The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2021-04-26T20:31:05Z Tiny Universe: a view inside the beautiful worlds we imagine for ourselves 2021-04-26T20:31:05Z tiny-universe-a-view-inside-the-beautiful-worlds-we-imagine-for-ourselves FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Friday 27 April 2021 Comprising 60 years of impact in the Australian arts landscape, Shopfront Arts Co-op and Milk Crate Theatre join forces on a bold new intergenerational work, Tiny Universe, which will premiere at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists in Erskineville from May 20 – 29.  Co-directed by award winning team, Shopfront's Creative Director, Natalie Rose, and Milk Crate Theatre's Artistic Director, Margot Politis, Tiny Universe explores the delineation between inner and outer worlds – what we present to the world, and what is actually happening behind closed doors. It invites audiences to consider what we carry with us through life, and how that changes over time. What are the rituals we perform, the modicums of self-soothing that occur in our own little corners of our lives?  Who are we – and how do we cope - when no one is looking, especially if we feel there is something about ourselves that makes us different from others? Do we ever get used to the uncertainty that life throws at us?  Through conversations with “self”, Tiny Universe reveals how we reckon privately with social pressures, systems, and expectations, through the exploration of set, space, movement, lighting, and text.  The devised work reflects both companies’ commitments to championing the voices of artists from underepresented communities and backgrounds. Through this new partnership, Shopfront and Milk Crate Theatre will bring forward the stories and artistic expression of young people and people with lived experience of homelessness, mental health issues, and disability.  “The most wonderful thing about this work is the collaboration between the two companies, the artists and the creative team,” says Shopfront’s Creative Director Natalie Rose.  “The process has proven that regardless of lived experience, we are all the same. We share the universal – we all want to feel safe and be the best versions of ourselves whenever we can.”  Milk Crate Theatre’s Artistic Director Margot Politis describes her excitement at “bringing our dynamic theatre organisations together on this project,” explaining that the performers are all “exploring the very painful as well as the very funny experiences of life – and the reasons why sometimes it is easier to just hide away.  What we’re finding is that the issue of self-discovery is something that affects us at all stages of our lives – maybe when we are older we just get a little more used to the uncertainty.”  The production has been developed in collaboration with a team of cast and creatives, including Desmond Edwards, Harrison Bishop, Lana Filies, Lily Hayman, Lisa Griffiths, Matthias Nudl, Steve Konstantopoulos, and Nick Vagne, and will feature the work of revered composer, James Brown, lighting designer Liam O’Keefe, and support artists Lucy Watson. SEASON & TIMES 20 – 29 May Wednesday – Saturday 6.30pm Matinee Friday 21 May 12pm ACCESSIBLE PERFORMANCES All performances are wheelchair accessible. AUSLAN interpreted performance: 6:30pm Friday 21 May Relaxed performance: 6:30pm Wednesday 26 May VENUE PACT Theatre for Emerging Artists 107 Railway Parade, Erskineville NSW 2043 PRICE Individual tickets $12 - $22 Group tickets $100 More information and to purchase tickets: www.shopfront.org.au/tiny-universe Promotional Images: Hero Image Image Credit: Artists: Darlene Proberts and Steve Konstantopoulos. Photo by Joshua Morris / David Molloy. Media enquiries: Valentina Corona, Shopfront Arts Co-op | 02 9588 3948 | valentina@shopfront.org.au Lauren Vassallo, Milk Crate Theatre | 0481 348 218 | lauren@milkcratetheatre.com Image credit: Joshua Morris, with Overlay artwork by David Molloy CREATIVE TEAM Directors:                                                            Natalie Rose, Shopfront Arts Co-op Margot Politis, Milk Crate Theatre Composer and AV Design:                           James Peter Brown Lighting Design:                                                 Liam O’Keefe Set Design                                                         Margot Politis Performers: Desmond Edwards, Harrison Bishop, Lana Filies, Lily Hayman, Lisa Griffiths, Matthias Nudl, Steve Konstantopoulos, Nick Vagne Support Artist:                                                 Lucy Watson ABOUT SHOPFRONT ARTS CO-OP www.shopfront.org.au Shopfront Arts Co-op is the home of youth arts. We stand as Sydney’s only cross-art form organisation led by and dedicated to the artistry of young people. For over four decades, Shopfront has amplified the voices of young people. Supported by practising, professional artists, our members make bold and ambitious works of creative expression. We champion acts of artistic bravery. We are acknowledged for this bravery through awards, recognition and support of arts bodies, and by the thousands of people who have at one time or another in the last four decades considered Shopfront to be their second home. Being a member of Shopfront means you are part of something. Our co-operative is an inclusive community of artists sharing a common goal of making great art (and having a lot of fun along the way). ABOUT MILK CRATE THEATRE www.milkcratetheatre.com Milk Crate Theatre effects social change through the power of performance. We provide opportunities for people whose voices are under-represented in mainstream discourses to engage in artistic practice, sharing bold and resonant stories that build empathy and break down barriers. Our community of Collaborative Artists are generally living with, have experienced or are at risk of homelessness; living with mental health or disability support needs; have experienced domestic violence, or come from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. With a deep and genuine Community Arts and Cultural Development ethos, and employment of Sydney’s most exciting and communityversed contemporary artists, we make dynamic and impactful performance work that integrates film, sound, movement and aesthetic to achieve high level outcome in the expression of integral social justice subject matter. With thanks to: We acknowledge the Bediagal and Kameygal people of the Eora nation who are the traditional custodians of the land on which Shopfront is built. We also acknowledge the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora nation who are traditional custodians of the land on which