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Melbourne’s best-in-nation social distancing crushed the virus

Victoria has recorded 55 new cases in the last seven days – fewer than NSW, which has recorded 61. However, almost half of NSW’s cases were from overseas travellers. All of Victoria’s cases are local.

While Victoria’s caseload was similar, Professor McCaw cautioned there was less “confidence” in local data than in NSW’s figures, which have been low for a long time.

Waiting to stabilise numbers while also making gradual changes to observe their impact remained the sensible approach, “even if I think a little more could have been announced today”, he said.

Professor McCaw’s Doherty Institute-led team has found only minor breaches of Victoria’s many restrictions in the past month of a lockdown that has lasted more than 100 days.

“There has been a very, very gentle, slight decline in compliance with the 1.5-metre rule and things like that over the last month. It’s marginal,” he said. “There are signs of a bit of lockdown fatigue. That may also be that the weather is nicer.”

Professor McCaw said Premier Daniel Andrews’ move on Sunday to ease some lockdown restrictions while keeping hospitality closed for at least another week was “a rational and principled approach. It is just an incredibly cautious one.”

After the state’s fifth day with fewer than 10 new cases, Mr Andrews on Sunday moved to expand Melburnians’ travel bubble to 25 kilometres and allow up to 10 people to gather outside.

Writing in The Age, Professor Catherine Bennett and a team of epidemiologists argue there was no justification for maintaining a 25-kilometre travel limit, maintaining that improved contact tracing removes “the need for hard borders or limits on movement”.

Other experts agreed the 25-kilometre limit served little purpose. “I don’t see any real strong reason for a limit at all,” said Professor McCaw.

Associate Professor Hassan Vally from La Trobe University said the rule did not directly stop the virus spreading.

“What spreads the virus is people coming into contact with each other. If people follow the rules, you could say maybe we don’t need that sort of travel restriction.”

Hospitality will have to wait at least another week before it can reopen – a decision that drew furious outcry from a disappointed business lobby.

Mr Andrews said all the decisions were based on public health advice.

“The science is driving us,” he said.

But epidemiologists told The Age the science offered no clear rules on what restrictions should be eased first. “There is no right answer to any of this,” said Professor Vally.

Restaurants, cafes and retail pose much greater risks because they often involve people spending prolonged time indoors, experts say.

The virus spreads about 20 times more easily inside and super-spreader events happen almost-exclusively indoors.

Professor Vally said restrictions could have been eased further.

“I personally think we can afford to come out a bit quicker than this. What we have seen in the last few days, one or two cases, I see no reason why that won’t continue throughout the week. And the people who tested positive today, they probably got infected about a week ago. They could have released the shackles a bit more.”

NSW’s restrictions remain far less onerous than Victoria’s.

The state allows up to 20 people to visit a home. Restaurants and pubs are open, with the NSW government on Friday easing capacity limits even further.

Outdoor events can have up to 500 people. The state recently opened up its borders to tourists from New Zealand for the first time.

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the new Netflix documentary turning teens off social media

“It just makes you want to stop and throw your phone in the bin it’s so eye-opening.”

The documentary premiered at Sundance Film Festival early this year but hit Netflix this month and is trending online and among parents who have long worried about the impact social media has on kids’ self-esteem.

In it, many of the co-creators of global platforms including Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and others reveal they are so concerned about the harms of social media that they ban or severely restrict their kids’ use.

Social psychologist and New York University professor Jonathan Haidt notes a “gigantic increase” in depression, anxiety, self-harm and suicide among pre-teen and teenage children, Gen Z, who have been on social media since mid-primary school.

He says numbers of teenage girls admitted to hospital for self-harm including cutting were stable until around 2011-13, but in the US these have risen 62 per cent for 15-19-year-olds and 189 per cent for pre-teen girls; “that is horrifying”.

“We’ve seen the same pattern with suicide,” he said. In older teen girls it’s up 70 per cent compared with the first decade of this century and “in pre-teen girls, who had very low rates [previously] it’s up 151 per cent and that pattern points to social media.”

