David Olney

Which problem should we address first: The Problem, or A Person’s Problem?

After a twenty year career analysing situations to work out what the problem is, and what can be done to improve the situation in question, I think I have finally come to understand why it is rare for The Problem to be directly and successfully addressed. Whether I was preparing material to teach University students, […]

Communications’ Lessons from Stanley McChrystal’s Risk

I always look forward with anticipation to listening to General Stanley McChrystal’s new book. From listening to My Share of the Task in 2013 onwards, I have come to know that Stan McChrystal will masterfully combine experiences from his life and career, the issues that had to be overcome, the approach he took to getting […]

Communications’ Lessons from Stanley McChrystal’s Risk

I always look forward with anticipation to listening to General Stanley McChrystal’s new book. From listening to My Share of the Task in 2013 onwards, I have come to know that Stan McChrystal will masterfully combine experiences from his life and career, the issues that had to be overcome, the approach he took to getting […]

Join Tim and me at 19:00 ACDT tonight for Blind Insights Live!

www.facebook.com/events/1218299331914118/ Many of you already listen to Blind Insights, and most of you who read my blog posts have seen the podcast page here on my website. As much as I like writing my thoughts down to share with you, the idea of getting to answer your questions in real time is genuinely exciting. Please […]

Are you okay, and what do we all need to be okay?

Tim and I ask: are you okay, and what do we all need to be okay? omny.fm/shows/blind-insights/are-you-okay 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 […]

What Facebook has learned from Big Tobacco

This week, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen has blown the whistle on the company knowingly continuing to allow its social media platforms to harm their users. Her evidence has been damning, and Facebook’s response has been very similar to Big Tobacco’s response to years of critical coverage. To get up to speed on this week’s […]

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 […]

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