6 episodes

Cycles of disadvantage are numerous, complex and greater than the sum of their parts. This podcast is about big ideas and novel approaches to breaking them. 

Is social mobility still possible? How can massive, global systems be changed? How can we prevent people from coming into contact with the criminal justice system? In conversation with public policy experts, thought-leaders, and people experiencing disadvantage, Life’s Lottery delves into the latest research and new programs that are achieving meaningful and lasting change.

Join hosts Glyn Davis and Jeni Whalan from the Paul Ramsay Foundation in this five part series that seeks new information, data and ways of thinking about the complexities of disadvantage that persist across generations.

Visit lifeslottery.com.au to learn more.

Life's Lottery The Paul Ramsay Foundation

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    • 4.7 • 12 Ratings

Cycles of disadvantage are numerous, complex and greater than the sum of their parts. This podcast is about big ideas and novel approaches to breaking them. 

Is social mobility still possible? How can massive, global systems be changed? How can we prevent people from coming into contact with the criminal justice system? In conversation with public policy experts, thought-leaders, and people experiencing disadvantage, Life’s Lottery delves into the latest research and new programs that are achieving meaningful and lasting change.

Join hosts Glyn Davis and Jeni Whalan from the Paul Ramsay Foundation in this five part series that seeks new information, data and ways of thinking about the complexities of disadvantage that persist across generations.

Visit lifeslottery.com.au to learn more.

    The challenge to philanthropy

    The challenge to philanthropy

    If we want to inform better public policy to end poverty and disadvantage, hard data and facts are more important than ever. This sets up both a challenge and an opportunity for organisations as philanthropy in Australia develops even further. In this episode, we draw together the threads of our earlier conversations.

    We talk to Susan Urahn, from the Pew Charitable Trusts, about philanthropy’s role in bringing diverse groups together and governments to the table. She shares her insights from over two decades of work as a pioneer in the field, especially in relation to sentencing and corrections reform in the United States.

    And we also hear from Anhaar Kareem, a young Australian woman, with her imagining of what a better future looks like.

    This is the final episode is this season of Life's Lottery. Stay tuned for more in 2022.

    Visit lifeslottery.com.au for more.

    Produced by UTS Impact Studios: 
    Executive Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Audio Producer: Nicole Curby
    Researcher/writer: Jackie May
    Theme music and Sound Design: Frank Lopez
    Production music: Blue Dot Sessions
    Graphic design: Celia Neilson

    • 35 min
    Collective impact: communities driving change

    Collective impact: communities driving change

    No major social problem has a single cause so why would a single approach or organisation be able to solve it? Collective Impact starts with social objectives that are agreed upon across all sectors of society. This episode considers the idea at the heart of Collective Impact: that large-scale social change comes from better cross-sector coordination rather than from the isolated intervention of individual organisations. How does abandoning individual agendas and short-term solutions kick-start long term processes of social change?

    Matthew Cox shares the experience of building Logan Togetherfrom the grassroots up. The project is making gains around a singular focus - to improve life outcomes for children in a region with some of the most entrenched poverty in the country.

    We’ll also hear how justice reinvestment works to tackle existing systems and structures geared towards ‘isolated impact’. Julie Williams and Judy Duncan from Just Reinvest NSW give insights into their lived experience of the criminal justice system and talk about their holistic efforts to divert young people away from it for good.

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    Produced by UTS Impact Studios: 
    Executive Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Audio Producer: Nicole Curby
    Researcher/writer: Jackie May
    Theme music and Sound Design: Frank Lopez
    Production music: Blue Dot Sessions
    Graphic design: Celia Neilson

    • 36 min
    Parents in prison

    Parents in prison

    Most people in jail have experienced disadvantage at some point in their lives, and it’s a legacy that often passes from parent to child. This episode examines current Australian research into the experience of mothers in the criminal justice system with Professor Susan Dennison from Griffith University. Her research project, Transforming corrections to transform lives, explores how having a parent in prison shapes the development and life outcomes of their children. A better understanding of parental identity in prison could help to improve the experience of those parents, and promote their rehabilitation. 

