  we  can  climb  a  few  (even  at  the  same   time). With  an  ageing  population,  Australians  still  work  some   of  the  highest  hours  for  a  developed  country  (Sydney  

Morning  Herald)   and  according  to   the  West  Australian   (31st  June)  we  are   spending  less  time   eating;  with  an   average  of  10   minutes  eating   lunch  and  18   minutes  eating   dinner.   New  technology  has   enabled  the  blurring  of  lines  between  work  and  home   time.  No  longer  do  you  need  to  be  chained  to  a  desk  from   9-­‐5pm,  but  can  'plug  in'  at  home,  on  holiday  or  on  the   train. So  what  does  this  mean  for  our  future?  Will  Gen  Y's  live   longer  and  work  harder,  or  will  new  technology  continue   to  change  the  rules  of  a  career  and  we  never  have  to  step   foot  outside  of  our  home? Kylie MacQueen www.wix.com/kylie_macqueen/jeddaphotography#!

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FEATURE

My first Rotaract Conference... This  weekend  past,  (24-­‐25  September  2011)  I  had   the  privilege  of  aPending  my  first  Na0onal   Rotaract  Conference,  and  mee0ng  a  number  of   young  and  enthusias0c  Rotaractors  from  all  over   the  country.  It  was  held  in  the  beau0ful  City  of   Melbourne,  at  the  Jasper  Hotel.   One  of  the  highlights  of  this  trip  for  me,  was   listening  to  Hugh  Evans.  Co-­‐founder  and  CEO  of  the   Global  Poverty  Project  and  campaign;  Hugh  is  a   leader  in  a  class  of  his  own,  and  someone  whose   humility  and  simplicity  left  me  both  in  awe,  and   completely  inspired.  Enough  cannot  be  said  about   the  amount  of  good  work  his  ideas  and  actions  have   accomplished.     Hugh  went  to  a  third  world  country  when  he  was   very  only  12,  and  experienced  something  that  was   both  simple  and  profound.  While  sleeping  with   others  in  a  hut,  and  seeing  the  conditions  in  which   they  lived  -­‐    he  came  back  determined  to  do   something  about  it.    

He  simply  questioned  that  moment  -­   Why  did  someone  have  to  live   through  conditions  that  were  so   bad,  when  it  was  only  by  chance   that  they  happened  to  be  born  on   the  other  side  of  the  world?   With  only  a  strong  will  to  do  something  about  a   circumstance  he  cared  about  so  passionately,  he   managed  to  gather  a  group  of  like  minded   individuals  and  turn  his  idea  into  one  of  the  worlds   biggest  and  most  well  known  campaigns.     'Make  Poverty  History'  is  a  campaign  that  has  not   only  been  now  attached  to  popular  culture  but  has   provided  the  larger  picture  to  people  who  would   never  have  known  otherwise.  It  has  become  the   largest  anti-­‐poverty  campaign  this  world  has  seen  

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and  what  started  as  an  idea  in  the  mind  of  a  young   boy  has  now  grown  into  a  massive  and  ever-­‐growing   campaign  with  volunteers  all  over  the  world  and  a   repertoire  that  demands  attention.  For  his  work,   Hugh  was  recognised  as  Australian  of  the  year  in   2004  and  since  then  has  done  so  much  more  for  the   cause,  including  previously  setting  up  the  OAKTREE   foundation  and  much  more.     During  the  course  of  this  presentation,  Hugh  asked   us  key  questions.  Some  of  them  were  -­‐  how  can  we   change  the  current  situation?  Why  do  these  people   live  like  they  do?  How  and  why  does  poverty  exist?     We  discussed  with  him  and  between  ourselves  at   times,  the  issues  of  dealing  with  a  standard  of  living   so  low,  that  some  conditions  are  actually  hard  to   even  imagine  for  us  living  in  these  beautiful   surroundings.  Can  we  realistically  DO  something   about  it?


