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Sydney Ideas lecture series and why i’m interested (Part 1)

3 Apr

Since i’ve landed back in Sydney, one thing has been pretty much in my face the whole time, i cant ignore it and now dear reader, i have to tell you too.

It’s the idea’s, too many ideas to ignore, Sydney is a very stimulating place to be

I was watching a Tedx talk last year, by O.E Wilson and he was asked to give a talk about advice to budding scientists.

His advice was.

  1. Learn as much as you can in your own field
  2. Learn as much as you can in fields outside your field
  3. With technology and emerging technologies branching out and creating new fields, some of the new fields will cris-cross and hey presto, something irrelevant is a hot topic.

Sounds like good advice? Take a look for yourself.

Some examples that come to my mind are:

Original Mac fonts


1, When Steve Jobs was going to college, the lectures he attended were not the ones he was supposed to attend, one of his favourites was on ‘fonts’, so by the time of the apple computer he had all kinds of fonts loaded on, which became his ‘killer app’ advantage, a bold start to a global dominance for Apple.


James Dyson cleans up the competition


2, When James Dyson was fixing his wife’s hoover (men helping women with house work is called ‘Chore play’, it frees up time for ‘other activities’ in the bedroom (and apparently it works too?)

Anyway, Mr Dyson on his knees realized the problem he solved with a spray painting device was the problem with the hoover, and over 1000 proto-types later, he’s in the hoover business and he spends 10 million pounds protecting his ideas in court too.

The idea being that unrelated industries are related, all you have to do is make the connection


I’ve been going along to the Sydney Ideas series too and i have been learning all sorts of interesting things outside of my usual IT profession, but i think ideas that could prove useful in anyones profession.

I went to a talk entitled:

The globalisation of Chinese porcelain and their significance for history, archaeology and antique collection by Dr Baoping Li

In this richly illustrated presentation, Dr Baoping Li will rely on over twenty years of research to explain the significance of Chinese porcelain to our understanding of history, archaeology, cultural studies, and the collecting of antiques in China and the world.

Chinese porcelain


Dr Li has first-hand experience working with porcelains found at the site of a lost city in North China that was part of the Mongol Empire, ancient Angkor in Cambodia, and an Arab merchant shipwreck of c. 826 CE found in the Java Sea that provides the earliest physical evidence for direct trade between China and the Middle East.

I learned:

  1. By the procalain found at a site they were able to prove the site was not unoccupied for what was previously thought for a 100 years
  2. From the porcalain Dr Li was able to tell what social class the occupants belonged

Another i went to was entitled

Who Built the Long Wall of Quang Ngai? Territory, Security and Trade along a Vietnamese Boundary, By Dr Andrew Hardy

 Dr Hardy historian of Vietnam, associate professor at the French School of Asian Studies

I learnt:

No documented evidence could be obtained for the wall (127km) that would separate indigenous people of Vietnam and the Vietnamese in question

Quang Nagi


Another similar wall had been build between Cambodia and Vietnam, both kings sent 5000 men to build the wall, since evidence could be obtained for that wall, we can safely assume it was a similar agreement.

Also, when it comes to territory, Vietnamese had markers to indicate their territory’s and if anyone moved the markers, this was taken as an act of war and all hell broke loose!

How does this relate to me?

Well there are times when there is little or no documentation for a project, but at the same time you need to construct testing documentation and you need evidence to support what your are trying to achieve, the idea is, its been done before, all you need are the ideas and you can pretty much do most things.

But whats the idea?

Buddhism in the boardroom, and about time!

21 Feb

View from Servcorp, North Sydney


As part of the Servecorp business shorts, i went along to the presentation by Barbara Jones in the Servecorp North Sydney offices, i tell people i used to have shares in Servecorp, and that’s true, i had a very diverse portfolio back in those days, then i read about Warren Buffett.

Warren says, ‘Keep all your eggs in one basket and watch that basket’, no more Servecorp shares for me, not many eggs left either.

Introducing Warren


The views at the Startcorp offices in Chifley square are amazing, views over the Domain on one side and the harbour on the other, but for me and everybody else on Thursday, the North Sydney views were even more spectacular, it has to be one of the best views in Sydney, that was the back drop for the presentation, not bad.

Introducing Barbara


Barbara introduced herself as a corporate trainer, after extensive experience in the corporate world, her new business is ‘Executive mindfulness’ and ‘mindfulness training’, which i found very interesting.

What do you know?


I remember hearing from the CEO of Startcorp many years ago say

‘You always know more than you think’

Which is true, i have done quite some meditation over the years, i always have some spiritual book, currently i have a book by Osho, ‘Belif, doubt and fanaticism’.

Tuth be told, alternative people and their views on life interest me, there are so many differnt people, differnt lives, carreers, tastes and the list goes on and on, i have made my choices in life and here i am, other people too and we all want to have a happy life, we just go about it in differnt ways.



Now, Osho is not like any Buddhist, he is in a category all of his own, as far as i can tell

One of the last chapters i read this morning i think sums up the point of the book, when he says, if you dont know yourself all other knowledge is useless.

We look for solutions in all the wrong places, only by meditating do we begin to understand our true self, and by treading this path do we become the people we are supposed to be, for Osho, meditating is the key, and it’s more than that.

Meditation increases a hormone called ‘DHEA‘ in your body, it’s the most common hormone in your body, some of the benifits of DHEA include:

  • It helps the body fight viral and bacterial
  • DHEA also help prevent depression
  • Helps control the damaging effects of stress-released cortisol.
  • Helps the body produces more of healing, calming, regulating hormones during a relaxed state

In short, it’s amazing!!

Sounds like the kind of help you might need if you were the head of large corporation?

Barbara talked of a monk that she works with, from memory, he describes himself as, ‘the CEO of a company thats over 2000 years old’

Whats interesting is that corporations are now beginning to pay attention to mindfulness, awareness, observing the moment, being present in the moment and it goes on.

How interesting

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