UWA Business School In part one of our conversation, Hugh Mackay spoke about the rapid pace of modern society and the need to make allowances for others less fortunate than ourselves. Now in part two, he talks about ethical business, the hung parliament, and the future of generosity.
As a former politician and as a student of psychology, I continue to be surprised by the dearth of interplay between leading edge developments in the social sciences and decision-making in government, despite the vast potential payoffs in forging links between theory and practice.
Maintaining adequate global food supplies at a time of rapidly rising population, significant economic growth, increasing food and stockfeed demand, changing climate, declining natural resources, trade liberalisation and regional disturbances is a critical issue for mankind.
To meet this life threatening challenge, we must adopt scientifically sound and sustainable agricultural practices.
One of Randolph Stow's poems is titled "The Land's Meaning", and all his work might be interpreted as searching for this, suggests Winthrop Professor Dennis Haskell, of UWA's School of English and Cultural Studies. Professor Haskell is also Chair of the Australia Council Literature Board.
One school of thought says internet-enhanced learning is the best thing since Socrates. Another says today’s students are so obsessed with virtual friends, virtual networks and virtual worlds that they have no idea who Socrates is. Some, according to Assistant Professor Mark Pegrum of UWA’s Graduate School of Education, say it doesn’t matter anyway, because they can Google him. Ah, say others, but how can they judge the value of the information that turns up in the popularity contest that is the world wide web?
It is true that with the resources we now have, we could feed, clothe and educate every one of the nearly seven billion people living on this planet. And it is patently obvious that we are not doing so, argues Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence in her International Women's Day 2010 address at The University of Western Australia.