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E28: Can kids run the world?

Today on Life Collective we canvass the views of the global citizens of tomorrow - Ellie, Ronan, Henry, Arya and Tommy - and find out what our world would be like if kids ran the joint. No topic is off limits for this clutch of tweens - same sex marriage, President Trump, government housing, the voting age and why time-outs would be legislated against in a parliament run by kids. Strap yourself in, you’re in for a ride! Links to some of the things Ellie, Ronan, Henry, Arya and Tommy touched on: Tommy is a fan, unlike his fellow-tweens, of Prodigy - a free, curriculum-aligned math game for Grades 1 - 8 which is played by over 20 million students, teachers, and parents. All deets here Not to be confused with a winning hand in poker, one of Ellie’s favourite things to do is watch Fuller House on the teev. You can catch it on Netflix. BTN got a couple of mentions from our young people - Ronan referred it to The Project for kids. BTN, which stands for Behind the News, is a TV shown on ...

28 MIN2017 DEC 31
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E28: Can kids run the world?

E27: Who'd work in politics?

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors in Parliament House? Former political staffer Sean Sammon shares his experience of the riding political roller coaster that was the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government and how he got out alive. Links to some of the things Sean touched on: “That handshake” - watch the moment former Labor Opposition Leader lost the 2004 Australian Federal Election campaign to then-Prime Minister John Howard here. Who the hell is Joh Bjelke-Peterson? For those of you who were there, a refresher. For those of you who don’t have a clue, strap yourselves in, it’s a killer of a political story. While Sean was working away as a staffer for Labor rising stars Mark Arbib and Kate Lundy, Australia experienced the removal of not one but two sitting prime ministers - Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. The ABC’s Adele Ferguson captured all the gory details in the seminal documentary The Killing Season. Watch and learn. Some of the political characters Sean mentioned: Bill S...

43 MIN2017 DEC 17
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E27: Who'd work in politics?

E26: What's your definition of community?

Sometimes by necessity and other times by design, we're forced to reinvent our sense of belonging. Today on Life Collective Michelle Cox talks to Tara Phelps, Alice Eastman and Eleanore Testa, three young women who have embarked on adventures from a young age that have redefined what community and belonging means to them. Links to some of the things Alice, Eleanor and Tara touched on: Every kid’s worst nightmare? Moving to a new school and having no friends. No one wants that. Alice mentioned the scene from the movie Mean Girls where the Lindsay Lohan character is so ostracised she locks herself in the toilet cubicle and eats her lunch alone...poor love. Tara’s experience of boarding was like a scene out of Summer Heights High where private school girl Ja’mie lorded it over the state schooler much like her experience at school where the day girls considered themselves a cut above the daggy boarders from out bush. Ouch. Eleanore and Alice both mentioned using Flatmate Finders to f...

43 MIN2017 DEC 3
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E26: What's your definition of community?

E25: Does charity begin at home? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our wide-ranging chat with Hayley Baillie, luxury tourism operator and Tourism Australia board member, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox explores Hayley’s deep-seated commitment to supporting Indigenous Australian artists and her love of environmental conservancy. Where did it all start for Hayley Baillie? Links to some of the things Hayley touched on: Hayley is one of the founding patrons of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders Tiffany Circle. More about the giving circle and the good works they do with local communities here. Dick Smith was a proud Scout. Read more about Dick’s career with the Scouts here. And check out Scouts Australia to find out more about the movement. Dick talks about the Dick & Pip Smith Foundation in a long-ranging interview with Radio National’s Rachel Kohn on The Spirit of Things program. Longitude 131°, the Baillie Lodge in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, has forged close ties with local indigenous communities and artist.Estab...

29 MIN2017 NOV 26
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E25: Does charity begin at home? (Part 2)

E24: Are you born with a sense of adventure or must you cultivate it? (Part 1)

In Part 1 of our conversation with Hayley Baillie, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox explores Hayley’s growing-up years with her dad, Australian adventurer and entrepreneur, Dick Smith, and the impact it’s had on Hayley’s career choices, the luxury tourism business she’s built with her husband, and the way she’s raising her four young sons. Links to some of the things Hayley touched on: Hayley’s dad is Dick Smith - that’s right, the Dick Smith - Australian entrepreneur, adventurer, aviator, philanthropist and political activist. Hayley and her husband James Baillie founded Baillie Lodges in 2003, a portfolio of boutique lodges in some of Australia’s most pristine locations - tropical island paradises, outback adventures and southern ocean coastal escapes. Hayley was appointed to the Board of Tourism Australia in November 2015. Check out Hayley’s Instagram account but try to stifle your insta-envy - her life in pictures is AMAZING! This is what Hayley’s talking about - cruisi...