Milk Crate Theatre work and create theatre on. We pay our respects to those elders past and present, and to all our brothers and sisters of our first nations people. In conversation with Professor Megan Davis: addressing The Uluru Statement, Australia’s “unfinished business” 2021-04-15T04:05:47Z in-conversation-with-professor-megan-davis-addressing-the-uluru-statement-australia-s-unfinished-business Four years after the issuing of the Uluru Statement from the Heart, key community leaders and legal scholars have come together to say there can be no further delay in moving towards a referendum on the issue. “Now is the time to walk together and address the unfinished business of this nation,” explains Professor Davis. “It’s time to start the work to hold a referendum on enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.” The Uluru Statement from the Heart called for a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and truth-telling between the Australian Government and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  In the latest instalment of the monthly ‘In Conversation’ series, Rabbi Jeffrey Kamins will chair a conversation with Professor Davis, who will speak about and reflect upon what has changed since the Uluru Statement was issued, and what still needs to happen from here.  Professor Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW and a renowned constitutional lawyer, scholar and public law expert. She is a proud Cobble Cobble woman from the Barrungam nation in south-west Queensland.  She is Acting Commissioner of the NSW Land and Environment Court and was recently appointed the Balnaves Chair in Constitutional Law. Professor Davis was named in the 2017 Australian Financial Review annual power list and was awarded the overall winner in 2018’s Women of Influence. She was ranked number 7 on the Cultural power list for her work on constitutional reform and delivering the Uluru Statement From the Heart. Professor Davis has also been the 2010 NAIDOC Scholar of the Year. Where: Emanuel Synagogue, 7 Ocean Street, Woollahra When: Sunday 2 May 2021, 5-6.30pm Members: FREE for Emanuel Synagogue members Non-Members: $20 in person, $15 online BOOKINGS: https://tinyurl.com/ss9y8w36 For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Robert Klein on 0410 439 347 or email info@emanuel.org.au. ENDS  About Emanuel Synagogue:  Emanuel Synagogue was founded in 1938 and is regarded as one of Australia’s most inclusive and dynamic congregations. It is known for its commitment to social justice (especially concerning refugees and the homeless), other matters of human rights as well as animal rights, and environmental action.  Impact investment specialist joins board of CBD oil venture 2021-03-18T08:40:48Z impact-investment-specialist-joins-board-of-cbd-oil-venture With a career that spans more than 35 years in company building, investment, funds management and investment banking, Palte has since 1999 served as the founder and owner of globally focused investment group EQ Capital Partners. The move signifies a unique branching out into the consumables market for Palte and his family investment company  EQ Capital Partners, who are focused on investing in, and supporting the global growth  of ‘purpose-driven’ companies which deliver measurable positive social impact. With a member of his family having suffered from significant sporting injuries and forced to endure chronic pain management, Palte has carried out extensive research into the use of CBD as a modern form of scientifically proven healthcare.  “I discovered CBD had a major beneficial impact when used properly,” he said.  “I have deep experience with investing in more traditional biotech companies with their necessary checks and controls, and saw the opportunity for CBD to take its place as a very beneficial option for the many people who suffer from chronic pain and the related mental health issues, without many of the serious side effects from more “traditional” products like opioids and anti-depressants.    “I was also introduced to a major investor who  told me the story of his granddaughter who had epilepsy. She had many seizures a day, and the medical use of CBD essentially saved her life.  “This investor donated AUD35 Million to the University of Sydney to clinically study the scientific benefits of CBD and his story inspired me to research this rapidly growing industry.” Having personally seen how beneficial CBD treatments were for his family member, Palte became a convert to the medical and non medical benefits of CBD in its various forms when used properly.    “When I met the very impressive ZoneIn team and heard about the products they had originally created for elite and recreational athletes like  Lofa (Tatupu) and his many ex NFL teammates, I was sold.” ZoneIn CBD was co-founded by former NFL all-pro linebacker Lofa Tatupu. Zone in produces premium quality CBD products designed to maximize the CBD benefits from the whole hemp plant. Formulated to help with faster recovery, replenish the body, and target mind-body-movement, ZoneIn CBD products are  reviewed by a Scientific Advisory Board of MDs, PhDs, and CBD experts, and are fully sourced and manufactured in the United States. Amit Rikhi, CEO at ZoneIn  welcomed Barry Palte to the ZoneIn board as Chief Investment Advisor, highlighting how Palte’s social impact values were in full alignment with ZoneIn’s. “Barry’s global network is very deep; he is a well respected investor and professional, having been Global Chairman of an international network of eleven independent investment banks,” Rikhi said.  “We’re looking forward to him aligning us with key international manufacturing,distribution, retail and capital partners. “Barry can help extend our footprint outside of the US with the goal of becoming the most globally recognized, active adult-focused CBD company in the world.  We’re very excited that he has joined our mission to empower a lifestyle of health and wellness by providing premium quality CBD products!” Amit's background includes serving as a global technology professional and recently held the role of National Vice President of Innovation at the American Cancer Society.  Palte says he will bring to ZoneIn his global network and connections who are interested in the CBD space and will also leverage his deep background in biotech. Former Emirates SVP joins fast-growth edtech Education Perfect as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer 2021-03-17T04:48:32Z former-emirates-svp-joins-fast-growth-edtech-education-perfect-as-chief-sales-amp-marketing-officer Knigge joins the executive team at Education Perfect (EP) that last year saw chief executive, Alex Burke, also bring on Pureprofile’s former chief technology officer Loucas Gatzoulis.   