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Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.

Think Again Jennifer Borrell & Jacques Boulet

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Think Again offers weekly conversations and reflections about current events, trends and public pronouncements on contemporary and emerging issues. The show moves beyond what we read and hear via the public and ‘social’ media, to invite alternative possibilities to guide our thinking, living and organising.

    The Religious Discrimination Bill and how religious schools in Australia take our public money

    The Religious Discrimination Bill and how religious schools in Australia take our public money

    Jennifer and Jacques talk about the Religous Discrimination Bill being presented to Federal Parliament. This Bill would expand the powers of religious insititutions to discriminate - not just on the basis of faith affiliation, but on aspects of identity and lifestyle deemed by the institution to be incompatible with their particular brand of faith. Jacques and Jennifer look at the particular instance of schools and their power to hire and fire on the basis of things like gender, and sexuality. They place this in the context of the inequitable funding arrangments for education in Australia, wherein private religious schools take the lions share of funding from the public purse, to the detriment of public schools. This makes the push by these private schools to be able to discriminate even more outrageous, pointing to a certain sense of elite entitlement. Refs:Stop all government funding for private schools. (Why and how we could do it), by David Zyngierhttps://www.aare.edu.au/blog/?p=5056OECD lays bare Australia’s public education investment inequity, by Australian Education Unionhttp://www.aeufederal.org.au/news-media/media-releases/2020/september/090920The instrumentation of public subsidies for private schools: Different regulatory models with concurrent equity implications Adrián Zancajo, Antoni Verger, Clara Fontdevila (June 17, 2021) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/14749041211023339   NO AUKUS,  NO Nuclear Submarines, NO War  - National Days of Actions around the country9 - 11 December  Melbourne Rally Saturday 11 December 1.00pm on the steps of State Library Speakers at Saturday 11th December rally include, Jenny Ground (Medical Association for Prevention of War), Scott Ludlum (former Greens Senator), Colin Long (Just Transition Organiser, representing Victorian Trades Hall Council), and other peace and community organisations' representatives.  

    Military intrusions in Australian schools and universities

    Military intrusions in Australian schools and universities

    Jennifer and Jacques talk about the blatant infiltration of military agendas in our education system, with resourcing from the federal government.     This is in the context of the de-funding of our universities, particularly many humanities departments and subjects that involve critical thinking. Most recently, the ‘culture wars’ have been reignited, as the government wants a white, imperialist triumphal version of history to be taught in schools, which garners support for future wars as well as the weapons industry.    Jacques and Jennifer propose that, as a nation, we would do better to resource social and environmental sustainability and public health, rather than weaponry and war mongering. Ref:Minors and missiles: Weapons companies in schools Activism:Australian Living Peace MuseumRaucous anti-AUKUS caucus - convened by Renegade Activists 

    Local community fights monstrous developments in the midst of treasured parklands

    Local community fights monstrous developments in the midst of treasured parklands

    Linda Bennett and Rodney Sparke from Scaleitdown talk about their campaign against eight and ten-story developments in the midst of Brunswick parklands.     They describe how the developers , Stocklands and Mirvac, have by-passed local government and taken their proposals straight to the Victorian Government.     This means that community members opposing the developments have to take their case to the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), a highly legalistic and technical process requiring expensive specialist expertise. Linda and Rodney describe the gross power imbalance in this process, and how the community has come together nevertheless to stave off the developments.   Campaign link: https://www.scaleitdown.org/      

    Activists oppose AUKUS and war mongering, while collaborating for a better world

    Activists oppose AUKUS and war mongering, while collaborating for a better world

    Jennifer speaks with Liz Turner from Renegade Activists about the various campaigns coming together to oppose AUKUS, (the new military pact between Australia, the US and the UK).     Very quickly, this pact has brought a range of groups together across Australia, including anti-nuclear, environmental and peace activists.   This may be a positive upside of AUKUS, generating a groundswell of activism in a movement for change. Listeners are given ideas for joining in.    Campaign links:https://renegadeactivists.org/ https://ipan.org.au/Ref from Liz:Jeff Sparrow in The Guardian 19 October 2021:Climate change is a national security issue...  

    Paulo Freire and critical education remembered… and not just for 'old' 60s activists!

    Paulo Freire and critical education remembered… and not just for 'old' 60s activists!

    Jacques remembers one of the most influential educational thinkers of the last 60-or-so years; Paulo Freire, who was born 100 years ago in recife in Brazil, influenced two generations of development and emancipation activists.     This started with his literacy work in Brazil in the early 1960s and after his exile from his country under the military dictatorship in 1964, spreading right across Latin America and working with the World Council of Churches, all over the world.     The publication of his 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' in 1970 inspired large numbers of  educators both in the formal and informal sectors and his writings became obligatory inclusions in the curricula of social work, community development and social change across the world.     Jacques has personally worked with Freire and remembers his 'conscientisation' approach vividly as well as its integration in many formal university courses he has taught in. It would be very useful to go back to this work and reintroduce it during the rather troublesome times we live in at present.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulo_Freire  Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the Oppressed. New York, Continuum. Freire, P. (1970). Cultural Action for Freedom. [Cambridge], Harvard Educational Review. Freire, P. (1973). Education for Critical Consciousness. New York, Seabury Press. Freire, P. (1975). Conscientization. Geneva, World Council of Churches. Freire, P. (1976). Education, the Practice of Freedom. London, Writers and Readers Publishing Cooperative. Freire, P. (1978). Pedagogy in Process: The Letters to Guinea-Bissau. New York, A Continuum Book: The Seabury Press. Freire, P. (1985). The Politics of Education: Culture, Power, and Liberation. South Hadley, Mass., Bergin & Garvey.Freire, P. and I. Shor (1987). Freire for the Classroom: A Sourcebook for Liberators Teaching. Freire, P. and H. Giroux & P. McLaren (1988). Teachers as Intellectuals: Towards a Critical Pedagogy of Learning. Freire, P. and I. Shor (1988). Cultural Wars: School and Society in the Conservative Restoration, 1969–1984.      

    Learning more about B-Corporations – one road to humanising our (capitalist) economy...?

    Learning more about B-Corporations – one road to humanising our (capitalist) economy...?

    Jacques Boulet interviews Dan McKinley, CEO of B-Corporation Dog and Bone  Dan and Jacques have a conversation about a kind of ‘in-between’ space between the ‘normal’ capitalist ways of running business and the more ‘radical’ alternatives we often pay attention to in Think Again.        In B-corporations real transformational relationships, processes and structures are actually being experimented with, in a space where central elements of the existing system are not only being talked about but are radically changed whilst at the same time continuing to operate with elements of the existing system… and many of these experiments – and certainly in the case of Dog and Bone - are making a real difference…        https://bcorporation.net/about-b-corps THE B CORP DECLARATION OF INTERDEPENDENCEWe envision a global economy that uses business as a force for good. This economy is comprised of a new type of corporation - the B Corporation - Which is purpose-driven and creates benefit for all stakeholders, not just shareholders.As B Corporations and leaders of this emerging economy, we believe:That we must be the change we seek in the world.That all business ought to be conducted as if people and place mattered.That, through their products, practices, and profits, businesses should aspire to do no harm and benefit all.To do so requires that we act with the understanding that we are each dependent upon another and thus responsible for each other and future generations.

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