An event that brings your idea to life!

Do you have an idea for your own start-up ? Or an idea that can help in a crisis, such as as helping farmers in drought or people with a disability? Or do you like brainstorming ideas with others and creating solutions? This new type of event, trialed during Spark Festival, is your chance to test an idea on Dec 4 in Sydney. You’ll be able to temporarily post it online with an image and an elevator pitch so others in the group can quickly understand it and offer feedback. We will run you through idea generation, including through the lean start-up methodology, and how crowdfunding can be used to help get your idea off the ground. A small prize will be given to each of the top two ideas judged on the day.  Register here

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Survey finds employees believe they are the best source of innovation

Over 90% of employees believe they are the best source of innovation Over 90% of employees would be more likely to stay with their organisations if they could contribute more ideas Sydney, 15 November 2018 – IdeaSpies Enterprise, a platform for ideas that will improve business performance, today revealed the results of an Employee Innovation Survey. The purpose of the survey was to determine if employees have a voice in helping their organisations succeed. Innovation was defined simply in the survey as “implementation of ideas that add value”. There are many employee engagement surveys but not employee innovation surveys. Lynn Wood, founder of IdeaSpies, said “This survey demonstrates the importance of harnessing employees’ ideas through a simple tool that gives them a voice. A key finding is that over 90% of employees believe they are the best source of innovation, with 57% strongly agreeing and 34% agreeing. The IdeaSpies Enterprise platform provides businesses with the opportunity to encourage their employees to contribute and implement ideas that may increase productivity and staff engagement.” David Thodey AO, Chair of CSIRO and Jobs for NSW, said “I really like the IdeaSpies Enterprise solution. I have a strong view that the best source of innovation is your staff. They know the business and how to improve it better than consultants. The issue has always been how do you provide an open forum for those ideas?” When respondents were asked how they contributed ideas in their organisations 76% said direct to their boss and 62% said through a team. Teams that are diverse and inclusive drive and support innovation. They can implement quick wins. 90% of employees have had their ideas adopted and 76% said they could contribute more useful ideas than they do now, especially those who are 26-35 years old (89%). When asked what would make it easier for them to contribute ideas the top response was 45% wanting a software tool/digital platform that’s easy to use, with lower management particularly in favour at 59% as well as organisations with 5,000 plus employees at 64%. Only 26% of employees said that their organisations offer a software tool/digital platform to contribute ideas, including 41% of organisations with 5,000 plus employees. When an innovation tool is provided, 75% of employees use it, males 81% and females 68%. Perhaps women need more encouragement in some organisations though they have been well represented as winners in programs run by KPMG with IdeaSpies Enterprise. Tony Nimac Partner in charge of KPMG Enterprise NSW said “We trialed IdeaSpies Enterprise last year and have continued to use it. It was very well received by staff. It’s thought provoking, fun and easy to use, with no training needed. People see the tool as an opportunity to suggest ideas that could improve the way they work. In addition to specific ideas, we’ve seen themes coming from the ideas that have led to improvements. We give selected staff the opportunity to implement ideas they suggest and have benefited from improving staff engagement.” Employees want more power to implement ideas they suggest. They also want management to be more supportive in testing ideas. 23% said nothing happened with their ideas and many were annoyed when time was spent developing an idea and either they weren’t empowered to test it, or they received no feedback on why it wouldn’t be accepted. Feedback was shown to be important in building employee engagement. Another key finding is that over 90% of employees would be more likely to stay with their organisations if they could contribute more ideas. Significantly, 98% of lower management would be more likely to stay. Losing employees who want to contribute more would be a significant cost to these organisations. Progressive organisations are getting rid of 20th century silo thinking and need managers who have vision, imagination and drive (VID) Those who have VID are quick to see the value of ideas and proposals and have the drive to implement them. Lynn Wood said “It’s a good sign that 73% of employees are offering ideas without an incentive to do so. Recognition of ideas is a strong motivator. It’s one thing to contribute ideas to an organisation, but it is even more important to know that you have been heard. “Only 27% of organisations provide an incentive to contribute ideas; however, 58% of respondents (65% male and 53% female) said they would provide more ideas if there was an incentive to do so. Significantly, 87% of 18-35 year-olds said they would contribute more ideas if an incentive was offered. “It’s good to see that 84% of leaders are talking about the need for innovation, but only 69% of employees believe the culture of their organisation actually welcomes new ideas. This result indicates there is a significant gap in organisations ‘walking the talk’ on innovation. “Frustration was expressed when organisations said they wanted innovation but were not resourcing it. Management often give the illusion of wanting ideas, but then lack the skills to capture ideas in a simple way, give feedback and implement good ideas. “Management need to stop feeling comfortable about the way they do things – for example by saying ‘that’s the way we have always done things’. In organisations like this, employees who suggest new ideas can be seen as a threat. In more progressive organisations, innovation is part of the culture- a continuous process where employees are encouraged to suggest ideas.” The Employee Innovation Survey was sent to about 2,000 employees, with 18% responding and volunteering extensive comments. Having established a benchmark, it’s now possible for individual organisations to use the survey to compare their results with the benchmark. Media Contacts: Antonino Blancato Financial & Corporate Relations (FCR) 02 8264 1009 a.blancato@fcr.com.au Lynn Wood IdeaSpies Enterprise 0418 966 625 lynn.wood@IdeaSpies.com

