Wanted: Communication skills, social responsibility, effective leadership

Kurt Vall

How to mitigate a covid crisis In Sydney we breathe a sigh of relief, having avoided a coronavirus second wave. Melbourne has not been so lucky. And at this stage of the pandemic’s development, “lucky” is not an entirely inappropriate word. Sure, the incompetence, blame shifting and wilful ignorance of leaders from Donald Trump to …

Reducing demand for Arts degrees is a step back for Critical Thinking

Dan Wild

As you’re likely aware, the Australian Government recently doubled the cost of arts/humanities degrees. Its reasoning? Universities should focus on vocational degrees so students are job ready. I did a humanities degree, majoring in English and history. And I’ve had a solid career. First as an editor, then as a communications consultant working in a variety of fields, from …

Modern mass surveillance as religious experience

Lindsay Winkler

By Lindsay Winkler with Dave Singer “I will be the gaoler. You will see … that the gaoler will have no salary – will cost nothing to the nation” So said Jeremy Bentham in 1786 after visiting his brother Samuel in Russia. The Panopticon was designed to give people the impression they were constantly watched, …

Lindsay Winkler: We need to remove our low-pass filters

Lindsay Winkler

Guest post from Lindsay Winkler, musician and writer, on how society filters information. Today’s global challenges mean we may have to adjust our low-pass filters. Electrical engineers are familiar with the concept of a low-pass filter. Imagine you want to measure the depth of water in Sydney Harbour at different times. You could take a …