Category Archives: Social Change

Education Blog: How educators are failing and how we can respond

Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the re-emergence of One Nation, refusal to accept human induced climate change and the failure of other evidence based policy initiatives such as needs-based school funding and health care. As we see this occurring, … Continue reading

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Moral licensing: insights into personal justifications…

  I am not sure if you have heard of the concept of ‘moral licensing’. It is a fascinating concept and refers to the idea that if you do something positive – such as voting for the first black president of the … Continue reading

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The complexity of progress…

One of my favourite contemporary philosophers is Ronald Wright, who wrote an amazing book called A Short History of Progress (2005). In this book, Wright challenges the concept of progress by showing that civilisations throughout history have believed that they … Continue reading

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Should a University re-brand?

As many people know, Western Sydney University recently rebranded (we ‘killed the bird’ logo replacing it with a shield and changed our name from University of Western Sydney).   This caused outrage in some quarters, mirth in others and a … Continue reading

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Why Ernst & Young should remove degree classification from entry criteria… and why universities must continue innovate

One of the things I have been discussing with friends and colleagues over the last few years is the ‘future of universities’. My argument is quite simple, universities are where newspapers and record labels used to be a decade or so ago: … Continue reading

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Finding the middle ground: two academics respectfully agree to differ on the academic boycott of Israel

Last weekend I was lucky enough to meet Peter Greste and Waleed Aly at two separate events. Peter was in the Green Room at ABC studio just before I had my segment and Waleed was a guest at my university – … Continue reading

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On Art and Society… and the awesome work of Luke Cornish…

I must admit, growing up in a migrant, working class family, art played no part in my life. I remember the first time I visited a gallery in school and running around with my class mates making fun of all … Continue reading

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Beyond fear and loathing in the classroom: Participation, innovation and teaching like a pirate

Over the last few weeks I have delivered six keynote presentations looking at teaching in the contemporary university.   It all started when the amazing Michelle Williams organised an event at Vivid – an ideas, music and light festival that … Continue reading

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Designing out crime: a different response to Kings Cross violence

This week (13 December 2012) I was invited to give one of the opening addresses at the Design + Crime conference organising by the wonderful people at Designing Out Crime (DOC) based at University of Technology, Sydney.   A friend of mine, … Continue reading

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What is the role of Universities?

I have now been working for universities for about 10 years as I started teaching when I first started my PhD. In that time, I have continued to take part in countless public debates and whenever someone feels like they … Continue reading

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