Join organisational theorist Richard Claydon, HR guru Katriina Tahka, philosopher Jean-Philippe Deranty, bullying expert Carlo Caponecchia and Clear Spot President Jackie Dent as they explore why there are dickheads at work, and what to do about them.
What a buzzy night discussing dickheads at work! While there were clearly a lot of people who have had shit experiences in the audience, the night felt fun, playful and thoughtful.Read More
When things go well at work, it can be an "existential emboldening and strengthening" but when things go wrong — such as having to deal with a dickhead — things fall apart very quickly for people says philosopher Jean-Philippe Deranty.
In this edited Q + A, Deranty explores the the deeper implications of work for humans.Read More
We may know of dickheads at work but how do we make sure we don't become one ourselves? Check out the upbeat work of Stanford University cognitive behavioural David Burns, M.D, which may offer insights.Read More
We've all been in a situation where we are stuck with a dickhead in the office. What do you do? Jackie Dent spoke to Katriina Tahka, a specialist in how to detox the office and get the good vibes going.
Where do ideas come from? By daydreaming in lectures, thinking about September 11, meditating, resisting coffee dates, being logical, pinning goals to a wall, listening to music, writing in silence and not always accepting the answers they were given. It seems by staying seriously committed and focused on an ideal has paid off for these fabulous thinkers.Read More
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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