Research participants required

The dilemma for positive ageing lifestyles and wellbeing examined through the introduction of a social media foundation to facilitate and enhance creative decision making. There comes a time in everyone’s life when self evaluation and assessment is needed. There seems … Continue reading Research participants required

Let’s share mother’s day again; via an app

Mum has always loved getting my postcards sent to her via Touchnote. If you haven’t heard of it, Touchnote is a postcard-sending service. #hattip Touchnote first came into my world via Helen Sanderson. The Wiki explanation of Helen is this: she … Continue reading Let’s share mother’s day again; via an app

What should have been said in my ABC Adelaide interview

Being onair (radio) is a curious process. In creativity processes, ie idea generation work, we often talk of the “thinking behind the thinking”. In fact it’s a quote Ron Corso (my UniSA research/paper writing partner) is famous for. So, when I … Continue reading What should have been said in my ABC Adelaide interview

When irony makes a post more engaging, it’s fate is sealed

It was only a few years ago people would request the sarcasm font (what seemed like) every post… Ha! Oh the irony of black and white characters appearing straight up on a computer screen, not helping people to be funny, so … Continue reading When irony makes a post more engaging, it’s fate is sealed

#prayforparis – a collection of social media activities, notes and advice

*This is a living page – sharing key messages I made a symbol for Lebanon too. #parisattacks #beirutattacks #peace — Kristian Labak (@krustabred) November 14, 2015 // Hashtags Some good, some not so: #PorteOuvertes #ParisAttacks #PrayForParis For Australians … Continue reading #prayforparis – a collection of social media activities, notes and advice

A message to the Community Communicators SA (Volunteers)


Massive thanks for being one of the first to put your hand up, registering via the website and providing us details about your communication experiences. It is heart warming that others feel a “better way” is possible.


While it’s a tad “benefit of hindsight” on my part, I do hope this way forward is showing we are willing to provide leadership in the communications space and to be there when our state needs us. Personally, I sat at home last Saturday morning wondering what on earth I could do other than share posts with my own networks (which are extensive sure…). It was a frustrating moment where I felt “lost”. When the Facebook page popped up asking for help, it was a sign that yes, the community wants more and I jumped in to help. All credit to Ali Mitchell for her Facebook page that has now reached over 1.5million views. One of my own posts on the page reached over 125,000 people within 24 hours. Impressive stats.

Credit where credit is due of course – but they weren’t communication professionals and there were issues that cropped up due to the lack of experience. It prompted my decision to act on a register of communication professionals. Hence why we are here today.

I spoke with Andrew Reimer, Talk Back Host on FIVEaa this week on-air about the infiltration of social media Facebook pages and groups that lit up as soon as the South Australian Fires heated up. I rang in – it wasn’t a planned call. For the analogy of what I was talking about we can use something like his talk back radio… During the conversation he asked me why I was suggesting we needed more than just the official CFS and SAPOL Facebook pages for information. Put simply “why did we need these other pages that cropped up? The expectation was surely the official pages would be enough?

Well no… I explained humans don’t work that way as we are social – and social media is just that – social. We listen to more than news. We chat and start conversations about things we hear. We ring talk back shows about our opinions to help solve problems of the world. We talk about what we hear at the pub, with friends, and we share them on Facebook and have a bit chat about them.

It’s called community engagement as you know!

Social media gives us the ability to spread our word, messages or opinion further – and to hear more. In a crisis we are no different. More so – the need becomes immediate and not programmed.

As I saw a community member on Facebook say:
Faye “media is general request .. Fb pages are immediate direct effect…”

Hence why the pages and groups were popular. They shared more than news; they gave hope, answered questions and solved problems during the crisis (they still are as at 08/01/2015).

My personal hope is that SAPOL and the CFS learn from this and we see their pages act this way next time (conversationally). But even if they did – they would need to ramp up their staffing levels to stay on top of things. The page I was involved in had 18 administrators to keep it going 24/7. Staff in a regular day job can ramp up sure – but not to sustain 24/7 for days at a time. They need help.

I will be alerting authorities about the register of communication professionals who are willing to volunteer their time. In particular, I am hoping VolunteeringSA call on it when they need.

Thank you for taking the time to register. Thank you for offering to be there when we are needed. As I said on the registration page… I don’t want us to go into another crisis with doubt.

If you know of others, please encourage them to register.

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Election Questions from the Tennyson Dunes Group

The following are my responses to specific questions asked of me by the Tennyson Dunes Group. This is in addition to the previous discussions that led me to write my previous blog post: Here are my answers: In Council, will you … Continue reading Election Questions from the Tennyson Dunes Group

Endangered Dunes, Tennyson

My Council Election Profile **Note, since this post was issued, I was approached to answer specific questions. The answers are here: This week I was asked to comment about the endangered dunes located at Tennyson. Note: these are not in my Ward, but in the greater City of Charles Sturt Council area. Growing up with a love for the beach it is an obvious statement that I love sand and beach dunes, want to see them as part of our ongoing coastal life and get involved in making sure this remains a reality. It’s not just for the Tennyson dunes, I remember … Continue reading Endangered Dunes, Tennyson

Doorknocking | Fulham Gardens and Henley Beach

Battling today’s winds was my second challenge. The first that presented itself was finding a coffee shop suitable for mum to get too (I seriously had to get her out as she’s not been well in body and mind of late – needed her sea air). We have gone to Henley Beach for fish and chips, coffee and/or a pub meal for years but this time, with mum getting weak she needed a park right at the front door. I was pushing my luck I know. We have the handicapped sign for the car which is a start but finding a … Continue reading Doorknocking | Fulham Gardens and Henley Beach

7 Reasons Why You Should Do Business With Me

Contemporary public relations requires a level of understanding across ALL the medias these days but there are levels of understanding within every profession, and there are levels of understanding. My own stance has been to say, “Look at how long they have been doing it, what their level of engagement is like across ALL social medias (not just Facebook, and certainly not just Twitter), and if they are living and breathing like me, then you have found yourself a good one.” There are some goodies out there, you just have to look for the right things. Continue reading 7 Reasons Why You Should Do Business With Me