The Change Agenda

Leadership and Direction for Australia’s Future

The inaugural John Monash Scholars’ Symposium, The Change Agenda: Leadership and Direction for Australia's Future, was held in Oxford on 1 April 2016. A series of presentations from the UK and Europe based John Monash Scholars informed a conversation on global trends and provoked discussion about the appropriate responses to them. Presentations will be released weekly and can be viewed on this page or via our YouTube Channel.

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    Harnessing renewable energy

    Around the world, we are seeing increasing pressure to reduce usage of fossil fuel-based sources of energy, due to their impact on global warming and their finite nature. This pressure is giving rise to ever-increasing support for renewable forms of… Read more »

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    Smart cities: Potential and challenges

    Computers are becoming increasingly integrated into the built environment, generating a huge volume of data at high velocity as a product of their operation. This information enables real-time insights into the workings of cities at a level that has never… Read more »

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    Natural assets: Surfing a wave of economic development – New Version

    What is the environment worth? Most attempts to answer this use parts of the environment that are bought and sold: like oil or farmland. But what about a beautiful mountain view, a tree-lined forest path… or a clean six-foot wave… Read more »

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    Prosthetics: the cost of comfort

    Technology is advancing rapidly to improve the functionality of prosthetic arms but comfort still remains an issue. The functional benefit of an artificial arm is often not enough to overcome its cost, the discomfort, and the effort required to use… Read more »

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    Big data from small cells

    The successful completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003 resulted in the first complete sequence of the human genome, a feat that took more than ten years and cost around 2.7 billion dollars. Today, through significant advances in technology,… Read more »

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    Singing sorry: The public apology and modern literature

    We increasingly see public apologies in public life and literary works alike: they are enacted in contexts ranging from the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Australian government’s apology to the Stolen Generation, to the iconic genuflection of… Read more »