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The Mo State Backs Up For Movember

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

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David Boon: Mo Hero

There’s no doubt which state leads Australia in moustache production. That would be Tasmania.

While other states dropped the mo for a couple of decades, or only resurrected them for ironic purposes, great Tasmanians like David Boon and David Foster scaled the heights of achievement while sporting classic handlebar facial growth.

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David Foster: Mo Hero

Inspired by these mighty Tasmanian heroes, the team from Scene Change Tasmania are stepping up for their second run at Movember. Last year’s efforts raised an impressive sum of money toward important yet often ignored men’s health issues such as depression and prostate cancer.

Movember was started in Australia in 2003, and has since spread across the world, a testament to the global appeal of the mo.

Now it’s your chance to support the intrepid team of Gareth Percey, Rod Street, Ben Coombe, Damien Free, Dean Vervaart, Ben Wallace, Paul Davies, Josh Warwick and Matt Walker.

Sign up as a donor here and watch their mo’s unfold during the course of the month.

A big thank you to the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart, who have given us permission to look like pool cleaners around the hotel for the month.

And for some valuable information on whether facial hair on presenters affects audience trust , look here.

PS. Our clients can be assured it won’t go quite this far (pic via @cyantaeed):

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Scene Change: Very Good News

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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Scene Change Hobart, birthplace of the 2007 AV Revolucion, is thrilled to announce that we’ve been appointed in-house AV supplier to Tasmania’s premier conference venue, the Hotel Grand Chancellor Hobart.

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All of our Hobart guys have spent a lot of time working in the Grand Chancellor over the years, and are really excited about working with the hotel team. After all, quite a few Grand Chancellor people have been big fans of our corporate mascot Larry, and have signed posters of him on their desks.

Grand Chancellor Hobart General Manager Ralph Freckelton said “The choice was easy, we’ve worked with the Scene Change team many times and they always do a great job.  We’re very excited that this partnership we will bring our clients a fantastic AV offering with some new state of the art installations happening soon.”

Here he is with our own Rod Street on the left. We still prefer Rod with his Photoshopped Che hair and beret, but from now on he’ll save that for fancy dress occasions.

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Scene Change Tasmania Wins Award

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Scene Change Tasmania has won the Meetings & Events Australia (MEA) state award for best Technical / Creative Production company.

We’re very pleased with this, because as a relatively new company it was the first year we were eligible to enter the awards.

The prize was awarded at a gala dinner at Peppermint Bay. Guests travelled to and from the event by sea, appropriate given Scene Change’s piratey origins.

Here’s our very own Gareth Percey and Rod Street looking mighty pleased with their award. This makes them finalists in the national awards in April.

“Thanks to the local conference industry for getting behind us since it all started,” said Rod. “The guys are really honoured to be recognised like this.”

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Thanks to Phil Holmes of Convention Wise for the shot.

Why Have A Conference At All?

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Welcome back, folks.  Back to work last week and straight down to Tasmania for our own conference with Scene Change people from around the country.  And very productive it was, too.

A conference technology company having its own conference raises some interesting questions.

We all speak on a semi-daily basis, face-to-face, via video Skype. This ticks all the conversational boxes. You can hear them. You can see them. You could argue: why bother having a conference at all?

Undercover Communication: Fun to Do, Hard To Manage

The idea of a conference as a series of presentations and formal discussions misses a large part of the picture. Part of the role of any conference presentation is providing material for the discussions that happen in smaller groups after-hours. That’s where friends are made, alliances are formed, stories are told and deals are done. The truth comes out after dark.

Face-to-face, you pick up far more of the non-verbal signals that tell you whether your ideas are getting across or not.

It’s a tricky area for Management, because informal communication is almost impossible to manage. It just takes its own course.

Can The Machines Take Over?

Years ago when I was a corporate communications guy for a big event technology firm, I’d get regular calls from trade journalists writing their annual story on videoconferencing.

“Will videoconferencing replace actual conferences?” they would ask.

A tough question, as I had a vested interest in promoting videoconferencing, since it cost about a million dollars a minute at that time. Even so, the answer was clearly, emphatically ‘no’.  Like living on food pills from a robotic vending machine, it’s one of those Jetsons-future ideas that completely misses the point of human nature.

Meetings Are A Personal Thing

Humans are social animals. We like to gather in flocks, preferably with a drink in hand, to gossip and complain and flirt and generally draw comfort from the fact that everyone else has pretty much the same problems as you.

The idea that this can all be replaced by electronic transmissions goes against thousands of years of human instinct. It’s like the idea of telecommuting, which was going to transform our way of life and reshape our cities.  As it turned out, it’s fun for a week or so, but unless you seek out human contact, you’ll grow permanent tracksuit pants and turn into a one-person dandruff farm.

Of course, there are meetings that should be replaced by Skype. I know people who regularly fly to another city, have a one-hour meeting in a windowless room at the airport, then fly home again. Personally, I’d rather stand on the side of the highway operating a Stop/Go sign.

The technology is there to support the personal element of meetings, not replace it. Gathering around and telling stories is something that defines us as humans, and that’s something we should celebrate.

How go the mo’s?

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Two weeks into Movember, and Scene Change’s team of technical Tasmanian ‘tache test pilots remain committed to the task.

As with any experiment of this kind, there are unexpected results.  What a shock it must be to look beneath your nose and see a ginger mo appearing, without a shred of genetic ranga history! A couple of the others are going to get some calls from casting agents, if they end up making a sequel to Dying Breed.

It’s all part of Tasmania’s rich mo heritage.

Its greatest sportsman, David Boon, had a distinguished international cricket career. He was also well known for a prodigious thirst, as noted in Wikipedia:

Boon achieved much fame and notoriety for consuming 52 cans of beer on a flight from Sydney to London before the victorious 1989 Ashes tour that saw Australia regain the trophy after five years of English dominance; the previous record had been held by Rod Marsh, who it is believed consumed 45 cans, although there is conjecture as to whether Marsh actually finished can #45, and some believe his attempt only equalled the record of 44 cans set by Doug Walters. Another passionate report of said record claims Boon finished 54 drinks totalling around 19.5 litres of beverages @ 5% alcohol (per 375ml serve), the majority of which consumed at such an altitude that the effects of the alcohol were doubled.

(This information for our international guests, as every Australian learns this in their first school history lesson).

Mr Boon, showing dignity and discretion befitting his God-like status, has always refused to confirm or deny the truth of this story.

Another Tasmanian sports legend, David Foster, the 25-stone holder of 178 World Woodchopping Titles, would be kitten-weak without his mo. David is also an entertaining professional speaker at corporate events (told you we’d get on topic eventually). If he says listen, they will listen.

Your small donation to the Movember cause would be greatly appreciated. If we get enough people behind this, we’ll widen the program to Scene Change offices in other cities for 2009.