• The Redback Team
  • The Redback Team

    10th May 2016

The World Needed a Television Show About Associations

And now its here!

Seriously? The very thought conjures thoughts of AMS platforms, conference venue reviews and in depth profiles of association sector consultants.  Thankfully, at Six Degrees of Association we’ve set the bar a little higher.

Redback Conferencing’s Sara Gonzalez hosts co-creators and regular panellists Andrew McCallum and Robert Barnes for the 22min snapshot of life in the association world.

“The show is 2 parts provocative, 3 parts informative and one-part humour,” says co-creator Andrew McCallum – a strategic business manager from fitness industry association Fitness Australia.

“It is important to us for viewers to see we are having fun as that helps engage the audience with the content.”

The format is influenced by such TV programs as The Gruen Transfer and  ESPN’s Mike and Mike – two shows co-creators McCallum and Aptify’s Robert Barnes both enjoyed when they concocted the #6DA experiment.

Starting with ‘Thumbs-up, Thumbs-down’ the show the always has a feature story promoted as ‘The Lunchtime Special’ – an ode to the 12:22pm timeslot and the panel’s penchant for Chinese food.

“Then Andrew surprises us each episode with the tale of one of the world’s most obscure associations,” says host Sara Gonzalez.

Our learned panellists dissect the big issues, celebrate the positive stories, address the negatives and prove the notion that there really is an association for everything.  Across the existing episodes we’ve highlighted association bodies as diverse as the American Heart Association, Optometry Australia and Financial Planners Association. We’ve pondered such questions as is outsourcing good for associations? Is strategic planning a waste of time? And should associations aspire to sack their members?

The associations’ sector is huge; it’s complex and just as importantly it’s endlessly fascinating.  That’s why our panellists are committed to making sense of it, as they break down our sector and throw it back out there across a rapid twenty-two-minute format for your entertainment.

Even better it’s on demand… The #6DA website boasts an impressive back catalogue of episodes, each of which seeks to shine a light on the forever fascinating associations sector.

So join your hosts Sara, Rob and Andrew at sixdegreesofassociation.com and participate in the conversation at Six Degrees of Association’s online community

The Redback Team

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