Led by Professor A J Brown of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy at Griffith University, Whistling While They Work 2 is focussed on whistleblowing in the public interest and has a research team drawn from 4 universities with 5 partner organisations in Australia and New Zealand. It's an Australian Research Council funded Linkage Project and the world's largest current research project into whistleblowing. It aims to improve managerial responses to whistleblowing in public and private sector organisations and organisations with 10 or more employees can participate. The general findings, lessons and best practice models emerging from the research will be available for free to all participating organisations. http://www.whistlingwhiletheywork.edu.au
Tonight I went to a presentation by The newDemocracy Foundation who are using citizen juries to help councils make better decisions by getting randomly selected members of the local public to debate an issue, similar to how decisions were made when democracy started in Greece. Their latest project is how to tackle obesity health issues!
Australia led the world in mandating plain packaging for tobacco in 2012. It also requires warnings on packs. The warning on the side of this pack says "The toxic chemicals in tobacco smoke can go everywhere that your blood flows, causing harm all over your body". This year the British Medical Journal published results of separate studies on the impact of plain packaging on the public indicating the laws were producing positive health outcomes.
I was given this hand crafted Apolis shopping bag for Christmas. The brand is clever because it appeals to people with a social conscience and has a B (Benefit) rating. http://www.apolisglobal.com . A BCorp is a new type of company that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems - they use business as a force for good.