The first year of Australia21’s Mindful Futures Network has provided a jam-packed start to the mapping of mindfulness, empathy and compassion across Australia’s organisations. This last update for 2017 takes time to remind you why the Network focuses on those three things – particularly at a time that can be stressful for many people.
The final Australia21 Board meeting of 2017 was a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face. The time together sowed the seeds for new approaches and themes, while revealing fresh sources of energy and providing a strong foundation for the work to come in 2018.
There’s a range of data available about the labour market and predictions about the future of work, but the voice of young people is often missing in contemporary research. Now Australia21 is doing something about that, through our youth-led Making our Future Work initiative, piloted in 2017. Please donate to keep it going in 2018.
Help Australia21 improve public policy decision-making through high quality, evidence-based research to ensure a fair, sustainable and inclusive future.
Portugal’s 2001 drug law reforms have worked: drops in HIV infections, overdose deaths, crime and problematic use. Meanwhile, the punitive approach in other countries (including Australia) has been costly and ineffective. As Alex Wodak notes, attitudes are finally changing in the face of evidence.
It’s December! That means there’s a long hot summer of celebrations and music festivals ahead. Australia21 has done a lot of research into the use of alcohol and other drugs and the evidence is clear: preventing and reducing harm is far more important than punishing people for their mistakes. So here are a few tips for getting through without too much damage.
“We, as former Australians of the Year, representing the hearts and minds of the nation, are deeply concerned about the health and human disaster that is unfolding on Manus Island.”
The Science of Mindful Cooperation: The Mindful Futures Network is joined by Organisational Psychologist Dr Paul Atkins, a member of the international design team implementing PROSOCIAL, an evidence-based approach for improving the efficacy of groups that are trying to work together to achieve common goals.