Why can’t Australia make mRNA vaccines? Because we don’t make enough ‘deep technology’ companies
Caught out by its strategy to bet on COVID-19 vaccines that could be made in Australia, the federal government is now scrambling to manufacture mRNA vaccines locally.
Can an app change Australia’s car culture? Only if all moving parts work together
Getting around an Australian city without a car can be a real hassle. Imagine how much easier it would be if you had the option of combining public transport and shared services — be it bus, train, tram, taxi, car share, electric bicycle or e-scooter — and could book and pay for the lot using a single app.
The Power of Introverts: Lessons from Emma McKeon
Now that the Olympic buzz has settled, there are a few valuable lessons to be learned from the world’s top athletes that could help the rest of us.
Seniors & ICT – less scary than what it appeared to be prior to Covid
As the COVID19 pandemic has highlighted, digital engagement is crucial in fostering social inclusion. Our research investigates older adults’ perceptions of risk associated with digital engagement.
Why lotteries, doughnuts and beer aren’t the right vaccination ‘nudges’
Money, doughnuts and beer. As high-tech and effective as our COVID vaccines are, getting enough people to take them to achieve herd immunity may come down to some very Homer Simpson-esque tools of persuasion.
Australia's New Vaccination Campaign is Another Wasted Opportunity
The Australian government’s new national vaccination advertisements have been described as exciting as a bowl of leftover cereal, with all the urgency of a stubbed toe. “It will be very difficult for Shaun Micallef to send this ad up,” said Opposition leader Anthony Albanese when asked about them on Sunday morning television.
How to Enact Personality Change
Personality is not fixed and instead can change across someone’s lifespan. In our earlier posts, we discussed why and how personality can change and in particular, how such change can be driven by our work experiences.
How Your Job Changes Your Personality
Personality can change, and it can be changed by one’s work experiences. In a previous blog post, Dr. Lena Wang and I discussed why personality can change, how our work experiences can shape personality change, and how we can actively engage in certain activities to shape our personality development journey.
Ransomware: A Global Problem
What is ransomware? Ransomware is a form of malware that makes organisations computers or files unusable until they agree to pay an anonymous fee to the attacker usually via a cryptocurrency payment.
From UFOs to COVID conspiracy theories, we all struggle with the ‘truth out there’
For ufologists the US government’s eagerly anticipated report of “unidentified aerial phenomena” may be a major disappointment. It goes further than any previous report in admitting unknowns. But conspiracy theorists will likely dismiss it as a cover-up.
Cyber Security: Protecting Civil Society
Cyber Security is often linked to state threat actors or criminal cyber gangs trying to harm systems or trying to make financial gains from unsuspecting organisations. But the positive aspects of IT technology are often overlooked, IT technology has the ability to transform individuals life’s, organisations and societies.
Towards a Digital CBD
The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health crisis, and a digital technology accelerant. Pre-pandemic, our economic and social activities were done predominantly in cities. We connected and we innovated in these centralised locations.
To become an innovation nation, we really need to think smaller
It took a chance meeting between Cameron van den Dungen, founder of a start-up mattress company, and Madhu Bhaskaran, an engineering professor at RMIT University, to see an opportunity to collaborate and commercialise research.
Can the tobacco, alcohol, confectionary, and gambling industries inform our vaccine rollout strategy?
As Australia’s struggle with the Astra Zeneca vaccination rollout continues in part because of our reluctance to the get the jab, why are we not looking to tobacco, alcohol, confectionary, gambling for guidance? These industries have convinced us to consume their potentially harmful goods and services for years. Their over consumption is regarded as problem behaviour, and the tactics they use may help to inform our government strategy.
Critical Infrastructure in the COVID-19 Age
Australia is a developed and mature society and is highly dependent on key critical systems at both the national and state level. These systems have become more dominant as the Information Age has developed. We can group these together and describe them as critical infrastructures; infrastructures so vital that if it is incapacity or destroyed it would have a debilitating impact on our defence / national security as well as our daily lives.
Covid-19 Pandemic: An even greater need for research ethics, transparency and reporting
Recently, there has been a call by the President of the United States, Joe Biden for greater transparency and co-operation relating to provision of relevant data regarding origin of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Previously, there was a general dismissal of any indication that the virus leaked from a lab.
Jane Jacobs was right: New study targets secrets of great entrepreneurial cities
What makes a great entrepreneurial city? While many urban planners, policy and business leaders thought in terms of infrastructure, buildings and streets, Jane Jacobs had a very different answer: Empowered people and their vibrant lives.
FinTok and ‘finfluencers’ are on the rise: 3 tips to assess if their advice has value
Queenie Tan is full of financial advice. Whether it is cheap date ideas, buying furniture, saving your first $100,000, doing your tax return or investing in Dogecoin, there is seemingly no topic the 24-year-old Sydney woman can’t confidently tackle.
Five top tips for promoting green behavior through ethical leadership
In this article, the authors (Ahmad and Nazim) outline a vision for a new ethical leadership paradigm that promotes green behavior. They propose that the key is to foster ‘eco-ethical work practices’ – by combining ethical leadership and ‘green’ human resource management. The separation of environmental performance setting and human resource management acts as a barrier to leadership of this type. Ahmad and Nazim argue that the two must be brought together to promote green behaviour in businesses. They provide their top tips for business leaders.
Reinvigorating the CBD after dark
WINTER is just a week away and with it a huge opportunity to reinvigorate the city by keeping public spaces open late. Opening the NGV and State Library and other public libraries until 10pm is a novel idea to create activity without too much hassle.