Watching the documentary, Catherine Manning, who runs self-esteem workshops for young people, said the revelations about the methods used by social media platforms to get into people’s minds and the statistics around the resulting self harm left her “in tears”.

Catherine Manning, a self-esteem educator, was "in tears" watching the Netflix documentary in which social media's creators outline its harms to young people. Her daughter, Lucinda, has changed her ideas about the platforms after watching it.

Catherine Manning, a self-esteem educator, was “in tears” watching the Netflix documentary in which social media’s creators outline its harms to young people. Her daughter, Lucinda, has changed her ideas about the platforms after watching it.Credit:Jason South

“I was just thinking about how abducted our kids have been and how much it [social media] is already causing them so much pain and anxiety. But at the same time, it is such a great tool for our socialisation,” said Ms Manning, CEO of SEED workshops.

“The statistics presented about the rise in self-harming behaviours and suicide among young people certainly correlate with those around the increase in things like body dysmorphia [a mental health condition in which physical defects are imagined] across the board,” she said.

“The powerful thing for kids to identify is that something they care about so much has no care for them other than as revenue … there is nothing new in this, but it makes it a whole lot more personal.”

Teens including Neisha Biviano, her friend Mia Quinn, also 15, and Ms Manning’s daughter Lucinda, 18, are saying the documentary’s revelations have been so affecting it will influence their real-world relationships with social media.

I was just thinking about how abducted our kids have been and how much it [social media] is already causing them so much pain and anxiety.

Catherine Manning, CEO SEED workshops

Mia Quinn, an aspiring visual artist and photographer, said despite the value platforms such as Instagram offer, especially showing her other young people’s art, after watching The Social Dilemma she immediately told her friendship circle she wanted to delete the app.

“I had just watched The Social Dilemma and said [to my friends] guys let’s all delete Insta and Snapchat, I said ‘Insta isn’t working for me I don’t want to be here anymore, this isn’t right’.

“Then again, I don’t want to leave it and move to a different platform without my friends [who did not want to abandon it entirely].”

She unfollowed large numbers of people, including all “influencers”, and stuck only with those offering creativity.

She said this “confused the algorithm” on Instagram – which guesses what individual users might like and curates personalised streams and targeted ads – and “it now only shows me new people to follow that are mainly art students, and that’s really good”.

“I think the best thing you can do is buy books, unfollow influencers who make their money from social media – they bring more harm than good to everyone – turn your notifications off … and follow more of your hobbies and interests rather than people.”

Ms Biviano says despite the instinct to disconnect, the fact many positive things come into her world via social media means it is worth continuing with. “It has two possibilities: there is a really amazing virtual place that’s filled with acceptance and it can be a lovely creative outlet and inspiring.

“But the other is this breeding zone full of self-destructive energy and hate and this increasing amount of political, polarising views getting thrown up, and also an increasing amount of negative and really toxic, unreachable standards that have been created.”

Julie Inman Gant, eSafety Commissioner, has "lived" The Social Dilemma and believes the will by giant platforms to lead the creation of a safe social medial culture is not there.

Julie Inman Gant, eSafety Commissioner, has “lived” The Social Dilemma and believes the will by giant platforms to lead the creation of a safe social medial culture is not there.Credit:Janie Barrett

The national eSafety Commissioner, Julie Inman Grant, has insider experience of tech corporation culture and says the will to create a safe environment is not there.

“I worked in the tech industry for more than 20 years and actually lived the Social Dilemma,” she said, “I tried to serve as a ‘constructive safety antagonist’ from within the industry, but it only got me so far because the corporate will and leadership was not there.”

The film particularly illustrates the influence of social media on children who may not yet have developed sufficient critical reasoning skills to stay safe online and combat fake news, she said.

“If the tech giants are building the digital roads they must also be installing the virtual seatbelts and stop signs and policing theses roads to keep users safe.”

