Time waits for no man ... or woman!

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Our apologies that this is another month without the full edition of Starlink and its accompanying pdf file! Once more time has eluded us to put together the larger number of resources that requires, along with the desktop publishing tasks.

However we hope the links and resources in this issue of Starlink Extra will give you enough ideas, inspiration and smiles to last you until next month. :)

Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International

Essence of Appreciative Inquiry

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Places are still available in both the Essence of Appreciative Inquiry workshops we are running in September and October.

Visit our website for more information and to register.

The deadline for the early bird registration is
31 August.



CommunityNet is an excellent resource site for community organisations, particularly in Sydney, although a number of the resources are also of interest for communities elsewhere in Australia. For example, their recent August newsletter mentioned:

Fun and Food for Thought

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Here are two fascinating TED talks - short presentations of less than 10 minutes each. Julian Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening - to other people and the world around you. And Adam Ostrow explores the fascinating question in this digital age, of whether the social media personality and presence you've built up might actually live on after you!.

If you have a fascination for the English language, you'll definitely find The Phrontistery is worth a look! It houses a wealth of information about words, their use - and abuse. On this site you'll also find the International House of Logorrhea (an online dictionary of obscure and rare words) and the Compendium of Lost Words (a compilation of ultra-rare forgotten words)

And here's a wonderful Dr Seuss styled commentary on the envonmental summit in Copenhagen in 2009. If you've not seen it, it's worth watching!

When is graffiti not graffiti?

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When it's ICU Art! In Creative Unity, based in Los Angeles, is an art production company specializing in murals and live painting events.

Visit their website to see some amazing examples of urban beautification done by members of ICU Art and other willing volunteers.

The background to ICU Art also makes for interesting reading. Its founder and many of its members were formerly "graffiti outlaws", getting into trouble with the law and conflict with rival gangs.

But things have changed. Their art is appreciated by communities and corporations from the poorer parts of town to Rodeo Drive!

It's a wonderful example of how a problem can be reframed and transformed into opportunity.

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