How my daughter made me proud (again)

“I played with some kindy kids at recess and lunch today,” she casually told me after school recently. “It was their first day and some of them looked lonely so I thought I would ask my friends if we should go play with them.” And they did. I asked her why she did that and she said because she remembered what it was like walking around not knowing anyone, that she didn’t like feeling left out. “And maybe,” she continued, “if I do this for the kindy kids, they will do this for the new kindy kids next year and no one will ever have to feel left out.”

Read more of my article over at Essential Kids 

Is it time to introduce Agile Democracy?

Are we ready for an Agile democracy?

Matt Sharpe

With all of the recent discontent with Abbott, and what now looks like an inevitable slide into a leadership spill we are once again as a nation on the edge of an uncertain few weeks and potentially months ahead as the machinations of the Canberra machine shuffle heads around and the markets follow suit. As a nation, whilst certainly not unique, we do seem prone to cycling (and re-cycling) through our prime ministers as a supposed solution to what are more often than not systemic issues not only with the parties and their policies but within the political system itself.

Instead of changing the faces at the top, is it perhaps time to take a step back and make some more radical shifts to our political system? Are we mature, nay brave enough to really embrace the true roots of Democracy in the original Athenian paradigm and try ‘Agile Democracy’?

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