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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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.


Wisdom of Copthorne Macdonald
Copthorne Macdonald
12 Mar 1936 – 20 Dec 2011

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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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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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