Preliminary Program | Day 2

DAY 2 | FRIDAY 18 MARCH 2022

08:30 - 08:40 OPENING REMARKS FROM THE MC

8:40 - 10:25 HAPPINESS, KINDNESS & CARING FOR OUR WORLD

CONVERSATIONS WORTH HAVING: THE BUSINESS OF BUILDING A BETTER WORLD

Professor David Cooperrider, the world’s foremost authority on strengths-based, positive change, internationally renowned for his research in appreciative inquiry, USA 

What conversations do we need to have to galvanize change, unite a global community of inquiry and action, and lead the way to an equitable, sustainable, and flourishing future? Explore the role of a new leadership paradigm, characterised by qualities such as virtue, love, compassion, and connection. Be inspired by what companies can and are doing to move away from “doing no harm” to playing an active role in solving environmental, social, and economic problems.  

THE KINDNESS REVOLUTION

Hugh Mackay AO, renowned social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author

Following the ravages of the bushfires and the effect of the COVID pandemic on our mental and emotional health, many of us reflected on what really mattered to us, what kind of life we wanted to lead. Explore how crises and catastrophes often turn out to be the making of us. Be encouraged to find the best in ourselves and in our society, asking the question: ‘Could we become renowned as a loving country, rather than simply a “lucky” one?’

WHY CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS ARE CRUCIAL FOR OUR FUTURE HAPPPINESS

Professor Felicia A Huppert, Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Founding Director of the Well-being Institute, University of Cambridge, UK 

Never in human history have we been bombarded by so much information. How do we know what’s true, and what needs to be acted upon? Developing the skills to make informed appraisals is fundamental to leading a wise and happy life in a complex and rapidly changing world. 

PERSONAL STORY: BEYOND CLIMATE GRIEF

Dr Jonica Newby, award-winning science reporter, author, TV presenter and director 

Be moved by a story devastating climate grief and of how one woman learnt to  navigate the emotional turmoil of climate change. What can provide us with guidance and emotional sustenance to help us face the uncertainties ahead? 

LOVING COUNTRY

Bruce Pascoe, Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man and award-winning author of Dark Emu 

Vicky Shukuroglou, artist and researcher dedicated to deepening our care and understanding of the Earth 

By knowing sacred Australia’s whole and old story, we can find the way to fall in love with our home. Be entranced by stories and stunning photos, and discover some keys to unlocking and revealing the heart of this loving country. 

10:25 – 10:55 MORNING COFFEE

10:55 - 12:30 HAPPINESS, HOPE & VULNERABILITY

PANEL: FROM FINANCIAL WEALTH TO MENTAL WEALTH – THE TRUE MEASURE OF OUR PROSPERITY

Government obsession with increasing financial wealth has not produced increased happiness. This talk explores the benefits of refocusing onto mental wealth – the sum of resources and systems that empower people to develop their full potential, manage challenging situations, and contribute to social and ecological flourishing. 

THE POWER OF WISE OPTIMISM

Gillian Coutts, mindful leadership consultant and Australian Country Director of Potential Project 

With wise optimism you can see reality as it is, while staying truly open to opportunities.  Learn about the power of radical acceptance and active hope in seeing us all through tough times. 

CLEANING OUR TRAUMA

Yemi Penn, engineer, entrepreneur and mindset transformation leader

Yemi speaks from experience, about the importance of acknowledging our distressing life events with a view to transforming our trauma rather than transferring it. She shares ways to clean our trauma, transmuting pain to power in the process.

SOCIAL KUNG FU: LIFE & DEATH IS IN THE POWER OF YOUR SPEECH

Matt Purcell, one of Australia’s leading young entrepreneurs; Founder & CEO of Social Kung Fu 

While there are many self-defence codes such as boxing and karate for physical safety, research has shown that the most common form of abuse in our culture is not physical, but rather verbal abuse. The sad truth is no one has systematically taught us a way to deal with verbal abuse. Social Kung Fu offers a new generation of verbal training that works when people are under pressure. Grounded in research, SKF provides a set of techniques and principles that aim to equip young people with personal protection, improve their selfesteem and become better communicators in their schools, workplaces and homes. 

PERSONAL STORY: MY YEAR OF LIVING VULNERABLY

Rick Morton, award-winning journalist and author of acclaimed best-selling memoir, One Hundred Years of Dirt 

Be moved and uplifted by Rick Morton, diagnosed with a complex post-traumatic stress disorder due to a failure of love in his childhood, as he shares his journey to ‘betterness’, to rediscovering love.  

