Saturday Session, Sydney

Date:

24 Oct 2020

Time:

1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:

Sydney CBD

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion, finishing with fine wine and a bite of something delicious, will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

The topic for this Session is – The Problem of Dirty Hands

Does leadership require us to get our hands dirty? There’s a saying that you can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs. When applied to politics, this generally means that achieving positive outcomes sometimes requires temporarily bending or ignoring widely accepted moral rules. Can we imagine, for example, a successful politician who never told a lie in the course of their career? In philosophy this is known as the “dirty hands” problem: the idea that circumstances may sometimes require a good person to do wrong things. Yet once you start down the path of ends justifying means, you are on a dangerous and slippery slope.

 

 



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Cranlana Confidential – 5 November

Date:

05 Nov 2020

Time:

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

Cranlana Confidential is one of the opportunities we’re creating for our alumni to continue to draw on each other’s experience.  This online program is a series of 60 minute conversations, offering an opportunity for you to engage with a prominent alumnus from your own sector, or one you’re interested in.  Our Lead Moderator, Peter Mares, will start the session with a one-on-one interview discussing the guest’s experience of trying to lead their organisation ethically and effectively, before segueing to a group conversation.

Capped at 20 participants, and conducted under the strictest confidentiality, this is your opportunity to talk frankly with leaders in your field, and engage in in-depth, meaningful discussion with your peers.

Exclusive to Cranlana alumni, these sessions are rare chances to share experiences with professional colleagues who can act as a sounding board, feeding into your thinking and actions on important issues.

 

As the world watches the outcome of an especially acrimonious US Presidential election, we thought the first week in November would be an ideal time to discuss the challenges of maintaining a healthy democracy here in Australia.  Two federal MPs and Cranlana alumni, Katie Allen and Julian Hill, will join Lead Moderator Peter Mares to give a practitioners’ view of the ethical challenges of political life. While Australia’s democratic system is very different to America’s, it is weathering similar storms, including increased polarisation fuelled by the echo chamber of social media, citizen disengagement and disenchantment, falling levels of public trust in democratic processes and institutions, and the difficulty of matching short-term electoral cycles with long-term problems like climate change.

Liberal MP Dr Katie Allen was elected to represent the seat of Higgins at the 2019 federal election. Previously, she was a paediatrician at the Royal Children’s Hospital for 28 years, a Professor at the Universities of Melbourne and Manchester and Director of the Australian Centre of Food and Allergy Research. Katie Allen has published more than 300 scientific papers and has been recognised internationally for her work by the World Health Organisation and the US National Academy of Science.

Labor MP Julian Hill has represented the electorate of Bruce since 2016. With qualifications in Science and Law, Julian Hill began his political career in local government when he was elected as a Councillor in the City of Port Phillip Council at the age of 25, and subsequently became the City’s youngest ever Mayor.  He also held Director levels positions in the Victorian Public Service, working in economic development, employment, community development, urban planning, local government, migration, and international education.



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Saturday Session, Online – Saturday 28 November

Date:

28 Nov 2020

Time:

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times.   Participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom invitation a few days prior.

Political compromise: virtue or vice?

Politics is often described as the art of the possible, yet we are wary of our elected representatives striking backroom deals. We may vote for a particular candidate or party because of what they stand for and feel like they lack integrity if they make trade-offs. Yet the result of sticking to your principles is a political deadlock in which nothing gets done on a crucial issue such as climate change, does compromise become the greater virtue?



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Saturday Session, Online – Monday 30 November

Date:

30 Nov 2020

Time:

4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Location:

Online

Topic & Theme:

The Saturday Sessions provide our alumni a way to extend their professional development and ‘top-up’ their Cranlana experience.  The Saturday Sessions discuss different topical issues and explore ethical themes such as power, fairness, justice, trust and short- vs long-term thinking. Using the Cranlana method, these truly fascinating conversations about the things that matter are based on a selection of provided readings and are guided by our expert Moderators. These intimate sessions of philosophical and ethical discussion  will refuel your sense of moral courage, re-connect you to your critical reasoning capabilities and provide a forum to re-engage with the extraordinary Cranlana alumni.

While each of us is struggling to make sense of the pandemic for our life and our work, and to understand its implications for the future of Australia and the world, we can’t bring you together physically, However wherever you’re located you can join us for virtual Saturday Sessions; a coming together to assist one another to find a moral anchor in these difficult and confusing times. Registered participants will be emailed links to pre-readings, and a Zoom link in the week prior to the Session.

Political compromise: virtue or vice?

Politics is often described as the art of the possible, yet we are wary of our elected representatives striking backroom deals. We may vote for a particular candidate or party because of what they stand for and feel like they lack integrity if they make trade-offs. Yet the result of sticking to your principles is a political deadlock in which nothing gets done on a crucial issue such as climate change, does compromise become the greater virtue?



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