New Urban Agenda – ready for Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador

The consultations are now complete and the New Urban Agenda draft outcome document for adoption in Quito, October 2016 has been agreed. See: habitat-iii-new-urban-agenda-10-september-2016 Anna Moreno, the Habitat III Secretariat Coordinator stated that: “This document has been the result of a collaborative and inclusive effort since the release of the Zero Draft, continuously involving not only …

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Facts and Dreams of the Future

The human race, without its opposable thumb, would not have evolved. With only four fingers, the hand is not confident. Economists and political decision-makers sometimes forget this and, in using “measurement” to determine advice, delude themselves that their proposals are whole and effective and are not a chimera. Politicians innately understand this, yet find it …

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It’s time to have a good look at Queensland’s State Government Balance Sheet

The people of Queensland have voted to retain public assets in public hands. What does this mean for the new government, and how can they demonstrate that they have fulfilled the people’s will? Sound financial management of our public sector would be expected by all Members of the Legislative Assembly. In April 2013 the “Queensland …

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Recognising the many-layered individual in the workplace

Associate Lani Morris explains that using the Map of Meaning “is a new language because we have not traditionally expressed notions of meaningfulness even to ourselves.” She is quoted in this weekend’s QWeekend Magazine’s article by Kristina Olsson. Lani has been bringing the Map of Meaning to Australia for over five years. She has been …

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Infrastructure: Its full cost and benefits

Infrastructure is very expensive. And it brings to us and to the next generations enormous benefits. What are we prepared to pay for it? The Productivity Commission has released two volumes of a draft report recommending a “comprehensive overhaul of processes in the assessment and development of public infrastructure projects”. Overhauls are vulnerable moments in …

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Waste Management – a key city infrastructure

Waste is generated by the residents of cities in a manner that continues to change. The last fifty years have brought widespread use of plastics, vast numbers of manufactured chemicals and hazardous waste that extend across land, throughout our oceans and into outer space. Cities’ response to this challenge is on-going and requires an ability …

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Sustainable Development Goals to replace the MDGs

The wording of the sustainable development goals to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was agreed last night. The draft will be presented to the General Assembly at its 68th session for its consideration and appropriate action. To read the agreed draft, see: http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/content/documents/4044SDGsfina_approved_19_July_1320pm.pdf

Submission to Productivity Commission

There are three areas to which I draw your attention. These are: 1. The call for the Auditors-General to independently review effectiveness is sound, particularly as they are supported by an international professional framework for undertaking effectiveness audits, and are focused on improving public administration, taking the longer-term view. This recommendation could be strengthened by …

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Six things that will demoralize staff

K McGovern & Associates’ Lani Morris, in this morning’s Sydney Morning Herald article “Six things that will demoralise staff“, identifies the ways managers can demoralize staff. She uses the research supporting the “Map of Meaning” to identify areas which commonly add meaning and hence, if ignored, destroy meaning and, with it, productivity. The Map is …

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