We are living through times of incredible social and technological change. Since leaving a career in academic philosophy in 2008, I have sought to contribute to positive change through activism, authorship, and social entrepreneurship.
My contributions include ‘Coalition of the Willing’ (2010), a short film I wrote with the British film maker Simon Robson. ‘Coalition of the Willing’ was made by an international network of 20 animation teams. It won the Grand Jury Prize (Real Life Category) at the 2010 Hampton International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival, and Best Environmental Short at 2011 FlickerFest Sydney.
I have worked with and advised several startup ventures including the European open innovation platform, Babele, and the Australian arm of the global innovation consultancy, One Million Acts of Innovation. I am a member of the Florence Guild and the General Thinking network. I have spoken on innovation and creative culture at F5 (New York), In the Room (Sydney), and the DiG Festival (Newcastle). I have been interviewed for CNN Online, BRW, ABC Radio, and Radio National Philosopher’s Zone.
I will publish my new book, Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide (2nd ed.), in March 2016. Life Changing uses philosophical examples and exercises to show readers how to cultivate the resilience, agility, and vision to to flourish in times of change.
I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2003. My academic publications include Foucault’s Heidegger: Philosophy and Transformative Experience (Continuum 2007).