Public safety – More wholesome boots on the streets

When the light shines bright the darkness dissipates.

Picture taken in Port Hedland, one of the most affluent communities in Australia and it looks like something out of Mad Max.

Love conquers all, tough love at times, love none the less, not data.

The concern with AI, artificial intelligence and a system bent on data, data, data, we are in danger of creating daily sanitised dystopian fuel for the 5 o’clock news.

The greatest intelligence is always heart to heart, eyeballing the issues.

When police cadets sign up to make a difference and all they do is push paper around and get mentored by burnt out frustrated and unhealthy career public servants, what hope do they have.

Boots on the ground, true intelligence by walking the streets, true courageous by protecting the vulnerable and unsuspecting.

The wolf will forever exist, nothing new under the son.

Our cities need shepherds, wholesome boots walking the streets.

We don’t need AI to tell us when the crime happened, we don’t need AI to tell us the suspected profile of the wolf, we need boots on the streets.

Prevention is better than cure.

Leave the AI to the geeks, there’s room for intelligence, geo-decriminalisation hotspots, it’s called wholesome boots on the streets.

Friend of our law enforcers, let them enforce the law impartially and allow the fruit of their work speak.

Safety, peace and joy to every citizen as the wolf fears to tread in the good shepherds domain.

Imagine a network of leaders – Not a leader and a bunch of sheep

Let’s build the smartest cultural city in the world with the aim of making Perth the gateway to Australia.

Smart City Perth is an idea to connect leaders with leaders. It’s not about attracting followers to justify its existence.

It’s definitely not about one person’s agenda or ideology.

The aim is to get initiatives off the ground, unblock bottlenecks to brilliant ideas, find the technicians and resources to deliver and create the Smartest City in the world.

Smart City Perth will attract lots of interest at first as individuals have wasted their own resources to connect with potential business, but they’ll drop off before they even know what Smart City Perth is about to see the benefits of such a network.

No disrespect to any government office. I’ve met with way too many government officials to know, they’re waiting for us. Nothing else needs to be said about government.

The key to sustainability is creating a larger pie, greater opportunity and always adapting to the conditions and I believe this comes from the people.

Smart City Perth wants to unlock the voices of future generations by investing them now.

Smart City Perth doesn’t intend on having a home, it intends on working closely with other networks and brilliant leaders with a similar vision.

Smart City Perth is a movement in the making

The first network Smart City Perth has already connected with is the Swan Chamber of Commerce. They have gone through a turbulent season over the last few years to realign with the current economic and social challenges. With a completely new leadership table and energy, Smart City Perth will easily grow as the Swan Chamber grows, collectively making a difference in the City of Swan’s 1000km2 of geographic opportunity.

Smart City Perth is already drawing the interest of other city councils, business leaders and community groups, we want them to flourish collectively.

Leaders inspiring leaders

Let’s build the smartest cultural city in the world with the aim of making Perth the gateway to Australia.

Creating a national movement locally

‘Stirring the imagination connecting people to possibilities’

The day fear is introduced, the association, business stops growing

The moment you walk in, it’s evident wether you’re welcome or not.

Picture of John Stefanelli Senior sharing some wisdom with young leaders. I thought it would be good to have one of the founders of the Swan Chamber of Commerce some forty years earlier give young people a taste of what it’s like to birth ideas that last decades. Leaders that walk the walk and talk the talk. John spoke only of hope and opportunity and the young leaders lapped it up.

New comers know the vibe if they’re truly welcome and the event or new job is a flop from the onset if the new comer already feels like an outsider.

Rarely will this happen at the launch of a business or community group, it happens when it’s established. People will always be creatures of habit and create clicks after a while and before you know it we become exclusive and death is knocking on the door.

Some organisations are just happy to exist, they forget that feeling of thriving.

If organisations want to stay relevant, they must remain vigilant about being welcoming rather than resorting to fear tactics and recruitment drives.

Faith & fear are both great motivators, faith sees the possibilities and acts accordingly. People of faith in a business or social groups remember their vision and stick to the fundamentals of service to fulfil the vision. People gripped by fear close ranks, stop being liberal, start to become xenophobic and the metaphoric walls of control set in.

It’s been my joy to step into a number of situations where a group has closed ranks, no longer believing the very vision of what the group stands for and slowly but surely assist in dismantling the fear stronghold to introduce faith once again. All the dead wood of that organisation fall off allowing for new life to come in and thrive.