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The scientific solution to hard water

CALCLEAR Water Conditioner offers a unique electronic method to eliminate the problems of limescale from home and commercial plumbing systems and appliances. Installation is simple, needing no plumbing and using no chemicals. It’s a simple effective, electronic unit which inhibits scale build-up , creates soft water, reduces maintenance and extends the life of plumbing and hot water systems whilst having low running costs. It works by using a tiny computer chip to generate variable wave forms that change the ability of the mineral salts to crystallise and form the deposits we know as limescale. The changed salts remain in solution where they offer health benefits. www.calclear.com.au

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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 compact reusable shopping bag with world-renowned artists featured

LOQI collaborates with artists worldwide to offer a collection of super strong, compact shopping bags that replace disposable plastic bags. The collection includes works from the world’s finest museums. The bag shown has a geometric design by Marc Chagall from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. https://www.loqistore.com/collections/bag-collections/products/marc-chagall-i-and-the-village-bag

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A smart time management system for taxis

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) is launching a Smart Time Management System at venues of events such as exhibitions and conferences. The system enables the RTA to get real time data on numbers of visitors then deploy the appropriate number of transit means. It also enables passengers to get information on the number of available vehicles along with the expected waiting time. The system comprises screens placed at the start, middle and end of a queue, a device for counting visitors and sorting out the type of service required at the start of the queue, and a device to measure customer satisfaction ratings. http://www.smartcitiesworldforums.com/news/smart-cities-middle-east/smart-mobility-deployments-me/970-new-smart-time-management-system-for-taxis-in-dubai

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A robotic puppy

A robotic puppy

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A better way to mend broken bones

Broken bones are often mended with metal plates or screws, but metal was never designed to be part of the body. A groundbreaking 3D-printed ceramic alternative has now been developed. The material mimics the property of bone, acting as a scaffold on which the body can regenerate new bone, then gradually degrading. Trials have shown that it may actually kick-start new bone growth. Once the product becomes widely available, it could provide better treatment options for millions of people worldwide who suffer bone loss due to injury, infection, disease or abnormal skeletal development. https://www.australiaunlimited.com/science/hala-zreiqat

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A library that lends ties, handbags and briefcases

A “Grow Up Work Fashion” lending library has recently opened at the New York Public Library Riverside branch to offer help when residents need it ahead of a job interview, graduation or other formal event. They can borrow up to two ties and one briefcase or one handbag for a three-week period, and all they need is a New York Public Library card. https://www.metro.us/news/local-news/new-york/new-york-public-library-ties-briefcases-handbags

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Your startup T Shirts for sale

You can upload your logo onto SpreadShirt products online. Then you can show them on their marketplace, at no charge, so they can be sold to your friends, family and other supporters. This is a good way for people to order the designs they like in their size. You can see our IdeaSpies range for men and women on their marketplace. You can even add your own logo or design to them. Be creative- try it. www.spreadshirt.com.au/user/IdeaSpies

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