    We’ll also meet Tegan in this episode. Tegan is serving a sentence at the Darwin Correctional Centre, and her mum is there too. We’ll hear what it’s like for Tegan trying to parent three young children from inside prison.  

    Could transforming policies and systems for parents in prison reduce the intergenerational transmission of offending and disadvantage? What kind of measures would ensure prisoners maintain strong relationships with their children and why are these investments worth it? Might this be a way to ensure a prison sentence becomes an offramp to break the cycle of disadvantage?

    Tegan’s story is excerpted from Birds’ Eye View, the first podcast made by women in the Darwin Correctional Centre. For more information, and to listen to the podcast in its entirety, visit birdseyeviewpodcast.net

    Visit lifeslottery.com.au for more.

    Produced by UTS Impact Studios: 
    Executive Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Audio Producer: Nicole Curby
    Researcher/writer: Jackie May
    Theme music and Sound Design: Frank Lopez
    Production music: Blue Dot Sessions
    Graphic design: Celia Neilson

    • 34 min
    Possibility thinking

    Possibility thinking

    In this episode we examine systems change and possibility thinking with a leader in the field. Charlie Leadbeater is a creative systems innovator who works with organisations around the world to address long term problems, such as unacceptable rates of poverty. He says it’s time to reframe social issues to create meaningful solutions that are driven by a more inclusive set of values. 

    Can we imagine a place for love and creativity in policy innovation? This approach has influenced the Family by Familyprojectrun by the Australian Centre for Social Innovation. We meet participant Melissa Hughes who shares her experience of how a relationship with a mentor family helped her move through a tough time and become a more confident and resilient parent.

    We’ll also explore the challenges put to the educated and the powerful, including philanthropic organisations, to foster new ways of thinking to influence better public policy and evidence-based programs on the ground.

    Visit lifeslottery.com.au for more.

    Produced by UTS Impact Studios: 
    Executive Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Audio Producer: Nicole Curby
    Researcher/writer: Jackie May
    Theme music and Sound Design: Frank Lopez
    Production music: Blue Dot Sessions
    Graphic design: Celia Neilson

    • 29 min
    On merit

    On merit

    Australians believe our country is the land of the fair go. A meritocracy where if you work hard you can be successful, no matter what circumstances you were born into. But how true is this? Is intelligence and hard work really enough to break out of a cycle of disadvantage? 

    This episode interrogates the idea of meritocracy and how it was established in the Australian context with Alison Pennington from the Centre for Future Work. We also hear from the author and Saturday Paper social affairs journalist Rick Morton. He questionsthe reality of merit and social mobility at a time of widening wealth inequality and what that says about our commitment to provide opportunities for all.

    Visit lifeslottery.com.au for more.

    Produced by UTS Impact Studios: 
    Executive Producer: Olivia Rosenman
    Audio Producer: Nicole Curby
    Researcher/writer: Jackie May
    Theme music and Sound Design: Frank Lopez
    Production music: Blue Dot Sessions
    Graphic design: Celia Neilson

    • 33 min
    Introducing Life’s Lottery

    Introducing Life’s Lottery

    Birth is a throw of the dice. The consequences can last a lifetime. A child born into disadvantage today will struggle to break out in adulthood - no matter how hard they work.

    Life’s Lottery is a podcast about new ways to break the cycle of disadvantage, from the Paul Ramsay Foundation in collaboration with UTS Impact Studios. In conversation with policy and research leaders, expert practitioners and people whose lives have been touched by disadvantage, we’ll look towards a brighter future. After almost two years of upheaval caused by the Covid pandemic, how can we seize the chance to build back better?

    Please join us! Search for Life’s Lottery wherever you get your podcasts.

    • 1 min

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12 Ratings

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