A ban on single use plastics

The European parliament has voted to support plans for the elimination of most uses of single-use plastic, ranging from cutlery and straws to coffee stirrers and plastic plates. It’s a significant step that could encourage other governments around the globe to also commit to reducing the amount of plastics that end up in landfills, waterways, and oceans. https://futurism.com/the-byte/eu-vote-ban-single-use-plastics

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A bike ride from Hanoi to Bangkok to raise awareness on single use plastic pollution

A a bike ride from Hanoi to Bangkok to raise awareness on single use plastic pollution

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Single use plastic containers and cutlery to be phased out

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The Hobart City Council in Tasmania has agreed to draft legislation that would phase out single-use plastic containers and cutlery by 2020. Instead of using plastic containers for home delivery and takeout, restaurants in the city of 220,000 would have to use ones made from cardboard, cornstarch or bamboo that could be composted. The move follows Tasmania’s ban on thin plastic bags in 2013. (Thicker retail bags are still allowed.) https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/09/world/australia/plastic-tasmania-hobart.html?

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Is it OK to segregate someone because they are living with dementia?

All talk, no action! I don’t know about you, but 2018 seems to be an annus horribilis for Residential Aged Care (RAC). With the recent announcement of a Royal Commission on Aged Care, not a week goes by without the media focussing on something negative in our industry. This isn’t helped by the fact that the Aged Care Roadmap has in essence stalled with little to no innovation in the way Aged Care is practiced in Australia. The fact remains that we are facing an aging population and a rising dementia rate. In 2018, there are an estimated 436,366 Australians living with dementia including 25,938 with younger onset dementia (under the age of 65). Australia will need to change and innovate how we run Aged Care to cater to these numbers. When it comes to dementia specific care and RAC, unfortunately there has been little or no change in what the norm of yesteryear was. Terms such as; “dementia specific unit”, “locked unit”, “secure unit”, “the dementia wing”, “the resident has been transferred to the dementia section”, “high care and low care dementia floors” to name just a few are sadly well-known to us all. These are terms that I have struggled with for a long time and I would like to know whether it acceptable to segregate people based on a physical or cognitive diagnosis? If you were living with dementia, how would you feel to be placed in a “secure unit” away from the rest of society? Creating a world first dementia friendly microtown™ For me the answer, after years of research and development, keeps coming back to the same thing; if my mum was living with dementia I would not want her placed in a dementia unit and suddenly “removed” from normality.  So rather than talking about it and complaining about all the issues in the industry, I trialled a concept some 4 years ago in Tasmania into what was then called small-scale living. Two small houses were built each with 7 bedrooms, a working kitchen, laundry and living room enabling 7 residents to live together in a normal house and be involved in day-to-day activities such as cooking and cleaning. There were no longer routines, but instead residents, even though they were in RAC, started to experience a sense of normality, greater freedom and empowerment. Fast forward to September 201, I was proud to see the doors of NewDirection Care Bellmere in Queensland open. A $30+ million RAC Australian and world first microtown™ located between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, it boasts 17 unique and individually domestic-styled homes scattered over 2 hectares of land and is home to 120 residents. The microtown™ inclusive community recreates life in the real world and is transforming the way residents live with or without dementia in their twilight years. Putting people first Unlike traditional institutional care environments with many restricted or out of bounds areas, at NewDirection Care there are no locked secure dementia units, no corridors lined with rows of bedrooms and large common areas, nor industrial sized laundries, or a central commercial kitchen preparing generic, canteen-style food served at fixed times by dining staff in a large and loud dining hall. Neither are there nursing assistants or personal carers responsible for toileting, assisting to eat or showering residents at fixed times, or Registered Nurses running around with medication trolleys. Instead, NewDirection Care at Bellmere looks exactly like any other Australian suburban community with picket fenced houses all with mail boxes, gardening hoses, barbeque, clothes line, and front- and back-yards, positioned on lovely gardened wide streets each with their own name and house numbers. Each of the 17 houses is home to seven residents who live together based on values and lifestyle, they are not segregated according to their diagnosis nor are dementia specific residents isolated in a secure location. Each resident has their own private ensuite bedroom (king single, double or queen bed) and share the home as a family unit in their Shaynna Blaze designed domestic-style kitchen, laundry, dining room, and sitting rooms. Residents, with the assistance of House Companions™, decide their routine right down to the daily menu and are free to explore as much as they wish throughout the microtown™. As with any other suburb, the microtown™ has a town centre or shopping precinct with a range of shops and services; cinema, corner shop, café, beauty salon, barber, GP, dental, and a wellness centre. They’re for use not only by residents, but also team members, families and the wider external community. There is a community garden onsite overseen by residents producing seasonal fruit and veg for their own use, as well as an onsite gardener providing educational sessions such as fertilisation and plant propagation. The onsite chooks are also tended to by the residents including feeding and cleaning of the pen. Meanwhile pet dogs and a bird provide company, unconditional love and entertainment for all. With the year coming to an end, and as we move into 2019, hopefully we will see others take the risks I have, question the norm, provide services and accommodation that the Australian community is asking for and that the RAC industry will be viewed with a more positive outlook, in particular by its various sceptics. By Natasha Chadwick, Founder and CEO, NewDirection Care About Natasha Chadwick Natasha Chadwick is founder of NewDirection Care, an Australian and world first microtown™ inclusive community for the elderly and those living with younger onset dementia and complex care needs.

