David Olney

A perfect mental health storm: fear, risk aversion, social media, and the COVID-19 pandemic

Countless articles about the negative mental health implications of lockdowns have been written since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, and what they tend to have in common is an emphasis on the deleterious consequences of the isolation and uncertainty that so many people are experiencing right now, but very few of them seriously reflect […]

Please help Richard Jacobs and me to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression (with working podcast link)

Richard Jacobs has set himself and the Finding Genius foundation the mission to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression on the millions of people who suffer debilitating effects from these conditions. As a member of the Finding Genius Foundation’s Board of Directors, I am excited to see what we can achieve together toward this […]

Please help Richard Jacobs and me to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression

Richard Jacobs has set himself and the Finding Genius foundation the mission to reduce the impact of anxiety and depression on the millions of people who suffer debilitating effects from these conditions. As a member of the Finding Genius Foundation’s Board of Directors, I am excited to see what we can achieve together toward this […]

The fall of Kabul, in brief

The speed at which the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan has surprised Western journalists, and the images of Afghanis trying to escape Kabul have shocked people across the world. As sad and unsettling as both things are, they should not be a surprise to anyone who has spent time trying to understand what has […]

David Olney is proud to announce that he has joined the Finding Genius Foundation’s Board of Directors

I am proud to announce that, as of 22 July 2021, I am serving as a founding member of the Finding Genius Foundation’s Board of Directors. Finding Genius Foundation: www.findinggeniusfoundation.org/ The Finding Genius Foundation was established by Richard Jacobs, with the aim of helping to uncover true breakthrough insights in the science of health and […]

In Brief: Why do people have to wait hours to have a COVID-19 test?

Now that Adelaide is in lock-down along with Sydney and Melbourne, I have found myself wondering about why people have to wait hours for a COVID-19 test, what risks this entails, and what could be done about it. Over the last two days I have heard about people having to wait for up to eight […]

First semester completed, with High Distinctions for both subjects!

I just received my final marks for the courses in the first semester of my Master of Media (Strategic Communication) and I received High Distinctions for both of them! I am pleased to have done so well, but am even more pleased that I have learned, and been motivated to learn, skills and knowledge that […]

If we intend to succeed, then we need to combine compassion, courage, and commitment.

When I was listening to Scott Ludlam’s book, Full Circle, I was impressed by the levels of courage and commitment that the activists Scott wrote about demonstrated in the most difficult of situations. In person, Scott was as inspiring as the people he had spent time with and written about, and, after talking with him, […]

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