32 MIN2017 NOV 19
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E24: Are you born with a sense of adventure or must you cultivate it? (Part 1)

E23: How can you become more creative?

Are you born creative or is it a skill you can cultivate? Life Collective’s Michelle Cox taps three creative types, Jim Ritchie, Tom Meredith and James Hyde, and finds out how they get in the zone. Links to some of the things Jim, Tom and James touched on: Learn about the life of Dr Edward de Bono, the inventor of lateral thinking, his books, his ideas and the courses that can improve the way you think by training your brain for success here. More on Dr de Bono’s Six Hats system, a parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved here. Ideation isn’t just a buzzword - it’s about employing curiosity, empathy and understanding to come up with ideas to solve a problem or brief. Here are some techniques to get your next ideation session going. Some tools the team uses: Mind mapping Research is crucial like keeping up with who is doing industry-best work: Industry blogs and websites Industry awards websites Site like Brand New blog Liste...

41 MIN2017 NOV 5
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E23: How can you become more creative?

E22: What's it like being a first generation Aussie?

If you’ve been lucky enough to be born in Australia, it’s pretty likely that your parents or your grandparents weren’t. That’s what makes this country a diverse, inclusive and bloody fantastic place to live. Today on Life Collective Michelle Cox chats with Brenda Younes, Dean Norbiato and Raffaele D’Alisa about what it was like growing up as the children of migrants in the 'lucky country'. Links to some of the things Brenda, Dean and Raff touched on: Raff’s folks come from Palermo and Napoli in Italy Raff’s dad Luca D’Alisa has been tailoring in Double Bay for decades - apparently he’s got all the business he can handle at the moment but you can always pop in and say hello. Raff recently went to New York and marvelled at the celebration of all things Italian food and wine at Eataly New York...yum! Brenda’s mum and dad fled the Lebanese civil war and strife when they eloped as a young couple to Australia. Doesn’t stop her folks being inordinately proud of their Lebanese la...

43 MIN2017 OCT 22
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E22: What's it like being a first generation Aussie?

E21: Can women have a career and a family and not go cray-cray?

This time round on Life Collective Michelle Cox talks to three women at different stages of their careers and their family life. Hannah Warren is just about to have her first baby. And Louise Egan and Tabitha Lucas have two boys a piece and are deep in the weeds of juggling work and career. Can you be a great mum in today’s yummy-mummy culture and have a stellar career at the same time, without going cray-cray? Links to some of the things Hannah, Lou and Tab touched on: Bastion Collective founder Fergus Watts on work/life balance and what it means to him. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Line is a statewide telephone service available every day of the year for​​ Victorian families with children from birth to school age. Maternal and child health nurses can provide information, support and guidance regarding a range of issues including child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal and family health and parenting. More info here. Jacinda Arden, New Zealand’s new Labour party...

41 MIN2017 OCT 8
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E21: Can women have a career and a family and not go cray-cray?

E20: Wanna join a board?

Looking to go on a board and don’t know where to start? Today Life Collective’s Michelle Cox talks to seasoned business leaders and board aficionados - David Sawicki and Michael Brown – for the inside goss on and what happens around the board table and tips on how to get on one. Links to some of the things Michael and David touched on: Michael Brown’s career history on LinkedIn. David Sawicki’s career history on Linkedin. Find out more about David’s company, Third Wave Ideas here Do you know the difference between a management committee, an advisory board and a board of directors? Knowing which is which could save you a lot of time and trouble - get the low-down here Thinking about joining a board? There are courses you can do and groups you can join to learn more about your responsibilities as a board member and start your networking journey. Australian Institute of Company Directors - Courses for Directors INSEAD is a graduate business school with campuses in Europe (Fontain...

41 MIN2017 SEP 24
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E20: Wanna join a board?

E19: Ever heard of a unicorn festival?

Ever heard of a festival in honour of all things unicorn? If you’re a Millennial you probably know all about it. On behalf of the rest of us, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox goes in search of the mythical creature and this year’s biggest social media trend: unicorns. For answers she turned to Melissa Polglase, Melbourne Central’s marketing manager, who tapped into 2017’s biggest social trend to create the shopping centre’s most successful event ever. Like, totes amazeballs!

36 MIN2017 SEP 10
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E19: Ever heard of a unicorn festival?

Latest Episodes

E28: Can kids run the world?

