Gardens Theatre - X Block, Gardens Point OR attend via Zoom
FREE but registration essential

"To be kind – always and to everyone – is to be fully, gloriously human, and every act of kindness is one more step towards a better society." Hugh Mackay AO

The broad QUT community of students, staff, alumni, donors and friends are invited to attend this thought provoking event.

How we can restore hope, rebuild trust and inspire optimism

The bushfires and worldwide pandemic of 2020 took a toll on our mental health, emotional health, and the economy. They also highlighted – and continue to highlight in the midst of the ongoing COVID crisis – the impressive human capacity to cope with life’s inevitable disruptions and catastrophes and the unexpected benefits that often follow such experiences. 

Renowned social psychologist, Hugh Mackay AO, joins QUT host, Professor Melinda Edwards, to reflect on the challenges we have faced during the past year and the profound questions many of us have asked ourselves during this time. They will discuss how we might use this moment as a catalyst for finding more creative ways of building the kind of society we’d all be proud to live in. One that is more compassionate, cooperative, respectful, inclusive, egalitarian, harmonious, kinder, and less cynical. 

“The question is whether we are ready to apply the lessons 2020 has taught us. I am convinced the potential is there…I hope you will share my optimism.” Hugh Mackay AO


Hugh Mackay AO

Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist, and the author of twenty-two books, including eight novels. His non-fiction writing covers social analysis, psychology, communication and ethics. He has had a sixty-year career in social research and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for twenty-five years. He is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and of the Royal Society of New South Wales and has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Australian universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015 and is currently an honorary professor in the Research School of Psychology at the Australian National University. He lives in Canberra.


Professor Melinda Edwards

From litigator to professor of law, social entrepreneur and novelist, Melinda Edwards has had a diverse career. In her current role as a Professor of Practice with QUTeX, Melinda teaches negotiation, leadership and business law in the Graduate, MBA and EMBA programs. She is also an Executive Coach and leads the Ethical Decision Making Masterclass Series.

Melinda has extensive international experience including projects in Bhutan, Myanmar, Thailand, Czech Republic, and Papua New Guinea. In 2013, Melinda was engaged by the Bhutan National Legal Institute to create a unique model of mediation incorporating the principles of both Buddhism and Gross National Happiness.

This event is being offered at lunch time and early evening on Thursday 26 August.

The lunch time event will be a conversation format between Hugh and Melinda around the themes of Hugh's latest book The Kindness Revolution:

Register for the Lunch time ZOOM session 12pm to 1pm

Register for the Lunch time IN PERSON session 12pm to 1pm

The evening event will be a presentation by Hugh on The Kindness Revolution followed by a Q&A facilitated by Melinda:

Register for the Evening ZOOM session 6pm to 7pm

Register for the Evening IN PERSON session 5.30pm arrival for 6pm to 7pm

Hugh will be signing copies of his new book The Kindness Revolution (Allen & Unwin) after each event.

Chrissie Peppin
QUT Alumni in collaboration with QUT Chaplaincy, QUT Wellness Matters, Student Services and QUTeX.
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