Digital Leadership Summit – Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane this July

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by Kim Wilkinson

Take a courageous step towards the future with Imminent Leadership Summit – a one day learning experience on innovation, digital, brand, and engagement.

Join peers and leading practitioners for IMMINENT – a collective learning environment with robust discussions, case studies and practical next steps through the lenses of church, media, social justice, not-for-profits and education.

The focus is both the immediate and future actions needed in the spaces of digital, brand, engagement and innovation.

This one day summit will be held in the following cities:

Brisbane – Monday 11th July – 10am to 4pm

Melbourne – Tuesday 12th July – 10am to 4pm

Sydney – Thursday 14th July – 10am to 4pm

IMMINENT  will provide you and your team with a roadmap to be pro-active and innovative, presenting solid answers to these (and more) questions:

  • How can I lead and cultivate innovation in my context?
  • What do I need to consider so as to engage with technology wisely?
  • Who is my brand? (and why does it matter)
  • Post-lockdowns… what is the future intersection for virtual and face-to-face?
  • What is Web 3.0? And do I need to engage with NFTs, Blockchain andCrypto?
  • What are the ethical implications and moral choices likely to arise in aWeb3 world?
  • What does research tell us about the future for engagement, community development and donor retention?
  • How have the rules of engagement changed – and how do I play?…. And more.

Find out more and register online now – Imminent Leadership Summit

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Speakers

Guest speakers and conversation hosts include:

Nils Smith
Chief Strategist Social Media + Innovation

Richenda Vermeulen
Founder and CEO, ntegrity (Panel – Melbourne only)

Dave Adamson – aka Aussie Dave
Digital Strategist, Author and Speaker

Sam Valich
Senior Director of Global Brand at Compassion

Stuart Cranney
Director of Innovation, CV Global

Joshua Crowther
Executive Director, Dunham+Company Australia

So, bring yourself and your team members as together we’ll seek to provide answers you can start using tomorrow.

Article thanks to Christian Media and Arts Australia

Why Has Russia Declared War on Ukraine?

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By: Michael Crooks

In the early morning of February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced he would be conducting a “special military operation”.

What followed were reports of explosions in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv as Russian tanks rolled in. Ukraine’s interior ministry said that Kyiv was under attack from ballistic missiles.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy urged citizens not to panic and to stay at home.

“We know for sure that we don’t need the war,” President Zelenskyy said.

“But if we’ll be attacked… if they try to take our country away from us, our freedom, our lives, the lives of our children, we will defend ourselves.”

Ukrainian Minister of Healthcare Viktor Lyashko said that so far 57 people had died following the attacks by Russian forces.

The United Nations Refugee Agency says more than 100,000 people are fleeing the violence.

“There has been significant displacement inside the country,” said spokesperson Matthew Saltmarsh.

“And there have been movements towards and across international borders. But the situation is still chaotic and evolving fast.”

Condemnation

From US President Joe Biden to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, world leaders denounced Putin’s horrifying attack.

“The prayers of the entire world are with the people of Ukraine tonight as they suffer an unprovoked and unjustified attack by Russian military forces,” President Biden, who announced a new tranch of sanctions against Russia, said.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.”

EU foreign policy representative Josep Borrell called the invasion Europe’s “darkest hours since the end of World War Two”.

Australian reaction

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced sanctions against Russia, including against Russian banks.

“I’ll call it what it is – the Russian government launched a brutal invasion, unprovoked, on Ukraine and should be condemned for doing so,” Mr Morrison said.

“We must ensure there is a cost for this violent, unacceptable, and egregious behaviour,” Mr Morrison said.

“There will be further waves of sanctions as we identify those responsible for these egregious acts.”

Why is Russia attacking?

The current events stem back to the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, when Ukraine declared itself an independent nation.

While many Ukrainian citizens were looking toward the West for their future, hoping to join the European Union and the American-led alliance of NATO (for both the economic and security benefits), Russia opposed any such aspirations.

Indeed, Putin once called the fall of the Soviet Union, “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century”.

Revolution

Then, in 2014 the then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign a free trade agreement with the EU, in a move that was backed by Russia.

It sparked a revolution and Yanukovych was ousted.

