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Keynote Video The Future of Associations

The premise of the keynote is that associations need to tackle the challenges facing them to transform themselves for the future. It outlines a 6-Step Roadmap to Progress, explored in detail in the book The Future of Associations, that forward-thinking Australian associations are embracing. Step 1 Disruption – Associations must evolve if they are to […]

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The Power of Collaboration

The dictionary defines associations and collaboration as one and the same. If an association is a group organised for a joint purpose, or a co-operative link between organisations … and collaboration is working with someone to produce something. How can they be different? How can associations not collaborate? Collaboration is more than engaging members and markets … […]

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Association Case Study – Disruption to Future Focus

The Australian Associations Research Survey revealed that while 100% of associations across 60 sectors say they are being disrupted, 72% admit their ability to innovate is poor or mediocre. In other words, almost three quarters of associations are stuck – they know they are being disrupted and change is happening around them, but are not […]

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The Future of Associations Book is Here

The first book ever written on the Australian association sector is literally hot off the press, and selling fast. Do you want your own copy? Please click the ‘Buy Now’ button opposite. Writing in the book’s Foreword, Brendon Ward CEO of The Australasian Society of Association Executives says: “AuSAE is delighted to publish The Future […]

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The Future of Associations Book Cover

Thanks to the support of AuSAE and hundreds of Australian association leaders, The Future of Associations is ready to go to press. Can you please help us choose a book cover? Cover ‘A’ links disruption and innovation which are two key themes throughout the book, while Cover ‘B’ explicitly outlines the 6-Step Roadmap contained within […]

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Disruption and Innovation

The relationship between disruption and innovation is like Yin and Yang – how opposite forces are actually complementary. You need innovation to create disruption. And there’s nothing like a bit of disruption to force you to innovate against it. Innovation can be either Yin or Yang. Let me explain. Yin is soft, nurturing and sustainable. […]

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Australian Associations Survey Insights

Findings from the Australian Associations National Research Survey announced today reveal that associations are inadequately prepared for the future, but that the threats they face are similar across 60 diverse industry and professional sectors. Government Funding/Policy and Changing Member Needs ranked as the two biggest future threats, followed closely by Increasing Competition with virtually all […]

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What Members Want & How to Engage Them

On its release in 1997, the movie Titanic achieved critical and commercial success, grossing over $2 billion at the box office and winning eleven Oscars. The fate of the ship itself, as we all know, was tragically the polar opposite. Branded unsinkable, the greatest ship ever built powered through iceberg infested waters on its maiden […]

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Old Ways Won’t Open New Doors

After opening in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof held a 10-year record as Broadway’s longest running musical, and is still playing to Australian theatre audiences in 2016. In it, the poor milkman Tevye defiantly sings ‘Tradition!’ to preserve the age old customs of his village against the massive outside forces of change that seek to […]

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What the Association of the Future Looks Like

Commerce is a force to create prosperity. The best corporate sector companies excel at this with efficient governance and operational systems supporting assertive commercial strategies to deliver growth, progress and prosperity to free markets. But unchecked, the downside to this model can be greed: the greed that caused the global financial crisis and the greed […]

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