Knigge was senior vice president at Emirates for six years and led the digitisation of the airline setting the strategic direction for a range of topics including online sales growth, online customer experience, marketing technology, digital, data and analytics, and digital marketing.   Burke’s vision for Education Perfect is being further realised with the experience that Knigge brings.   “Alex is an experienced executive with in-depth brand and marketing, commercial, and digital expertise. He has held senior leadership roles for 13+ years since becoming a VP at Jetstar in 2008”, he said.    Before joining Emirates in 2015, Knigge worked as the chief commercial officer at Tiger Airways in Singapore and prior to that he led distribution and e-commerce at Jetstar based in Melbourne.   “Alex is a high-energy leader who thrives at building and inspiring high-performing teams and at fostering cross-functional collaboration to achieve ambitious business goals, in particular sales growth and building world-class brands”, said Burke.   “His impressive resume shows a career of achievements in the commercial, digital and marketing space helping small and big companies meet their strategic objectives.”   “I really fell in love with Education Perfect from the moment I met the EP team and came to understand EP's mission to redefine teaching and learning experiences globally by helping teachers to provide personalised learning to students through humanising technology and data”, Knigge said.    “It makes perfect sense that Alex, who achieved tremendous things at global brands such as Emirates and Jetstar now helps us to further expand our global reach”.                                                                             ###   About EP: Founded in New Zealand and developed by and with teachers over a 10-year period, Education Perfect (EP) is a complete digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools, helping teachers to redefine teaching and learning experiences in line with the requirements of the 21st century. The EP platform offers tools for learning, revision, and assessment, enabling 21st century practices for years 5 to 12, across all subject areas. EP leverages the rich learning data it captures to provide valuable insights to teachers, students, parents, principals, and administrators.     With offices in Australia, NZ, Singapore, and Dubai, and being already used by 1 million+ students, 50,000+ teachers, in 2,600+ schools across 50+ countries, the team at EP are united through a common passion for making a global impact in education. Find out more at educationperfect.com.   Media enquiries and interview requests: Education Perfect - Alana Fisher-Chejoski alana.fisherchejoski@thebigsmoke.com.au Voiceless partners with Education Perfect to inspire next generation of changemakers to protect animals 2021-02-22T20:01:47Z voiceless-partners-with-education-perfect-to-inspire-next-generation-of-changemakers-to-protect-animals-1 This partnership will see Voiceless delivering their valuable educational content through the Education Perfect (EP) online learning platform, making it available to all schools across Australia and New Zealand. With the first module focused on dolphins in captivity and the second on live animal exports, EP are building out their cross-curriculum content for both teachers and students to include issues such as social justice, sustainability, student health and wellbeing, and indigenous issues. Both modules are now available. The module on dolphins introduces students to the social and intelligent nature of dolphins, and the welfare issues associated with keeping them in captivity in aquariums and marine parks. Lessons are aligned to English, Science, History and Geography curricula. The export of live animals as a global trade has been under growing scrutiny for decades. Australia has a well-documented history of incidents which have raised concern through widespread media coverage and public discourse. 67,000 sheep perished on their way to the Middle East in 1996, with close to a further 6000 sheep dying aboard the Cormo Express in 2003; just under 6000 cattle drowned just last year when their ship capsized. The course content has been praised as highly valuable from both students and teachers. “It is  about making well rounded citizens  who  move out into the world and have the ability to think critically and make responsible decisions,” said Sharyn Rix, Head of English, Drama and LOTE at Kempsey High School in NSW. Sharyn’s sentiments were echoed by a Year 12 student in WA, who commented, “There is plenty to learn about live exports and animal treatment and I like that it sparked conversation within my classroom around the issues.” The course, with its 12 modules, will provide the platform and its users with valuable curriculum-aligned social justice content, promoted through their network of teachers, on their website and on their learning resources. “Together we are working towards a kinder world for animals.” Education Perfect Partnerships Director, Anna Redmile, said that joining forces with Voiceless contributes content that allows teachers and students to have conversations used for critical thinking and better understanding the world they live in. “With the strength of EP's engagement and footprint in schools across ANZ, coupled with their expertise in animal protection education, EP and Voiceless are working together to educate the next generation and create a kinder world for animals,” she said. Dr. Christina Jarvis, Education Consultant, Teacher and Voiceless Education Advisory Council, said that the critical thinking skills embedded in the Voiceless APES were rare and welcome components of what she said were unique pedagogical tools.  “As we help children embrace an increasingly complicated future, such skills are paramount for developing engaged citizens yet are typically lacking in Australian curriculum support materials,” she said,  Voiceless aims to promote critical thinking on this issue by drawing on a range of sources from animal welfare and protection organisations, governmental departments, and industry reports, with the educational resources shared through EP seeking to provoke thought, rather than provide concrete solutions.  ### Media enquiries: Education Perfect - Alana Fisher-Chejoski. About EP Founded in New Zealand and developed by and with teachers over a 10-year period, Education Perfect (EP) is the total digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools, helping teachers to redefine teaching and learning experiences in line with the requirements of the 21st century. The EP platform offers a world-class set of tools for learning, revision, and assessment, enabling 21st century practices for years 5 to 12, across all subject areas. EP has rich user data reporting and insight capabilities enabling the use of machine learning & AI, while also providing insights to teachers, parents, principals, administrators and students.     With offices in Australia, NZ, Singapore, and Dubai, and being already used by 1 million+ students, 50,000+ teachers, in 3,000+ schools across 50+ countries, EP is uniquely positioned to be the total digital teaching and learning toolkit for schools globally. The team at EP are united through a common passion for making a global impact in education. To learn more about how we help schools, teachers, students and parents and/or to trial our platform for free, please visit educationperfect.com. About Voiceless Voiceless is a not-for-profit organisation championing animal protection through education. Find out more at voiceless.org.au. Yemen Blues ‘live’ from Tel Aviv attracts a 4000+ global audience 2020-11-27T05:31:29Z yemen-blues-live-from-tel-aviv-attracts-a-4000-global-audience-2 In association with Emanuel Synagogue and the Israeli Embassy, Australia, Yemen Blues - We Shout Love! Say No to Racism was broadcast live and free of charge from the Shablul Jazz Club in Tel Aviv on Sunday 22nd November AEDT to a crowd of over 4,000 people worldwide. Viewers tuned in from countries around the world, including Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and the United States, to watch the 90-minute adrenalin-fueled livestream concert from the comfort of their homes.Indicating the truly global nature of the collaboration, the concert was introduced by Marina Capponi, Emanuel Synagogue's Programming Director. Indigenous leader, Thomas Mayor, read the Uluru Statement from the Heart. Then Eman Amasha, Spokeswoman and Attaché for cultural and academic affairs, and Israeli Ambassador Dr. Tibor Shalev Schlosser, ‘chargé d'affaires’, introduced the band.   During the concert, fans commented in real-time on a number of social media platforms that were live-streaming the event, including Yemen Blues’, Emanuel Synagogue’s and the Embassy of Israel’s Facebook pages.“Amazing! My favourite band ever. Thank you for bringing them to Australia,” exclaimed one. “Awesome sound,” said another, followed by “Fabulous!” “Amazing,” and “Excellent!” and many more. The Yemen Blues collective included founder and lead vocalist, Ravid Kahalani, percussionists Rony Iwryn and Itamar Doari, Elyasaf Bashari on bass & oud, and Assa Kook on trumpet.A percentage of generous donations made on the night will go to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.Emanuel Synagogue has a variety of other exciting cultural and educational events planned for 2021. Visit the website or subscribe for more details.   ----- ENDS ----   Photos: https://www.facebook.com/yuvalmusicblog/photos/a.4051761274843059/4051767804842406 (Credit: Yuval Erel)   Information: Robert Klein Emanuel Synagogue M: 0410 439 347marketing@emanuel.org.au Recruitment industry leaders Reo Group and Cox Purtell announce merger as Reo Purtell 2020-11-11T00:26:00Z recruitment-industry-leaders-reo-group-and-cox-purtell-announce-merger-as-reo-purtell-4 Awarding-winning recruitment firms, Reo Group & Cox Purtell have announced they will join forces to become Reo Purtell.The merger places the firms in an ideal position to take advantage of the post-COVID growth cycle as business begins implementing growth plans which had been on hold during a year of uncertainty.The Reo Purtell merger is designed to create an agency enabling the people, clients, candidates and shareholders from both companies to grow and thrive. Through a broader service offering, more rounded recruitment services and an increased ability to cross-sell, it’s a merger which allows for a greater talent and client pool, showcasing a compelling agency able to win a greater number of preferred services agreements, and a more sustainable organisation as a result of massive back office cost efficiencies, which can be redeployed into customer facing staff. Cox Purtell CEO James Purtell said the collaboration made sense.“It was (Reo Group CEO) Stella Petrou Concha who presciently called it at a panel event in early 2020 prior to COVID about the future of recruitment… the answer was ‘consolidation’,” he said.“The penny dropped for me and we quickly realised how powerful coming together would be.“That’s when we got more serious about it; we’ve been working on making it happen for much of 2020.”As industry colleagues, Purtell and Petrou Concha have been on each other’s collective radars for some time. A partnership seemed inevitable.“We certainly share similar values around what we believe great service and great recruitment should look like,” Purell explained.Petrou Concha agreed, saying that their shared ideals made their different approaches a winning combination.“Despite the similarities, we have different strengths and skill sets and ultimately, I think this is why we felt we were aligned and would make an awesome team,” she said.Purtell sees the merger as being a significant step in his agency’s story.“We have achieved so many great things over the last 27 years, placed tens of thousands of people in jobs, won many awards and launched many careers and businesses,” he said.The recruitment industry has taken a severe hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Reflecting on the tumultuous past year, Purtell still firmly believes that recruitment is an extraordinarily resilient industry.