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the big picture

Posted by on May 8, 2013 in Bureau Thoughts | Comments Off

From a moving plane.

Between the beauty and chaos of intense bureau ‘meetings’ of particular places, there is a little more time to look at the big picture. (I find the view from a plane gives you a rather broad scope..) Like in life, between meetings, we are sometimes more able to ponder the bigger questions that enter our heads. Maybe dwell a little longer, think of things from a different perspective. A friend of the bureau was musing earlier in the year what a difference it makes when you have a view of nature from your house to wake up to and contemplate before the day starts. It also seems that daylight, air quality and seeing stars really can shift our minds into new and more exploratory territory. Here are a few questions going around the bureau which we have no concrete answers to, but are always seeking to address. Please get your fresh air, natural view and sense of adventure ready as some of them are big ones.

What is art?

What is community?

What is engagement?

How do we forge true connections with each other as humans?

Is there anything more important than true connections with others?

If you have any more to add or some answers to the questions above, feel free to post them below.

Asking the big questions,

Yours truly,

The A.B.W.



A few observations from the 12th National Rural Health Conference

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off





12th National Rural Health Conference – Beginnings

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

The ABW hard at it on their latest assignment.  Day 1 of a 3 day conference, at the end of which we will present our findings.

The A.B.W. Meets the 12th National Rural Health Conference

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

From the 7th – 10th of April we will be attending the 12th National Rural Health Conference in Adelaide.  Over 3 days we will be meeting people, conducting worthiness research and presenting our findings at the final plenary presentation to around 1000 people at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  We are excited to be part of this event and even more excited to further compress our rapid work model!

Here’s a link to the conference-



Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in I Met Falls Festival | Comments Off

The A.B.W. received an invitation from the Falls Festival to attend their 2013/13 New Year’s event and report back.

Unfortunately, in this case, not all members of the Bureau were able to attend.

However, our intrepid, inimitable Emma Beech took on this adventure solo style, undertaking the task with characteristic determination and commitment.   Here are some of her findings.


Australian Bureau of Worthiness – I Met Falls Festival from James Dodd on Vimeo.


Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in I met Goolwa | Comments Off

Australian Bureau of Worthiness – Goolwa from James Dodd on Vimeo.

This is a little video summary of our wonderful experience in Goolwa.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!



Posted by on Mar 22, 2013 in Uncategorized | Comments Off

Aloha blog friends!

Yes, there has been a little gap in output here.  Rest assured that is only because we have been extremely busy with various other projects and consolidating our plans for world domination.  Stay tuned for some juicy content soon!


Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in I Met Falls Festival | Comments Off

Emma found these people on New Years Eve at the Falls pretending to be running the Bureau after she came back from a break.

What makes your year worth it?

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Bureau Thoughts | Comments Off

What makes your year worth it?

So it is that time of year when questions begin to surface about the year that has been- the year to come- and people reflect and project about their lives and the lives of those around them.

Some among us may even be focussing on what has made our year worth it.

Personal achievements, contributions to a cause, forging connections with new people, maintaining healthy relationships may feature among those thoughts.

On the flip side, what is it that we feel has wasted the year- made it not worth it?

Goals not fulfilled, fallings out with those we care about, time spent worrying, things we’ve said or done we wish we hadn’t?

I decided on the weekend I would make my Christmas presents this year *spolier for those receiving a gift this year* and went out to buy 8kg of tomatoes, 45 birdseye chillies and some jars to begin the relish making process… 15 hours of cooking time later I was starting to wonder if I shouldn’t have just ordered books online for everyone. Was this time really worth spending on something that may not taste that great? What if it tasted horrible and I had spent so long and nothing to show for it?

Sometimes it feels like our question at the bureau is hard to answer- What makes your day worth it? Sometimes it can be easier to think of what has made your year worth it, your month worth it or even your week…

I know us at the Bureau think about these things a lot- and we’d love to hear more of your ideas about worthiness now and in the new year.

Until then, let’s hope the relish tastes good!






Posted by on Dec 3, 2012 in Uncategorized | 1 comment


As a little residue of our recent meeting of Goolwa we have produced a little 16 page zine.

You can view a PDF at the link below and if you ask nicely we might even send you a hard copy.

I Met Goolwa Zine v2 lo res