Given Facebook has 2.5 billion users and YouTube has 1.5 billion, and algorithms create and recommend content, “the frightening reality is that they [users] could spend this critical early part of their lives only hearing one viewpoint”.


Melbourne University senior social sciences lecturer Dr Lauren Rosewarne has written two books on social media and says revelations about activities of big tech companies shock users but they generally do not cause widespread user-behavior change.

The impression given in The Social Dilemma that developers were “babes in the woods” who had no idea features they built could become harmful or addictive were “laughable”, but members of the generation that has known no life before social media are equipped with more media literacy than older peers.

“What we need to do culturally is think about how do we become more savvy users and how do we control the tech we use rather than letting it control us,” she said.

Lucinda Manning, 18, said though parents may believe kids did not question the dark arts of social media platforms competing in what the film dubs the “attention extraction” industry, they do and will be even more selective now.

Friends have deleted apps like Facebook and Instagram as they’re very aware of the negative impacts it has on their mental health.

Lucinda Manning, 18

“I do believe my generation is becoming very aware of the impacts social media has on them. I think many parents think young people don’t care and aren’t paying attention but the reality is we are, and we really do care.

“Many people my age are changing the ways they use their devices, including friends of mine who have deleted apps like Facebook and Instagram as they’re very aware of the negative impacts it has on their mental health.

“The documentary definitely encouraged me to think more about the amount of time and effort I put into social media and I believe just watching the documentary is a step towards change.”

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Paradox of the social license to operate

In a forthcoming book chapter, I examine concepts such as the “social license to operate” as well as similar notions such as “corporate purpose” and “stakeholder capitalism”.

The research concludes that the use of these concepts is unlikely to result in structural changes to ways of doing business – and their use is more likely to uphold the status quo.

What is a “social license to operate”?

The social license to operate has become embedded in sustainability reports, in CEO speeches and has been embraced by civil society. The concept emerged in the early 2000s in the resource industry, which had been failing to convince some of its stakeholders that it had the “social license to operate”.

The central idea is that companies should not only consider the dynamics of the market and the interests of shareholders, but they should also consider community concerns – and deal with these factors accordingly – in order to retain legitimacy and continue their enterprise.

In a nutshell, the social license to operate challenges the dogma of shareholder value maximisation, by emphasising stakeholder concerns in addition to shareholder returns.


Yet, despite its common acceptance, the social license exists; on the basis of an unwritten agreement between business and society. Problematically, while an actual regulatory license has precise conditions, the social license to operate is intangible, with conditions that are not universally defined, in addition to being subject to continuous change.

The burden of proof seems to lie with stakeholders to show what companies are doing wrong, not with companies to prove what they are doing right, while the absence of community protest may be interpreted as consent.

The idea of the social license suggests that it can be granted and revoked, propositions which are questionable.

While companies that act against societal values can suffer repercussions, if companies do not break the law these repercussions only have reputational and financial bearing, which suggests that the social license relies on the market to balance interests of companies and society.

Embedding this concept into a normative framework would potentially turn the social license to operate into a regulatory stick.

Instead the social license, in its current form, strengthens the governing rationality of our times and helps to spread the model of the market to all domains and activities.

It remains uncertain whether this leaves stakeholders with enough leverage to challenge and change corporate conduct.

Rather than acknowledging the downsides of relying on the market to balance social, environmental and financial interests, regardless of demonstrable unfavourable social and environmental outcomes, these “anomalies” are accounted for by introducing new elements into the existing paradigm.

The “social license to operate”, “corporate purpose” and “stakeholder capitalism” are concepts that originate from the business world and are routinely championed by CEOs.


This creates a paradoxical situation in which the companies and business leaders that benefit from the status quo are also the ones suggesting how the status quo should change.

The “social license to operate”, “corporate purpose” and “stakeholder capitalism” are therefore unlikely to structurally change business practices. While seemingly well-intended, these concepts are used to favour the market system ahead of the state system, and put private interests ahead of community outcomes.

Dr Martijn Boersma is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Business at the University of Technology Sydney.

