Do You Have The Guts To Say ‘Yes’?

The talkfest is over. It’s time for action. The Ideas Factory workshop generated 141 challenges which have been available for discussion and voting for nearly three months. Two areas that generated significant discussion were staff development and relationship building. In particular: Staff development – preparing for the future Staff development – professional recognition in the…

TEDTalks: Reviews In 10 Words or less

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Education, and Design. Today it brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers who are challenged to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TEDTalks shares…

From Patron-Focussed Libraries To Patron-Driven Libraries

At the beginning of May I presented a session on New Zealand Libraries in 2025 at the LIANZA Waikato/BOP Weekend School where I shared some ideas about how libraries can get to 2025, whatever it may look like. One suggestion was the need to move from patron-focussed libraries to patron-driven libraries. (If the terminology seems unfamiliar, you…

Leadership: It Ain’t Bragging If You Can Do It

This post has been written by guest blogger Paul Brown. “The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man” (George Bernard Shaw). Participation at the 2003 Aurora summit first challenged then changed forever, how I would…

Do Something

This post was inspired by the heroic rescue efforts in Christchurch and the new book, Poke the Box, by Seth Godin. Everyone has a bit of a hero within them. We each inherently want to succeed and be valued. To be admired for our courage or achievements. And I’m addicted to finding the heroes within…