FEATURE people  who  are  willing  and  able  to  change  what  we   might  conceive  as  inevitable  state  of  reality. Whilst  he  spoke  to  us,  I  had  a  real  sense  that  every   word  was  straight  from  the  heart,  and  that  this   cause  was  not  just  not  something  he  was  rallying   for  the  the  people  -­‐  but  something  that  came  from   himself  -­‐  totally  self  motivated  with  a  genuine   intention  to  make  a  change.  

Indeed,  the  world  is  a  better  place   because  of  such  persons  who   choose  to  look  beyond  themselves   and  consider  the  other  human   being.  I  cannot  help  wondering   what  it  would  be  like  without   them,  the  ones  who  believe  in  a   better  tomorrow  for  the  rest  of   the  world.

 

These  questions  triggered  in  me  that   sense  of  looking  beyond  oneself  -­   something  he  has  done  so  well  by   asking  and  confronting  the  key   question  of  -­  why  do  human  beings  on   the  other  side  of  our  world  have  to   grapple  with  things  that  we,  on  this   side  take  for  granted?   Why  must  innocent  children  die?  Why  must  the   leaders  who  are  supposed  to  take  care  and  lead  the   nation  give  in  to  corruption  and  consequently   create  an  aggravated  state  of  dismay  for  their   people?   Hugh  is  testimony  that  for  the  ones  who  misuse   their  power,  we  also  have  a  massive  number  of  

  In  my  mind,  they  are  the  keepers  of  the   sacredness  of  the  human  spirit,  the  ones  that   believe  that  a  human  life  is  precious  and   needs  to  be  protected,  nurtured,  not  trashed   as  though  it  is  nothing.     Why  do  they  care?  Simple  because  they  choose  to.   Within  themselves,  they  choose  to  see  the   unfairness  and  the  injustice  that  exists  in  society   and  they  then  consequently  choose  to  address  the   issues,  ask  the  hard  questions  and  then  being  the   best  leaders  go  into  that  space  where  few  of  us  dare   to  venture.     What  a  blessing,  to  have  them  imagine  our  world   into  a  better  tomorrow, What  a  blessing,  that  they  live  their  lives  in  search   of  and  actively  pursue  that  'better  tomorrow'.     To  be  that  kind  of  person  -­‐  maybe  the  main  call of

our day and age? We can only strive to be.  Fay D’Souza Emergen Video Interviews Coordinator

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FEATURE

How to

Get  out  of  bed  ninja  style

It’s  6:30am.  Your  alarm  goes  off.   You  know  it’s  time  to  get  up  but   your  brain  and  body  tell  you   ‘NOOooo’.   The  rational  part  of  your  mind   says  “I  should  really  get  up  now”   whilst  the  other  says  “But  I’m  so   warm  and  cosy!  Just  5  more   minutes  in  bed  can’t  hurt”.  So  the   battle  between  these  thoughts   begins.  Before  you  know  it  5   minutes  in  bed  turns  into  30   minutes.   Most  of  us  are  familiar  with  this  scenario.  But   what  if  getting  out  of  bed  early  on  a  cold  morning   wasn’t  such  a  struggle?   Below  are  some  ideas  on  how  you  can  develop  the   art  of  getting  out  of  bed  ninja  style  so  you  get  the   most  out  of  your  day  and  feel  more  in  control.   1.  Aim  for  a  smooth  transition  out  of  bed   It’s  the  airst  minute  or  so  when  we  get  out  of  bed   that  we  fear  the  most  and  is  arguably  the  most   painful.    The  good  news  is  it  doesn’t  have  to  be   this  way.  Minutes  of  painful  cold  air  can  be   reduced  to  mere  seconds  with  the  right   equipment  and  tools  nearby.  I  personally   recommend  the  following:   -­  Slippers/socks   next  to  the  bed:  A   wise  woman  once   gave  a  friend  a  pair  of   socks  as  a  present.  As   he  unwrapped  the   Issue 3 : 22

