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.

The examination process

For those not familiar with the process, PhDs are not so much ‘graded’ as they are reviewed by a number of external examiners who then provide feedback and recommendations for the student to pass or amend their thesis. The review is ‘blind’ in that the PhD candidate does not know the reviewers and the reviewers do not know the candidate. …

“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 2021 Senior Australian of The Year

The Australian entrepreneur ecosystem that focuses on Indigenous entrepreneurs provides an exciting opportunity to practically apply Dr Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr Baumann’s request to develop a shared knowledge transfer and understanding of needs and desires.

Entrepreneurship has the potential to be a great equaliser, but only…

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 also share so that those who have been on a similar journey might compare and share their insights.

A self-managed retreat

I had heard about 10-day Vipassana retreats in passing from friends and colleagues.

Before 2020, the idea of spending 10 days in silent focus sounded interesting. …

“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 a lucky punter winning the lottery.

While all those are understandable, I heard of this insight mentioned by a young man after he spent a day hanging out with his mum at work over the summer holidays.

The young man and I shared similar experiences over two days in regional…

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. My dogs pace the kitchen, anxious to interrogate the cats we hear fighting on my front lawn.

I scroll through the live blogs on my phone to catch up on US election results that came through as I slept. The ABC bloggers are doing a good job of making conversation in between incremental…

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”. The presentations from countries around the world highlighted that each country experienced the pandemic differently while many of the challenges and responses were similar.

An overview of the presentation is outlined below. I also caught up with my colleague and friend Vibhour Pandey to hear his perspective on the presentation to reflect on:

  • What is the…

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 work. I found myself busier than ever even as I read stories about people learning to bake bread and being bored in lockdown

COVID-19 also became the dominant distraction. A PhD is already an exercise in disciplined procrastination avoidance. …

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, the CEA Business Hub, the Collider Accelerator, the CEA Startup Fund and Creative Tech ventures Fund, the Creative3 event, and regular startup weekends.

There are understandable concerns in the Australian entrepreneur support community about the closure. Few disagree that universities face challenges as a result of COVID-19. …

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 business support; Work from home impacts on productivity; and Personal impacts from COVID019. The questions are inspired by the news of the day and other conversations that are prominent in the community. The intent behind the polls is to:

  • normalise views among leaders,
  • help leaders understand what innovators and entrepreneurs…

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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