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Townsville Supercars double-header sparks renewed coronavirus social distancing advice

Supercars has announced that this month’s highly anticipated Townsville 400 will be followed by a second event the following weekend.

Within three weeks Townsville will host the motor races, a major boxing event featuring Jeff Horn and Tim Tszyu and an NRL game.

In announcing the Supercars double header, a State Government spokesperson revealed that up to 8,500 spectators would be permitted at each race day on the weekends of August 29–30 and September 5–6.

The numbers are like recent crowds at games hosted by the North Queensland Cowboys, with the club playing the Canberra Raiders in front of 7,586 people in Round 12.

Social distancing ‘impossible’

Townsville GP Michael Clements has raised concerns about the risk of coronavirus at the upcoming Supercars event.

“As a doctor, I’m nervous about more than 8,000 people and social distancing,” he told ABC radio presenter Michael Clarke.

Crowds of people in supporter gear sit on a hill overlooking the Townsville 400 racetrack.
Up to 8,500 spectators will be allowed to attend each race in Townsville.(ABC North Queensland: Nathalie Fernbach)

Dr Clements said he hoped strict procedures would lower the COVID-19 risk.

“If people are coming from within Queensland where we’ve got no community transmission right now, or if they’ve come from interstate and they follow the quarantine rules, then that is a level of reassurance,” he said.

“As long as we keep to the rules of quarantine for people coming interstate — and people do their best and get tested if they’re sick then I’ll be a bit more relaxed.”

‘Right to feel nervous’ ahead of events

Member for Townsville Scott Stewart reassured listeners on ABC North Queensland that the Supercars event would be properly managed.

“I think everyone has the right to feel a little bit nervous when we’re talking about large crowds coming together,” Mr Stewart said.

“The NRL and the AFL have put together a very comprehensive plan to manage their COVID situation, and that was approved by the Chief Health Officer, and the Supercars have done the same thing.

Mr Stewart warned that spectators would need to be mindful of social distancing following a lack of compliance in the city.

“We did become complacent, but we need to make sure every single day we’re doing those things that we need to do to keep each other safe.”

In a statement, Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill said she had no COVID-19 related concerns regarding the Supercars event.

“Supercars continue to act on the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and Queensland Health to ensure the event is as safe as possible,” she said.

“If council had any doubts about the safety of the event, we would not support it.”

A smiling man on a race track in front of two race cars.
Townsville Supercars event manager Sam Pearce interaction says between teams and crowds would be off-limits.(ABC North Queensland: Chloe Chomicki)

Annual event to look different

Townsville event manager Sam Pearce explained that strict plans were in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19.

“Our teams have been away from home for a very long time already,” he said.

“They’ve been isolating in South East Queensland, and they’re on their way up to Darwin.

“We’ve been working very hard with the Townsville Public Health Unit on what’s required.

“We’ve set up different zones, keeping everyone in their own zones, and not allowing that interaction that has usually happened between the teams and the punters.”

Mr Pearce said the Reid Park paddock would be closed this year.

“At the moment, there is no requirement for people to be seated, we expect people to be seated for most of the time anyway.”

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Sunshine Coast Stadium to reduce crowds amid concerns over lack of social distancing at NRL game

Crowd numbers could be further reduced at the Melbourne Storm’s next home game on the Sunshine Coast amid concerns over a disregard for coronavirus social distancing rules.

Images of thousands of fans crowded on the eastern hill at yesterday’s game sparked criticism online, prompting Melbourne Storm officials to request a review of crowd management practices and capacity at the venue.

Just under 5,500 people attended the Storm, Newcastle Knights clash yesterday afternoon at Sunshine Coast Stadium.

Sunshine Coast Council said the stadium made significant changes ahead of the match including increased security, volunteers, police and staff.

Manager for Sport and Community Venues Grantley Switzer said the group will meet with Queensland Health this morning to address the issue.

“It does appear that we do have an issue over on that eastern hill which we will look to address in the next 24 hours,” Mr Switzer said.

