Cores and Edges (4)


I have been working on the final part of my AIS Smart Talk presentation.

I have been thinking about optimisation.

I have added these two slides to trigger thoughts about Week 1 in the Olympic program.

The whole program in Rio:


Australia’s medal tally by day of the program:


22 of Australia’s 29 medals at the Games were won in the first eight days of competition.

Cores and Edges (3)


I have completed the draft of my Cores and Edges Smart Talk (to be given at the Australian Institute of Sport on 17 October).

I have added speaker notes for each slide and hope the presentation can be self- explanatory. I am hopeful that if those who are coming to the talk have seen the flipped version of the presentation, the conversation we might have will be vibrant after reflection.

I am using Google Slides for my presentation and a copy can be found here.

The picture for this post is from the Braidwood Times.

Lewis Holland and Charlotte Caslick came back to Braidwood after the Rio Olympics. The Braidwood Times reported “Lewis told the Times that he had ‘2622’ on his suitcase in Rio. He told the students how he had always lived in Braidwood for his schooling, even when he was away training.” The students were able to ask lots of questions of the couple before Charlotte finally produced the gold medal that had been stuffed in her pocket.

2622 is the postal code for Braidwood.

I think it is a perfect image and story with which to discuss cores and edges.

The photograph was taken by Alex Rea.

Cores and Edges 2

I have been working on a presentation for a Smart Talk at the Australian Institute of Sport on 17 October.

I have a structure in place now (48 slides’ worth) and have a storyboard slide to summarise my presentation:



I am gradually adding speaker notes to each slide. I am using Google Slides for the presentation and am sharing it production here as a work in progress.

My note for the storyboard slide is:

This is a storyboard synopsis of my talk. I am hopeful that parallels with the rural fire service, insights from Immanuel Wallerstein and George Kelly will help establish my thoughts about cores and edges. This talk is intended to be a pre-Tokyo conversation about where Australia’s competitive edge might be. I have some suggestions to make about relationships between cores and edges and have some recommendations to make inspired by a diversity of sources.

Today I added some material from John Hagel and John Seely Brown to discuss Edges. I added a note about edges from Katherine Emmons (2009) too:

In the purest artistic sense, without “edges” – a point of contrast where light meets dark – an object (and I would venture, concept) has no form.

Hopefully my presentation can discuss form and Immanuel Wallerstein’s thoughts on “remolding advantage”.

I am keen for the presentation to be shared in advance of the talk so I will need to complete it in the next day or so.