“In the short term, there’s no doubt there’s been a big impact,” he said. “There are, however, still many businesses that are doing well and many more who are adapting and starting to find their feet again. “Like many other businesses, we’d already evolved and were able to work essentially from anywhere before the crisis, which stress-tested all our technologies. “Most modern agencies will be using cloud-based software and we are heavily reliant on those. Fortunately, for the most part, these are perfect for operating in an environment like the one we’ve been in.” Both agencies feel that the merger will lead to multiple benefits and set a benchmark for industry excellence among recruiters. Among the manifold benefits, Reo Purtell looks to provide more – and greater – opportunities for staff, clients and candidates alike. Their enhanced service offering for clients will increase revenue through the diversification of verticals, while reducing the cost per seat, allowing greater investment in people, culture and benefits.Anticipated higher success rates in winning key strategic clients to sustain their revenue streams will increase employee retention and prove a more attractive prospect to new employees.Founded in 2009, Sydney-based Reo Group has become an industry leader in recruitment, widely known for their unique Evidence Based Recruitment Method™, designed to eliminate the risk of unconscious bias in the recruitment process.The firm has placed more than 5,000 people in roles over the last decade, with 98% of their permanent placements remaining in place for more than two years, and 90% of temp roles placed within 48 hours.Cox Purtell was founded in 1994 in Sydney and celebrated their 26th year in operation in February this year. James Purtell has been a leading figure in recruitment since 1999.ENDSFor further information:Annie de MerindolThe Big SmokeM: 0414 757 390E: annie.demerindol@thebigsmoke.com.au Education Perfect launches new online resource community for teachers to help close education equity gap 2020-06-30T00:57:22Z education-perfect-launches-new-online-resource-community-for-teachers-to-help-close-education-equity-gap EP Studio allows teachers to create a wide variety of resources using intuitive authoring tools. CEO of EP, Alex Burke, said the platform provides teachers with the opportunity to share their lessons with colleagues on a national, or even global stage. “EP is always free for teachers, as we understand that there is a need for openness and collaboration in education, especially to start closing the education equity gap,” he said.  Research based on a nationwide survey of more than 2,100 primary and secondary teachers representing more than 10% of schools in Australia by Pivot Professional Learning and EP, found strong evidence that the gap between advantage and disadvantage in Australian education widened during the shift to distance learning in April and May due to COVID-19. “This has come at an ideal time when teachers around the world are under pressure with the recent school closures due to COVID-19,” Burke said “With EP Studio, the amount of open and free content for teachers will continue to grow, and create a high quality collection of lessons, helping to bridge the gap for disadvantaged schools. “Not only can teachers from schools already in the EP ecosystem benefit, but all teachers can get free access to lessons they can take into their classrooms,” he explained. To encourage the creation of further teacher resources and celebrate the launch of EP Studio, EP have announced a competition. Both schools and teachers are set to benefit from the competition, with the judged winner having a $10,000 tech package awarded to their school, plus a $1000 voucher for the teacher.  Second prize is a $5000 tech package, plus $500 voucher, and a $2500 tech package and $250 voucher for the third placed entrant. “EP Studio is going to give teachers the ideal forum for an exchange of ideas, and the contest is the best way to encourage participation from teachers in schools across Australia and New Zealand,” Burke said. With multiple entries welcomed from participating teachers, this gives educators from across Australia and New Zealand the chance to share their expertise and the tools which have made their classes successful over the years. The competition closes 18 September, with winners announced shortly after. About Education Perfect EP is a leading digital education platform, providing transformative online teaching and learning experiences for more than 1.2 million students in over 4000 schools across 80 different countries.  The EP platform contains a rich bank of over 35,000 curriculum-aligned lessons in a range of subjects including Languages, English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Health and PE, and Digital technologies.  EP’s technology also facilitates intuitive authoring tools through the Studio to create engaging and effective lessons for students, a range of assessment for learning tools to power measurable learning growth and sophisticated real-time insights providing teachers and school leaders with a deep understanding of learning progression at a student, class and cohort level. For more information, visit https://epforschool.com.  To read a full version of the survey report and analysis, visit https://insightsfor.education. 6clicks Launches Australian AI Research & Development Division 2020-06-19T06:21:26Z 6clicks-launches-australian-ai-research-amp-development-division We are thrilled to let you know that two of the world’s greatest AI and Machine Learning minds are joining 6clicks! Meet Phil de Silva, our new Lead AI Platform Architect, and Senior AI Engineer Rahul Rao. Phil and Rahul bring their world-class skill sets in artificial intelligence and machine learning prowess from Deep Blue AI to work in collaboration with the exciting 6clicks AI roadmap (you’ll flip out when you see what we have in store). Phil is a renowned leader in the IT and SaaS industries. His lengthy background includes work in digital transformation, data engineering, cloud computing, networks, security, automation and DevOps. Phil has architected, planned and delivered data analytics and digital platforms at successful start- ups, financial services, banking, and large enterprises across Asia Pacific, North America and Europe. Rahul Rao has a PhD in engineering from Monash University where he researched the application of AI to complex engineering problems. With certifications in machine learning and AI from Stanford University and IBM, he is a legend in regression and classification algorithms using cutting-edge neural network architectures. 