The world is on the cusp of extraordinary economic, environmental and social change. The reaction to the global financial crisis and growing appreciation of the impact of climate change are two triggers of a profound transformation. At the same time, the internet provides us with limitless capacity for active engagement and access to information.
Join former political leader Cheryl Kernot as she explores how new technologies and virtual interactivity are impacting, in positive and unexpected ways, on social and political participation.
From the e-democracy models of the recent American election, to Australia’s all-encompassing 2020 Summit and Europeans search for social entrepreneurship, energised citizens around the globe are embracing new opportunities to shape their future.
In conversation with ABC Radio National Broadcaster Mick O’Regan, Cheryl draws from her essay in 'Griffith REVIEW 24: Participation Society', sharing the lessons she has learning both in politics and working with social entrepreneurs in Britain, and imagines ways to apply these lessons to government, business and the not-for-profit sector.
Cheryl Kernot joined The Centre for Social Impact as its first Director of Social Enterprise. Following her distinguished political career, Kernot has spent the last five years working in the UK as a Program Director at the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Said Business School at Oxford University and as the Director of Learning at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London. Her specialist role at the Skoll Centre was to assist and mentor start-up social businesses particularly in the delivery of innovative health services.
Kernot was Leader of the Australian Democrats from 1993-1997 and the Member for Dickson and a Labor Shadow Minister from 1998-2001. Her political portfolios included, amongst many, Indigenous Affairs, Treasury, Employment, and Women's Policy. She played a major parliamentary role in the introduction of compulsory superannuation and in the introduction of Native Title. Her policy interests have been in social justice and social structural reform and in 1994 she introduced legislation to legitimize parental leave; in 1998 she introduced trial social inclusion projects to the Labor Party's employment platform. Her work in the UK has been an extension of this pioneering policy interest. She was a member of the Council for Reconciliation from 1992-1997.
Mick O'Regan's long association with the ABC began in 1989, when he produced documentaries for Radio National's Encounter and the Social History Unit. A year later, he began work as a reporter in Radio Current Affairs and in 1992 won the United Nations Association Media Prize for a Background Briefing documentary on the El Salvador peace accords.
At the end of 1993, Mick moved to Radio National to be executive producer of the Breakfast program, helping to consolidate the introduction of the current affairs program AM to Radio National. In 1996, he left the ABC to work as a researcher and producer with the Seven network's Witness program before returning to Radio National in January 2000 in his current role.