gift  she  said    “If  your  feet  feel  good,  the   rest  of  your  body  feels  good”.  She  went  on   to  argue  the  beneaits  of  good  cotton   socks.  I  was  sold.    Avoid  cold  feet  at  all   costs.  Invest  in  a  pair  of  good  quality   warm  socks  and/or  slippers.  It  will  be   money  well  spent. -­‐  A  robe:  A  warm,  soft  robe  will  also   help  to  soften  the  blow  of  the  cold  air  as   you  prepare  yourself  for  the  day. -­‐  A  wheat  pack:  For  a  bit  of  luxury  and   to  help  you  warm  up  in  the  morning  try   a  wheat  pack.  These  are  easy  and  cheap   to  make  (check  out  How  to  make  a   microwave  heat  bag).  They  also  work  a   treat  if  placed  on  your  lap  when  working  at  your   desk  or  eating  breakfast.  My  dad  (a  very   resourceful  man)  recently  made  a  wheat  pack  out   of  a  pair  of  old  non  stretch  denim  jeans  and  1.5kg  of   wheat.  I  call  dad’s  creation  “The  Eternal  Wheat   Pack”.  You  heat  it  in  the  microwave  for  4  minutes   and  no  joke,  it  provides  hours  of  warmth!  If  you  go   for  early  morning  walks  and  can’t  stand  cold   aingers,  try  making  some  mini  wheat  packs  -­‐   microwavable  mitten  warmers.  Must  ask  dad  to   make  me  some  of  these!   2.  Have  something  in  your  environment  that   pulls  you  out  of  bed   Would  the  smell  of  fresh  coffee  get  you  out  of  bed?   Or  perhaps  an  irritating  alarm  clock  that  you  can’t   quite  reach?  Set  up  things  in  your  environment  that   will  propel  (or  force)  you  out  of  bed.   3.  Practice  saying  positive  af<irmations When  we  airst  wake  up  most  of  us  automatically  


FEATURE think  “I  don’t  want  to  get  out  of  bed!”  but  you  can   train  yourself  to  override  these  thoughts  with   positive  afairmations.    Positive  afairmations  are   statements  that  become  ailters  for  us  and  if   repeated  enough  times  can  guide  our  behaviour.   At  Runaddicts.net  blogger  Johnny  Palmer  suggests   that  early  morning  runners  say  to  themselves   afairmations  such  as  “I  love  knowing  that  while  I   am  up  and  about  exercising  early  in  the  morning,  I   am  beating  99%  of  the  world  to  the  best  possible   start  to  the  day”  and  “Being  an  early  riser  and   sweating  my  butt  off  before  I  even  start  my  day  is   how  I  roll”. You  may  want  to  just  say  “I  enjoy  getting  up  early   and  making  the  most  of  my  day”.  It  works  best   when  we  phrase  our  afairmations  in  the  airst   person,  present  tense  and  as  if  already  done.  It   also  helps  to  repeat  them  airst  thing  in  the   morning  when  we  are  a  bit  sleepy  and  before  we   go  to  bed  so  they  become  part  of  our  thoughts  and   beliefs  at  the  unconscious  level.   4.  Get  excited  about  something   When  I’m  really  excited  about  my  work  I  leap  out   of  bed.  I  can  even  aind  myself  waking  up  at  3am   thinking,  “Is  it  still  that  early?  Hurry  up  and  get  to   a  suitable  hour  so  I  can  get  into  the  day!”  The  fact   it’s  cold  and  dark  outside  doesn’t  even  enter  my   mind.   But  when  I  hate   the  work  I’m   doing,  it’s  a   different  story.   Instead  of  being   like  a  ninja   getting  out  of  bed,   I’m  more  like  a   sumo  wrestler.   Slow  and  heavy.