6clicks CEO and Co-Founder Anthony Stevens informed the team this morning saying, ‘There are some really tough problems we’ve been working on with Phil, Rahul and our engineering team. Facing into these problems and finding breakthrough solutions highlights the massive opportunity to do so much more to streamline and reduce the cost of compliance’. We cannot wait to share what we have planned next, stay tuned! The 6clicks Nerd Herd. 6clicks.io Risk management experts 6clicks launch mobile app 2020-05-01T08:36:55Z risk-management-experts-6clicks-launch-mobile-app 6clicks, a leading Australian Software as a Service (SaaS) platform enabling companies to automate vital risk assessment, compliance and ISMS processes, has launched a mobile app, 6clicks Risk Review for Teams. On a mission to revolutionise the risk review process, 6clicks have delivered an app that is easy to use, data-driven, team orientated, and a little fun to use. Co-Founder and CEO Anthony Stevens, said the app was designed for individuals, project management teams, boards, directors, CIOs, CTOs, consultants and executive teams alike to help support risk reviews. “We think that getting data – and perspective – from everyone across the team, and leveraging their diverse backgrounds and collective experience, is critical in the realm of risk management,” he said. “What makes this mobile app so unique is that we designed it for both you and your team.” 6clicks’ own team of experts know that to achieve an effective risk review, companies need access to extensive risk ‘libraries’ as a point of reference. Yet all too often, they are inadequate, or simply don’t exist. “What we’ve included in the mobile app are risk libraries that are general, related to project boards and projects, as well as ones that are more specific – related to cyber security, business continuity, pandemics, and the environment,” Anthony explained. “Then if you need something else that’s more specific, or unique to your business or project, you can simply create your own.” In illustrating how the app works, Anthony showed how users consider the risks which may be relevant to a business or project, then think about whether or they are applicable.  “If so, swipe right. If not, swipe left.” The app also provides risk assessment: where users rate the likelihood of that risk occurring, and the impact that the risk would have on a business or project if it occurred.  6clicks Risk Review for Teams simplifies the process of running risk reviews, from any location, embracing team members and stakeholders with varying levels of access and at multiple touchpoints, from the palm of the user’s hand.  “There’s so much opportunity to save time and money,” Anthony said. “Once you’ve finished your risk review, you can get your risk matrix delivered via email to your inbox in seconds – so effective in supporting your next meeting, or presentation.”  6clicks Risk Review for Teams is free to use and available in the App Store now. Visit https://6clicks.io/mobile-app/ to find out more. Adelaide innovator wins big at Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2020-05-01T08:27:16Z adelaide-innovator-wins-big-at-telstra-business-women-s-awards Media Release  1 May 2020 Adelaide legal and consulting firm, Peripheral Blue, has scored a big win, with its Founder and Managing Director, Mellissa Larkin, being named as the South Australian Small Business Winner in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards. This prestigious award recognises Mellissa’s achievements in innovation in law and her redefining of the way people engage with and think about their lawyers and commercial advisers. When asked what distinguished her as a Finalist, judges described Mellissa as "humble,” adding that they were “impressed with her solid business acumen, confidence, and calm, controlled leadership style.” In winning the award, Mellissa expressed her gratitude and heralded the work her colleagues and staff contribute to the firm’s success. “I’m so honoured to have won this award and incredibly grateful to our very talented Peripheral Blue team and our clients who were willing to take a chance on us and consider doing things differently. I will always be so very grateful to each and every one of them.  It’s been our great privilege to partner with them,” she said. “Since launching the business, I've found continued inspiration in knowing that what we are doing is truly different”  In founding Peripheral Blue in 2016, Mellissa’s vision was of a legal and consulting firm with a difference. Since then she has embraced innovation, setting out on a mission to create a truly flexible workplace, for staff and clients alike, providing a dynamic new style of service based on trust, and a commitment to relationship building and nurturing.  A multi-award winning firm, it services ASX 200 companies and rapidly growing SME’s across a broad range of industries including health, tourism, wine, energy & resources, construction, IT, insurance and logistics.    “I began with a mission to disrupt the legal and professional services industries in Australia by giving clients access to top-tier, responsive legal and advisory services in a flexible and affordable way.” she explained. “Over time, that mission has evolved to embrace a much broader role, advocating for change in the legal industry itself. “Winning this award provides me - and the firm - an incredible platform from which to continue to advocate for much needed change across the legal industry. We’re proof that you can do things differently! “We’ve turned the traditional legal model on its head, placing the client at the centre of the equation. We’ve proven that you can provide clients with top-tier service, and staff with amazing, fast-paced work in a dynamic environment built on foundational flexibility, and still be successful. It’s what drives me as a business leader, and it’s really exciting.” The awards, now in their 25th year, are a celebration of the most talented women in business and recognise those who are achieving success by doing things differently. There were 22,000 entries submitted in 2020. https://peripheralblue.com.au/ Major Australian/New Zealand Teacher Survey: Educator perspectives on the impact of a rapid shift to distance and online teaching and learning 2020-04-21T22:07:00Z the-state-of-education-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-distance-teaching MEDIA RELEASE 21 April 2020 Education insights firm, Pivot Professional Learning, in collaboration with Education Perfect (EP), are set to release the findings of a significant survey assessing the current learning climate from the perspective of teachers and school leaders. Over 3500 teachers and school leaders in Australia and New Zealand responded to the 38 item survey exploring the impact of COVID-19 on education. The survey focused on technology usage and challenges, educator concerns for students, and the impact on student and teacher well-being. The report titled ‘Educator perspectives on the impact of a rapid shift to distance and online learning’, focused on understanding overall confidence in schools’ ability to support distance teaching and learning; as well as creating insights into how to better support both teachers and students during this new era of schooling. “We wanted to capture ‘of the moment’ feedback from those on the frontlines of educating students during COVID-19,” explains Pivot Professional Learning CEO, Amanda Bickerstaff, adding that “with over 3500 responses, we’ve