National Camps Conference 2009

Conference Gala Dinner

Key note Topic- ‘Call to Arms’

Key note Title- Visions of Sustainable Prosperity for Planet Earth

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”       Margaret Mead

For years society has tried to get people in positions of power to care; now we’re going to get people who care into positions of influence. We need strong, venturous leadership, we need people who will lead, develop and influence our communities toward sustainable future prosperity.

Socially, economically, environmentally and culturally we determine what our environment and planet looks like, what the world sees, how we want to live and what future we leave for generation’s to come.

I care about developing future leaders and ensuring a sustainable environment and earth for our youth. It is our youth that are part of a global community and are 100% of our future.

We want future generations to ask ‘How did you find the moral courage to rise to the challenge’ not say ‘What were you thinking, didn’t you care’.

Concurrent workshop session 5

Topic- How to successfully implement a ‘Sustainability Leadership Program and Learning Centre’

Title- Sustainability Leadership – Our Future Demands It.

Sustainability leadership is about creating a collaborative learning environment to motivate, empower and educate the future leaders who, with these new skills and understanding, will lead business and community into a sustainable future.

We need innovative and immediate change in paradigms to unlock sustainability as a pathway for future generations.  A Camp’s vision, environment, staff and facilities can make this a reality, by developing and delivering sustainability leadership programs across a range of demographics we will ensure our circle of influence is great.

We are aware of the urgent need to address climate change, carbon emissions, water, energy, biodiversity and environmental challenges, through a range of programs it is possible for the camps sector to be leaders in creating a sustainable future and assist with the shaping of our future leaders.

By taking a ‘buildings that teach’ philosophy we are able to connect with people during their time spent at a camp, by engaging and connecting them to the natural environment we can have a lasting impact on their behavior, mind set and long term actions which can lead to more sustainable habits.

Camps can be at the leading edge of innovation in youth leadership, regional and community development, camps have the ability to quickly respond to community and market demands and through partnerships we understand we can cause a greater change to society and the environment.

Exciting Advisory Board Positions

Are you a high calibre experienced and passionate person with a desire to be part of a social and environmental enterprise?

Want to assist and advise this Not-for-Profit in ethical, environmental and sustainability based projects and developments?

Looking to work with young, enthusiastic people who want to make a difference?

Want to be part of a growing Not-for-Profit and help shape our future?

Would you like to make a real difference, pass on your invaluable experience, meet and mentor likeminded youth in the process?  This is your opportunity.

 

Geoff Gourley is one of Australia’s leading social entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders. His progressive not-for-profit, Shape our Future, is leading the way by developing innovative projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

Geoff is currently seeking ‘Expressions of Interest’ for people from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications and marketing to take a flexible role on the Shape Our Future Advisory Board commencing late August 2009.

 
 

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2009 / 2010 Program.Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2009 / 2010 Advisory Board include:• Application of your knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment and communityEnthusiastic, committed individuals with a passion for the environment and sustainability, and well developed professional skills, able to advise others, mentor experience, verbal and written communication skills.Time commitment 2009 / 2010 It is anticipated to form the advisory board by the beginning of September 2009 with annual position appointments / reappointments at the end of June each year.

• Sustainability Community Centre business model

• Sustainability Education program for Youth

• Regional Sustainability Festival

• Documentary tracking selected projects

• On line web 2.0 Sustainable Business and Carbon Emission Reduction Program

• Development of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program 

 

 

 

• Mentoring future social leaders of Australia

• Meeting and working with like-minded people

• Opportunities for personal growth and learning new skills

• Experience to add to your resume

• Contributing to social enterprise in Australia

• Flexibility

 Shape our Future is looking for:

Applicants must be accessible and work well both independently and as part of a board. 

 
 

Advisory Board members contributions and time commitments are flexible but as a guide, attend a monthly meeting, occasional attendance and communications with members and mentoring of 1 individual.

Applications 

 Important Dates   

 

Applications close: 5pm 14 August 2009.
Interviews will be held on: 22 August 2009.
Successful applicants will be notified on: 28 August 2009. 