Before  you  go  to  sleep,  try  to  think  of  something   that  you’re  looking  forward  to  doing  the  next  day.   You  may  want  to  write  this  down.   If  nothing  comes  to  mind,  it  may  be  time  to  shake   things  up  a  bit,  step  out  of  your  comfort  zone  and   introduce  something  new  into  your  life.   Whenever  I  start  to  lose  my  excitement  and   enthusiasm  for  life,  I  sign  myself  up  to  a  course   (dance,  cooking,  meditation,  etc)  or  set  myself   some  kind  of  challenge  (to  cook  a  new  healthy   meal  each  night,  write  my  next  book  by  the  end  of   the  month,  etc).  New  experiences  can  provide  you   with  insights  and  introduce  you  to  mind   expanding  ideas  and  people.   5.  Jump  out  of  bed We  can  spend  a  lot  of  time  in  bed  thinking  “Do  I   get  up  now…or  give  myself  another  5  minutes….I   really  should  get  up…”  and  on  and  on  this  goes.   Stop  doing  this  (it’s  pointless).  Jump  out  of  bed   instead.   As  Software  developer  David  Cheong  suggests   “One  trick  I’ve  found  to  be  very  effective  in  being  an   early  riser  and  to  stop  myself  from  rationalising  is   to  simply  jump  out  of  bed  instantly.  Once  I  am   outside  the  comforts  of  the  warm  and  cosy  bed,  I’m   more  likely  to  actually  wake  up  and  stay  up.”   In  Summary The  more  you  practice  getting  up  ninja  style  the   easier  it  will  get.  Why?  Because  it  has  positively   reinforcing  effects.  When  you  get  up  earlier  than   you  usually  would,  you’re  more  likely  to  take   action  on  the  areas  that  are  important  to  you.   Subsequently,  it  doesn’t  take  long  before  you  start   to  see  results  and  feel  great  about  yourself  and   your  life. Jane Genovese www.learningfundamentals.com.au Issue 3 : 23


ORGANISATION PROLIFE

Have  you  heard  of  the  AIIA? There  are  some  amazing  people  and  organisa0ons   in  Australia  doing  some  brilliant  things.  I’ve  had  the   recent  pleasure  of  gecng  to  know  Anne-­‐Marie   Balbi,  who  has  shared  with  me  her  experiences  as  a   member  of  the  AIIA  -­‐  The  Australian  Ins0tute  of   Interna0onal  Affairs.  

About  Anne-­‐Marie  Balbi Anne-­‐Marie  is  originally  from  Sweden,  having  come  to   Australia  in  January  2008  (after  meeting  her   Australian  husband  in  Stockholm)  to  do  her  Masters  of   International  Relations  at  Curtin  University.  

 

‘If  someone  had  told  me  6  years  ago  I'd   meet  an  Australian  and  move  to  Perth  I   would've  never  believed  it  -­  but  here  I   am!’ She  describes  herself  as  ‘a  young,  energetic  girl   (probably  closer  to  a  woman)’  who  is  at  the  start  of  her   professional  career.     Anne-­‐Marie  is  passionate  about  anything  regarding   political  science  and  international  affairs,  and  it  was   during  her  time  at  Curtin  that  she  became  to  be   involved  with  the  AIIA.  She  is  now  the  Young   Professionals  Network  (YPN)  Convenor  for  the  WA   Branch.    

The  Australian   Ins;tute  of   Interna;onal   Affairs The  Australian   Institute  of   International  

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Affairs  (AIIA)  is  an  independent,  non-­‐pro_it   organisation  promoting  the  understanding  of   International  Affairs.  AIIA  spans  nationwide,  with  seven   branches  and  a  National  Of_ice  in  Canberra,   and  provides  a  forum  for  discussion  and  debate  by   arranging  over  150  lectures  and  seminars  annually.   AIIA  pursues  its  mission  of  promoting  interest  and   understanding  in  International  Affairs  in  four  ways:   1. 2. 3.

Providing  forums  for  debate;   The  dissemination  of  ideas;   Providing  education  on  International  issues;   and   Collaboration.

4.   Anne-­‐Marie  became  involved  with  the  AIIA  in  2009,   after  being  told  about  the  organisation  by  one  of  her   university  lecturers.  

'I  have  truly  enjoyed  my  membership  ever   since  then  and  had  the  pleasure  of  being   appointed  the  role  of  the  YPN  Convenor  in   May  2010,  which  includes  being  part  of   the  AIIA  WA  Branch  Committee'.


