Social Ecology Alumni and Friends Talk - 2008
(presented at the Lawson Community Centre, Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia; 5 April 2008)
This presentation was announced in our local newspaper (the Blue Mountains Gazette: http://bluemountains.yourguide.com.au/) as my ‘last lecture’ (at the time I was on long-service leave from the university and preparing to retire). Most attending were Alumni of the Social Ecology postgraduate programs at the University of Western Sydney (http://future.uws.edu.au/postgraduate_study/soc_sci/arts_social_ecology), plus friends and local residents. The topic was my 10 Common ‘Mistakes’ to Avoid, & ‘Needs’ to Meet, When Seeking to Create a Better World (also available at this site as a shorter PowerPoint presentation). This was written in response to the Commonwealth Government’s announcement of the Australia 2020 Summit in Canberra (19-20 April, 2008: http://www.australia2020.gov.au/). It also covered my version of a Social Ecology approach to understanding the state of the world, and how we might go about improving things. The lecture was followed by a workshop designed to enable participants to focus on meaningful personal projects and their implementation.