“Unfortunately what you see on TV is that camera angle looking right at that eastern hill. If you looked at the south and north end there was some good social distancing.

“We’ve already taken some measures to reduce the numbers but I think the only solution is to have less people on that hill.”

Mr Switzer said people were understandably concerned.

“I think what we’ve seen is a heightened awareness around social distancing with what has occurred in Victoria and few cases of community transmission within Queensland,” he said.

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NRL crowd numbers could be further reduced after concerns were raised about this game.(Supplied)

Sunshine Coast Council announced overnight that crowd numbers have been lowered and no further tickets will be put on sale for the Melbourne Storm, Canterbury Bulldogs match on August 8.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk thanked the NRL for taking swift action.

“We don’t want to see large crowds gathering and not social distancing. The majority were seated, not moving around, but having said that I want to commend the NRL for taking that very swift action and letting my office know that they will be reducing the numbers by 1,000,” she said.

The venue’s COVID Safe Plan allows 6,000 fans at the venue, which makes up 50 per cent of its capacity.

That figure has since been revised down to 5,000 as a “precautionary measure”.

“The COVID safe plan does talk about how we have people into zones and how people should social distance,” Mr Switzer said.

“We have got certain zones in terms of the hill, but there is an onus there that people who come in in their family groups, they can sit together and we do encourage people to maintain that 1.5 metres of social distancing.”

Council said any future home games would need to be negotiated with the NRL and Queensland Health.

The Melbourne Storm would not comment further on the matter but confirmed in a statement it had asked the stadium to review its capacity.

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Watsons Bay Hotel fined for social distancing breach

Sydney’s iconic Watsons Bay Hotel has copped a hefty fine after it was caught not following social distancing rules properly.

The eastern suburbs pub was hit with a $5000 infringement after authorities conducted a spot check and noticed it had failed to create a safe environment for customers on Friday night.

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Patrons were standing and drinking and gaming machines were not spaced out, according to Liquor and Gaming NSW.

Undercover officers attended the hotel on July 31 and observed that all gaming machines were operational — meaning there was no way there could be 1.5m between gaming machines.

This was contrary to the venue’s COVID Safety Plan, which stated “every second machine has been disabled in the gaming room”.

Patrons were also sighted seated less than 1.5m apart.

Acting Director of Compliance for Liquor and Gaming NSW Dimitri Argeres said 15 venues had been fined in the past three weeks.

“While most venues are making serious efforts to comply with all the conditions, it’s disappointing that some are simply not getting the message,” Mr Argeres said.

“Flouting these measures is not only bad for the health and safety of patrons; it’s also bad for business.”

It’s not the only place struggling to adhere to social distancing; yesterday images emerged of packed trains and platforms at Town Hall station.

One image showed a carriage of passengers crammed together on a service to Bondi Junction — an area near Potts Point, a COVID-19 hotspot.

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State’s social distancing ‘best in Australia’ when second surge hit

“Putting aside the actual outbreak, Victoria is a place where the virus is less able to spread than NSW, Sydney, South Australia, Western Australia,” said Professor McCaw.


“What it says is an unlucky, random event has led to dramatic consequences in Victoria of an enormous outbreak. It has probably restarted from one or two or a very small number of infections.”

In a second stroke of bad luck, those first infections hit “disadvantaged … high-density, vulnerable populations”, which allowed it to spread faster than it otherwise would, Professor McCaw said.

The state government has already admitted “a number of” cases in late May and early June are linked to a hotel quarantine breach. An official inquiry into hotel quarantine opens on Monday.

“A judicial inquiry has been established at arm’s length from government to examine issues relating to hotel quarantine – our focus remains on containing this virus,” a government spokeswoman said.

The report by Professor McCaw’s team, focusing on the period between early June and July 1, uses data from Apple, Facebook and Google and population surveys to estimate how much people are moving around and seeing other people.

It then estimates the state’s effective reproduction number (R) – the average number of people each infected person would pass the virus to if the virus was circulating. The report is handed each week to state and federal chief health officers.