Today on Life Collective we canvass the views of the global citizens of tomorrow - Ellie, Ronan, Henry, Arya and Tommy - and find out what our world would be like if kids ran the joint. No topic is off limits for this clutch of tweens - same sex marriage, President Trump, government housing, the voting age and why time-outs would be legislated against in a parliament run by kids. Strap yourself in, you’re in for a ride! Links to some of the things Ellie, Ronan, Henry, Arya and Tommy touched on: Tommy is a fan, unlike his fellow-tweens, of Prodigy - a free, curriculum-aligned math game for Grades 1 - 8 which is played by over 20 million students, teachers, and parents. All deets here Not to be confused with a winning hand in poker, one of Ellie’s favourite things to do is watch Fuller House on the teev. You can catch it on Netflix. BTN got a couple of mentions from our young people - Ronan referred it to The Project for kids. BTN, which stands for Behind the News, is a TV shown on ...

28 MIN2017 DEC 31
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E28: Can kids run the world?

E27: Who'd work in politics?

Ever wondered what goes on behind closed doors in Parliament House? Former political staffer Sean Sammon shares his experience of the riding political roller coaster that was the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government and how he got out alive. Links to some of the things Sean touched on: “That handshake” - watch the moment former Labor Opposition Leader lost the 2004 Australian Federal Election campaign to then-Prime Minister John Howard here. Who the hell is Joh Bjelke-Peterson? For those of you who were there, a refresher. For those of you who don’t have a clue, strap yourselves in, it’s a killer of a political story. While Sean was working away as a staffer for Labor rising stars Mark Arbib and Kate Lundy, Australia experienced the removal of not one but two sitting prime ministers - Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. The ABC’s Adele Ferguson captured all the gory details in the seminal documentary The Killing Season. Watch and learn. Some of the political characters Sean mentioned: Bill S...

43 MIN2017 DEC 17
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E27: Who'd work in politics?

E26: What's your definition of community?

Sometimes by necessity and other times by design, we're forced to reinvent our sense of belonging. Today on Life Collective Michelle Cox talks to Tara Phelps, Alice Eastman and Eleanore Testa, three young women who have embarked on adventures from a young age that have redefined what community and belonging means to them. Links to some of the things Alice, Eleanor and Tara touched on: Every kid’s worst nightmare? Moving to a new school and having no friends. No one wants that. Alice mentioned the scene from the movie Mean Girls where the Lindsay Lohan character is so ostracised she locks herself in the toilet cubicle and eats her lunch alone...poor love. Tara’s experience of boarding was like a scene out of Summer Heights High where private school girl Ja’mie lorded it over the state schooler much like her experience at school where the day girls considered themselves a cut above the daggy boarders from out bush. Ouch. Eleanore and Alice both mentioned using Flatmate Finders to f...

43 MIN2017 DEC 3
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E26: What's your definition of community?

E25: Does charity begin at home? (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our wide-ranging chat with Hayley Baillie, luxury tourism operator and Tourism Australia board member, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox explores Hayley’s deep-seated commitment to supporting Indigenous Australian artists and her love of environmental conservancy. Where did it all start for Hayley Baillie? Links to some of the things Hayley touched on: Hayley is one of the founding patrons of the Australian Red Cross Society of Women Leaders Tiffany Circle. More about the giving circle and the good works they do with local communities here. Dick Smith was a proud Scout. Read more about Dick’s career with the Scouts here. And check out Scouts Australia to find out more about the movement. Dick talks about the Dick & Pip Smith Foundation in a long-ranging interview with Radio National’s Rachel Kohn on The Spirit of Things program. Longitude 131°, the Baillie Lodge in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, has forged close ties with local indigenous communities and artist.Estab...

29 MIN2017 NOV 26
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E25: Does charity begin at home? (Part 2)

E24: Are you born with a sense of adventure or must you cultivate it? (Part 1)

In Part 1 of our conversation with Hayley Baillie, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox explores Hayley’s growing-up years with her dad, Australian adventurer and entrepreneur, Dick Smith, and the impact it’s had on Hayley’s career choices, the luxury tourism business she’s built with her husband, and the way she’s raising her four young sons. Links to some of the things Hayley touched on: Hayley’s dad is Dick Smith - that’s right, the Dick Smith - Australian entrepreneur, adventurer, aviator, philanthropist and political activist. Hayley and her husband James Baillie founded Baillie Lodges in 2003, a portfolio of boutique lodges in some of Australia’s most pristine locations - tropical island paradises, outback adventures and southern ocean coastal escapes. Hayley was appointed to the Board of Tourism Australia in November 2015. Check out Hayley’s Instagram account but try to stifle your insta-envy - her life in pictures is AMAZING! This is what Hayley’s talking about - cruisi...

