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This week I started as a Senior Communications Advisor for the Covid Response team within the Dept of Health. I have been amazed by how much I have learnt, and am seriously loving every minute! The best bit has been realising that I’m actually good at this, picking up things communications professionals with years of…

A Hand Held Out

Memories of Graeme Kinross-Smith (1936 – 2021) Writing and tennis. Politics and Paris.  Climate change and jazz. City and country. History and movies. Family and dogs. It stands to reason that a single person must surely have a limit to the themes they can be so deeply passionate about. But the depths of Graeme Kinross-Smith…

Play or Perish? Motivation and Habit-Building

I’ve shown students a *lot* of videos over the years, but there is one in particular that stands out to me as endlessly valuable. Before I explain why, I recommend having a watch of it below. I know these days it can be a lot to ask anyone to give their attention to something that…

Our World, Gamified

Let’s start with a story: A young couple are driving through the outer suburbs of Melbourne; the driver listens to some podcast or other while his partner flicks through social media on her phone. Looking up from the passenger seat, the woman sees that out the windscreen in the distance, perhaps 200 metres ahead, the brightly coloured sign…

When Students Do Something

This blog was inspired by a tweet I saw several days ago, and a few more I’ve seen since… Well, that’s how this blog was meant to begin. More than six months later, I’m at long last getting around to finishing it. The final catalyst for this post was an email I recently received from…

On Privacy…

So I just got off the phone with Dylan Hornsby. We know each other well, have done so for a number of years, and I would be more than happy to tell Dylan a good deal more than I would tell most people, including (and particularly) a number of the things I wouldn’t post publicly…

For Luke

I still remember standing next to my younger brother as our sister Abbie walked past us on her way down the aisle to get married. We both knew that we both had tears in our eyes. Luke turned to me, wiping beneath his glasses, and scolded ‘These frigging allergies…’ He made me laugh, as always….

Moshe

I don’t remember the first time I met Moshe Fiszman. It was undoubtedly during one of my early visits to the Jewish Holocaust Centre in Elsternwick, where Moshe would work as a volunteer throughout his later life, energetically pursuing the never-ending mission to combat persecution and hatred in all its forms. We would cross paths…

TikTok: Time Doesn’t Stop…

When I first discovered this thing called TikTok, my mind began to close over. I’m not sure if I was initially told about it by someone, or if I saw some of its 15 second creations shared on a different social media platform, but I do recall having a feeling that was the equivalent of…

Food Pics and an Apology

3 mins reading When I’ve tried to critique and undo stereotypes about social media in the past, I’ve sometimes made a mistake. Speaking to groups of students suspicious or skeptical of Twitter or Instagram, I’ve on occasion said something to the effect of, ‘It’s not just people posting pictures of their breakfast.’ For all those…