Innovative Ideas shaped for business and social betterment

Partial list of publications by One Mandate Group and its predecessor companies.

We strive always to create purposeful, knowledgeable books on deserving subjects. Quality volumes unlikely to be published elsewhere, so well and so beautifully.

  • CURRENT PROJECT. 'The Australian Farmer'
    Following the successful release of Boundless Plains to Share in both deluxe book form and digital editions in English and Chinese in February 2017, The Australian Farmer ( TAF) occupies the company’s full attention .  Under development for nearly two years, is both a major tribute to our Farmers and a 1000 page plus compendium.  It is described as a knowledge tool,  a growing resource  dedicated to the Farmer and his or her “ Access to Science, Technology , Innovation , Productivity and Profitability .” In scale and scope TAF is unprecedented.  For more information please contact your 1MG representative.

    Click here for The Australian Farmer Website


  •  'Boundless Plains to Share, Australia’s Agribusiness Partnership with Asia, Century 21
    This is the largest ever knowledge campaign, based on a quality book devoted to the subject of Australia’s total agribusiness economy. The publication addresses in detail the cornerstones of Australia’s achievements in numerous sectors of this economy, which collectively accounts for approximately 35% of Australia’s total GDP. Leading authors, both Australian and Asian, will contribute on subjects such as our agricultural provenance and history of innovation, agriscience, banking, finance and the emergence of new funds, logistics, ports and infrastructure, ICT, in-bound investment and the all-important tertiary education sector. Numerous high profile sponsors and supporters have already come on board.
  • Melbourne: Global Smart City, 2009.   Our interest in urbanism, and the Dockland’s inspiration urged us to look deeper into Australian city urban management and long range planning. We did a lot of research. Against some protest we nominated Melbourne as the subject for a new hybrid style book on urban planning which might serve the world. The choice was made simply on the basis of the quality and depth of long-term plans in force, and scores of smaller indicators of quality in the thinking and enactment within urban management.  We call it a 'hybrid' because it draws from so many sources: public, private, corporate, big groups and small; it is not governed by a single mentality or philosophy: it reflects the complex reality of real urban planning today. Clearly, Dr Rob Adams, Chief Planner and Creative Designer of Melbourne casts a long rainbow, having served in the role for over two decades. His title itself says a lot. But the input of various state departments from Transport to Sustainability provide great substance and action within their areas of purview, as well.

    The vitality of private sector planning and architectural firms in Melbourne is also in evidence here, as an interview with Michael Barlow, managing director of Urbis displays. This is not all bricks and mortar: culture plays an enormous role; this is underlined by contributions on creativity by world renowned urbanist Dr Richard Florida and pieces from the National Gallery of Victoria and the Victorian Major Events Company; the book closes on a lengthy culinary history essay.

    This project began as the first in a global series
    . The constraints have been only three: time, distance and the fact that outside of greater Scandinavia and a few other places, it is difficult to find an equal or superior example to Melbourne. Though a recent visit to New Orleans by one of our directors did give us pause to think, with absolutely no irony intended. Its revival is stupendous. And of course there is also Sydney.............if only she could pick up a few or more cues from Melbourne!

  • In Case of Emergency, 2008.  It is debatable as to which of our nation’s high achievement groups are most overlooked, but our emergency management teams would certainly rate high on the list.  We worked directly under the Attorney General’s office with Emergency Management Australia (EMA) to produce this compilation. The EMA itself which is a central co-ordinating and action body which liaised with its brother and sister organisations around the country: fire and police departments, The Australian Federal Police, special state departments of emergency management, massive volunteer groups, charities, and others. The picture which emerges dramatises Australia as a true world leader in crisis management and response to emergencies of all kinds. This has been proven by the reception of the book at overseas conferences of emergency managers – it has become a very desirable and useful “guide” to one country’s expertise, applicable elsewhere.

  • To Build a Nation, 2007.  Our interest in PPPs , sparked by the Docklands project , and a partnership with the then emerging Infrastructure Partners Association (IPA) lead to this book. It had become clear that Australia was arguably the world’s best master of PPPs, the complex mix of finance and economics, engineering management, political savvy, accurate forecasting and sheer know how to achieve successful outcomes, on budget, for massive infrastructure projects.  Our then Publishing Director Ashley Russell brought his gentlemanly fervour in full to the project, calling it his 'personal best'. This is perhaps our most technical book and it has been used worldwide as a 'text' on the subject, as a result of our company’s distributions, but especially owing to it use by sponsors such as the Victorian Department of Finance and Treasury, Macquarie Bank and Minter Ellison Lawyers.

  • In late 2005, we launched FAST THINKING MAGAZINE, a quality quarterly devoted to Innovation in all sectors management, business, arts, culture, government, and of course science and technology.  This commenced as a joint venture with Innovationxchange, a subsidiary of AIG.  The first print run was 25,000 and the publication rapidly gained a senior readership corporately and in government around the country.  Before long, it was selling overseas, eventually being bought or subscribed to in 22 countries.

    FAST THINKING received the prestigious Bell award as Best New Magazine in Any Category during its first full year of publication, 2006.  The Hon Kim Carr, then Minister for Innovation and Science stated:  “We have to try new things - that is why FAST THINKING is so important.”

    , one of our imprints, also published books, notably a partnership with IBM who provided both sponsorship and access to its 2007 Global Innovation Survey, which consisted of over 770 in-depth interviews with CEOs in 13 countries including India and China. The result was 'Re-Thinking Innovation', (2010) . The idea for the book came from FAST THINKING, in the belief that IBM’s relatively small publication of its momentous work deserved more. Book sales internationally, driven in part by advertising in Forbes and the NY Times, proved this to be the case.