 

To apply please email geoffgourley@bigpond.com with 

 

• A letter outlining your interest in the Advisory Board positions, your ability to contribute to the success of the organisation and project(s) and outline of past mentoring or advisory experience;

• Your CV or Bio;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

Alternately applications may be sent to;
Geoffrey Gourley
Founder & Executive Director
Shape Our Future
Po Box 2247
Oakleigh VIC 3166

Shape Our Future
a.c.n. 137 935 650
A registered Not-for-Profit organisation

Dinner with Al Gore

Dinner with Al Gore

Sunday 12 July 2009 – The Great Hall – NGV

Hosted by
- Australian Conservation Foundation
- The Climate Project

I was privileged to attend an intimate dinner with Al Gore which was held during his recent visit to Melbourne as part of the Asia Pacific Climate Summit.

Seated with Senator Christine Milne – Greens Tasmania, Danny Vadasz – ACF and a number of other fascinating guests we heard Al Gore talk about the Asia Pacific Summit and training he is delivering to 300 participants from across 19 countries including China, Singapore, New Zealand, Fiji and Indonesia.

This is the first time people from the Asia-Pacific region have been brought together to be trained by the Honourable Al Gore.

The summit enables them to communicate directly with their communities about generating a combined effort to insist, as a region, on the best possible outcomes at Copenhagen.

The trainees represent a diverse group including diplomats, doctors, chief executives, students, economists, school principals, a fruit grower, a fire-fighter, climate relief workers and an associate professor of philosophy.

One in 75 Australians have now seen a presentation delivered by the 250 Al Gore-trained Climate Project Presenters working throughout communities in Australia.

“This really is the time to build a groundswell of public support in favour of strong action at Copenhagen,” said Don Henry, Executive Director of the Australian Conservation Foundation, which is helping to organise the training sessions.

The evening was thoroughly enjoyable with roving performers greeting guests upon their arrival, before we moved into the great hall, with its illuminated coloured glass ceiling, to enjoy dinner and conversation.

A set of 3 songs was performed by Katie Noonan, accompanied by a string quartet and guitarist. Climate Project ambassadors, Merrick and Rosso, provided their own unique presentation on the event and climate change which included a short spin around the gallery on a fold up bike.

A number of items were donated and auctioned to raise funds for ACF Copenhagen campaign featuring an $8,000 Intrepid overseas travel voucher, Akubra hat signed by Al Gore and many other great gifts.

As the evening drew to a close we walked away with an inspired and motivated vision to keep promoting and communicating the outcomes we seek to achieve in Copenhagen during December 2009.

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Exciting Sustainability Internship Opportunity

Are you keen to gain experience in the sustainability field?

Want to be part of ethical, sustainability based projects and developments?

Looking for a flexible internship where you will learn and develop skills?

Want to be part of a growing not-for-profit and help shape our future?

Would you like to make a real difference, gain invaluable experience and meet likeminded people in the process? This is your opportunity.

Geoff Gourley is one of Australia’s leading social entrepreneurs and sustainability leaders. His progressive not-for-profit, Shape our Future, is leading the way by developing innovative projects aimed at creating and shaping a sustainable future.

Geoff is currently on the look out for students or post graduates from a range of backgrounds such as education, environmental science, business, law, information technology, communications, and marketing to take on flexible internships from July to September 2009 and October to December 2009.

 

Projects proposed to be undertaken during the 2009 / 2010 Internship Program:

• Development of an Eco Retreat and land & habitat regeneration program

• Sustainability Community Centre business model

• Sustainability Education program for Youth

• Regional Sustainability Festival

• Documentary tracking selected projects

• On line web 2.0 Sustainable Business and Carbon Emission Reduction Program

 

Benefits of joining the ‘Shape Our Future’ 2009 / 2010 Internship Program include:

• Application of knowledge to real projects that will make a real difference in sustainability, environment and community

• Mentoring from skilled professionals in the field

• Meeting and working with like-minded people

• Opportunities for growth and learning new skills

• Experience to add to your resume

• Flexible days/hours

 

Shape our Future is looking for:

Enthusiastic, committed individuals with a passion for sustainability, and well developed verbal and written communication skills. Applicants must be able to use their initiative, and work well both independently and as part of a team.

 

Time commitment 2009

First round of internships start at the beginning of July 2009 to be completed by the end of

September 2009 with a second round starting October 2009 to be completed prior to Christmas December 2009.

Internships work hours are flexible but as a guide, 10am-6pm four days a week.

Interns must commit to attending the entire 3 month period of the internship. Options exist to follow into the second round internship but this is not mandatory.

