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Community Leadership Information

In addition to the articles we have links to on this page, there is a special section devoted to Community Leadership. This is such an important area in our communities today that these special pages are focused on volunteering and leadership in community. It is a passion of mine and I hope the information will be of value to you. Read More

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Obsidian

Discover Typewriter Scroll Plugin: A Hidden Gem for Obsidian Users

Introduction In the vast digital ocean of productivity tools and software enhancements, it’s easy for the smaller, yet incredibly impactful plugins to slip under the radar. Today, I want to shine a light on one such plugin that has significantly improved my writing experience in Obsidian: the Typewriter Scroll. Before

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Artificial Intelligence

Bringing the Power of ChatGPT to Obsidian Canvas

In the ever-evolving world of digital note-taking and knowledge management, the introduction of powerful AI tools has been a game-changer. Among these innovations, the Augmented Canvas plugin for Obsidian stands out, blending the intuitive visual mapping of Obsidian Canvas with the cutting-edge capabilities of GPT-4. This is the first Obsidian community

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Obsidian

Installing the BRAT Plugin in Obsidian: A Step by Step Guide

Introduction If you are familiar with the world of Obsidian, you would probably be aware that there are a number of plugins not published in the official community. There are various reasons, but without doubt, one is that they are still in beta testing. The Obsidian community is a very

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Obsidian

Mastering Task Management with Obsidian’s Kanban Plugin

Introduction to the Kanban Plugin for Obsidian When it comes to task management, the Obsidian Kanban plugin by Matthew Myers emerges as an excellent example of simplicity and customisation. While numerous plugins have been created to enhance Obsidian’s functionality, the Kanban plugin stands out for its intuitive visual interface and

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Obsidian

A Guide to Installing Obsidian for Effective Note-Taking

Introduction Are you ready to dive into the world of Obsidian, the powerful and versatile note-taking application? Whether you’re a Windows, Mac, or Linux user, installing Obsidian is a straightforward process that opens the door to a new level of personal knowledge management. In this article, we’ll guide you through

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Zotero

Next-Gen Research: Unleashing AI’s Potential in Zotero with Aria

Introduction The challenge faced by researchers is the inability to recall the source of information they have read, yet cannot locate it. This issue is compounded when using Zotero as a reference manager, as the database can contain an extensive amount of information and papers. Despite the introduction of custom

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Empowering Governance with Strategic Expertise - The Co-option Policy Approach
Policies

Empowering Governance with Strategic Expertise: The Co-option Policy Approach

Introduction In an evolving organisational environment, the ability to harness specialised knowledge is a valuable tool for boards. Developing a Co-option Policy for your organisation demonstrates a proactive strategy to bolster the board’s expertise, ensuring informed governance and agile strategic decision-making. The Rationale Behind a Co-option Policy The policy serves

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Policies

How To Develop A Generative AI Use Policy For Your Organisation

Introduction The attention given to Generative AI and ChatGPT has increased significantly in recent times, particularly in the workplace, where their usage has become more prevalent. However, a major issue has arisen as employees often present AI-generated work as their own without proper training or employer approval. Salesforce1 conducted a

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Diversity DEI
Policies

Sample Diversity Equity & Inclusion Policy

Sample DEI Policy The sample policy below was drawn from the sample policy at BoardEffect. It is a US site, however the policy is just as applicable here. There were a couple of items I changed and then I ran it through ChatGPT for review and simplification. On the suggestion

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Governance

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) in your Organisation’s Rules

In the governance of incorporated associations, a hierarchy exists within documentation. At the top is the law, followed by the constitution or rules. Should a conflict arise between rules and law, the law takes precedence. Beneath these are policies, which should align with rules and maintain a connection. Consider the

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Zotero

Installing and Setting Up Zotero Reference Manager

Introduction In the rapidly evolving world of academic research, the ability to efficiently manage and organize references is crucial. Zotero, a free, open-source reference management software, has emerged as a vital tool for scholars and researchers. This article accompanies a detailed video tutorial, guiding you through the process of setting

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