HUB Chats are a series of monthly presentations to inform, stimulate discussion, and prompt action within which our community is encouraged to put forward their vision and views.
A comprehensive, publicly accessible space where people hear from key national and international presenters and in turn have their say on the processes and decisions that will shape and determine the future of The Bellarine.
The focus is on inspirational, visionary leadership built around clearly established values and principles and aimed at enhancing the skill, experience, and accountability at both community and local government levels – noble aspirations but unapologetically fundamental for our future.
They represent the active forums of HUB Bellarine, a digital platform for community engagement, and will cover topics ranging through social, cultural, environmental and financial interests where you manage the consultation process with quantifiable outcomes rather than being just a series of ongoing chats with no actionable outcomes.
The monthly community panel will ensure the connection is maintained and strengthened through the frequency and diversity of use – designed to build an ongoing, engaged community with ownership of and accountability for the outcomes.
HUB Chats are to –
· Encourage and enable our community to identify and raise projects and /or issues for regular consultation through the process of open discussion.
· Enable community feedback on multiple projects and issues and provide for multiple feedback options through one online consultation.
· Ensure an increase of the demographic diversity of participants thus an overall improved level of community participation.
· Create a sense of immediacy through the monthly on-line consultations within a limited time frame.
· Build a strong rapport between community and Council through the capability and involvement of the project team key staff and community input.
The first of the series, run over a six month period, will commence Wednesday April 15th starting at 7.00pm until 8.00pm, at the Potato Shed, Drysdale, here on The Bellarine.
For registration and further details, go to either Facebook HUB Bellarine or www.hubbellarine.com
HUB Bellarine …. Introduction 21 December,2014
We believe people should be included in the processes and decisions that both shape and determine their present and future. Those with passion for the issues at hand should always be allowed and encouraged into the tent to have their conversations heard and respected.
As such, this brand new Website platform – hubbellarine.com – has been created to provide a readily available forum within which our community is encouraged to put forward their vision and views on topical issues. In other words, a comprehensive, publicly available space within which which people like yourselves, living on and visiting The Bellarine region, are able to have their say.
What this Website platform is designed to achieve –
The range of issues is broad and covered under the following headings – Community Elements / Infrastructure / Projects / Localities.
Each month the key topics will be highlighted for your reference along with information and pointers as to where the past and present feedback is recorded.
This concept and strategy is vastly different to Facebook, Instagram, twitter, etc. - you manage the consultation process, with quantifiable outcomes, rather than just a series of ongoing chats with no actionable outcomes.
It will provide capacity for specific topic based, online consultations as well as for private panel and focus group consultations.
Overall, the monthly community panel will ensure the connection is maintained and strengthened through the frequency and diversity of use – designed to build an ongoing, engaged community with ownership of and accountability for the outcomes.
The HUB Suggestions category is there for your further input on how best this valuable platform may be further structured and shaped to improve its purpose.
Start now and Register on hubbellarine.com – the Registration column to the right of the page.
By Channtal Fleischfresser | March 18, 2013, 3:10 AM PDT
On a recent trip to Shenzhen, China, a group of MIT students discovered that you can buy a cell phone there for as little as $10. While the cost of mobile phones has continued to decrease over time, the fact that you can buy a gadget that can make phone calls and send text messages (and has a working battery) for that price is pretty astonishing. The head of MIT’s Media Lab, Joi Ito, reckons that these are likely the world’s cheapest phones.
A $10 price tag means that virtually anyone in the world can afford a mobile phone. Moreover, in parts of the world where basic phones are still more predominant than the “smart” variety gaining steam in the developed world, local infrastructure makes these gadgets more powerful than even smartphones in rich countries.
In Kenya, more than 30 percent of its GDP is fueled by M-Pesa, a mobile payments system that operates via text message. (See a video about M-Pesa here.) Though they may make life easier, smartphones in developed countries have not yet become anywhere near as important to driving economic growth.
Despite the rapid proliferation of smartphones in many countries, basic mobile phones still account for the majority of those used around the world. And given the tremendous economic possibilities for mobile payment systems to create economic growth, perhaps the most basic, cheapest cell phone might make it the world’s most useful.
