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Our Mindful Futures Network will hold its 2nd national conference in November. Click here for more information.


Manjula Nadarajah Chopra Lead teacher  | Chopra workshop on mindfulness
Jennifer Nadel, Co-Founder, Compassion in Politics, UK | Compassion in Politics

Dr Lynne Reeder Founder, MFN  | Reflections on the Network – Feats and Frustrations

Prof Felicia Huppert Cambridge/ACU | Developments in Mindfulness Mindfulness: Myths and Practical Wisdom

Dr Pascal Molenberghs Institute for Social Neuroscience | The Selective Nature of Empathy

Mark Crosweller, AFSM – National Resilience Taskforce | Compassion: The essential premise of public policy and crisis response

Lyn Stephens and Debbie Ling  | Implications for new research and operative applications

David Rumbens Partner, Deloitte  | The Future of Work is Human: Emergent empathetic and creative skills
Dr Addie Wootten CEO, Smiling Mind  | Mindfulness Apps in Schools: Challenges and Benefits
Murray Paterson Director, Potential Project | Compassionate Leadership: Organisational Barriers to Mindfulness, Selflessness and Compassion

Dr Bronwyn Gresham Clinical Psychologist | Compassion and Climate: Building future resilience



Great Opportunities in the face of catastrophic Risks

Around the world governments, corporations, businesses and communities are preparing for a radically different future, in which human civilization confronts major threats – but also encounters boundless new opportunities. We all now face a set of human-driven catastrophic risks that threaten global and national security, prosperity and potential. In the worst case, these risks spell mass harm, up to and including human extinction.

Follow the link below to find out more about the catastrophic risks and what we are doing

The catastrophic risks Donate Now

We call on the governments of Australia and on all political parties, corporations and community organisations to get behind the development of a national plan to prepare for catastrophic risk – and seize the opportunities. Sign our petition and lodge it with Australia21 to show your support

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Young people at Australia21's Making Our Future Work pilot
“One of the best ways to demonstrate concern about our country and our community is to contribute to shaping their future.” Paul Barratt AO, Chair of Australia21

Recently released… ‘A Fair Go For All Australians’

A Fair Go report cover

Inequality in Australia has worsened since the publication of our first report on the matter in 2014. Australia21 and The Australia Institute have produced a landmark report which outlines a path to a fairer future for our country. To read more about the causes, consequences and possible solutions to inequality in Australia, click here.

Report on the health and social harms from current drug laws

We All Pay the Price report cover

An unprecedented collaboration between experts in drug treatment and community welfare has led to a ground-breaking Australia21 report that exposes a wide range of health and social harms created or worsened by Australia’s current drug laws. Click here to find out more.


Australia21: smarter solutions for big issues

Australia21 is an independent, not-for-profit think tank. We promote fair, sustainable and inclusive public policy through evidence-based research. We bring together experts, decision makers, business people, academics and ordinary Australians to tackle real-world ‘wicked’ problems — complicated social,  health, economic, environmental and national security dilemmas that defy simple solutions. We focus on the issues, not the politics. We rely on donations, philanthropic grants, government grants and academic and industry partnerships to operate.

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