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In This Issue

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Whatever the season, plants and human beings need sunlight to thrive.

So we hope the links and snippets in this month's issue of Starlink Extra will not only be useful for you, but add a little sunshine to your day. :)

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Better Boards Conference

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The Better Boards Conference is a bi-annual event held in Sydney.

Solely for nonprofit organisations, this is a wonderful development and networking opportunity for Australian and New Zealand Boards, CEOs and Managers of nonprofits.

The 2010 Better Boards Conference is happening from 23-25 July, including a special CEOs day on 23 July.

For more information and updates visit the Better Boards Conference website.

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The Fun Theory


Can having fun change people's behaviour for the better? Here's a site that shouts a resounding "YES!"!:-)

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The Fun Theory website is "dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people's behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it's change for the better."

And here's a video about an experiment at a Stockholm railway station to see if making climbing stairs more fun would encourage folk to use the them instead of the escalator.

And it worked! When they added the fun element, people used the stairs 66% more often than the escalator. And when you see what they did, wouldn't it you be using those stairs as well? :)

Certainly food for thought! What fun can you add to your workplace, your life and the lives of those around you?

Gifts of Inspiration

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TED is a site to which we find ourselves returning again and again.

Here are some talks that have recently given us the gift of inspiration and challenged our thinking:

Ken Robinson: Bring on the Learning Revolution! Very funny, challenging - and very persuasive!

Pattie Maes and Pranav Mistry: Sixth Sense. An intriguing look at the future of technology.

Douglas Adams: Parrots, the Universe and Everything. This is a talk from TED's "Best of the Web" feature, highlighting inspired talks found on sites other than TED.

Douglas Adams was a wonderfully talented human being - scientist, writer, humourist and musician. His death in 2001 deprived the world of an amazing voice.

For another taste of his fascinating, thought-provoking and often amusing perspective on the world, YouTube has a series of videos recording a lecture he delivered in Australia. And finally, here's a text transcript of Douglas Adams' Guide to Australia.

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