Photo: Flickr/Erik Hersman
via [Quartz] Extract from: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/the-10-cell-phone-has-arrived-and-with-it-economic-opportunity/
By Mari Silbey | March 13, 2013, 2:05 AM PDT
A significant percentage of American consumers have no wired broadband connection at home, relying instead on smartphones to connect to the Internet. If the trend continues, it heralds a substantial near-term change in Internet access patterns.
John Horrigan, a vice president at the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, says an estimated 7 percent of U.S. consumers already are dependent on smartphones for Internet access.
That number may not sound high, but if the growth at all parallels the shift from landline voice service to cellphones across American households, the access market could be on the cusp of radical change.
A report published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in December found that more than one-third of households were cellphone-only for voice service as of the first half of 2012, the latest period for which data are available.
There are plenty of reasons to expect a continued rise in wireless-only broadband consumers, too.
More people are buying smartphones. The analyst firm International Data Corporation (IDC) projects that vendors will ship 918.6 million smartphones in 2013, an amount that takes total smartphone shipments past those of feature phones for the first time.
And wired service is expensive. A report by the Federal Communications Commission notes that the average cost of a standalone broadband plan advertising speeds of between 5 and 15 megabits per second is $44 per month in the United States.
At the same time, telecommunications companies are prioritizing investments in wireless broadband service over wired. Verizon has virtually stopped its FiOS fiber-to-the-home deployments, and AT&T is in the process of phasing out its copper-based DSL business.
While paying for one broadband service as a consumer is cheaper than paying for both home and mobile Internet access, the wireless-only option has its disadvantages.
Horrigan, who contributed to the U.S. government’s 2010 National Broadband Plan for improving Internet access across the U.S., says people do a narrower range of activities online when connecting from a phone. The smaller screen size and slower speeds factor into that reality but so, too, do mobile data caps. Limits on monthly mobile Internet usage are drastically more restrictive than the limits on usage for fixed broadband connections. Many mobile data plans cap users at two gigabytes per month, while in contrast, Comcast, the largest Internet service provider (ISP) in the United States, currently sets a ceiling of 300 gigabytes per month for home broadband subscribers.
Horrigan believes that if the wireless trend continues, it will inevitably lead to new broadband business models.
“My hunch going forward, aside from data caps, is people will — whatever means they go online — more than likely, people are going to want to have the opportunity to experience Internet on screens larger than smartphone screens today. And I think consumer preferences are going to drive service offerings in that directions, and I think … we should probably be thinking in terms of the multiplicity of access devices people may have as opposed to just having one tablet, or a laptop, or ultimately a smartphone… Given the multiplicity of devices, it is going to have to be a fairly unconstrained way of providing service.”
What Horrigan is suggesting is that providers will have to come up with a solution that affords wireless-only users the ability to do more online than their current mobile plans allow.
There’s a tremendous upside to mobile broadband service, including the potential to make Internet access more broadly available to the public.
However, it’s far from a technology panacea, and it could lead to a new type of digital divide; one where some users enjoy premium Internet service, and the rest make do with the limitations of a wireless connection.
Image credit: vernieman’s Flickr photo stream
Courtesy of: http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/report/growth-in-wireless-only-subscribers-heralds-changes-for-internet-access
Friday, 08 March 2013 10:35
The latest updates to Facebook’s News Feed are not only crucial progress from the company as it faces more competitors, but a call to action for SMEs, experts warn.
With more emphasis on photographs and the ability for users to divide their News Feeds into separate categories, social media experts are now saying combining your updates with larger, high quality photographs is more important than ever.
The change – which incorporates elements from other networks such as Google+ – is also set to possibly make Facebook advertising more appealing.
“The majority of people using Facebook are on mobile devices and so visual is definitely the key,” warns CP Communications head Catriona Pollard.
“And that goes for personal pages and company pages as well. Status updates which have images or that are visually appealing tend to get shared more than ones which don’t have images.”
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage last night to announce one of the biggest updates to the Facebook News Feed in its history.
The announcement is significant – the News Feed is the heart of the Facebook product. This is not only where users see updates on posts, comments and their friends’ activity, but it’s also where company status updates are posted.
More importantly, the News Feed is a space advertisers value most.
“What we’re trying to do is give everyone in the world the best personalised newspaper,” Zuckerberg said. He’s referring to the ability to now separate News Feeds based on content.
Users can now switch between feeds for photographs, music, links, and friends’ activity. You can also read a specific News Feed just for updates from companies you’ve “liked”, which means every post a business makes now has to stand out even more.