The  AIIA  YPN  itself  is  an  initiative  that  was  established   by  the  WA  branch  to  promote  the  interests  of  it’s   younger  members,  and  came  to  fruition  thanks  to   President  Dr  Sue  Boyd,  who  was  the  driving  force   behind  ensuring  the  AIIA  focussed  on  its  younger   members,  as  well  as  its  more  established  members.   As  the  YPN  Convenor,  Anne-­‐Marie  looks  after  the   younger  members  of  the  AIIA.  Her  role  is  to  inform   their  younger  members  (both  student  and  young   professionals)  about  upcoming  events  via  AIIA  and   other  networks;  to  organise  events  targeted  to  their   younger  members  such  as  "Careers  without  Borders"   and  the  new  "AIIA  Developing  International  Scholars   Workshop";  and  to  coordinate  any  volunteer  work   requested  for  YPN/AIIA.  In  a  nutshell,  the  role  entails   creating  awareness  and  promoting  the  interest  in   international  affairs  among  students  and  young   professionals.  

AIIA  Key  Achievements One  of  AIIA  YPN's  key  achievements  has  been  'Careers   without  Borders',  which  provides  young  students  and   professionals  the  opportunity  to  meet  other  young   professionals  who  have  pursued  a  career  or  internship   abroad.  

'I  think  the  reason  this  event  has  turned   out  to  be  such  a  success  is   that  people  often   Zind  that   there   are  

not  an  abundance  of  career   opportunities  for  International  Affairs   oriented  jobs  in  Perth  and  the  event  has   offered  some  guidance  of  useful  avenues   to  be  approached  for  those  interested  in   an  international  career.  I  love  the  fact   how  this  event  has  brought  together  the   fantastic  networks  available  in  Perth   such  as  UNIFEM,  Emergen,  etc'. 2011  is  a  big  year  for  the  AIIA  WA  branch.  Two  major   events  are  planned,  both  to  be  held  in  Perth:  The  AIIA   National  President's  Forum  in  late  August,  which  will   bring  together  AIIA  members  in  a  discussion  of  this   years  theme  -­‐  India-­‐Australia  relations.  The  other  is   CHOGM  in  October. In  terms  of  the  YPN,  the  AIIA  Developing  International   Scholars  Workshop  (ADISW)'  will  be  held  for  the  _irst   time  on  the  18th  August  2011,  and  the  next  'Careers   without  Borders'  event  is  scheduled  for  April  2012.  

Ge]ng  involved The  AIIA  is  a  great  association  for  anyone  interested  in   International  Affairs  to  meet  like-­‐minded  people  and   keep  abreast  of  the  latest  in  IR.  WA  branch  members   include  former  DFAT  employees,  prominent  academics   as  well  as  business  people  who  have  invaluable   experiences  to  share. The  WA  AIIA  holds  monthly  branch  meetings  on  the   last  Tuesday  evening  of  every  month  at  St  Catherine's   College,  where  guest  speakers  are  invited  to  discuss   current  topics  in  International  Affairs.     To  Wind  out  more,  or  to  become  a  member,  visit  the   AIIA  website:   http://www.aiia.asn.au/wa-­membership.   Janine  Ripper Emergen  Blogging  Coordinator www.reflec;onsfromaredhead.com  

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CONTRIBUTORS

Emergen Contributors Alicia Curtis Emergen Founder and E-Mag Editor www.aliciacurtis.com

Jane Genovese www.learningfundamentals.com.au

Kylie MacQueen www.wix.com/kylie_macqueen/ jeddaphotography#!

Cam Allen www.scribemagazine.com.au

Jason Fox www.drjasonfox.com

Amy Bouckley www.wa.ipaa.org.au

Linda Le www.genyadvantage.com.au

Eva Maria Salikhova www.eva-maria.co.nz

Janine Ripper www.reflectionsfromaredhead.com 

Tanya Dupagne www.ggf.org.au

Fay D’Souza Website coming soon!

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