Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett–Social Entrepreneurs

Let us not develop an education that creates in the mind of the student a hope of becoming rich and having the power to dominate [but one that forms] the lofty ideal of loving, of preparing oneself to serve and to give oneself to others.
– Archbishop Oscar Romero

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Nicholas Marchesi and Lucas Patchett

It was June 2014 and 20-year-old Lucas Patchett had just returned to Brisbane from a working holiday in Canada. He was about continue his Chemical Engineering course at the University of Queensland when he met up with his ex-school mate, Nicholas Marchesi. That meeting would turn their world upside down.
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Edmund Rice – Social Entrepreneur

People change for two main reasons: either their minds have been opened or their hearts have been broken”
― Steven Aitchison

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Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice (1762–1844)
Bronze Bust by Kris-Ann Ehrich

Edmund Rice, a successful Irish businessman, had the world at his feet. And yet he gave away his fortune in pursuing a dream to educate the poor. His friends said he was crazy. Why did he do it and how did he achieve so much as a social reformer?
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Tom Seeley and the Wisdom of Bees

What matters most today is not only to clarify what wisdom is and why it matters,
but to understand how to go about developing collective wisdom.
— Peter Senge, systems scientist

The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors,
but because she labors for others.
— St John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, 347-407

What can honeybees teach us about wisdom? One person who knows is Cornell University’s Professor Thomas D. Seeley, the world’s leading expert on bee behaviour. Seeley’s particular interest is the decision making of swarming bees, sometimes referred to as smarm intelligence.

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Professor Thomas D. Seeley

For over 40 years he has conducted ingenious experiments to discover the rules honeybees use in collective decision making for survival and adaption to changing circumstances.

What was it that sparked Seeley’s interest in bees to make a career of it?
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Sully: Can-Do Wisdom in Action

The award-winning movie Sully, staring Tom Hanks as US Airways Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, reminds us of a good-news story at the time of the financial crisis when there wasn’t much good news around. It also reminds us of the work of an institution that has made an enormous contribution to safe airline travel – the National Transport Safety Bureau.

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“Sully” Sullenberger

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Ian Kiernan – Change Master

We must be the change we want to see in the world
–Gandhi
Ordinary people need to lead and not sit there and think that governments are going to spoonfeed them and look after them and look after the country, because they won’t.
–Ian Kiernan[1]

Ian Kiernan
If there is one person who epitomises the maxim “change yourself, change others, change the world”, it is Ian Kiernan, AO – Chairman, Clean Up Australia and Clean Up the World.
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Ella Ingram – Change Instigator

Do you read every page of the fine print in the terms and conditions when taking out travel insurance? In the case of QBE Insurance, the Product Disclosure Statement is 103 pages long. Ella Ingram and her mother didn’t read all the pages either.

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In 2011, Ella was a Year 11 student at Melbourne Girls’ College. She and other students of Roger Dunscombe’s media studies class were looking forward to the ten-day Art, Design and Media study tour to New York planned for April 2012.
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John Birrell – Change Instigator

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
— Mahatma Gandhi

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John Henry Winter Birrell OAM, ISO (1924-2003)

In 1959, when Victoria Police Surgeon Dr John Birrell started to give public talks on the effects of alcohol on driving, he soon found himself gagged from speaking. The problem was he was upsetting powerful interests who didn’t want his views to be heard.

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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 3

Part 3 – The Relational Domain
The Relational Domain has the accumulation of millions of years of relationship experience from the first multicellular organisms to the sophisticated human society of today. Each generation builds on the prior generation.

The Bible even goes back further in saying Wisdom was present from the beginning of Creation: “Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the Earth.” (Proverbs 8:23)

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Figure 4 – Relational Domain

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Transforming the Rational Decision Making Process – Part 2

Part 2 – Rational Domain Bottlenecks
But things don’t always go smoothly in achieving results. Bottlenecks are blockages or distortions that occur in the in the transitions between the external world and the internal world. These can delay or block the achievement of desired results.

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Figure 3 – Rational Decision Making Process – Bottlenecks

As shown in Figure 3, there are four locations where bottlenecks can occur:
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