WHAT WOULD MAKE A MORE AMBITIOUS AUSTRALIA?
“I suspect our fundamental problem has more to do with our fragmentation and disconnectedness than with a lack of ideas or ambition. We are not short of smart people and great ideas, but we are apparently rubbish at figuring out how to work together across ideological, social and economic divides. We are pathologically disconnected from each other and disconnected from the environment. I think our evolution as a nation and indeed as a species, will be shaped by how well we learn to heal our fragmentation. Maybe we don’t need ambition as much as humility; a healthy self-skepticism that nudges us toward new ways of being together and knowing. The mindsets that cultivated a thriving modern economy are not the mindsets that have the capacity to innovate our way out of it.
I hope to play a small part in helping difference-makers or change agents to be together differently. Rather than coming together as experts, I want to encourage us to leave our capes at the door and come together with authentic mutuality, a deep commitment to listen deeply and with a determination to experiment our way toward a better world.”