Our apologies that it has again been a longer than usual gap between issues of Starlink!
Have you missed it? We'd like to think so. :) Perhaps that's unlikely, given how busy everyone is these days and how full our inboxes are!
But we certainly hope you enjoy this issue and find some useful resources and information among the links we've collected here.
Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International
On 6 October, more than 40 people gathered in Melbourne from around Australia for the inaugural "Appreciative Inquiry Forum: Exploring Appreciative Inquiry in Australia".
On the forum website, under "Outcomes", you will find all the ideas that were generated on that day. There is also a brief look to the immediate future under "What Next?".
You may like to browse the photo gallery and listen to the flash show we've put together, simply entitled "Five Voices".
The forum has provided a starting point for what we hope will be a strong, vibrant and well-connected AI community for Australia.
We hope you may even be inspired to join us. :)
This is the title of an entertaining 2010 TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson. In this wonderfully funny, thought-provoking and inspiring talk, Sir Ken makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning - creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
For more in the same vein, see Changing Education Paradigms, an animated version of another talk by Sir Ted. (Thanks to Natalie Shell for this one.).
If you find these inspiring, you may like to listen to more videos on Sir Ken Robinson's website.
We've found some wonderful resources celebrating the power of inter-generational conversations and of bringing young and old folk together.
There's the Talking Heads Project, where children are invited to create a visual portrait of an older person - a parent, grandparent or friend - and to record that person's memories of key events and milestones in their life.
Or Burarra Gathering, where you can take a virtual tour of the world of the Burarra people in Arnham Land, with Danaja and his grandfather, Wala Wala.
And here's a delightful YouTube video of Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge, read by the book's author, Mem Fox.
Finally, the Age of Adventure card set from St Luke's Innovative Resources is a wonderful resource. Use it to encourage rich conversations about the 'strengths of active aging' and about the gifts of wisdom and experience that older people bring into our lives.
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