Kintsugi Creates Value and Beauty

In Japan, craftsmen practice the ancient art of kintsugi, or “golden joinery,” which is a method of restoring a broken object with lacquer. Organisations can apply this principle to their people, systems and processes to find value and new opportunities in what they already have.   How did you feel the last time a coffee […]

Reverse web image, govt must adapt, Liz Pommer and Vicky Darling

Reverse web and what government must do to adapt

What is the reverse web — and why do our agencies need to be on it? Dries Buytaert, a founding father of the open source movement, speaks exclusively. Governments and public agencies should begin thinking of themselves not as depositories of information for citizens to access at will, but instead reposition as technology platforms providing […]

Mini-publics linking citizens and elites in policy deliberations

Citizens’ juries are growing in Australia, but are usually divorced from decision-makers. A better design consciously couples mini-publics and elites. Modern politics is often characterised as a world of electoral sound bites and party competition, with few opportunities for informed public debate. But this is perhaps an unfair representation of what goes on at the […]

The Science of Breaks at Work: Change Your Thinking About Downtime

Taking breaks at work can make you happier, more focused and more productive. Here’s a look at the science of why breaks work and how to use them better. I know you don’t want to take a break right now. Why? Because you’re too busy. This post is probably one of more than a few […]