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  2. Art’s healing power


    Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

    Australia Network’s Nexus program is featuring a story on Geraldine Cox and some of the children from Sunrise’s Fine Arts School on this Friday’s program (November 30, 2007).  Geraldine and the children visited Australia earlier this year and performed traditional music and dance in some of the country’s best theatres. 

    The idea for a Fine Arts School followed the trauma of a 1997 military coup - Geraldine sought advice from a pyschologist about how to ease the fears of the children who had witnessed their home and carers at Sunrise Orphanage face armed militia trying to reclaim what was once a military barracks.  "We had soldiers with machine guns and tanks and everything running around the land, trying to shoot us off the property," says Geraldine.

    The advice was to get the children involved in music and dance and any kind of art form and the fine arts school has fostered a powerful means of both healing and cultural expression.

    We’ve added this Nexus video story to Geraldine’s achievers page, and you can also find the full transcript and English learning component on our Nexus site.  To find out when to watch Nexus visit the Nexus home page and set your location.

    Let us know what you think about the story and if you’ve experienced the healing power of art and music.

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  3. Understanding yourself and the people around you


    Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

    I took part in a workshop session with my co-workers yesterday designed to tease out our psychological preferences - it was fascinating. The workshop session was intended to increase our self awareness and to better understand each others preferences to enable us to work better together. I found the process really worthwhile and would encourage others to delve in to the recesses of their minds to gain a better understanding of how they and others around them tick.

    An example of a personality type test is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. It was developed during World War II, believing that a knowledge of personality preferences would help women who were entering the industrial workforce for the first time identify the sort of war-time jobs that would suit them.

    Have you done a personality preference test? Did you find it helpful? Or are you a sceptic?

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  4. The power of patience


    Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

    Patience is not the first quality or attribute you’d associate with top-level performance especially when it comes to sport, but Australia Network Achiever Brett Lee says patience is what underpinned his man of the match performance in this week’s Australia vs Sri Lanka cricket test match in Brisbane.

    Knowing that he’d done the hard work in training and being patient enough to stick to his game plan paid on-field dividends for Brett and in this need it now can’t wait for tomorrow world perhaps we can all take a lesson from that. 

    When has patience paid off for you?

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  5. Life hacks


    Monday, November 5th, 2007

    Lifehack.org is a website dedicated to life hacks.
    The phrase describes any hacks, tips and tricks that get things done
    quickly by automating, increase productivity and organising. Know of any other good sites like this one?

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