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A new way to treat abscesses

Whilst considered relatively benign, abscesses are a significant precursor to major medical adverse outcomes. Innova Medical, a participant in the CSIRO ON program, has developed a sterile, single use device that offers a complete solution for out-of-theatre management of abscesses; the device comprises skin penetration, drainage, and collection management components in a convenient package. www.inovamedical.com.au

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‘Bags for life’ to save waste

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Tesco is scrapping its 5p single use plastic carrier bags and replacing them with a new 10p Bag for Life made from 94pc recycled plastic. The announcement follows a successful 10-week trial in Aberdeen, Dundee and Norwich, where Tesco found that customers bought significantly fewer bags when only pricer bags were offered. Removing the 5p single-use carrier bags will “significantly reduce the number of bags sold and will therefore help reduce litter and bags sent to landfill,” Tesco said. The single-use carrier bags will cease to be offered in stores from August 28. Money from the new 10p bag, which will be replaced for free if damaged, will go towards funding community projects across Britain. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2017/08/07/tesco-scraps-5p-shopping-bags-10p-bags-life/  

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A Credit Card that Can Track Carbon Emissions of Each Purchase

Doconomy has launched a credit card that tracks the carbon emissions of each purchase and allows users to compensate for the impact with donations. The card comes with an app named Aland Index which calculates the carbon impact of every single transaction. The card itself is made of bio-sourced materials and is printed with ink made from recycled carbon particles. https://www.doconomy.com/

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A new pest detection system for prawn farmers

Genics is a prawn pathogen technology. It diagnoses 13 commercially relevant pathogens of prawns (plus known genetic variants) in one assessment, drastically reducing testing costs, turnaround times and increasing the use of pathogen diagnostics in everyday management decisions in prawn farming. The technology is unique in its ability to detect multiple pathogens simultaneously in a highly specific, sensitive and semi-quantitative manner that is equivalent to and in many cases superior to current single pathogen detection systems used globally. Genics has been supported by the ON Accelerate program at CSIRO. http://www.oninnovation.com.au/en/ON-teams/ON-Tribe/ON-Accelerate4-Teams/Genics

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A safer way to blow the whistle

Users of Whispli can communicate anonymously and continuously with either designated areas in the organization or with third parties. After initial contact, they can answer questions and provide more details and progress the issue, accessing Whispli from anywhere using their own username and  password. It creates one single source for the reporting of misconduct and wrongdoing. https://whispli.com/story-whispli-sylvain-mansotte/

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Converting wind from passing traffic into electricity

ENLIL Wind turbines are created by Deveci Tech from Istanbul, Turkey. They are designed vertically with long blades and can easily be assembled. Solar panels are fixed at the top of the turbines to generate extra electricity. A single ENLIL turbine can easily provide the average daily electricity needs of two households. The speeding vehicles on the highway can provide enough wind for these turbines to work all day and night without stopping and the energy generated can be transported to places where it can be used . https://buzzonearth.com/enlil-turbines-generating-power-through-passing-vehicles/

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Drones that reforest after fires

BioCarbon says its two drones can plant 100,000 trees in a single day. It has started in Myanmar (previously called Burma) following successful trials in England and Australia, The drones work in three stages. Firstly the drones will map an area, analysing surface topology and composition, soil type and moisture, as well as possible physical obstructions. These analyses help decide which seeds should be planted. Secondly, the drones fly low, around 3-6 feet above the ground, planting new seeds every six seconds. The drones aren’t however just letting the seeds drift in the breeze. Each drone uses a pressurised can to shoot a biodegradable seed pod into the ground. Thirdly, after the mapping and planting, the drones monitor the area regularly. That data gets fed into the company’s machine learning algorithms, strengthening the mapping part of the plan. The process is ideal for reforesting after fires and planting trees in difficult to reach areas. https://www.biocarbonengineering.com/

