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Republished; Simple thinking in a complex world is a recipe for disaster

January 5, 2017


In an era of post-truth and pseudoscience, what can you do? Our "LifeFlip" initiative - which is using the "Afternoon Conversations with Ron" to tease out some of the complexities we face as we age in particular, is one way we are working to improve our world. In particular,‘Life Flip’ is the exploration of what our life will look like as contributing and valuable citizens in our later years ie past the 60+ of typical retirement.

Republished; How to be a healthy user of social media

January 3, 2017


How to be a healthy user of social media Peggy Kern, University of Melbourne We can learn a lot about people through how they use social media. For example, Twitter language can be used to predict the risk of dying from heart disease. Analyses of Facebook updates show women tend to be warmer than men, […]

Republished; 2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture

January 1, 2017


Great article wrap up 2016, the year that was: Arts and Culture Suzy Freeman-Greene, The Conversation 2016 was not a good year to be a famous male musician. In January, David Bowie died at just 69. He was mourned by pretty much everyone, including the German Foreign Office, which tweeted: “You are now among Heroes”. […]

Have we lost the ability to ask Questions?

October 4, 2016


While Adelaide is in the middle of a major storm, the common response via the media is to ask questions which typically direct blame towards either an individual (such as a politician) or a process, regulation or organisation. However, what we really need are the optimistic solution finders and innovators. Across a multitude of industries, topics, causes […]

Global journalism needs global ethics

July 26, 2016


Replublished Christopher Kremmer, UNSW Australia There’s an old saying in journalism: “All news is local”. It means that news, wherever it comes from, needs to engage the interest of its local audience if it is to succeed. But read today’s paper, or turn to the nightly television news broadcast, or just check your phone right […]

If this is the Facebook election, the major parties should be a little concerned

June 12, 2016


If Facebook is a microcosm of wider electoral feeling, Turnbull has work to do. But the main message from Facebook is that, between them, the nation’s two main political leaders are “liked” online by less than 2.5% of eligible voters.

2016 Oldies Media Aware Study [SURVEY LINK]

April 11, 2016


The Oldies Media Aware Study (#omas) explores the growing use of online technologies by the more senior members of our community and in particular, ways to support and encourage connections for those people to thrive (and not feel so isolated).

50 | The second phase of life

January 13, 2016


My life has been about twos. Not the terrible twos; no, just the pairs who met twice and joined together, and the twins with the double take on life. The second guess was twofold, not bi-fold and cemented with as much again increasing fame. Binary moments caused dual concern and repeated with a different reaction. […]

Connecting online can help prevent social isolation in older people

December 2, 2015


Jenny Waycott, University of Melbourne John*, a widower, is a retired engineer aged in his 90s. He lives alone in the family home and has struggled with loneliness and depression since his wife passed away. He feels frustrated that as he gets older he can no longer do many of the things he used to […]

#prayforparis – a collection of social media activities, notes and advice

November 15, 2015


*This is a living page - sharing key messages I made a symbol for Lebanon too. #parisattacks #beirutattacks #peace — Kristian Labak (@krustabred) November 14, 2015 // Hashtags Some good, some not so: #PorteOuvertes #ParisAttacks #PrayForParis For Australians from our Foreign Minister Support pictures from around the globe: world_landmarks_lit_up_in_french_colors_after_paris_attacks.html ABC […]

The ethics of over-diagnosis: risk and responsibility in medicine

September 28, 2015


We’re all in this mess together: trying to be good citizens, control the future, and wrestle with the uncertainty of science. It’s a difficult challenge, but it’s not impossible.

Australia’s next wave of startups could be from the over-55s

September 21, 2015


Attracted by work life-balance, they have more developed networks, better business experience, superior technical and managerial skills, and a stronger financial position than younger entrepreneurs.

Will the elderly rely on the Internet of Things to look after them?

August 20, 2015


Despite all of the possibilities of these devices helping the elderly to stay independent and active, there are some significant obstacles that need to be overcome before their full potential becomes a reality. The first is acceptance by the elderly themselves.

The hidden impact of becoming a sudden carer is a stop start stalling affair

August 1, 2015


The journey that started with “The hidden cost of becoming a sudden carer is more than just emotional” Is more like a playground Is more revealing than expected of not caring with dignity, continues. And it needs exposure. As a carer, do you ever have those moments when you think to yourself “Yah, it’s all under control.“…? No, […]