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Does sharing power make me a better leader?

  Why would a leader want to give away some of their power? And if they do so, what works in its place? Maybe there are some new technology solutions, and organising approaches that could be part of the solution. I had an experience as a young leader that has...

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We can’t afford “Unaffordable Housing”

It seems that there is much in the media about house prices, interest rates, tax systems, and how these conspire to make housing unaffordable. Perhaps there are other elements that we should be factoring into the equation. I have always had a bed to go to each night....

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Are your work boots left at the office door?

Do I bring my whole self to work each day? Do I really want my colleagues to bring all that they are to the workplace? If your answers are no to these questions we might be missing out on a lot of engagement and productivity. I had a pair of pull-on work boots that I...

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It’s not me, it’s us!

I was in a meeting today with a group of community organisations and a funder. We were talking about the contraction of government funding and the impact that it was likely to have on the service delivery agencies. These are difficult times as we consider whether we...

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Over 50,000 reasons to say Thank You

The amazing generosity of Perth people was shown over the two months of October and November 2014. Lenny Jacoby (pictured above) asked her Facebook friends if they could donate 100 women's underpants to Ruah. Lenny had heard that many homeless women don't often...

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Abuse of Power

In mid 2014 I watched the film, "Calvary", which is a compelling exploration of relationships, loss, pain, abuse and power. It's one of those films that left the audience silent as we left the cinema, and also one that my thoughts returned to repeatedly over the...

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The High Cost of Homelessness

It may sound perverse - but we need to get a better handle on how much homelessness is costing us as a society. In mid 2014 I spoke at the “Homelessness: We can't afford to ignore it” conference, put on by CHCWA . I enjoyed the debate and conversation and was...

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Like throwing peanuts to the monkeys

  In July 2014, as CEO of Ruah, I was faced with reviewing 16 DSS Grant applications ready for submission. Like many other Australian community service organisations Ruah had been frantically working on them for 5 weeks. As has been mentioned elsewhere there was...

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Standing Up for what is right

On the 11th of June I delivered the President's address at the 2014 ACOSS Conference. Here is the text of what I said.   Welcome to the 2014 ACOSS Conference "Global problems, local solutions: Tackling inequality in Australia and beyond". Thank you for making the...

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“One by One” we can end homelessness

How many people will we find when we go out onto the early morning streets of Perth in mid May? How long will some people have been on the streets? How unwell will some of these people be? In August 2012 Ruah coordinated the first Registry Week event in Perth, where...

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Confessions of a social activist

I’m not sure that I'm really a social activist, but its a good title for this blog entry. My confession is that I am not really sure what works in achieving change in this world. I know that I am involved in lots of things and that there have been little wins along...

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