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IdeaSpies Enterprise

IdeaSpies Enterprise

True leaders spark innovation by creating an inclusive, open culture  Innovation is the direct result of a healthy internal ecosystem, creating an innovative culture where work has meaning, brands have genuine value and new thinking leads to useful ideas being implemented. Aaccording to a Gallup Report, only 15% of adults worldwide, who work full time for an employer and are engaged at work, are highly involved in and enthusiastic about their work and workplace. This low % implies significant wasted potential. IdeaSpies Enterprise helps to create an innovative culture by inspiring and encouraging the implementation of ideas that help an organisation succeed. What is IdeaSpies Enterprise?  IdeaSpies Enterprise is an easy to learn and use idea capture tool that offers a simple, effective, fun way to encourage and rate ideas. It’s easy to learn and use because it’s been tested and refined via the public IdeaSpies platform. IdeaSpies.com is the demonstration model for IdeaSpies Enterprise and you can try it easily FOR FREE by registering. Hundreds of people around the world have already registered on the public IdeaSpies platform to post ideas. How Does IdeaSpies Enterprise Work?  People at all levels of an organisation are encouraged to register using their organisation email address. They can use their own names or fun Idea Spy names. Only people with an organisation’s email address can see the ideas as well as rate them and comment on them. The platform can operate independently. It can be also be integrated into your intranet so that it’s encompassed within your enterprise architecture and security as well as allowing a single sign-on for staff. The only additional step is one-time registration to IdeaSpies Enterprise. It can also be used to encourage ideas from B2B customers who are given access. Pre-arranged judges select the best ideas based on the support shown for them ie ratings and comments. Winners are recognised on a timely basis and selected ideas are implemented. Research that shows why an idea capture tool is needed Employee Innovation research conducted in 2018 shows that employees want a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Why should you subscribe to IdeaSpies Enterprise?  Generate useful, effective and actionable ideas The best way to generate useful ideas that improve your business is from your team members. They understand your business and want it to succeed. However, one of the biggest challenges in leading teams is encouraging innovative thought. Many employees feel inhibited when the process forces creativity and ideas through structured, time-pressured sessions. Team Members often get their best ideas when they have Eureka moments outside of meetings, but they may forget about them before they have a chance to bring them up in a future meeting or ideation session IdeaSpies Enterprise solves these challenges. It opens up the ideas conversation, encourages innovative thinking and provides a quick and easy way for them to submit their ideas and build on the ideas submitted by others. Increase staff engagement and retention Your people will feel more enriched and empowered when there is an easy, transparent and effective mechanism to share their ideas, with a timely recognition system, ensuring they will receive credit for ideas they suggest and that their ideas will be seriously considered for testing or implementation. This will also help to encourage teams to collaborate across silos which typically limit ideas outside their realm.  IdeaSpies Enterprise is Different While there are other platforms that can capture ideas, IdeaSpies is different- it facilitates: Focus on idea generation Stimulation of ideas due to being directly linked to the public IdeaSpies ideas platform Use as it’s easy to see how to use it Participation because the platform is responsive on all devices Timely recognition which encourages participation Psychological safety given ideas can be posted anonymously Reduced employee negativity given it provides a way to submit solutions to perceived problems Fun! Transparent Pricing Licensing fee per annum + GST (Australia only) 10-100 employees US$3,000 101-200 employees US$4,000 201-500 employees US$5,000 Negotiable for more employees This pricing includes advice on how to launch IdeaSpies Enterprise and encourage involvement from employees as well as how to judge and implement ideas. Employee Survey This article reinforces how important it is to give employees the opportunity to contribute ideas to your organisation. Summary In summary, you can trial IdeaSpies Enterprise FOR FREE easily by using the public IdeaSpies platform. IdeaSpies Enterprise is a simple, easy to learn and use, idea sharing platform that facilitates employees work together to create and submit ideas as well as turn them into positive actions. The IdeaSpies Enterprise platform’s simplicity means it’s easy for you, as a leader with many demands on your time, to implement  it with team members. Become part of a Community of Innovation Leaders As an IdeaSpies Enterprise Leader you’ll join a select group of business innovation leaders. Through this group you can compare results and learn more about practical ways to create an innovative culture which improves staff engagement and retention. Case Study  KPMG GWS (Greater Western Sydney) completed a successful trial of IdeaSpies Enterprise in December 2017. You can read it here. KPMG Enterprise continues to use and improve the platform. The next step Please contact: Lynn Wood Owner and Chief Idea Spy +61 418 966 625 Share IdeaSpies Enterprise

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