Month: May 2013

Next Steps: Relaunch Party

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We're having a party...
We’re having a party…

Attention turns to planning the ReLaunch Party for the 10 City Bridge Run.

It has been a while in the making, and not without a few set-backs and challenges. Celebrating the commencement of this journey at the ReLaunch Party will be all the sweeter thinking about the obstacles overcome to get to this point. It wasn’t possible without your support and encouragement.

The ReLaunch Party is planned to be held in Sydney towards the end of July/early August. Adam Spencer has made himself available to be the emcee for the evening (depending on the date and his other commitments).

Theme, entertainment, speakers, location, time, date and registration details? Will be addressing those soon, and if you would like to get involved by volunteering to help with the ReLaunch Party, please let us know!

Connect like you give a damn!

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English: Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Archi...
English: Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cameron Sinclair, co-founder of Architecture for Humanity and an accomplished designer from New York, in 2008 demanded of designers at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York to “design like you give a damn!” He argued:

Forget these chandeliers and overpriced sofas; forget the whole New York design scene. Look to Africa and India, to the places where design is a matter of life or death.

During the 10 City Bridge Run, we are asking you to ‘connect like you give a damn!

No one can effectively ‘do bridging’ on their own. Our networks are possibility factories, but only if we choose to use them.

What if women held the answers?

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Young girl. Papua New Guinea
Young girl. Papua New Guinea (Photo credit: World Bank Photo Collection)

It has been over a month since I last posted, and in that time I have been busy. Busy thinking.

In March, I attended the Commonwealth Study Conference (known by its acronym CSCLeaders) across London, Glasgow and Oxford for what turned out to be an extraordinary gathering of 100 leaders from around the Commonwealth.

I was profoundly influenced by women I met at the recent CSCLeaders conference, especially those from across Africa, India, Pakistan, other parts of Asia and the Pacific.

Returning to Sydney, I attended a conference at the Alfred Deakin Research Institute which focused on Papua New Guinea. Again, there I was influenced greatly by the women who I spoke with.

Often, my conversation turned to the issue of child survival. These were seemingly ordinary women, and most of them mothers. Few of them were ‘experts’ in child mortality- there experience was found in other areas, but all of them had expert advice to offer.

I made me think:

What might this look like if women held the answers?

This is not to say that men have nothing to contribute. Far from it. It is an equally relevant question for men to address as for women. So much so, that the orientation of the design forum for the 10 City Bridge Run will be framed using this question.

I would be interested to hear your thoughts too. Do you think this question is helpful? Could it be expressed better?