32 MIN2017 NOV 19
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E24: Are you born with a sense of adventure or must you cultivate it? (Part 1)

E23: How can you become more creative?

Are you born creative or is it a skill you can cultivate? Life Collective’s Michelle Cox taps three creative types, Jim Ritchie, Tom Meredith and James Hyde, and finds out how they get in the zone. Links to some of the things Jim, Tom and James touched on: Learn about the life of Dr Edward de Bono, the inventor of lateral thinking, his books, his ideas and the courses that can improve the way you think by training your brain for success here. More on Dr de Bono’s Six Hats system, a parallel thinking process that helps people be more productive, focused, and mindfully involved here. Ideation isn’t just a buzzword - it’s about employing curiosity, empathy and understanding to come up with ideas to solve a problem or brief. Here are some techniques to get your next ideation session going. Some tools the team uses: Mind mapping Research is crucial like keeping up with who is doing industry-best work: Industry blogs and websites Industry awards websites Site like Brand New blog Liste...

41 MIN2017 NOV 5
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E23: How can you become more creative?

E22: What's it like being a first generation Aussie?

If you’ve been lucky enough to be born in Australia, it’s pretty likely that your parents or your grandparents weren’t. That’s what makes this country a diverse, inclusive and bloody fantastic place to live. Today on Life Collective Michelle Cox chats with Brenda Younes, Dean Norbiato and Raffaele D’Alisa about what it was like growing up as the children of migrants in the 'lucky country'. Links to some of the things Brenda, Dean and Raff touched on: Raff’s folks come from Palermo and Napoli in Italy Raff’s dad Luca D’Alisa has been tailoring in Double Bay for decades - apparently he’s got all the business he can handle at the moment but you can always pop in and say hello. Raff recently went to New York and marvelled at the celebration of all things Italian food and wine at Eataly New York...yum! Brenda’s mum and dad fled the Lebanese civil war and strife when they eloped as a young couple to Australia. Doesn’t stop her folks being inordinately proud of their Lebanese la...

43 MIN2017 OCT 22
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E22: What's it like being a first generation Aussie?

E21: Can women have a career and a family and not go cray-cray?

This time round on Life Collective Michelle Cox talks to three women at different stages of their careers and their family life. Hannah Warren is just about to have her first baby. And Louise Egan and Tabitha Lucas have two boys a piece and are deep in the weeds of juggling work and career. Can you be a great mum in today’s yummy-mummy culture and have a stellar career at the same time, without going cray-cray? Links to some of the things Hannah, Lou and Tab touched on: Bastion Collective founder Fergus Watts on work/life balance and what it means to him. The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Line is a statewide telephone service available every day of the year for​​ Victorian families with children from birth to school age. Maternal and child health nurses can provide information, support and guidance regarding a range of issues including child health, nutrition, breastfeeding, maternal and family health and parenting. More info here. Jacinda Arden, New Zealand’s new Labour party...

41 MIN2017 OCT 8
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E21: Can women have a career and a family and not go cray-cray?

E20: Wanna join a board?

Looking to go on a board and don’t know where to start? Today Life Collective’s Michelle Cox talks to seasoned business leaders and board aficionados - David Sawicki and Michael Brown – for the inside goss on and what happens around the board table and tips on how to get on one. Links to some of the things Michael and David touched on: Michael Brown’s career history on LinkedIn. David Sawicki’s career history on Linkedin. Find out more about David’s company, Third Wave Ideas here Do you know the difference between a management committee, an advisory board and a board of directors? Knowing which is which could save you a lot of time and trouble - get the low-down here Thinking about joining a board? There are courses you can do and groups you can join to learn more about your responsibilities as a board member and start your networking journey. Australian Institute of Company Directors - Courses for Directors INSEAD is a graduate business school with campuses in Europe (Fontain...

41 MIN2017 SEP 24
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E20: Wanna join a board?

E19: Ever heard of a unicorn festival?

Ever heard of a festival in honour of all things unicorn? If you’re a Millennial you probably know all about it. On behalf of the rest of us, Life Collective’s Michelle Cox goes in search of the mythical creature and this year’s biggest social media trend: unicorns. For answers she turned to Melissa Polglase, Melbourne Central’s marketing manager, who tapped into 2017’s biggest social trend to create the shopping centre’s most successful event ever. Like, totes amazeballs!

36 MIN2017 SEP 10
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E19: Ever heard of a unicorn festival?