 

Applications

Important Dates

Applications close: 5pm 12 June 2009.

Interviews will be held on: 22 June 2009.

Successful applicants will be notified on: 29 June 2009.

To apply please email geoffgourley@bigpond.com with;

• A letter outlining your interest in the internship, your ability to contribute to the project(s) and which project(s) you are interested in taking part in;

• Your CV;

• A ‘PDF’ copy of a recent academic assignment or project;

• The names and contact details of two referees.

 

Alternately applications may be sent to;

Geoffrey Gourley

Founder

Shape Our Future

Po Box 2247

Oakleigh VIC 3166

Recession Proof Leadership


5 Keys to Leading Through Challenging Times

There are 5 keys to leading effectively during challenging times. They aren’t necessarily difficult, but to ignore them will certainly make your life more difficult.

We know for certain that burying our head in the sand and pretending that nothing is going on is positively insane. It’s like a 2 year-old child closing their eyes and saying, “you can’t see me”. Of course there’s something different in “business land”. In fact, it’s that very difference – the current challenges we face – that we need to use as a call to action.

  1. Credibility is a mustIf ever leaders needed their credibility to lean on, it’s now. The simplest definition for leadership credibility is to simply “do what you say you’re going to do”. Your employees – now more than ever – need to look to you for guidance, leadership, and appropriate behaviour.The bigger statement, of course, includes making sure you take a definitive stand on those things that bring comfort during turbulent times – and then following up (doing what you say you’ll do) on those strong statements.In other words, take the tougher route. Make difficult calls, step up when no one else will, and take command of an otherwise un-led situation. Be in charge! Your employees need it, and the organisation could stand the leadership.

  2. See and be seenVisibility is a big deal. Now’s not the time to hide out in your office, pining away the days or lamenting for better times. Get out, be seen, be available, and most importantly, be heard. High visibility, coupled with credibility, is a near-guarantee of success in uncertain times.These times are challenging; challenging for the business, for employees, and for you. But there’s opportunity in challenge … you’ve just got to be there when it happens. And “there” is out in the open, in front of the troops.Back when we had real warrior generals, “Brigadier” Generals led a brigade of men … from the front of the brigade. Not back at some remote headquarters location, sitting in air conditioned comfort while others went to battle. No, they were visible, and literally out front. 

    Those leaders led. You can to. “Management by walking around” is a good concept for current times. Get out there.
     

     

  3. Remember - you were young once

    Put yourself in employees’ shoes; this is uncomfortable, and there are plenty of unknowns. Lots of things are changing around them, and they are neither fully aware of the rationale - nor in control of - those things changing.Even in times of more positive change, the first to buy in are those who either:

    1. Control / direct the change, or
    2. Are experiencing change that is positive to them personally

Cut them a break – you’re not always easy to live with either, remember? Your employees - at least those sticking with it, trying to perform, succeed, and persevere - deserve our respect.

Those who aren’t? Well, now’s a good time for a change – dead wood never has a place in a successful organisation; it has even lesser status during challenging economic times. We all need to pull our weight – who wants to lug around someone else’s gear?

  1. Want cheese with that whine? No open complaining, commiserating, or whining. Not now (assuming it was ever ok - which you know, of course, that it isn’t) especially. Your staff don’t need to know that you feel as out of control as they do. It doesn’t help them, or you, to believe that things are hurtling out of everyone’s control.Better to convince them that hard work, strong performance, and effective leadership will prevail. Because, of course, it will. You must know – and believe - that. Or bail out.Face it – if you believe your organisation has one foot in the grave, leave and go somewhere else. Otherwise, you believe it will emerge from these times, and in a better place.

    Either / or - but make a call one way or another. If you’re sticking around, never forget to “work for whom you work for”. And as a leader, that means “no whining”.

  2. Sit down and focusFocus is paramount, especially when there’s an unseen drag on earnings called “the economy”. Help people understand as best you can, explain why things are happening (when you know), and why we’re taking this specific action.But in the end, they’ve got to do what’s necessary to help your organisation weather this storm, so just do it can become the fall-back phrase of choice. Don’t allow so much discourse that we forget why we’re here.They want to vent? Ok, we’ll allow that. Employees want to complain a bit, because petrol prices are high and milk has doubled. Ok, fine. Now, get back to work.

* Authored Kevin Berchelmann,
   Human Capital Expert .

geoffgourley@bigpond.com
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