Monday, June 28, 2010

Food for thought - some interesting questions for self-development

I picked up a book a while ago and took some notes from it as it seemed that there were some significant questions and thoughts that I believe we ought to reevaluate about ourselves. I can't recall the title of the book now, but it's about building your self-confidence/ self awareness. Here are the ideas that stood out for me:
  • If we believe a lie it might as well be the truth for the impact it has on us.
  • Within every adversity, there is a seed of equal or greater opportunity.
  • How you were brought up might not always have helped you develop your self-confidence, but people's behaviour towards you isn't definitive. Your destiny isn't determined by the actions of others but by how you respond to those actions.
  • You can't manage the past. You can only focus on today and determine that tomorrow will be better.
  • If you can change your thinking, you can change how you're feeling. 
  • Holding negative beliefs about yourself can put the brakes on you making a breakthrough.
  • Accept that flaws are us
  • Go easy on the boxing glove - beating yourself up
  • Quit waiting to feel confident - If you're waiting for the right feeling before you take the right action - you could be waiting a long time!
  • Weigh up but don't be weighted down by criticism
  • Turn the spotlight onto your audience - When you think more about others, you stress less about yourself.
  • Say less, achieve more.
  • Stories sell
  • Rehearse (i.e. practice as complacency can kill you)
  • Contribution creates confidence - in helping others we help ourselves 
  • When we make a difference to others we also make a difference to ourselves.
  • Gaining confidence is not always the goal. It's simply the by-product of the actions you take.

On public speaking and confidence:

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

The Act to End Poverty is moved through the House of Representatives

The Act to End Poverty is moved through the House of Representatives from Peter Willis on Vimeo.

At 9:15pm, Monday the 31st of May, the Act to End Poverty was moved through the House of Representatives.

Maria Vamvakinou (MP for Calwell), Greg Hunt (Shadow Minister for Climate Action and MP for Flinders) and Mike Symon (MP for Ringwood) spoke.

The Act to End Poverty united 50,000 Australians over the course of the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY Roadtrip campaign. Now it has been endorsed by both parties, in both Houses of Parliament.

More information can be found at: as well as

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Using Web 2.0 and 3D Worlds to enhance accessibility

I have been reading this titled, 'Communicating in virtual worlds through an accessible Web 2.0 solution' by Denise Wood published in the Telecommunications Journal of Australia 2010, Vol. 60, No. 2: 19.1-19.16., and she's been explaining the benefits of web 2.0 and 3D worlds for isolated individuals within our community and how it can be used to reengage them.

It was interesting so I would like to share this with you some of the highlights.

She explains how '3D virtual worlds have the potential to link those who are isolated by disability, geographical location and social circumstances through the establishment of virtual communities. In this way virtual worlds can enable people with disabilities to transcend the limitations of their 'actual lives' through virtual space'. I see this as following through from what Hiliary Clinton mentioned about to potential for each of us to transcend ourselves (...transcends yourself and you will find yourself...), and I see that it is important that they have the opportunity to do so.

So used correctly, it was noted that Web 2.0 and 3D virtual worlds would be able facilitate the following benefits for people with disabilities, such as:
  • Increasing social participation
  • Ensuring equal access to information; and
  • Enhancing teaching and learning.
Why Web 2.0 and social networking are used
There was also a reference to five classes of social software which is important to understand the core reasons that an individual may choose use social networking tools. They are as follows:
  1. Communication;
  2. Sharing
  3. Discovery of old and new contacts
  4. Relationship management
  5. Collaborative or competitive gaming
Although it was noted that there are still accessibility challenges posed by Web 2.0 and 3D virtual worlds, some of these included keyboard accessibility limitations, lack of alternative text for images, and use of fixed font size for text. This is attributed the increasing use of technical web development code (Asynchronous Javascript and XML (AJAX) to create dynamic Web 2.0 pages along with the growth of video content within Web 2.0 sites which 'augments or replaces web content'. These are challenges as users using legacy or slower devices may find it difficult to access this.