Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Big-Picture Innovation - 10 October

The next NSW KM Forum talk is on Tuesday 10th October

Stimulating Innovation amongst Multiple Stakeholders in Society - Alastair Rylatt, Director, Alastair Rylatt Consulting & Dr Suzanne Benn, Senior Lecturer, UTS

WHAT: Learn how leading organisations stimulates greater commitment to knowledge and innovation amongst their stakeholders in society. Enhance your reputation and skill in knowledge management by discovering about the latest research and thinking in this field.

Topics to be discussed:
* Emerging challenges in knowledge management and innovation
* Latest thinking on stimulating commitment and engagement
* Innovative ways to engage stakeholders in society
* Latest research and case studies
* Open Forum

WHO: Alastair is director of Alastair Rylatt Consulting and one of Australia's leading thinkers and facilitators in modern business management. His clients have included Australian Institute of Management, Kelloggs, NSW Department of Housing, NSW Treasury , Qatar Telecom, Parramatta City Council, and Roche Products. Alastair has written four books, the latest of which is "Wining The Knowledge Game". Dr Suzanne Benn is a biochemist and social scientist with research interests in multiple stakeholder collaboration for sustainability, the integration of human and environmental corporate sustainability and sustainability in business education. She is the co-author of "Organisational Change for Corporate Sustainability".

WHEN: 5.30 for 6pm Tuesday 10th October
WHERE: Standards Australia, 286 Sussex Street, Sydney NSW 2000.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by e-mail to:

(Event not posted on their website yet. Info from email newsletter)

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Tom Dixon talk at the Powerhouse museum - 18 October

You can now book tickets for UK designer Tom Dixon's talk at the Powerhouse museum! It's on Wednesday 18 Oct 2006, 6:30pm - 8:00pm at the Powerhouse Museum, 500 Harris St, Ultimo.


Popcorn Taxi: Fast Food Nation + Q&A with director Richard Linklater

The Truth is Hard to Swallow - Fast Food Nation + Q+A on-stage with director Richard Linklater.

Thursday, October 5th, 2006 - 7:30pm

"Popcorn Taxi presents a preview screening of FAST FOOD NATION, a no-holds-barred, dramatic exploration of the fast food industry that ultimately reveals the dark side of the 'All American Meal.' The screening will be followed by an exclusive on-stage conversation and audience Q&A session with the film's director Richard Linklater (SLACKER, DAZED AND CONFUSED, BEFORE SUNRISE).

Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, FAST FOOD NATION examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food. The plot centres around Mickey's, the most popular fast-food chain in America, and 'The Big One', their the top-selling burger that put them on the map. When the higher-ups at Mickey's corporate offices learn that the frozen meat patties used to make the wildly popular burger have somehow been tainted with contaminated meat, they send marketing executive Don Henderson on an urgent mission to find out why. It's not long before he begins to realize just how dangerous convenience can become when it leads to blissfully ignorant complacency. The film features an all-star cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and Luis Guzman.

Self-taught writer-director Richard Linklater was among the first and most successful talents to emerge during the American independent film renaissance of the 1990s. Typically setting each of his movies during one 24-hour period, Linklater's work explored what he dubbed "the youth rebellion continuum," focusing in fine detail on generational rites and mores with rare compassion and understanding. Linklater's breakthrough film was SLACKER (1991). Made for just $23,000 the film is an insightful, virtually plotless look at 1990s youth culture that became a favourite on the festival circuit, with the term "slacker" becoming a much-overused catch-all tag employed to affix a name and identity to America's disaffected youth culture. Linklater's other films to date include DAZED AND CONFUSED (1993), BEFORE SUNRISE (1995), WAKING LIFE (2001), THE SCHOOL OF ROCK (2003), BEFORE SUNSET (2004) and the soon to be released A SCANNER DARKLY (2006).

Popcorn Taxi would like to thank DENDY FILMS for their support in making this program possible. FAST FOOD NATION is released in cinemas nationally on October 26th. For more information on the film or to view the trailer, check out the official web site.

Seating is very limited - book early to avoid disappointment!


