Community & Social Obligations

Hillsborough 28 Years On Still Needs Respect for Fans Action

Can you imagine entering a football stadium and being caught in the entrance tunnel pushed along by an unpredictable moving mass. And then face absolute fear as it squeezes the life from you, or someone next to you, when the unrelenting crowd surges forward. That was the case in 1989 at Hillsborough in Sheffield UK as Liverpool scored 4 minutes into an FA cup finals match. [...]

Parking Inspector Goes Global

This week in Melbourne, I had a great lunch with my son. He talked abut his city based vocation as a building construction manager It is not without hazard when it comes to parking he told me. Later he sent me a very funny letter written to the Melbourne City Council about a parking issue written by one of his aggrieved mates. I send it to my very good friend, Lawrence Berezin for an opinion, being he is Lawyer in New York. He in turn sought wider views in his regular web publication “New York Parking Ticket”. In this he very kindly added some great publicity about our National Song Waltzing Matilda. Plus he got some great comments from his readers including some nice ones about us Aussies. Here is his post that included my son’s message. He headed it The-Wacky-World-of-Parking-Tickets. In this fun site Larry takes what to most is an emotive subject and makes it not only advisory and educational but practical too. Although about New York City Parking it has huge appeal with everyone who parks their car in any city anywhere in the world. Go and make yourself known to Larry (as he prefers to be called by his mates) and let him know what you think about the things he writes. He always replies so you wont regret it. [...]

Do you want to die in a cell?

Best Wishes to everyone a very Happy and safe new year for 2020 Well done to this video maker. We need people investing in this type of education. And even more prepared to to invest in listening. Please don’t end up dead in this cell. We want to see you and enjoy providing our readership to you again this year. warmest regards The Performance Controller Team [...]

Copenhagen 2009: Climate heat is on.

With the die now cast for the outcomes of the United Nations agreement in Copenhagen on Dec 7th to 18th 2009, Incoming COP15 president, Connie Hedegaardon, says Failure in Copenhagen is not an option. And complexity is no excuse for complacency. There will be unlikely to be a chance again if we miss this one or postpone. To build up again the pressure to get world leaders to deliver will be impossible, so it must be done. Getting the text right and removing the square brackets to make the issues and political choices clear is the work to be done. But just weeks before the international conference, the United Nations signaled it was scaling back expectations of reaching agreement on a new treaty to slow global warming. Janos Pasztor, director of the secretary-general’s Climate Change Support Team, was reported last week as saying. “it’s hard to say how far the conference will be able to go” because the U.S. Congress has not agreed on a climate bill, and industrialized nations have not agreed on targets to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions or funding to help developing countries limit their discharges. In 1998 Tony was one of the survivors of the ill fated Sydney to Hobart Yacht race that claimed many lives. The deteriorating climate that saw those sailors lost is high in the minds of world leaders. Next month in Copenhagen these people will try to agree on a plan to manage the causes of climate change that threatens the very survival of the human race. This will update the expiring Kyoto protocol agreement of 1997. The essence what Copenhagen is all about is getting agreement on 1. Emission caps 2, Who picks up the bill and 3. Adaption Regardless of the arguments a Carbon Constrained World Reality just makes sense. But the September 2009 Bangkok UN conference of world leaders and advocates, staged to position for smooth agreement at Copenhagen, was not encouraging. Those leaders attending Copenhagen, who are determined to make the difference, and Connie Hedegaardon, who heads it all up have a daunting task. [...]

Giving Pen Empowerment to Youth

Performance management generally focuses on organizations and improvement and needs serious experience and focus. But here is something that places youth in the chair. The question is, with so called YGEN attitudes today, how can anyone seriously suggest development can be done by young people? Well Clare Hanbury does and this is what she says: With our help, young people, can help solve society’s health & social justice issues, To get results we must join youth where they asked how close they are to the problems they are trying to solve. We are now living in an amazing transitions time with a generation with new ideas and an extraordinary ability to multi task. These can doers are trail blazers with disregard for expertise and a heighten sense of personal power. They believe theirs is the only way and they are ready to do the work Here is a talk she gave on 3rd June at the Dialogue meeting for 40 Nordic NGO’s and donors in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is about The Role of Children and Young People in Development. In this Clare makes a solid point with real life examples that give young people the power of the pen and encourages them with respect, connecting by listening and keeping them close. Click on the icon to listen. [...]

How was it done in 1957 & now?

Do things really change or is it the way we see it? To those who knew how things were in 1957 it may have seemed that the life was simple but it was not always easy. But considering it now maybe then it was a much better deal. I wonder if it is possible to get that back and still keep the best of both worlds. Should we try to and if so how? [...]