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Where to now?

January 17, 2020 | 0 Comments

As quickly as the world came together, it seems, has the world moved on.  Is it just me, or did it seem like for months, many of us, and certainly most of the world, was ignoring the fires. Feeling empathy for those people affected, certainly, but then a few weeks ago – WOOSH! Everybody in the world decided this was …

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Will you stand for what you believe in, no matter the cost? (The Infamous Town Hall)

January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

I know a couple of people who would have seen this post and seen this subject and thought “oh, no, André don’t!” I had a really pivotal moment during my time as CEO at Vinomofo.  It was about three years ago – remember the time when the first marriage equality plebiscite was being talked about? …

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How can we help?

January 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

It struck me today that half the nation is putting sunscreen on to stop from burning, the other half is fleeing for their lives. What a helpless, hopeless, surreal, confusing time this is for those of us not in the path of these fires. What an apocalyptic, horrific thing for those of you who are. …

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Okay Universe

January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Okay Universe, Bring to me what I need to lead this, And I won’t let you down. Help me to build this So we can help the world. I won’t let you down.” This, I have decided, shall be my mantra.This, I have decided, I shall say each morning before I rise.This, I have decided. …

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The muse

December 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

There is a school of thought that says that creativity, genius – it’s not in us. It’s in the sky, in the universe, and we, if we’re lucky, get sometimes to be vessels, if we’re open to it. Conduits.  And only for a while.  We don’t so much draw it from inside, burrow down and …

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What would you rather?

December 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

My kids like to play this game called “what would you rather”. They like to play it in the car, in a restaurant, anywhere. And it usually immediately follows a statement from me like “okay, that’s enough screentime, phones away, let’s just talk”. It’s a simple concept, you might well be familiar with it. Goes …

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December 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

… is ever present. It’s a more than a weight, it’s just what the name probably stems from – a press, crushing you from all sides… It can make you unsettled, anxious, panicky (can anyone explain to me why panicky is spelled with a ‘k”? You’re welcome for the release valve)… It’s the need for …

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The Köln Concert

December 9, 2019 | 1 Comment

January 24th, in 1975 in Köln, Germany, one of the most extraordinary stories in music, and indeed in life, played out. Seventeen year-old student and part-time promoter Vera Brandes had booked this young African American prodigious pianist, Keith Jarrett, to play a concert after the opera that night. The audience was high society, and included …

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Just you

November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

What if you could show up, anywhere, as just you? Not Superyou, just you. No guard, no mask, no filter. Even the weird bits that nobody really knows. Dare you.

The Painter

November 11, 2019 | 4 Comments

I have a story to share with you. Last night I was out for dinner, great restaurant, I was sitting in the window booth eating, and outside the window, a man came up and gestured to me. He had a painting in his hand. And he was waving for me to come outside. Now, as …

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