A21 has launched a crowdfunding campaign at https://www.chuffed.org/project/empathy to fund an app designed to help people understand what empathy is and how to bring it into daily life. Empathy can be a powerful tool to encourage more human-centred and effective ways of developing policy on complex issues and it can help people live more meaningful and connected lives. Your donation welcome.
In Canberra today (10th April), we have a Young Australia21 stall at the National Youth Week Expo in Garema Place – 4pm-8pm. Come by and say hello. We have some surprises in store, including a giant interactive box that you can submit your worries into (to be transformed into something beautiful) – and which you can also post your wishes on. We will also have some of our publications to give away by donation, and you can chat to us about our upcoming projects. Hope to see you there!
A21 Director Ian Dunlop on climate change – risk and opportunity:
Sensible climate policy has been dismantled, replaced with token gestures. Unfortunately, the evidence is piling up, along with the economic cost of extreme weather events, to the point where continued denialism is simply economic illiteracy.In the national interest, emergency action is long overdue.The changes needed will require unprecedented co-operation, and statesmanship of the highest order. It is too much to expect the male-dominated, eminence-grise of the incumbency to rise to the occasion, but women might.
A21 Director Alex Wodak asks ‘Why is illicit drug use considered evil?’
It seems self-evident to many that the use of illicit drugs is evil. But why? When pressed, the most common response to this question is that illicit drug use is evil because it is against the law. So the next question is ‘why is the use of certain drugs illegal?’
A21 Director Alex Wodak links illicit drug demand with inequality:
If we in Australia want lower levels of illicit drugs use and problems, we will have to reduce our high level of inequality. This may seem counter-intuitive to some but there are many examples of dangerous health conditions being conquered as much by improved social conditions as by powerful medical treatments.
The Hon Kate Carnell AO, CEO of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, launched “Who speaks for and protects the public interest in Australia? Essays by (39) notable Australians […]
On the 9th December 2014, Australia21 Director, Professor Bob Douglas presented at the University of Canberra as a guest speaker for the launch of the new book “Climate Change and Global Health” Edited by Colin Butler. The book comprises 30 chapters, and brings together the work of 56 authors from 19 countries.