CEO update | October 2020 | Announcing the launch of Member Connect and other updates
I am excited to announce that, in late November, we will launch Member Connect, a private online community for you to connect, engage, and learn with fellow Resolution Institute members. The new platform includes features such as:
- Discussions — you will have the ability to communicate, collaborate and connect on important topics with fellow members, outside of events and email. You will have the ability to connect with a much wider group of members at the click of a button!
- Resource sharing — you can attach documents, videos, tools and resources to discussions and a dedicated library. These documents are all searchable so you can access them anytime and anywhere.
- Advice, questions and answers — reach out to your peers for profession-related questions and advice, or alternatively share your knowledge and experience by answering a peer’s question.
- Blogs — share your professional journey, research or other topics of interest with other members by creating a blog
We currently have some of our PDG and committee members testing the platform in an ‘early adopter community’; feedback from this testing will help us to improve and streamline the platform and iron out any teething issues. The early adopter community already has a number of threads and I can’t help but get excited about the potential of this platform when we launch.
As many members may be aware, the Australian Attorney General’s Department has recently published an announcement and consultation paper regarding Australia signing the Singapore Convention on Mediation. This convention is significant for the international dispute resolution community and highlights the importance of mediation. Signing the treaty has many advantages for Australia, and the uptake of the convention has been broad with 53 nations having already signed the treaty, including many of Australia’s largest trading partners. Understandably, it’s a topic that many members are passionate about. I would encourage members to share their views with us so we can represent the views of our members in the Resolution Institute submission, and to also make an individual submission to emphasise the importance of this treaty to government.
If you would like to send your feedback to us for inclusion in the Resolution Institute submission, please review the consultation paper here, and send your views to me or Andrew.firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 11 November 2020.
As I write this, the team are currently in the Sydney office in the final stages of packing in preparation for moving the office out of the Sydney CBD to our new premises in Chatswood. Our new office space will reflect an enhanced brand profile, allow us to reopen the office and work in a COVID-19 safe way, supporting staff to work more flexibly benefiting both Resolution Institute and staff personally. This will enhance our culture by supporting the individual needs of staff, whilst at the same time meeting the needs of our members and stakeholders.
The moving process will take place over the next two weeks and we will re-open at our new location Tuesday 17th November. Our business, including website, email, and telephones, will be fully operational during the moving process.
Finally, I would like to remind you that we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 24 November 2020, commencing at 4pm AEDT. Given the current restrictions that have been introduced as a result of COVID-19, the 2020 AGM will be predominately held as a virtual meeting. For more information please click here.