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“Getting beyond the edges of our knowledge”

August 3, 2020

This text has been circling in a holding pattern for almost the whole time of the COVID-19 crisis. In those months there have been so much that makes me think—yes, this is why: political leaders showing what they really think about the people they purport to lead, the emergence of conspiracy theories relating to the…

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Thought leadership in times of change

April 7, 2020

Thought leadership is about leading people to new thoughts and new ways of doing things. It means taking a position and building relationships of trust. It’s also about sharing knowledge generously. Communication is often thought of as simply packaging up information in a nice, digestible form. It is much more powerful than that, shaping what…

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Dealing with risk in the environment

January 6, 2020

Why it’s difficult, here in Australia, to translate research findings into commercial products and services? Risk aversion has to be part of the answer to that question. Research can be uncertain in its output and commercialising innovation is risky. There has to be firm ground somewhere to offset that—and a culture that supports people with…

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Effective communication depends on cooperation

January 6, 2020

So many of our big issues need cooperation but instead we use the language of opposition. Rather than being harmless, I think it damages our ability to work together to get the outcomes we need and want. When facts are contested and the stakes are high what we get, more often than not, is opposition.…

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