Sanctuary

The 19th December 2019 proved to be one of Wollondilly Shire’s most dramatic days, in a bush fire season that had already had its fair share of drama.

It was a hot day, 42 degrees; an angry red sun hovered above, shrouded by billowing smoke. The towns of Buxton, Balmoral, Bargo and Tahmoor had received catastrophic fire warnings. They were at the epicentre of the Green Wattle Creek Fire, one of the day’s deadliest.
Road closures were in place, and people were warned to avoid using roads in and around Picton.

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Thomas Piketty, at the Paris School of Economics.

Thomas and The Pikettes

Dear Professor Piketty,

It’s probably hyperbole to say that you have changed my life. Better to say – enriched, expanded, deepened and consolidated.READ MORE

Moments of M

Using different words in place of our habitual corporate jargon can sometimes trick us into abandoning the knots that bind us to the same old thinking. READ MORE

Why sisu?

Finnish and Estonian are related languages. The word sisu is shared between them. For Finns, sisu is almost a defining feature or aspiration of their national identity. Sisu evokes spirit, resilience, fortitude, commitment, persistence.READ MORE

Beauty and Brains

Bold and ambitious, the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre’s imposing geodesic domed structure, with its parkland-facing wall of glass, projects boldly outwards into Geelong’s cultural precinct like a giant cerebral cortex. It’s no wonder that Mayor Darryn Lyons quipped, when it opened in November 2015, that it was Geelong’s ‘Big Brain’. READ MORE

Melbourne's Old Court at time of Steer vs Fitches

Do YOU Trove?

On Saturday 8 August 1857, an 18-year-old woman, recently emigrated from England, won a court battle in Melbourne’s Old Court. The plaintiff’s name was Emma Steer, READ MORE

The Alchemy of Learning

We called her our guru. Her small and lyrical book, Beyond Measure: The Big Impact of Small Changes (TED 2015), formed the intellectual backbone to our six month, project-based library leadership program in Queensland last year.

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Devout Irreverence

In early 2015, I joined a long, serpentine queue to view The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk.
Gaultier’s show at Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria broke all previous attendance records (around 226,000 in its last days).READ MORE