Time : 7:30 pm
Date: Thursday, October 5th
Where: Greater Union Bondi Junction
Address: Level 6, 500 Oxford Street, Westfield Bondi Junction
Entry: $20/$17

To buy tickets:

Event info:

Good Food Month 2006

The SMH Good Food Month is on again in October! Events include outdoor food markets like the night noodle markets at Hyde Park, the Sydney food and wine fair, lunches at top restaurants, desserts at top hotels and more.


Healthy lunch snacks? Mars offers better diet

Article in SMH: "Children would be better off sitting down to a big fry-up for breakfast than eating some commercially produced muesli bars, so loaded are they with fats and sugars.

A test found seven were so laden with kilojoules that a Mars Bar presented a healthier breakfast alternative..."


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Communication Arts - Interactive Annual 12 winners

The Communication Arts Interactive Annual is now out in hard copy and the 34 winning websites are featured online as well. Winners include: Kohn Pedersen Fox Architects website ( and Fernando and Humberto Campana's website (


Earthdance, Sydney Park 19 September


Went to the Earthdance event at Sydney Park last Sunday.

Earthdance was started by Australian Chris Dekker in 1996. "Today, Earthdance is a global movement which unites socially and environmentally conscious people in more than 50 countries around the world in a celebration of peace and community. Each year the event raises a significant amount of money for charities, the work of which supports the achievement of Earthdance objectives."


dfactory talk - Inspired Buildings - 28 September

"Is that a bubble or a building? Nell Schofield talks to three experts who are using powerful computing and incredible engineering to make the impossible possible in architecture."

When: Thursday 28 September, 6.00pm – 8.30pm. Talk starts at 6.30pm.
Where: Powerhouse Museum, Courtyard CafĂ© – enter via Macarthur Street


Pecha Kucha Sydney - 28 September

DARCH will present the Sydney leg of the Tokyo based Pecha Kucha.

Vol.02 will be held on Thursday 28th September 2006 - at The Commercial Travellers Association Bar, basement of the MLC mushroom at Martin Place, starting at 7pm.

"Pecha Kucha is an open forum of ideas, a slidenight for architects, designers, students, anyone with something creative to share. To keep things snappy, each presenter is given 20 seconds to present 20 slides."

forwarded email says to rsvp to: by tuseday 19.09.06


Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Sustainable House Day - 9 + 10 September

"This ANZSES community event enable you to visit sustainable houses in Autralia and New Zealand! (Saturday and Sunday in some areas, check House Locations for details)

Ticket prices: Family; $30, Single; $20, Concession family; $15 Concession single; $10, ANZSES members; free - join on the day!

Sustainable House Day tickets are available in all the open houses that you visit. Your ticket gives entrance to all the houses during the all week end - no need to book in advance.

Be inspired by some of Australia's and New Zealand's most beautiful homes when they open to visitors on Sustainable House Day. All homes feature passive solar design and some also have active solar features."


Good Food Guide Awards

The 2007 Good Food Guide Awards have been announced. You can see who got one, two and three chefs hats.


Daryl Hannah's vlogs

Daryl Hannah has produced 16 weekly video blog episodes on green topics, available for viewing at her website. These include: bio diesel, vegan junkfood, green building, hemp, bike culture, and beeswax.

I read an article on her living a green lifestyle titled 'The Power of Green' in the Australian Financial Review 19-20/8/06 issue.

I like the idea of how she's just gone out there and produced these videos and then put them online for people to watch. It's simple and effective. No need for mega budgets etc.


COFA Spring Fair - 9 September

COFA (College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales) is the college's annual celebration of art, design and multi media.

Events and activities include:
+ Digital Media and Animation screenings: 10:00am – 3:30pm
+ Fine Art & Design Market: 10:00am -3:30pm
+ Sculpture Garden: 10:00 - 3;30pm
+ Interactive Drawing Wall: 11:00am –1:00pm
+ Cicada Press Printmaking Demo: 10:30am – 11:30pm

Where: corner of Oxford St & Greens Rd in Paddington, 10am - 3.30pm for most things.