There is a sustainability backlash going on. In Australia, it is obvious and in your face. You can see it in the Abbott Government’s attempts to dismantle anything at all that might help to tackle climate change. You can see it, also, in State Government efforts to dismantle “green tape”, an insidious term that paints […]Read more "What lies beyond sustainability?"
The bushfires that struck New South Wales this spring prompted a heated debate about fire, climate change and public communications. Greens MP Adam Bandt sparked the debate with a Tweet on 17th October arguing that the new Australian Government’s Direct Action Plan on climate change would lead to more bushfires: Why Tony Abbott's plan means […]Read more "Talking about climate change and bushfires"
I only read one serious book over my summer break – Joe Romm’s Language Intelligence. The rest of my reading time was devoted to indulging my love of science fiction – hey, I was on holidays after all! Language intelligence is a book about the neglected art of rhetoric. The subtitle is ‘Lessons on persuasion […]Read more "Language Intelligence – the art of rhetoric"
I’ve just enjoyed a month off, spending time with my family and camping in some beautiful places on the South Coast of NSW – Jervis Bay and Bendalong. It was a real break, where I tried not to think too much about things like climate change and sustainability and avoided most media. We patted the […]Read more "Back to reality"
Over the last day and a half, I participated in a leadership workshop that made excellent use of story and narrative to engage participants and embed learning. The workshop employed actors to role play common scenarios you might come across as a university manager, and their portrayals were amazingly realistic. We observed and were then […]Read more "The power of story"
When you follow the state of public debate on climate change in Australia closely, like I do, it can be hard to maintain a positive outlook. When Kevin Rudd came to power in 2007, one of the factors in his victory was a wave of public concern about climate change. His first act as Prime […]Read more "Climate of the Nation"
A few years ago, Annie Leonard and Free Range Studios put together a video called the Story of Stuff that went viral. You can watch it below. It’s all about the hidden underside of our production and consumption patterns. She went on to establish the Story of Stuff Project. Since then, there have been several […]Read more "The story of change"