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Coworking and an outer-urban community: what can we learn from a grassroots community coworking hub?

This report presents the findings from four focus group discussions conducted during Spring 2017 and serves as a first step in an ongoing investigation into the potential to innovate and nature of coworking issues facing people in outer Melbourne suburbs.

Evidence based policy: Why is progress so slow and what can be done about it?

Dr Nicholas Gruen, Lateral Economics CEO, presents his views on the slow pace of change surrounding the greater adoption of the concept of evidence-based policy.

Changing the system: advocacy and alliances for access to knowledge

What aspects of the current system hamper the effective flow of knowledge and good governance, how can they be reformed and what advocacy is required?

Data, tools and platforms: How technology may help or hinder public policy decision making

What kinds of data sources, tools and platforms do we have available, what is the value and the challenge of data and new sources of information, what do we need and what is coming down the line that can help support better policy making, citizen...

Evidence, impact, public policy and social innovation

To produce evidence with ‘impact’, and know how to ‘make evidence count’, we need to understand the policy process and how evidence is produced and used in a complex system.

Linking climate and health in the Pacific

LAST MONTH at the World Health Organisation conference on climate change in Copenhagen, WHO experts outlined the impact of climate change on human health, and how improvements in environmental conditions could reduce the global disease burden by more than 25 per cent. The WHO has...

$15.3 million for town squares in a feudal broadband system

FORGET media diversity in the fast broadband world. The new model for local media is top-down and centrally controlled.

A moral obligation

THE RUDD GOVERNMENT should help out the United States by accepting some of the remaining seventeen Uighur detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The Uighurs, ethnically Turkic Muslins who populate China’s north-west, have been detained at Guantanamo since 2002, despite having no known connection...

Plastic policies

THERE IS BROAD agreement that Australian plastic bag consumption should be reduced. To this end, recent South Australian legislation has banned certain types of plastic bags. But other states wishing to reduce their plastic bag consumption may find a tax rather than a ban the...

Hypocrisy and people smuggling

People smuggling is a matter of considerable political concern to Western governments, and has received much international attention in recent years.