People inspired by faith do two things

1. They invest in people with their own time and resources

2. They speak words of hope and vision into the new comers

People of fear work in the shadows and it’s our duty to bring them back to a place of hope or shine light on their fear tactics so they disappear.

There is never room for complacency if we’re serious about growing dynamic enterprises and equipping the next generation to prosper.

Judge people by the fruit they produce not the rhetoric that comes out of their mouth.

Walking the walk and talking the talk.

Dream Builders Care

A low cost supermarket and cafe in the heart of Midland, Perth Western Australia.

A perfect example of Re-Habitation of Commercial Real Estate.

It’s the moment you meet individuals like Ursula that you begin to appreciate the term ‘Making a difference’

The picture behind Ursula is apt to describe her mother’s heart in all the work she does, working with broken youth.

Always pushing the boundaries, always making the most out of the circumstances, Ursula doesn’t understand ‘It’s not possible’

I walk around the store and facilities before I surprise Ursula that I’m on site and of course, it’s all happening, the place is completely run by volunteers. It’s buzzing with life, a property I’m familiar with, a property always struggling to get the right tenant, until Dream Builders Care rock up.

Ursula is challenging the status quo of opportunity by training those struggling to get a job, those that society doesn’t quite know what to do with.

While sitting in Ursula’s office, a young lady rocks up ready for work, she looks nervous and probably has no idea the lengths Dream Builders Care go through to make her feel normal.

What makes Dream Builders Care Work is nothing short of community collaboration with local property owners, the Stefanelli Family and the vision of leaders like Ursula who invest their time and money giving back to those less fortunate.

Smart City Perth and the Swan Chamber of Commerce celebrate individuals and companies that know the value of giving back. I look forward to sharing ongoing stories of lives being transformed as a result of mixing business with social impact over the coming months.

If you’d like to know more on how to invest and get involved with Dream Builders Care, Midland, check out their website by clicking onto the logo and contact them direct.

Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons

I know nothing about prisons, the workings of a criminal mind or how the systems of incarceration facilities operate to minimise recidivism. What I do know is, we can dramatically change the current outcomes by introducing a consciousness of moral law.

An intelligent young man living on the streets. I bought him breakfast in exchange for his story, 4 am in the PERTH CBD – He’s been in and out of prisons and will continue the cycle unless his life is disrupted in a wholesome way.

The most basic method of group thought and group control is routine. Routine has the ability to manipulate and manufacture a semblance of order while the storms brew in the souls of individuals.

This is true of a home, school or workplace that is considered strict for the sake of order rather than dovetail discipline (order) and develop personal awareness for an individual’s ability to make free will choices.

There comes a time where the natural order of things reveal themselves. Parents feel the grief of ‘The rebellious years’, schools like the workplace can control a person as long as the person has the appetite for higher learning or the incentives of a job outweigh an unhealthy workplace culture. In all these areas there is still a relative amount of freedom.

Prisons however don’t offer any privilege of freedom by its very definition. A person is there to be punished for a crime and to be rehabilitated by order of the state. If the prison system has narrow room for the most the most fundamental of human motivation, to love and be loved, routine alone feeds toxicity. The current silos model of prison systems leaves little room for character development.

To bring a healthy change within a prison can only come from two areas.

  1. The leadership/ management team of a prison must be disrupted to believe change is possible. They must be governed by personal convictions of character. They must exhibit authenticity rather than give over to lip service and compliance. Most importantly leaders/ managers must know what it is to love and to be loved.
  2. Prisoners must have their conscience awakened and influenced by Moral Law. Obedience to Moral Law unlike obedience to routine alone is what sparks freedom even in confinement. Creating an entry level for prisoners to experience Moral Law can be birthed through Motivation Talks delivered by impartial individuals that are independent of prison management and the prisoner. I call these unique characters Corporate Hippies, these are the modern day elders and sages.

The ultimate aim of any prison is to keep society safe and to deliver consequences to those that threaten social peace and order. It’s in the best interest of any society to create a prison culture that prepares individuals to reintegrate back into society in the hope that they never return to confinement. The transition back into society must be coupled with organisations that embrace Moral Law as a fundamental motivator leading individuals to full acceptance and restoring dignity.

A new wholesome culture must be introduced deliberately in order to keep the management and staff healthy and the obvious effect triggers change among prisoners.

