Anthony Foster – The tenacious advocate for victims of child sexual abuse

The first inkling that Anthony and Christine Foster’s daughter, Emma, might have been a victim of child sexual abuse came after years of Emma’s unexplained psychological issues and self-destructive behaviour had been occurring. It was in February 1996 that Emma’s psychiatrist said to Chrissie, “She’s displaying all the symptoms of someone who has been sexually abused.”

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Vale Anthony Foster
1953 –2017

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John Boyd – Misunderstood Genius of Warfighting

How does one begin to pay homage to a warrior like John Boyd? He was a towering intellect who made unsurpassed contributions to the American art of war.
– General Charles C. Krulak, Commandant U.S. Marine Corps

John Boyd in F-86 Fighter Korea

Col John R. Boyd U.S. Air Force (Ret)
23 Jan 1927 – 9 Mar 1997

The UN-dictated rules of engagement for the allied forces operating against North Korea were quite specific. No pilot was to go across the Yalu River into Manchuria (China) under any circumstances. But this didn’t stop Lieutenant John Boyd and his flight leader, RAF exchange officer Jock Maitland, and others from breaking the rules from time to time.
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Ella Ingram – Change Instigator

Do you read every page of the fine print in the terms and conditions when taking out travel insurance? In the case of QBE Insurance, the Product Disclosure Statement is 103 pages long. Ella Ingram and her mother didn’t read all the pages either.

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In 2011, Ella was a Year 11 student at Melbourne Girls’ College. She and other students of Roger Dunscombe’s media studies class were looking forward to the ten-day Art, Design and Media study tour to New York planned for April 2012.
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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 3

Part 3 – The Relational Domain
The Relational Domain has the accumulation of millions of years of relationship experience from the first multicellular organisms to the sophisticated human society of today. Each generation builds on the prior generation.

The Bible even goes back further in saying Wisdom was present from the beginning of Creation: “Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the Earth.” (Proverbs 8:23)

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Figure 4 – Relational Domain

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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 2

Part 2 – Rational Domain Bottlenecks
But things don’t always go smoothly in achieving results. Bottlenecks are blockages or distortions that occur in the in the transitions between the external world and the internal world. These can delay or block the achievement of desired results.

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Figure 3 – Rational Decision Making Process – Bottlenecks

As shown in Figure 3, there are four locations where bottlenecks can occur:
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Robin Warren – Change Initiator Extraordinaire

This is a condensed version of an essay on how Dr Robin Warren discovered the cause of stomach ulcers.

The unabridged essay, Warren and Marshall – Changemakers, can be downloaded here.

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It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
— Henry David Thoreau, American essayist

The 11th of June 1979 was a day clinical pathologist Robin Warren would never forget. It wasn’t just the fact this day was his forty-second birthday and he would be celebrating with his family that evening. No, something he was viewing in the microscope caught his eye which he described as “a funny-looking thin blue line stuck on the surface of the cells in some areas”.

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Ava the Honey Bee – Change Instigator

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This fable shows a change instigator at work. It was written in 2015 for my granddaughter, Ava, as a 20-page illustrated book for her second birthday. It tells how our hero, Ava, a young honey bee learning how to become a foraging bee, uses her keen observation skills to expose a potential calamity for the hive. But her fellow bees don’t want to change their ways and so they ignore her. In the end, Ava’s persistence pays off and eventually others take up the cause and the colony makes the decision to move out of harm’s way. A wise move by all involved.

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