News Tag: Webinar

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We are now using the terrific service.  For the moment, we are using it to keep tabs on progress with regards to new members, our webinar presenters and our contact list.

Resisting the temptation to become an ad for the service, it’s a great and very flexible interface and potential automation.  It also doesn’t hurt that it becomes a one-stop-shop for the team members to check for information about the platform.  Plus it also integrates with a smartphone.  Predictably, Gary added, “It works with Apple and Lemons too!”

We are still exploring all of its features, but we do recommend it for teams that are working on a complex project, or indeed a sequence of projects…

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Inviting webinar presenters

Every month members of the platform will be up to attend webinar. The webinars will be across a range of interesting, useful and inspiring topics.

Our plan is to include NDIS care coordination/plan managers to explore how a plan could be used to pursue the matters discussed in the webinar.

These will be amongst the advantages of being a member of the platform…

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Conversation with Dwayne Fernandes

Recently we met with Mr Dwayne Fernandes, from Minds at Play, to discuss the overlaps between Minds at Play and the platform.

Dwayne is a thoroughly impressive and nice guy. We not only hope to keep in touch with him, we think he would be a terrific speaker at one of our webinars.

The plan is that we will conduct one webinar every month, inviting different speakers to talk about their endeavours, ideas and approaches. The intention here is that these events will be inspiring, useful and excellent food for thought for members…

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Meeting with our web developer

Today, Gary is meeting with our web developer to confirm our needs for:

1. The membership system (including the automated link to the NDIS)
2. The ‘Ask the Crowd’ internal discussion board
3. The ‘By the Creek’ webinar and event space
4. ‘The BAZAAR’ virtual market place
5. The ‘Ask your Mentor’ web form

Part of this exercise will be confirming the remaining cost to enable (pun definitely intended) the necessary functionality to be produced so we can run a pilot test with 10 Queenslanders.

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Ways in which can help: Webinars

Our plan is every month to organise a topical talk with an interesting speaker.  These sessions will be free for members.  Some may be offered on a one-off fee basis.

The typical structure of these events will be:

A member of the Board will facilitate the session and monitor time and administrative details.

The speaker will have 45minutes for their discussion…

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World Spine Day

Today is World Spine Day.  Chronic illnesses of the spine and traumatic injuries to the spine can be debilitating and impact upon every facet of daily life.

But it doesn’t have to limit capacity, contribution, passion or potential.

Too often it can be associated with isolation, blocked participation and wasted opportunity.

Sadly it can be the attitudes, disregard and labelling that can be the worst source of disability…

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Our webinars

This is our plan for future webinars that will be conducted by  These events will last one hour, will be open and free for members of the platform, will be recorded for posting on the web site and will be conducted on a monthly basis.

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Sharing a personal story… knitting

To contextualise this story, when going to sleep my son (16, almost six foot and in training for his kung fu dark brown belt) and amazing wife (Renay) flip me onto my front to sleep. In the morning, Nay helps me roll onto my back and then swings my over-bed iMac desk into position.  So you have in mind, it’s not a quick and effortless process.  Well at 2 am I woke up with the very definition of busy-brain.  I had what I think is a terrific idea for a series of webinars…

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New resources and policies

This weekend, we’re continuing our work on the resources for members and governance policies.  Our deep desire for the platform is to support members to earn some extra money through establishing a small or micro business, or by monetising a hobby.  We will do that with a combination of:

A resource library that combines in-house produced material and links to external useful material.
Mentors who are experienced business people who live with a disability.
An internal peer discussion board for sharing and encouragement.
A series of webinars with great guest speakers
People can join the platform for $400 (expressions of interest open now) and remain a member for $90. This would be payable through the NDIS, EFT or credit card

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Potential presenter

Today, Gary invited a potential presenter at a webinar for members.  Gerard Nelson, the Chairman of has set the ambitious goal of trying put on Monthly webinars, to establish a distinct advantage of over other platforms.  The plan is to tee up a range of speakers across an extensive set of topics relating to the needs, goals and interests of members.