It doesn’t seem right to me to live in a world where it is said that there is ‘free speech’ but we can only feel really free to talk about safe things, like feeling and expressing gratitude and positive thoughts, and whether and how to part our hair or cover bald spots.
Guest Blogger Mary Jaksch writes: "We speak of ‘using time’, ‘buying time’, ’saving time’, ’spending time’, or ’squandering time’ ... we seem to have much less time to do the things we need or want to do. This contributes to more stress at work, sleep deprivation, burnout, and less time for family and friends or recreational activities."
Much has been made of the need for innovation and creativity to address concerns about disruptions to the global economy, its ecology and how this will impact on the quality of peoples lives. At the same time, much of this technological innovation helps to ensure citizens remain distracted and disengaged from much of what is happening or, most significantly, what they could possibly do about it.
Raewyn Good was the quintessential un-bureaucratic bureaucrat, an exceptional and effective networker. She wove connections within, and between, community, social science and official policy. She had the rare ability to identify and support innovative connecting concepts, and many innovative connecting people.
I am speaking here today on behalf of the School of Sociology and Anthropology. Steve was an important member of our community and your loss, following the recent celebration of the award of his PhD, and the promised publications flowing from it, is also our loss.