Last week I was fortunate to be invited to speak on a panel at 1 William Street hosted by Impact Boom and the Queensland Public Service Commission.
My fellow panelists included Belinda Drew, Prof. Brad Jackson, and Helen Sharpley. We discussed systems change, how cross sectoral ideas can tackle complex community issues. The event, on a hot and sticky early Brisbane morning was sold out, with views from the top floor of the new government building across this glorious city.
A week on and I reflect that the changes needed to tackle complex social problems are both micro and macro. There’s not a singular approach, no magic wand. We need, as Thich Nhat Hanh says, heart to heart change to happen at an inter-personal level; compassionate understanding and love of our fellow beings. And at a macro level a change in the greed based economics of neo-liberalism. In between, the sector I work in, the social-business sector, continues to demonstrate the possibility of a fairer distribution of profits and working conditions which can, and is assisting the change we want to see.
You can listen to a podcast of the event here, and hear me talk more about micro and macro issues, referencing Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful, Thich Nhat Hanh’s heart to heart change, and the work of Marist180’s social enterprise.