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Lonely planet

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Monday, 21 May 2018 10:00

The 7.5 billion humans on this Earth are more connected than ever before. Technology has collapsed the physical boundaries between people. We are now able to communicate using many digital connections. The communication tools at our disposal include the telephone, Skype, text, twitter, email, chat rooms and social media (e.g. Facebook).

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CEO activism

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Monday, 14 May 2018 09:00

It was an unusual squabble. In one corner, was the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce. In the other, was Australia’s immigration minister, Peter Dutton. The issue which saw them trade blows was the same-sex marriage debate. Joyce threw his company’s support behind the Yes campaign. Dutton criticised Joyce for using his position at the iconic airline to fly his own agenda.

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Banking disrupters

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Monday, 07 May 2018 10:00

Over two decades ago, Bill Gates famously dismissed retail banks as “dinosaurs”. He opined that banking was essential to a modern economy but that banks were not. Since that time, many iconic brands - like Kodak, Blockbuster and Borders - have disappeared from the landscape due to their inability to keep up with digital disruption.

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Money history

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Monday, 30 April 2018 10:00

We all have our funny little ways. One of my idiosyncrasies is a desire to know the history of things. History is inescapable as the present will never be free of the influence of the past. Everywhere you look, you find examples of living history. From the inherited languages we speak, to the ancient traditions we follow, to the modern versions of bygone technology we use, history links the past to the present.

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Corporate lingo

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Monday, 23 April 2018 10:00

Want a job in the corporate world? Then you better take a crash course in business speak. To survive in the modern workplace, you must be able to converse with others using annoying gobbledygook. Once the exclusive domain of consultants and academics, the use of meaningless words and phrases has now infiltrated the rank and file.

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