About Tim Rayner (PhD)

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, higher education, 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.

In August 2016, I start teaching a course on ‘Leadership, Teams, and Scalability’ as part of the MBAe program at the University of Technology, Sydney. I have advised the European open innovation platform, Babele, and worked with the Australian arm of the Canadian 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 am currently finishing the manuscript for a book on hacking and innovation culture. You can grab a copy of my last book, Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide (2nd ed., 2016) on Amazon and elsewhere. Life Changing uses practical, philosophical exercises to show readers how to cultivate the resilience, agility, and vision to flourish in times of change.

I received my PhD in Philosophy from USYD in 2003. My academic works include Foucault’s Heidegger: Philosophy and Transformative Experience (2007).

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