The 7th and 8th thinking hats

The ‘six thinking hats’ promoted by Dr Edward deBono will be familiar to most people, along with the concept that governing boards should make use of these to explore the full range of perspectives when making significant strategic or policy decisions. This post suggests that some other thinking hats may warrant consideration, but first let’s… Continue reading The 7th and 8th thinking hats

Governance for Grown-ups

As long as a story involves magical beings, hidden treasures and/or an heroic journey, children are rapt and fully engaged. As soon as a storyteller shifts the focus to moral instruction, their eyes glaze over and they seek other engagements. The rewards of work and responsibility are not generally appreciated, and the benefits of building… Continue reading Governance for Grown-ups

Evidence for Good

The UK-based Alliance for Useful Evidence has recently published two new resources that will be of interest to all not-for-profit organisations, but especially to those involved in public policy advocacy. The first relates to their goal that “Decision-makers in government and civil society routinely make appropriate use of high quality evidence to inform strategy, policy and practice“. … Continue reading Evidence for Good

Learning from others’ mistakes Part 8 – RSL Victoria

ABC News reported yesterday that RSL Victoria has joined its counterparts in NSW, Queensland, South Australia and RSL National (see earlier posts in this series), with the ACNC finding that it failed to meet a number of key governance standards. The standards concerned in this instance were: ensuring a charity has operated on a not-for-profit basis… Continue reading Learning from others’ mistakes Part 8 – RSL Victoria

Social license to operate an NFP entity

While The Age article by Louise White ‘CSIRO is tackling corporate trust issue, starting with mining‘ (18/6) is mainly about how mining companies can more effectively engage with communities affected by their proposed developments, it spurred me to have another look at the concept of the ‘social license to operate’ (SLO) as it applies to… Continue reading Social license to operate an NFP entity

Privacy, and IT governance

An article by WA lawyer Marcus Hodge last week highlighted the tension between the recently implemented mandatory data breach notification requirements, and the decision we will each need to make over the coming months regarding whether or not to opt out of Australia’s My Health Record system. The central storage of health record summaries for… Continue reading Privacy, and IT governance

Learning from others’ mistakes Part 7 – RSL charities’ enforceable ACNC undertakings

This post updates the status of ACNC compliance action against RSL NSW and RSL LIfecare, previously highlighted in Part 3 of this series on Learning from Others’ Mistakes. An ACNC Media Release issued on 15 May, advises as follows: “The enforceable undertaking between the ACNC and RSL NSW is in response to serious issues the ACNC… Continue reading Learning from others’ mistakes Part 7 – RSL charities’ enforceable ACNC undertakings