On July 1, as Victoria’s outbreak was gathering pace, the state’s estimated effective reproduction number was just 0.92 – the best in the nation.

The average Victorian was seeing only 5.9 people outside the house per day. In NSW, that number was 8.1; in the Northern Territory it had climbed to 11.5.

Deakin University’s chair in epidemiology Professor Catherine Bennett said: “Victoria was the best in the country at the peak of the first wave. We’re still the best in the country on July 1. It’s important that Victorians are acknowledged for that. It’s a win, but it’s not enough.

“The potential for spread is greater in NSW than Victoria. If this scenario had happened in NSW rather than Victoria, we might be in a worse position than where we are now.”

Professor McCaw said internal government data shows the state’s effective reproduction number has been steadily trending downwards since the start of the second surge and now hovers about 1.3.

Efforts to bring it below one – when the epidemic would start to shrink – had not yet been successful, explaining why Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday made mask wearing compulsory.

“The epidemic is still growing. But it is growing more slowly, and that’s a good thing,” said Professor McCaw.

“Right now, we really are on that knife-edge. If R stays at 1.3, there will be a significant escalation of numbers per day in the coming weeks.”

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said on Sunday the state’s R-rate had gone from about 2.5 a month ago to “close to one”.

Health authorities are working to keep the number below one, but Professor Sutton said he was not relaxing.

“We haven’t calculated in the last couple of days, but it was pretty much sitting on ones,” he said.

“I won’t sit back and relax even if the rate is calculated below one. We need to watch the numbers to see what is actually happening.”

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Do Not Visit Victoria campaign a social media hit

The Art Deco style images feature signature scenes of each place and a slogan seasoned with swear words. A picture of penguins on a beach says, “Enjoy picturesque Phillip Island / on Google Streetview, you sh*t head”.

An image from Mansfield’s main street says: “It will be literally breathtaking if you a**eholes don’t keep your distance from Mansfield”.

Credit:Do Not Visit Victoria

Mr Carvajal said he and Mr Wheeler acted out of frustration and fear at seeing people leave town as COVID-19 cases soared.

They felt strong language might persuade stubborn travellers to “stay the f— at home”.

The pair have now set up an online shop to sell mugs, T-shirts, stickers and towels, with plans to donate proceeds to charity.

But Mr Carvajal said anyone could download the images, as long as they did not use them for profit.

Credit:Do Not Visit Victoria

One fan of the cards offered further suggestions for the creators.

“We need one for Warrnambool and the Great Ocean Road,” said a woman posting on Facebook. “I live on the GOR and we have had so much traffic that it can’t all be local.”

However, Shane Kidd, president of the Lakes Entrance Business and Tourism Association, said he was appalled at the slogan for his town: “Say hello to beautiful Lakes Entrance on Zoom for f*ck’s sake”.

He said Lakes Entrance had suffered from the summer bushfires and COVID-19 but still welcomed visitors.

“We’re very reliant on day-trippers and short-stayers to keep coming from regional areas in Victoria, specifically the Latrobe Valley and east of Melbourne,” Mr Kidd said.

Apollo Bay Chamber of Commerce president Bob Knowles said the images were an attempt to amuse but misguided.

Credit:Do Not Visit Victoria

“I don’t think it’s appropriate to tell people to f— off, in any circumstances,” Mr Knowles said. “I think it’s misguided and these people don’t understand the huge importance of the visitor population to small marginal towns.”

Mansfield Shire mayor Marg Attley said it was “really disappointing” and her community wasn’t consulted.

“We’re supporting the messaging from the state government … that visitors from Melbourne shouldn’t be here, but obviously we are welcoming regional visitation because that’s what’s allowed at the moment,” Cr Attley said.

Mr Carvajal said the project was tongue in cheek.

Asked if it could be harmful to regional Victoria, he said the economy was a sensitive topic, but the priority had to be to get the virus numbers down to get back to normal.

“If we keep acting the way we’re acting, we’re not going to get there.”

