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Just what is “the public good”?

Eureka Street is a “vibrant online journal of analysis, commentary and reflection on current issues in the worlds of politics, religion and culture. It aims to participate in public discussion and influence public opinion regarding the Things That Matter in Australia and the world.”¹


Elenie Poulos
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX1j2V6ms7E

This recent article by Peter Kirkwood outlining an interview with Uniting Church minister and Director of UnitingJustice Australia Elenie Poulos, contains two short videos of the interview in which Ms Poulos presents some thought-provoking ideas about neoliberal values, and whether they are benefitting or harming the “public good” of our society.

Eureka Street is ALWAYS worth a look!


¹from www.eurekastreet.com.au, “About Us” page, viewed 15/4/15

Empathy and Outrospection: a video from RSA

This is an animation (03 Dec 2012) featuring the ideas of philosopher and author Roman Krznaric, in which he explains how we can help drive social change not by the introspection so favoured in the 20th Century, but in the 21st Century by stepping outside ourselves and embracing what he calls Outrospection.

RSA Animate – The Power of Outrospection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BG46IwVfSu8

This is one of a series of animations created for the RSA by Andrew Park and his firm Cognitive Media.

In its own words: “The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) [is] an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today’s social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today’s reality and people’s hopes for a better world.”

You can visit its website at http://www.thersa.org/.