Prisons are a compelling opportunity to invest in those who are in the care of the state, it also reveals the attitude of the state.

Moral Law cuts through every unhealthy culture, belief system and empty rhetoric. Smart Cities don’t hide this part of society, they highlight every fiber of the fabric of what makes for a healthy city.

They say if it ain’t broke, don’t touch it. Unfortunately, the current prison systems are broken and the blame rests on society if it doesn’t introduce new methods to bring wholesome change.

Why prisons? – It’s a compelling opportunity to develop Smart Prisons

Off the beaten track – Paths that sharpen a leader’s senses

There is something disturbing about the silence of an unchartered track, especially when we make the shift from the safe path to the unknown.

While most people can get frustrated by routine, rarely will they give it up in order to explore possibilities.

The day we launch our new business and open the doors, the anxiety or gut wrenching feeling until the first customer buys our goods and services.

The day we invest our money until the day we see the return can be unsettling.

Pioneering a new idea has moments of silence where we question our ability to pull off what’s in our heart.

It’s in the silence of a new direction that a creative mindset takes place and our inner voice becomes very distinct.

Silence in uncharted territory is where the magic happens, it’s where the new song gets written that has a melody that no one has ever heard.

Avoid the temptation to talk about the struggles too much during those silent periods especially with others that can’t see or feel what you do. Their good intentions will feed your fear of failure.

There are still too many ideas that haven’t been realised and the world is waiting for pioneers to stick to the off beaten tracks until the silence is broken.

A Smart City masterpiece and an end of tribalism

The moment someone leaves an organisation, family, job, club, it’s like leaving a tribe. There is a primitive mechanism that kicks in, the tribe regroups and isolates those who are seen as the defectors.

Having the courage to be inclusive is a sign of enlightenment and an end to primitive tribalism.

Tribes survive with us or without us and have done for thousands of years, they live on and maintain themselves. Tribes have an ability to adapt and build walls of distinction, us and them.

I’ve been a part of three distinct tribes in my life, a Greek/Macedonian family tribe, an orthodox religious tribe and a corporate business tribe, all displaying the same characteristics.

All three tribes tried to define me and when I couldn’t conform, each tribe isolated me ignorantly for their very survival.

The very idea of belonging to a specific tribe gives the tribe its meaning, be it good or bad.

Breaking free from the us and them mentality to be inclusive of all tribes to create a Smart City masterpiece would be a type of heaven on earth.

Who wouldn’t in there right mind want a taste of heaven here on earth, a place filled with peace, prosperity and hope for generations to come.

Over two thousand years ago a political and religious prisoner on an island was ostracised for his beliefs had an incredible revelation of what heaven would be like and I’ll paraphrase ~ ‘It’s a place that includes every tribe and language from the four corners of the earth, an innumerable number of people who were held accountable to the wisdom of the ages’

I’ve had the privilege of travelling extensively to many parts of the world and communicating with so many people groups. I’m convinced that we are all conditioned by tribalism and yet there is an inner voice of conscience that seeks to be free from the us and them mentality.

Imagine building a city, a truly smart city with all the bells and whistles of technology that embraces the idea of inclusivity. Accomodating every people group, a multicultural, multigenerational city championing what it is to be human and each being answerable to our God given conscience.

I believe PERTH has the makings of a truly world class Smart City masterpiece if we have the courage to be inclusive, embrace difference and celebrate the tapestry of diversity.

Over the last five years I had the privilege of consulting within a construction company as a Chaplain/ Mentor. The company was represented by over sixty nationalities and their flags were raised around the head office site. Each person’s ability to be part of a great company didn’t mean to deny their tribe and culture. The company who is led by a philosophical managing director invites colleagues to add the best part of their tribe and culture to create a smarter and more wholesome company as long as they hold themselves accountable to do what is right.

Perth’s in a privileged part of the world where our nations laws are continually developing to accommodate such opportunities, that has not yet been experienced in the history of man.

Smart City Perth challenges tribalism at its worst and encourages distinction of identity at its best.

I’m a proud Greek/Macedonian/Australian who endeavours to live by two laws, to love God with all my heart and mind and soul, held answerable to conscience and to love my neighbor like I love myself.

If I can achieve a token of the above, I have little room for the us and them mentality.

The urbanism migration predicts that 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities, we have the opportunity to build a Smart City Masterpiece on our doorstep.