Hugh Mackay On The Good Society (TSOL) [Melbourne]
Wednesday May 30, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Convention Centre Place
South Wharf, VIC 3006
Dave Childs & Mark Sandon
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
What kind of society do we want to become? Australia’s unprecedented run of economic growth has failed to deliver a more stable or harmonious society. Like many Western societies, we are in the midst of a period of rampant individualism and materialism, becoming more self-absorbed, more competitive, more socially fragmented, more anxious, more depressed, more medicated, deeper in debt and increasingly addicted. How do we correct this course to lead us towards a more compassionate, less anxious society?
The School of Life proudly presents an evening with esteemed social researcher and bestselling author Hugh Mackay, as he draws on his 60-year research career to present a fearless and passionate vision for the kind of people and society we could become. Hugh invites us to consider the possibility that the clearest signs of the health of a society are to be found in the life of its local neighbourhoods and communities, and urges us to bring more compassion to our discourse – both public and private – about the kind of society we want to become.
Throughout the evening we will be challenged to think differently about the power of our individual choices in shaping our society’s future. We will consider the role of compassion in addressing issues such as anxiety, cultural diversity, digital and social media and economic inequality. We will leave with new ideas and insights about how courage, wisdom and imagination can lead us towards a more compassionate, less anxious society.
This event is proudly presented in collaboration with Macmillan Australia.