Written by Kirsten Macdonald

2020 has bought some surprises, and tech has never been more important. We peek at some of the tools, innovations and ideas that have showcased brilliant out of the box thinking in living, music and health. 

When we attended the Pausefest business festival in early 2020 guest speaker, Dom Price from Atlassian made some stunning predictions. The global whiz company make tools like Trello and Jira, along with customized collaboration platforms. 

So what did Dom Price, Atlassian work futurist predict? Well, he mentioned a new wave of productivity wasn’t too far away, with teams working from their homes instead of sterile office spaces with sharp efficiency. We all smiled and thought it too far out of reach. But it seems the future thinkers at Atlassian are touched with the golden gift of insight when the future came hurtling through the front door quicker than you can say Pandemic. In a new survey commissioned by Atlassian, 96 per cent of respondents stated that some or all of their employees have transitioned to working remotely due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Along with the likes of Atlassian, some wonderful innovators are seeking to connect and improve people’s lives. Amongst them is Next Address. 



The real estate selling platform has been winning hearts now for a few years; Next Address is at its core in an exciting bid to place the power of buying and selling homes into the hands of the people.

Using next-level tech, the company founded by Julie O’Donohue has an extensive listing all over Australia thanks to their closely held secret marketing algorithm and sales results. However, it is their virtual tech systems that have rocketed into popularity since COVID hit. 

Julie says; “Virtual Technology creates powerful user interactions and social experiences, all with the goal to generate a positive impact.”

Cleverly named; the NextReality3D technology allows you to virtually walk through a house, conducting an inspection from your chair!

All the elements of the property are extracted using a smart tech camera and its pure genius. From isolation or interstate, people can inspect homes and get more of a real aspect of the property that you cannot achieve with photos or a clever promo video. Check it out for yourself here: https://nextaddress.com.au/property/15-cluny-road-armidale-nsw-2350-23296

Virtual tours – tick! Now, what about some Yoga or self-discovery? 


One very special place adapting their sails to the wind to extend help to others is the Rocklyn Ashram.

Settled in the beauty of Wombat State forest in Victoria, Rocklyn Ashram has been a sacred place for schools, VCE students, Backpackers, CEOS, Doctors, Nurses, Mothers, Fathers, Grandparents and Retirees for well over 4o year. Every walk of human has passed through those doors from around the world.

A traditional Ashram, it is a destination for global specialists, botanists and horticulturalists with the drawcard of simplicity away from the rat race. 

With COVID came restrictions on visitors to the Ashram seeking solace and retreat. The very forward-thinking Yoginis have recreated a whole variety of classes and lessons online using a combination of their platform, Facebook and Zoom; however, the home retreat via Zoom was the one that caught our eye.

With classes live streaming to homes all over the country, the retreat aims to help offer some stability and routine each day, a regularity and re-establishment of daily practice. If you are in isolation and seeking to glean some peace and self-exploration along with balance, this is a beautiful and affordable way to do so. 

With offerings of Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Meditation and Asana, there are 3-4 online classes a day along with guidance from instructors. Click here for more details. 

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What about Music? The musical arts have certainly taken a hit with tours, performances and festivals being canned quicker than you can say BoyBand. 

However, in true form, many musos have risen to the occasion thinking outside the box to deliver music to their fans. Facebook live concerts, the ABC Sound series, Youtube and Instagram have become the new dance halls. However, there is one more delightful la tribune that has really amped things up; MIXLR. 

MIXLR kicked off in 2010 by Londoner Rob Watson. A live social platform, MIXLR users can push out their live audio feed. In other words; create your own radio station!

We are big fangs of Fangradio- Neil Finn’s MIXLR station. Sublime, personal and brilliant; Neils rendition of Prince’s classic When Dove’s Cry is on repeat in the Ponderings office (Heroes by Bowie is pretty bloody amazing too) 

Perhaps the charm comes from being able to watch while the Crowded House legend strums it out with the mic on the table cloth, notes and headphones, but I am guessing it is more than a hint of musical genius. You can use the playback feature or play live; the choice is yours. Check it out here: https://www.neilfinn.com/fangradio

Written by Kirsten Macdonald

Award winning fitness champion and campaigner for those who want to be the best version of themselves.

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