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I was running late. By the time the presentation was underway, the foyer was deserted so I was left to slink into the back of the auditorium where I lingered awkwardly at the bottom of the stands. After a few minutes hovering, I was urged to sit down so I did the climb of shame past more punctual audience members, finally finding a seat that was not too close and not too far from the next person in the rows. Personal space matters, after all. None of this sounds particularly unusual for an in-person event but what makes it novel is that I was

The start of a new financial year is upon us, and while most of us are likely to have been preoccupied with tax returns and EOFY sales, it was a busy month for the political news cycle. The new Albanese Government has settled in, and politicians of all stripes have finally returned to Canberra, giving the public its first official look at the how the 47th Parliament might operate. Most eyes were following the Prime Minister in Europe as he met foreign leaders for the first time, including Canada’s Justin Trudeau, who saved himself from embarrassment after momentarily forgetting Anthony Albanese’s name. However,

At Cannings Purple, we have the privilege of working on a range of stakeholder engagement projects, which gives us a unique insight into industry trends. And this year is shaping up to be the year of stakeholder research. More than any other year in recent memory, our clients in public service and industry are coming to us to conduct research projects to gain insight into stakeholder perceptions, and advice on how best to address results. While the research projects have varied significantly, there are key concepts that should be considered and planned for before embarking on a stakeholder research program. Who are the stakeholders

It might be hard to remember a time before emojis. Dubbed the ‘world’s fastest growing language,’ emojis have integrated themselves into our daily communication at rapid speed. Emojis, the term which combines the Japanese words for "picture" (e) and "character" (moji), have transformed the way we communicate digitally. As of mid-2015, half of all comments on Instagram featured an emoji, with the popularity of complementing words with small pictures continuing to rise. Midway through 2022, emojis are starting to be featured heavily in professional communications, raising questions around whether their use is appropriate. New emojis arrive every year and many have evolved to have