    Not forgetting our dictum that part of Innovation pertains to personal life-style, Fast Thinking Press published  'The Idiot and the Odyssey', the story of one man’s life revitalisation through the power of walking - in this case 10,000 kilometres around the Mediterranean Sea. The book is full of innovation in its content which varies from interpretations of Homer’s work through ruminations on a varied life-- from sport, literature, meditation with monks, journalism, travel, business, alcoholism and the rest.  This volume is available still, at

    Sustainability - the word - was not uncommon amongst specialists in 2006, but in this year it burst around the world, and summoned us to create 'Sustainable Nation, Managing Australia’s Future'. We networked with a large number of associations and interest groups, and produced a comprehensive volume on the subject, edited by Tim Mendham, Fast Thinking Magazine's managing editor.

    Remember, at the time, depending on which research you were reading, 25-50% of leaders were climate change deniers or sceptics. The book is divided into sections such as Research and Technology, and Business and Community. Each delivered action plans, and actual undertakings: blueprints for sustainability increase in building, management, and through science. Admirable sponsorship came forth from NAB, Lend Lease, Port of Brisbane, and BlueScope Steel, amongst many others. A recent review of Sustainable Nation demonstrates one of our cardinal principles: edit for long life. The book remains largely relevant today, and those areas which are dated, such as the carbon trading debates, stand as useful history.

  • Waterfront Spectacular (2005).   Given our long interest in urbanism, architecture and related subjects, we nominated the Dockland’s Melbourne development as a subject for definitive treatment. It was and remains the nation’s largest ever urban renewal development, though at the time it had many detractors. Some critics thought the book premature, but our investigations showed otherwise. It is not every day that a second virtual CBD creation is attempted in a major, world-class city; Docklands was nothing less than this. Though the vision is significantly fulfilled now, wait another decade and have a look!

    The oversize volume contains a vast amount of visuals and words—the latter on subjects from history to architecture, sociology, engineering, design, law, surveying, politics, economics, and of course, urban planning. The scope of the Dockland’s reclamation and building project was audacious.  A dirty, long dormant tract of land and six kilometres of waterfront were reclaimed and utterly transformed.

    Docklands is an intriguing story, as it had a ragged history of two failed attempts prior to the entrance of John Tabart and his fearless leadership. As a $16 billion (and growing) project it succeeded owing in part to a Public Private Partnership (PPP) and uncommon effort, especially on the part of the then premier John Brumby's government, and the premier himself.

    Now, each year the Docklands community vividly demonstrates its growth and progress as a vital mixed-use environment: the wider public is drawn to the new foreshores and the ever growing number of attractions.  The book’s success demanded a second print run; as an object lesson in overcoming urban development challenges, it is applicable, and read, world-wide.

  • Champions in Sport and Life  (2004). This history of Australia’s highest Olympic Gold medal producing training Centre was a pro bono effort in collaboration with the legendary Dr Frank Pyke who had managed it for many years, including the lead up to the 2000 Sydney Olympics.  The book examines not only training at the Institute and individual sports,   but personal insights into the athlete’s lives, with emphasis , as reflected in the title, on what medal winners have gone on to accomplish in their careers , after their athletic achievements.

  • Australia’s Nobel Laureates, Adventures in Innovation Volume 1 (2003)—Astonishingly, such a title had never been published previously in any form. As a deluxe hard cover book of over 300 pages, it offered definitive biographies of a group of true Australian heroes, largely overlooked. The second half of the book was devoted to a wide array of innovation case studies from organisations in business, science, NGOs and government.  At the time, it represented the largest compendium on Australian Innovation ever compiled, and became a best seller. It was praised for lifting the profile of science as a career option for Australia’s youth, and as a spur to embrace of Innovation within the industrial and business sectors.

  • This was followed by the Australian Business and Investment Explorer (ABIE), with two large printings in two years. 2002 -2003. This volume featured an original mix of essays, articles and hard reference data, many written by our finest economists and business commentators including Dr. Don Stammer ( Deutsche Bank chief economist and BRW columnist) Phil Ruthven , Chairman , IBIS,  and BRW Founder, Robert Gottleibssen, as well as world renowned thinkers Edward de Bono, ( Lateral Thinking) and Peter Drucker, Prof. Tim Flannery, and Harvard Professor Michael Porter.

    Its success lead to a special retail edition containing only the profiles of the Laureates, widely sold for several years by leading retailers.

  • Australian Business and Investment Guide (ABIG).  First published in 1990 in joint venture with Longman International, this comprehensive business guide was hailed by tens of thousands of readers and provided cultural/social/economic thematic articles as well as a wealth of contact and resource information. For some years it was regarded as the “Bible” of doing business in Australia.

  • The Australian Adventure 1988. The Australian Adventure offered an entirely new concept in deluxe travel publishing. The volume combined travel essays, features, and encyclopaedic reference sections devoted to some 60 adventure and activity areas from fishing to golf, rock climbing to botanic gardens, five star to back packer accommodation. The book explored numerous previously uncovered travel opportunities: farm and cattle station stays, ideal hang gliding locations, caving and little known desert treks. TAA included a ground breaking, comprehensive survey of the nation’s blooming culinary culture, including a focus on products, specialty farms and unique insights into the then nascent Modern Australian Cuisine. It became a bestseller, with three printings in two years and was fully translated into Japanese, and issued in a deluxe box edition. It became a 5 star hotel volume of choice, creating immense exposure, large sales, and helped play its small part in the Australian overseas travel boom which followed.




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