now gained a wealth of data about how teaching has changed and what educators need most to meet the needs of their students. This is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to innovate and provide better solutions for online teaching and learning.” The report generated key insights into both teaching and technology, with the research finding: - While technology allows the connection of both teachers and students to create meaningful educational experiences, the well-being of students, social isolation, and apprehension around loss of learning were the major concerns of teachers and school leaders - 7 out of 10 teachers report their planning time has increased. Distance teaching has brought with it a steep learning curve, putting teachers back to being “new teachers” in terms of preparation time - Schools are using multiple technology platforms (between 2-5) to support teaching and learning online. No platform was rated consistently highly across features and confidence in use. - Just over half of teachers and school leaders feel that they can effectively communicate with students and parents online EP CEO, Alex Burke, emphasises that “governments have already called for more data on the impact of remote learning for teachers, students and parents. Additionally, we are seeing our teacher community being challenged to adjust to the new working conditions. EP is used by over 1 million students across Australia and New Zealand, and we now have a unique insight into teacher sentiment and student engagement. So the survey will be invaluable to us and the broader community.” Ultimately, the survey uncovered three key findings: 1. The Australian Teacher community are committed to shifting learning online, but would benefit from additional support The shift to distance teaching and online learning has had a significant impact on educators across Australia with the majority of respondents indicating their planning and preparation time has increased. Based on this study, it’s clear that teachers are committed to their students and have confidence in their ability to teach online. However this demand on teachers is unlikely to be sustainable over the longer term and schools and providers should consider supports to reduce planning and preparation time. 2. There is a need for a comprehensive distance learning approach that goes beyond “learning” Educators understand that the shift to schooling online impacts more than just learning outcomes - it also impacts social needs, communication and engagement. When designing and implementing new resources for distance teaching, it’s important that we take a comprehensive approach to providing recommendations, new solutions and professional learning for all facets of the student experience. 3. There is no“one-size fits all” technology for shifting schools online Most schools are using several technologies and platforms to deliver online teaching. Teachers identified strengths and weaknesses with all providers. This means there is no single student and teacher experience of ‘online learning’. A future analysis of the impact of distance learning should consider the influence of using different technology and providers.   The report will be released later this week with a webinar detailing further results and key findings. You can register your interest here: Insightsfor.education   The 38-item survey was open from April 9-April 13th and received responses from all states in Australia and regions in New Zealand. Respondents from all year levels, domains, and types of schools are represented in the results.   As a leading EdTech platform, EP have been able to use their primary technology to support engagement of students in online learning, provide effective assessment during the learning online process; while also supporting the collection and analysis of student feedback. http://epforlearning.com/   Pivot Professional Learning (Pivot) is an educational insights company dedicated to enhancing teaching effectiveness by harnessing the power of the student voice as a driver of evidence-based improvement. Our tools and systems are supported by international research and data from over 65,000 Australian classrooms. https://www.pivotpl.com  Fair Food Forager: world-wide digital app provides sustainable food options for consumers 2020-04-06T12:49:56Z fair-food-forager-world-wide-digital-app-provides-sustainable-food-options-for-consumers Fair Food Forager is a global, ethical food directory, connecting consumers with over 6,000 featured cafes, restaurants, and providores in 20 countries around the world. In March 2020, the company launched its game-changing mobile app, which allows users to search sustainable food near them on the go, suggest or check-in at venues, follow people and fair food businesses, engage with venues, and share their experiences with others.   Subscribers can filter food choices from 16 different options, including organic, fair trade, minimal use of plastic, locally produced, sustainably fished, and more.   Currently, we are encountering numerous global challenges, such as those related to poverty, inequality, climate, and environmental degradation. Many of the biggest issues facing our planet revolve around food, yet many of them have seemingly simple solutions.   Fair Food Forager has a positive and powerful vision for sustainability in the future.   “Sure, there is plenty to worry about with regards to the state of the environment, though we have to believe that we can make a difference. What choice do we have, really?” asks Founder and CEO, Paul Hellier.   Daily food choices such as the production, packaging, and transportation of food, all result in greenhouse gas emissions and therefore have an impact on our carbon footprint; and generally, the single biggest contributor to a person’s carbon footprint is their food choices.   With the help of Fair Food Forager mobile app, consumers can now find ethical and sustainable food options quickly and easily, and choose to support a business that deserves their money.   Says Hellier, “Customers no longer have to ‘settle’ for over-packaged, wasteful, unethical food, transported halfway around the world simply because they are hungry and time-poor.   “Fair Food Forager makes ‘Ethical Easy’!”   In addition to being beneficial for the environment, sustainable eating includes selecting foods that are healthy for our bodies at the same time. To support their health, Fair Food Forager also enables consumers to filter by chemical-free, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, to find foods that offer a balanced diet for the body yet are also produced in a way that doesn't harm the environment.   