ROCK POOL GAZING: AN ECOLOGICAL MINDFULNESS PRACTICE

Bastian Fox Phelan, writer, zinemaker, musician, citizen scientist and keen rockpooler 

In this immersive audiovisual presentation, Bastian introduces the ecological mindfulness practice of gazing into rock pools. “When I’m rockpooling, I feel like I go into an altered state. It’s like mindfulness meditation. You won’t get as much out of it if you take a quick look and move on. You have to stay for a while and give it your attention.” 

12:30 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 15:30 HAPPINESS, HEALTH & LIFESTYLE

BRINGING BUOYANCY INTO TO YOUR LIFE – A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO NAVIGATING CHOPPY TIMES

Anna-Louise Bouvier, one of Australia’s best-known health and wellbeing commentatorsAdjunct Fellow, Macquarie University  

Constant change in our lives, can make it hard to stay on course. Sometimes the sea of our life is settled and calm, at other times it tosses us around. This inspiring session is full of practical, physical ways to keep the boat of your life buoyant and fill your sails full of energy and vitality.  

PERSONAL STORY: HEAL YOUR GUT, HEAL YOUR LIFE

Kirsty Wirth, gut health guru and founder of Kultured Wellness 

A personal tale of finding intergenerational joy and wellness through understanding and nourishing the microbes that live within our body.  Kirsty’s tale is rich in the scientific evidence of how amazing our gut microbiome and the microbes that live within us are. Her story is also one of hope and inspiration highlighting that with curiosity comes hope and with hope and drive we can truly fulfill our dreams.  

THE EMPATHY DILEMMA: BALANCING SELF-CARE AND CARE FOR OTHERS

Corey Jackson, mental health researcher at the intersection of science and Buddhism; Founder of the Beyond Mindfulness Method

Empathy can be both the cause and solution to stress and burnout. Used skillfully, it can transform self-care from a temporary drowning out of stress to increased resilience and connection with our community. 

THE POWER OF LETTING GO

Phil Lee, entrepreneur, author, spiritual practitioner and coach 

The Buddha famously stated that the cause of suffering is desire, wanting life to be the way you have determined it should be rather than the way it actually is. Explore how the simple acts of acceptance and “letting go” can totally transform not only the present moment but your entire life. 

PERSONAL STORY: RECOVERING FROM BURNOUT - HOW SCIENCE HELPED ME

Sophie Scott, award winning medical reporter, ABC 

I’m a medical reporter who burnt out. It took 8 minutes, 3 times a day, to rebuild my life. Hear how you can use science to prevent the same thing happening to you. 

15:30 – 16:00 AFTERNOON COFFEE

16:00 - 17:30 TAKING ACTION FOR A HAPPIER LIFE FOR OURSELVES & OTHERS

16:00 NO MORE EXCUSES: HOW TO BRIDGE THE KNOWING-DOING-GAP

Dr Tim Sharp, (aka Dr Happy) leading positive psychologist – writer, speaker and consultant 

So many people know what they should do, but don’t do it. This is what I call the knowing-doing gap and it is, in my experience, central to why many aren’t healthier, happier and more successful. But the good news is that there are ways to bridge this gap, to do more of the right things and to live better lives. Be inspired to take action with practical strategies to take home and apply immediately. 

16:25 THREE PROVEN WAYS TO UNCOVER YOUR CORE VALUES

Shamash Alidina, one of the UK’s most popular mindfulness teachers and author of bestselling Mindfulness for Dummies, London, UK 

Discover three creative ways to help you and others clarify what your values are. The session will combine the theory, powerful practical exercises and tips to help you use your values to take meaningful action in your life. 

16:45 IN CONVERSATION: HAPPINESS & RESILIENCE - LEARNING FROM ANIMALS

Roxy Danckwerts, renowned founder of Wild Is Life animal sanctuary & Zimbabwe Elephant Nursery, Zimbabwe  

Moderator: David Michie, meditation coach and internationally best-selling author of many titles including The Dalai Lama’s Cat series 

Roxy’s dedication to the rescued animals being rehabilitated at her wildlife animal sanctuary is awe-inspiring. What drives her is…”simply love” she says. 

17:10 AWAKENING THE KITTEN WITHIN

David Michie, meditation coach and internationally best-selling author of many titles including The Dalai Lama’s Cat series 

As kittens we feel it often. All it takes is a wind-blown feather, an unexpected delicacy, or the alluring rush of water and instantly we are caught up in it: wonderment. Enchantment. Being fully absorbed in the here and now. By the time we reach senior status however, we have become knowing and indifferent. But we have lost something, have we not? Which begs answers to some intriguing questions. Is it possible to recover the unaffected zest for life which once came to us so naturally? To become un-blasé? Can we awaken the kitten within? 

17:30 CLOSE DAY 2