• On mateship

    Mark Nicol     |      December 3, 2020

    In this touching personal essay on friendship and loss, Mark Nicol reflects on the very Australian notion of ‘mateship’.

  • What’s the big idea?

    Courtney Lock     |      November 28, 2020

    COVID-19 narrowed our activity, interactions and experiences, making our lives smaller and more mundane. How can people get their creative mojo back for 2021?

  • Successful leaders are ‘one of us’

    Open Forum     |      November 24, 2020

    A successful leader is one who creates a shared sense of unity and identity in the groups they lead, according to University of Queensland research.

  • The long war

    Nicholas Longrich     |      November 22, 2020

    Neanderthals and modern humans evolved from a common ancestor, but were engaged in brutal guerrilla-style warfare across the globe for over 100,000 years until the last of their kind were wiped out 40,000 years ago.

  • Home is where the heart is

    Ben Knight     |      November 22, 2020

    The coronavirus has exposed long standing problems with Australia’s aged care homes, but a little support could go a long way to help us stay in our homes and age with grace.

  • The super-dominant predator

    Mark Nicol     |      November 19, 2020

    Forget sharks, bears tigers and even viruses – mankind remains the most terrifyingly effective predator the world has ever seen, with our brains proving far more dangerous to the rest of the natural world than the claws and teeth of our long-vanquished competitors.

  • This year – A Victorian perspective

    Alan Stevenson     |      November 16, 2020

    As Victoria finally emerges from its long lock-down and travel restrictions begin to ease between the states, Alan Stevenson looks back at the experience and finds rays of hope for his community in what has been a dark year for the country.

  • The comforts of solitude

    Matthew Sharpe     |      October 31, 2020

    Over the past seven months, many of us have got closer to experiencing the kind of solitude long sought by monks, nuns, philosophers and misanthropes. For some, this has brought loneliness, but religions and literature have a rich tradition exploring the benefits of being alone.

  • A sailor with the sea in his soul

    Anthony Bergin     |      October 26, 2020

    Sam Bateman, one of Australia’s and the region’s finest maritime and strategic thinkers and leaders. died last week at the age of 82.

  • Life after lockdown

    Breanna Wright     |      October 5, 2020

    Lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic uprooted a lot of our usual routines, but the ‘great disruption’ has also given birth to new routines which we may want to continue.

  • Life After lockdown: How the coronavirus pandemic changed the way we design and live in our homes

    Derek Lotts     |      September 18, 2020

    From dedicated office spaces to more home entertainment options, the prolonged lock-downs of recent months are changing the ways in which we live in our homes.

  • Are you “technostressed”?

    Reeva Lederman     |      September 12, 2020

    As many of us continue to work from home during COVID-19, there’s increasing incidence of “technostress” and “techno-overload” among workers that needs to be addressed.