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Passionately held opinions should not be a replacement for considered ideas and debate.

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Time to say goodbye?: 25 Jahre WitchDesign = mehr als Social Media

Back to the roots – oder – Zeit für einen NeuBeginn – das ist hier und jetzt die Frage 😉

Am 16.6.1995 löste ich mir den Gewerbeschein: “Dienstleistungen in der automatischen Datenverarbeitung und Informationstechnik” – jetzt – 25 Jahre danach ist es an der Zeit, darüber nach zu denken, ihn wieder ab zu geben.

Begonnen hatte ich mit

Schulungen und Beratungen

im Namen und im Auftrag befreundeter Firmen – 1995 kaufte ich das Equipment für meinen eigenen geplanten Schulungsraum und baute dies – bei Bedarf – bei meinen Auftraggebern auf – schulte die Mitarbeiter einige Tage – und zog dann wieder weiter.

1995 bis 1999 hatte ich dann meinen eigenen Schulungsraum in Bad Fischau Brunn – betreute weiterhin nicht nur die größeren Betriebe des Piestingtals und schulte deren Mitarbeiter oder Mitglieder von Vereinen, sondern begann dann auch als Trainerin im bfi Wien und bfi Burgenland.

Zur Jahrtausendwende beschloss ich, lieber wieder fremd zu gehen – löste meinen Schulungsraum auf – und schulte österreichweit für andere Institute – ab Frühjahr 2000 kam dann auch noch WIFI NÖ hinzu, welches für einige Jahre mein Hauptarbeitgeber wurde – letztendlich auch für die letzten 4 Jahre (m)einer wieder unselbständigen Tätigkeit.

Die Hauptthemen waren der Office-Bereich – sowohl Microsoft, als auch Lotus und Corel – bei letzteren auch Draw und PhotoPaint. Ich arbeitete lange Jahre mit dem Adobe PageMaker und begann dann eben auch


mit FrontPage und DreamWeaver.

Kurz vor der Jahrtausendwende entdeckte ich dann auch das Internet – zuerst für mich – baute meinen eigenen Seiten – die allerersten noch in html – danach kam FrontPage – aber nicht die serverbasierte Version – weil ich wollte eigentlich immer schon wissen, was ich tue – und was die Seiten tun 😉

Ich machte WebSeiten für unsere Gemeinde, eine der ortsansässigen Parteien, einige Vereine wie damals den Bildungs- und Kulturverein und den Event Kultur Ternitz – machte die Gemeindezeitung, den jährlichen Kalender – und auch Werbematerialien für andere Firmen.

Am liebsten machte ich Seiten für Restaurants – aber auch für befreundete TrainerInnen und Coaches. Ich unterrichtete weiterhin im Bereich MS Office, WebSeitenGestaltung – spezialisierte mich dann auf WordPress Blogs zur leichten Contenterstellung.

Für liebe Freunde und damaligen Geschäftspartner betreute ich dann auch deren Auftritte auf Facebook und beriet in allgemeinen Social Media Belangen.

Zwischendurch war die Firma auf “Nichtbetrieb” gemeldet, weil ich neben meiner letzten unselbständigen Haupttätigkeit keinen Gewerbeschein besitzen durfte und in der Zeit hatte ich sowieso keine Zeit für irgend etwas in Richtung WebDesign und/oder Software Beratung.

2019 stieg ich in eine All-in-one Plattform ein, in der man auch als Affiliate selbst etwas dazu verdienen kann – und mit der ich aktuell mein eigenes Online Business aufbaue. 

Aber aktuell überlege ich, mich zukünftig nur mehr um meine eigenen Seiten und Funnels und um mein eigenes eMail Marketing zu kümmern – zwar weiterhin meine eigenen TeamPartnerInnen bei der Erstellung ihrer Auftritte im Bereich Social Media zu unterstützen – diese Seiten aber nicht mehr zu machen – dann bräuchte ich auch diesen Gewerbeschein nicht mehr.

In dem Sinne – time to change?
Schaun ma mal 😉

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