I am a philosopher and culture hacker. I wrote ‘Coalition of the Willing’ (2010), a collaborative short film directed by the British film maker Simon Robson. ‘Coalition of the Willing’ was made by a network of 20 animation teams spread across three continents, totaling 77 people. It won the Grand Jury Prize (Real Life Category) at the 2010 Hampton International Film Festival, Best Short Film at the 2012 San Francisco Green Film Festival, and Best Environmental Short at 2011 FlickerFest Sydney.
I received my PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney in 2003. Between 2003 and 2008, I taught philosophy at the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, edited the e-journal Contretemps, and worked towards an academic career. I have published various pieces of academic research including the book, Foucault’s Heidegger: Philosophy and Transformative Experience (Continuum 2007).
My second book, Life Changing: A Philosophical Guide (2012), is based on a workshop I’ve run since 2007. Life Changing uses stories and philosophical exercises to show readers how to discover empowering opportunities in turbulent times. The book is currently withdrawn from sale while I change my publishing platform. An ebook version of Life Changing will available on Amazon and iTunes by February 2016. In the meantime, please check out my continuing philosophical reflections on Philosophy for Change.
As a social entrepreneur, I have worked with and advised several startup ventures including the European open innovation platform, Babele, and the Australian arm of the global innovation consultancy, One Million Acts of Innovation. I am a member of the Florence Guild and the General Thinking network. I have given talks at F5 (New York), In the Room (Sydney), and the DiG Festival (Newcastle). I have been interviewed for CNN Online, BRW, ABC Radio, and Radio National Philosopher’s Zone.