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Social Sustainable Spaces

I really enjoyed Kevin McLeod's conversation with Margaret Throsby earlier this week. In addition to admiring his style in Grand Designs, I have been fascinated...

Seeing Clearly?

Introduction I love reading our daughter Beth's blog posts about family and community issues. I admire her growing political voice too. She says in her About part...

Groups and Deliberation

John Gastil was a guest on Margaret Throsby's program today. I thought what he had to say was fascinating and followed up on his...

Aural Triggers for a Language of Performance?

In the last two years I have become interested in the insights music can offer to the development of a language about performance in...

Philip, Mark, Mick, Wayne, Brian and Donald

This is a brief post about well-being. It was prompted by media reports of Mark Thompson's decision to end his head coach's role at...

Unlocking Experience, Enabling Action

In the last week Bret Easton Ellis has visited Australia. He attended his first writers' festival in twenty-five years. I caught up with his...

Resilient Authoritarianism and Soft Power

Introduction Last Thursday I was driving into Canberra and had the opportunity to listen to Richard McGregor's interview with Margaret Throsby on ABC's Classic FM....

Training to Perform: what athletes can learn from musicians

Last night I was driving up to Sydney and listened to Amy Dickson's arrangement for soprano saxophone of Philip Glass's Violin Concerto. Her performance...

Global Villages, Connection Generation, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

The drive from my home to the University of Canberra gives me the luxury of listening to some great radio programs on Radio National...