Zuckerberg was very clear to draw a line between the types of posts shared by our friends, and from publications. Users can even make more lists of their own.
The update will be brought to mobile as well, so users will be able to view categories of News Feed updates on the go.
But the biggest update businesses need to worry about is pictures. Now, posts which feature pictures are given more prominence on the News Feed by increasing in size. Pictures were already the premium way to share content, ad users are more likely to share a visual than text-based message, but now, experts say, it’s even more important.
“The posts that are the ones which get the most reads and most clicks are those that have an image which relate to the story, and have some content that relates to what the article is about,” Pollard says.
When publications and businesses post a photo, the text is no longer posted separately. Now, the text is put on top of the photo, which makes snappy, more interesting captions all the more relevant.
The update is big news for advertisers, whose ads will be much bigger on the News Feed. With Facebook struggling to increase its mobile revenue, this may be a way of clawing more cash from the smartphone format.
The takeaway here for SMEs is how they can make their content more engaging. If businesses are already updating fans with rich, creative content, they shouldn’t stop, but simply try to find ways to marriage that content with high-quality images.
And if businesses are thinking of advertising, now’s the time to jump in. Bigger images may make the ads more effective.
“Ultimately, it’s all about the advertisers,” says Pollard. “The visual stuff is good for the users, but ultimately, the question for Facebook is how it can make that content more engaging.”
Friday, 08 March 2013 10:20
Consumers using tablets now drive more traffic to websites than smartphone users, according to new figures from Adobe.
However, the figures, posted on Adobe’s digital marketing blog, also show that a remarkable 84% of traffic comes from desktop and laptop PCs, compared to 7% from smartphones and 8% from tablets.
However, Adobe’s figures also appear to show that the US and UK appear to be leading the trend, with Australian tablet traffic falling slightly under the amount of traffic sent by smartphones.
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This set of inspirational thoughts for the New Year will galvanize you into action.
At the start of every year, I create a list of quotes to guide and inspire me for the next 12 months. Here are the quotes I’ve selected for 2013:
1. "Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements." Napoleon Hill
2. "The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear." Brian Tracy
3. "Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get." Dale Carnegie
4. "Obstacles are necessary for success because in selling, as in all careers of importance, victory comes only after many struggles and countless defeats." Og Mandino
5. "A real decision is measured by the fact that you’ve taken a new action. If there’s no action, you haven’t truly decided." Tony Robbins
6. "If you can’t control your anger, you are as helpless as a city without walls waiting to be attacked." The Book of Proverbs
7. A mediocre person tells. A good person explains. A superior person demonstrates. A great person inspires others to see for themselves." Harvey Mackay
8. "Freedom, privileges, options, must constantly be exercised, even at the risk of inconvenience." Jack Vance
9. "Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live." Jim Rohn
10. "You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." Zig Ziglar
11. "The number of times I succeed is in direct proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying." Tom Hopkins
12. "You have everything you need to build something far bigger than yourself." Seth Godin
The survey is available at www.fasterbroadband.com.au
The survey will provide important information to the Coalition about the speed of existing broadband in Australian cities, suburbs, towns and regions.
We want every Australian to have faster broadband sooner and more affordably.
Many suburbs and towns are inadequately served by existing fixed line and mobile broadband. But Labor’s NBN is not the answer. It reduces competition, will increase the monthly cost of broadband and is, for many Australian households, many years in the future.
The Government originally promised 511,000 households would be on the NBN fibre network by next June. But despite providing billions of dollars to the NBN, Labor now admits the real number will be just 54,000 – after almost six years in office!
So Australians have every reason to be suspicious about the Government’s promises of improved broadband. And it is households and businesses in those areas where broadband is poorest that have been hit hardest by Labor’s delays.
Our commitment is to fast-track upgrades in these areas and roll out the NBN according to need rather than politics.
In contrast, the Labor NBN has not prioritized better broadband for inadequately served areas. It will not reach some Australians until the 2020s. And it will increase prices: the NBN business plan states that the monthly revenues it earns from each customer will triple between now and 2021.
The Coalition has a better plan. We will encourage competition instead of stamping it out, and leverage existing infrastructure to complete upgrades sooner. We will ensure families have more choice and pay less for their monthly internet bill.
We urge all Australians to complete the broadband survey to help us ensure better broadband is available across the nation sooner, and those who need upgrades the most get it first.