Anthony Foster – The tenacious advocate for victims of child sexual abuse

The first inkling that Anthony and Christine Foster’s daughter, Emma, might have been a victim of child sexual abuse came after years of Emma’s unexplained psychological issues and self-destructive behaviour had been occurring. It was in February 1996 that Emma’s psychiatrist said to Chrissie, “She’s displaying all the symptoms of someone who has been sexually abused.”

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Vale Anthony Foster
1953 –2017

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John Boyd – Misunderstood Genius of Warfighting

How does one begin to pay homage to a warrior like John Boyd? He was a towering intellect who made unsurpassed contributions to the American art of war.
– General Charles C. Krulak, Commandant U.S. Marine Corps

John Boyd in F-86 Fighter Korea

Col John R. Boyd U.S. Air Force (Ret)
23 Jan 1927 – 9 Mar 1997

The UN-dictated rules of engagement for the allied forces operating against North Korea were quite specific. No pilot was to go across the Yalu River into Manchuria (China) under any circumstances. But this didn’t stop Lieutenant John Boyd and his flight leader, RAF exchange officer Jock Maitland, and others from breaking the rules from time to time.
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Copthorne Macdonald – A Journey from Emotional Immaturity to Wisdom

In many ways Copthorne “Cop” Macdonald was ahead of his time and not just in wisdom. As a social experimenter, as an inventor, as an engineer, as an ecologist, as an independent scholar and as a philosopher he was out in the front row leading the way with the best of them. But his immature decisions at a young age could have easily resulted in a very different outcome.


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Copthorne Macdonald
12 Mar 1936 – 20 Dec 2011

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Monika Ardelt on How to Become Wise

Only within the last decade has this been possible to measure the wisdom of a person, largely due to the work done by Professor Monika Ardelt. This essay is a brief account of her work in the development of a wisdom scoring model that you can use to find out your own wisdom score. It concludes with her suggestions on how to become wise.

We are not provided with wisdom, we must discover it for ourselves, after a journey through the wilderness which no one else can take for us, and effort which no one can spare us.
— Marcel Proust


The book she stumbled across in 1990 was a recently published softcover volume that could easily get lost in the stack of books in the Davis Library at the University of North Carolina. In fact, the chance find of this book in the library would change her destiny.Continue reading

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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