Yantra's are visual representations of a sound or mantra. They can be geometric or abstract, and are used as a meditation device or as a tool for contemplation. The painter Marisa Purcell first encountered yantra's when she travelled to India 20 years ago.Read More
Philosopher Joanne Faulkner discusses how she got into studying childhood innocence and whether parents really can "manage" their children.Read More
Dr Megan MacKenzie discusses the ways in which women are part of international politics and "if we pay attention to what they are doing, we actually see different things in the world."Read More
Where do ideas come from? What is the process of discovery? There are all sort of theories as to how ideas are born. There is the “thunderbolt moment” when in a flash, the concept is born. Then there is the notion of brewing — ideas aren't sprung into the world fully formed, they come about incrementally.Read More
Abstract artist Marisa Purcell grew up in Brisbane where there were a lot of ugly brown buildings. Because of it, she learned to find beauty in brown, which she describes as "a glowing colour“. Most of her paintings start with the colour as a base. “People are down on brown because it is usually opaque and dense and shit-brown and it doesn’t have any depth to it,” she says. “But If you mix it from the three primary colours or from two complementary colours, it has a vibrancy. It’s really an exciting colour.” This work is 'Embed'. Marisa is speaking about her work and how she comes up with her ideas at Belvoir theatre as part of a fab panel. Book here.
Heidegger's notion of the unheimlich — the uncanny, how human existence can fundamentally be strange to itself. The "unacceptability" of being passive in modern life. Frontline stories from a psychologist and a social worker working with Sydney's vulnerable.Read More
Freud emphasised the importance of external factors in the genesis of anxiety while Heidegger says we are anxious because we care, says philosopher DR PETER BANKI,Read More
Clear Spot Club President Jackie Dent spoke with sociologist and Emeritus Professor Michael Pusey, the man who coined the term "economic rationalism", about his take on anxiety.Read More
- At the Conquering the Boys Club talk, Yolanda Beattie from Mercer talked how to best negotiate a pay rise and promotion.
- Here is a great little tip sheet! I thought the advice about NOT trading off salary for flexibility (unless it's reduced hours) was particularly important.
- She basically said it's a shit deal!
"By labelling someone with an anxiety disorder, we see them as an individual with a disease. We ignore how the failings of late capitalism can make people miserable," says social work lecturer Emma Tseris.Read More
Thanks to all the lovely people that came to Clear Spot Club's first event. Aside from Jenny Morris and Yolanda Beattie rolling out some fascinating observations about what is holding women back in the workplace, as well as tips on how to "play the game", the Q + A afterwards yielded some interesting comments ranging from the travails of female-dominated workplaces to others feeling like they have to play down the fact they have children to appear professional. Keep posted for our next 'Women at work' event, this time focusing on flexibility! Thanks again to our speakers and audience.
Jenny Morris has been coaching women in their careers for years. She says the problem in getting ahead is complex but one major issue is that women are often excluded from progressing due to the boys club.Read More
It's a new year and the beginning of Clear Spot Club.
Over the summer, I've been researching all sorts of ideas for the annual program, looking into the latest debates about anxiety therapy, hunting out critiques on meditation, watching Professor Anil Seth on consciousness, reading reports about why there is a gender pay gap, as well as plotting a dance program — I miss going out dancing.
The first Clear Spot Club workshop is "Women at Work", which will be run by Jenny Morris and Yolanda Beattie. The pair will be offering tips and tricks for women feeling annoyed at work about their salaries and lack of promotion. You can read more about the class here.
Another stream for Clear Spot will be "anxiety", largely inspired by this British essay We are all very anxious and the success of The Ethics of Anxiety, a panel I programmed at the Ethics Centre which was broadcast on ABC Radio National. There are a lot of anxious cats out there but why? Or are there bigger forces at play. We'll also be looking at alternative "treatments", away from the world of CBT and medication.
--Jackie, President of Clear Spot.
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