Since then, a war has raged between the Ukraine government and pro-Russia separatist rebels in eastern regions of Ukraine, known as the Donbas region. Nearly 14,000 people have died in the conflict.

The US has provided military aid to Ukraine during the conflict, and Russia sees that as a threat.

Western dreams

In 2019, Ukrainian actor and comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to power on a platform of “anti-corruption” and “anti establishment”. As president, Zelenskyy urged the US to let Ukraine join NATO.

Putin has sought assurances from the West that this will never happen. According to experts, Putin is threatened by the prospect of NATO being able to set up bases and military installations in Ukraine.

So, by placing troops on the border, and now invading, Russia is sending a signal to the West.

“For more than 70 years, we have avoided large-scale war in Europe,” US Senator Mark Warner said.

“With his illegal invasion of Ukraine, Vladimir Putin has tragically brought decades of general peace to an end.”

Will the US step in?

Not in terms of boots on the ground, because Ukraine is not a member of NATO.

But President Biden’s sanctions are targeted to cripple Russia’s economy and industry.

How will it end?

According to the US, this is the beginning of a full-scale invasion.

“President Putin has chosen a premeditated war that will bring a catastrophic loss of life and human suffering,” President Biden said.

“Russia alone is responsible for the death and destruction this attack will bring, and the United States and its Allies and partners will respond in a united and decisive way. The world will hold Russia accountable.”

Article supplied with thanks to Hope Media.

Feature Image: Photo by Max Kukurudziak on Unsplash

Preparing Your Child for “Big School”

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By: Brendan Jaensch

There are often two extreme responses when it comes to children starting school for the first time: some excitedly run into school grounds, never looking back, while others cling to mum and dad for dear life. And it’s not just the children who experience a whirl of emotions, either. Some parents are also trying to hold it all together. Continue reading “Preparing Your Child for “Big School””

‘Lion’ Mother Sue Brierley Insists Mothering is a Role to Be Shared

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By: Georgia Free

Sue Brierley has used her own childhood to relate to the hardships faced by her sons, Saroo and Mantosh, and shares her story in ‘Lioness’.

Being a mum is about so much more than biology, as proven by Sue Brierley. Her family’s story was depicted in the blockbuster film Lion, focusing on son Saroo’s quest to find his biological family in India, using Google Earth.

Sue has now written a book called Lioness, detailing the untold story of her own childhood, and she talked to Hope Breakfast about how it shaped her own experience of motherhood.

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Sue had a difficult start to life, raised in the Tasmanian hinterland by a violent father and traumatised mother. However, she believes her childhood better equipped her to relate to the hardships faced by her two sons, Saroo and Mantosh, who were adopted from India as young boys, by her and her husband, John.

“I knew very early on that a lot of children have a very difficult start to life,” Sue said.

However, Sue was adamant that her own children would not experience the same pain and neglect she felt from her own parents.

“I’d also had an extended period of time to equip myself with the knowledge. I really took it on as a purpose in a very professional way,” Sue said.

“I certainly put as much effort into the role as I could, by learning.”

Following Saroo’s successful discovery of his hometown and family, Sue was able to reunite with Saroo’s biological mum, Fatima, in India – an experience which both brought her peace, and broadened her perspective of what being a mother involves.

“Being able to meet [Fatima] was such a blessing, because I had the ability to have peace,” Sue said.

“It was [also] a very challenging experience because it [brought] in a whole lot of other dimensions to the relationship of being a mother.”

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Sue insisted that mothering is a role to be shared, and encouraged everyone to look out for the children in their own communities.

Saroo’s journey was immortalised in his book Lion: A Long Way Home and, more famously, in the popular 2016 screen adaptation Lion, starring Dev Patel. Sue, who was played by Nicole Kidman in the film, admitted the experience was challenging for her family.

“Suddenly we are in a world that is not ours. We are in a fantasy world. It places a lot of stress on the family,” she said.

However, Sue saw the film as a vessel to share the story of her family to the world.

“For me it was an opportunity to put out there that there’s a different way of living and being.”

Ahead of Mother’s Day, Sue insisted that mothering is a role to be shared, and encouraged everyone to look out for the children in their own communities.

“We’ve got to mother all the children of the world and share that role. I trust that will be our future.”

Sue’s book Lioness is available now.

Article supplied with thanks to Hope Media.

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