Fair Food Forager’s live feed provides users with recipes, inspiration, and good news stories helping them feed - and spread! - their passion for food and our planet. This growth of this global community harnesses users’ positive thinking, focusing on each other’s seemingly small everyday actions, we can get closer to our sustainability goals.   “There is hope, and globally, people are making change happen; running clean-ups and lobbying governments and businesses to reduce things like plastic pollution, starting community gardens, and eating less meat,” Hellier explains, “Momentum is growing and we believe that Fair Food Forager is the vehicle that makes waste-free food shopping an achievable goal for anyone, anywhere”. Liftango announces partnership with Unilever 2020-03-05T23:26:08Z liftango-announces-partnership-with-unilever Liftango have announced that they are partnering with Unilever to help bring about a better, cheaper and more environmentally friendly transport solution for their Sydney staff. Unilever are in the process of consolidating their multiple Sydney offices into one centralised location; this transport initiative will make it easier for the Sydney-based portion of Unilever’s approximately 1600 staff to get to and from work every day. Since launching in late February, Liftango’s transport initiative has been offering Unilever staff incentives and rewards for taking part, including their being able to access one of 15 designated premium parking spots right at the headquarters’ front door.  As many people who experience the many headaches of the daily commute will testify, the problems associated with getting to work don’t end once the peak hour traffic has been successfully navigated – parking itself becomes the final piece of the puzzle. This carpooling initiative will have multiple benefits to staff, including the potential to broaden their work social circle and improve company culture.  The impact shared transport has on the environment is also significant, with studies showing that a reduction in single-occupancy vehicles on the roads can lead to a massive reduction in carbon emissions. With up to 80% of people driving to work on their own, encouraging 15-20% of those people to take up carpooling would mean a carbon output reduction the equivalent of close to 13 hectares of trees per year. Unilever are likewise passionate about improving sustainability and have set themselves a 15-year goal to become carbon-positive by 2030. Kevin Orr, the Founder and CEO of Liftango said the company was looking forward to working alongside Unilever, a company which shares Liftango’s values and sustainable initiatives. “We’re proud of our achievements when it comes to environmental action and sustainability, so it makes sense that we can partner with a corporation which is leading the field in the use of clean, reliable and affordable energy,” he said. “Unilever have made tremendous progress in their efforts to cut CO2 emissions, so it’s a privilege to be partnering with them, making the daily commute easier for their staff and helping reduce carbon emissions at the same time.” To find out more about Liftango’s carpooling solutions, visit their website. Business Game Changer Magazine awarding the top ten Australia-based women in business in 2020 2020-03-05T01:44:16Z business-game-changer-magazine-awarding-the-top-ten-australia-based-women-in-business-in-2020 Australia’s Top Ten Women in Business Awards are awarded annually for the outstanding contribution made by individual Australia-based business women. This contribution is either to their businesses, their local communities or by inspiring and mentoring other entrepreneurs. Emphasis on change leadership Because the awards want to showcase the most effective entrepreneurs in Australia, part of the interview is focusing on the concept of ‘impacting change’. The nominations will be asked to include examples of how they creatively and through strong leadership lead organisational change. This will be overseen by says change management thought leader Josephine Otimi from Evolve Management, a business growth and change agency, who says “Designing and implementing change means that you are often anticipating what an organisation and its employees need before they realise it themselves. This takes skill, courage and a whole lot of creativity.” Josephine will also be creating a feature article analysing the ten winners and reviewing how they influence change in their organisations. “I am looking forward to seeing how the ten women selected in these awards approach this challenge and how they lead change. I will then be analysing their responses into a thought piece that I hope benefits all entrepreneurs Australia-wide, who can gain insights from these learnings and evolve into the best entrepreneurs they can possibly be.” The winners of Australia’s Top Ten Women in Business will receive the following: - Australia’s Top Ten Women in Business will be featured in Business Game Changer in May 2020 and The Big Top Ten in June 2020. - All top ten winners will be featured on Business Game Changer Magazine’s Game Changer Wall of Fame. - All top ten winners will have a page dedicated to them in the paperback book Successful Women in Business, to be published in August 2020. - Australia’s Top Ten Women in Business will receive an official certificate that can be framed and displayed on a wall and a badge for their website. Winners of last year’s awards include:  Sharon Williams, Founder & CEO of Taurus Marketing, Fleur Brown of Launch Group, Judith Treanor, founder of Temples and Markets, Kylie Travers of The Thrifty Issue, Dr Vesna Grubacevic, founder of Qt, Miriam Sandkuhler, CEO and founder of Property Mavens, Monica Meldrum, founder of Whole Kids, Tanya Lacy of Intercept Group Australia Pty Ltd, Sandy Forster, founder of WildlyWealthy.com and Renata Bernard of Opal Minded. About Business Game Changer Magazine Business Game Changer Magazine is a progressive online publication, with a distinct editorial focus on start-up finance, law, operations and strategy whilst providing novel insights into the entrepreneur ecosystem and the people in it. Written by, and for, the most forward-thinking entrepreneurs, Business Game Changer Magazine aims to use quality content to empower our readers with the information they need to fulfil their potential, whilst facilitating meaningful connections across the globe. For information about how to nominate yourself, a colleague or a client for inclusion in Australia’s Top Ten Women in Business, email businesseditor@email.com.