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Perspective: Control Freak or Confident Person?

Adam Blanch,
24 September 2018

“Dear Adam, I am a control freak. I have lists of my lists, plan everything I do, have five savings accounts for different potential problems, arrange my sock draw by size, colour and age and account for virtually every minute of my day. On the one hand, I achieve a lot, but I never relax and I’m never spontaneous. It drives other people mad and no matter how much control I have it is never enough to make me feel safe. I’m constantly imagining the worst about every situation, even to the point of mentally rehearsing for alien invasions. I know it’s not rational, and I want to stop, but if I don’t do it I feel incredibly anxious.”  


Perspective: Can we really make the world a Better Place

Adam Blanch,
12 September 2018

It seems we are meant to want to change the world. No longer just the purview of beauty queens giving vapid speeches about saving the children, now we are awash in exhortations to live a “life of purpose” and to “make a difference”. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with that, but before we do this, I think we need to ask a few important questions. 


Community Wellbeing: The Other F Word – Forgiveness

Adam Blanch,
12 September 2018

Dear Adam, I read your article on trauma and it made sense. I’ve realised that I was far more resourceful and resilient than I thought, and this has helped me move past a lot of pain and symptoms. However, I can’t get past wanting to make the person who abused me pay for it. I don’t see why they should get away with this while I continue to suffer from what they did. People tell me I need to forgive, but I don’t know how, and I don’t think I really want to.”  – Angry (some details removed for privacy).


People & Culture Tips: Good First Impressions

Leanne Hart,
12 September 2018

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression” — Will Rogers  

Picture this: 

It's the first day on the job for your new team member.  There are a myriad of feelings and thoughts going through their mind.  They are excited about their new role, new team and new opportunities.  They are curious, ready to learn and connect …. and probably a little nervous about the unknown.   


Community Wellbeing: The Majesty of our Feelings

Adam Blanch,
29 August 2018

Psychologist Adam Blanch has touched on the majesty of our emotions in other articles, and promised a fuller exploration of them to come, so here it is. Let’s talk about the F word - feelings.


Thought Starter: SME's and Business Community Partnerships - 7 Most Common Questions

Linda Garnett and Sharon Dann,
08 August 2018

In part three of our series on SMEs, we look at forming partnerships that last. In the last two articles, we explained the imperative around SMEs and why you need to start formulating a plan, and then we revealed a handful of the thousands of SMEs that are rising to their social impact mission.  


Community Profiles: B Corp Leader & Social Pioneer Dr Alicia Kennedy

Dr Alicia Kennedy ,
27 July 2018

“Philanthropy is becoming embedded in the fabric of our community through purpose-driven business models.” – Dr Alicia Kennedy 


Community Profiles: Profit for Purpose Leader, Geraldine Scott

Julia Keady,
18 July 2018

“In our own small way, we can contribute to the unseen unheard voice of the financial services sector, bringing some light and confidence back to the public perception.” – Gerri Scott



Perspective: Is our wealth and privilege making us miserable?

Adam Blanch,
12 July 2018

(First published In Pro Bono Australia 'Ask Adam' column, by practitioner Adam Blanch) 

Dear Adam, I am interested in your perspective. I look around and think as a society that we have more than we have ever had, but everyone seems more anxious and more depressed than ever before. What do you think is going on?” – Anon


Community Profiles: Social Pioneer, Dr Robbie Van Hemert

Julia Keady,
05 July 2018

“People are starting to realise their own power … the power to take change into their own hands.” – Dr Robbie van Hemert


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