The examiner’s feedback is in for my PhD thesis. I figure this is as good of an opportunity as any for an update as my two… I mean three… um, four… OK, five-year journey nears its conclusion.

For those not familiar with the process, PhDs are not so much ‘graded’…


“For years we have walked on a one-way street to learn the white people’s way. We ask you to bring your knowledge and wisdom, but also to learn and understand how we live and listen to what the needs are.”

- Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann AM on receipt of the…


First, a confession: this post started as “Insights from a self-managed 10-day Vipassana silent meditation retreat”. Below I share the background, capture my reflections, identify shifts in perspective, and consider insights for the year forward.

I share so others who may be in a similar situation may take value. I…


“Today is the best day of my life!”

So might say an Olympian winning a gold medal, parents on the day their child is born, a student when they get their university scholarship, a drought-stricken farmer after the first rain, a startup founder receiving their first round of investment, or…


It’s 2:40 in the morning in Ipswich, Queensland. The low hum of the refrigerator is drowned out by the kettle as I make my first batch of coffee. The stove-top light has attracted a couple of moths that make light thuds as they strike against the light. …


I recently had the honour of sharing virtually at the 2020 G20 Roundtable on Entrepreneurship. The theme of the session was “Policies and actions to promote entrepreneurship in the post-pandemic era”, and my presentation was in a session to “Boost entrepreneurship to promote employment”. …


I hunkered down to complete my PhD around the time that COVID-19 hit in Australia. My initial thought was that lockdown would be a perfect opportunity to finish the thesis. I was mistaken.

The pandemic proved an ‘all hands on deck’ moment for anyone involved in economic and community development…


Queensland University of Technology (QUT) announced they are winding down Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA) due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. CEA is a subsidiary of QUT established in 2001 that includes a suite programs and spaces including: the Coterie coworking space, the Fashion360 accelerator and associated Stitch Lab space…


We are in our second week of asking daily perspective of leaders in the Australian Innovation Community slack channel. The community has over 600 members, has resulted in over 1,900 interaction, and over 130 members interact each day.

We started the daily poll last week, focusing on: Understanding government COVID-19…


The situation presents a unique opportunity to support those at the intersection between traditional economic development and innovation.

The sentiment above was shared by panelists in a recent Australian Innovation Leaders panel session that focused on local government support, response & opportunity. …

Chad Renando

American & Australian, playing in the cross-section of people, business and digital, with a passion for discovering how we all tick

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