With big data comes great responsibility

Big companies are capturing ever more user data – petabytes of the stuff that end up stowed in the cloud. The question now is how leaders can cultivate trust amid widespread concern about prying and data loss. Read at Telstra In:Sight.

Hemp ice-cream a tempting treat

That sober strain of cannabis called hemp amounts to much more than weed.

Enterprising Mullumbimby ecologist Paul Benhaim, 44, says: “Hemp is the most versatile and eco-friendly substance on the planet.” Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Why a playful attitude is good for business

Spit Junction thought leader Patricia McMillan, 45, is on a quest to transform mindless grind into meaningful progress. McMillan’s approach comes down to language. According to her blog, we have been programmed to communicate in an analytical, left-brain style. In step, we default to dehumanised business speak.
Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Innovation by numbers: classic, complementary techniques

Innovation is a tricky business. No single solution has enough scope to generate revolutionary progress. There’s no magic bullet – it takes many iterations.

Read at Telstra In:Sight. Here. And here.

The world has grand designs on the slimy potential of algae architecture

University of Technology Sydney scientist Sara Wilkinson works in the slimy yet sophisticated field of algae architecture. According to Wilkinson, 54, the substance has great untapped potential. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald

Ecologist Dr Steve Murphy battles time to save wildlife

He is best-known for capturing one of the world’s rarest birds, which was long thought extinct – the stocky yet elusive Australian night parrot. Ecologist Dr Steve Murphy achieved the feat in 2015 at the Pullen Pullen Reserve managed by Bush Heritage Australia, two years after the mottled enigma was rediscovered by naturalist John Young on a western Queensland ranch. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Modern cowboy helping those at risk

Wonderland cowboy Geoff Toomby, 67, grooms the next generation of jackaroos and jillaroos for free. Toomby’s five-week horsemanship course at Wonderland Station near Townsville enrols first-nation and at-risk Australians seeking to learn key rural skills. Read at the Sydney Morning Herald.