May 212015
 
Understanding the whole Warren Buffett at Berkshire Hathaway's 50th Shareholders' Meeting

How well would Ed Sheeran go if he was playing in a city like Omaha, Nebraska, with a population of under 1 million people? My son told me that Ed’s concert at the Sydney Footbal Stadium was sold out in 30 minutes. But Sydney is an international city, with a population 4 times the size […]

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Sep 282012
 
Can It Pay to Study What I Love?

Following my speech to its graduates last year, the Australian National University’s College of Business and Economics gave me the honour of addressing its Prize and Scholarship winners at a recent ceremony.  As I prepared my talk, I thought about my hopes and concerns for our students. The modern world offers them almost limitless possibilities. At […]

Nov 292011
 
"Decadence: Decline Of The Western World"

The Western world seems to be in decline – but what is really happening? What are the forces behind this? Five years ago Pria Viswalingam approached me to join him in producing a film on the topic. “We can destroy ourselves by cynicism and disillusion, just as effectively as by bombs.”      Kenneth Clark […]

Nov 292011
 
Give A Christmas Gift That Makes A Difference

  Possibly the best gift you could give your children this Christmas is to teach them the value of giving. While there is strong psychological research showing giving increases the sense of wellbeing of the giver, we are not born with this knowledge. The truth is people consistently over-estimate the impact on their wellbeing of […]

Nov 162011
 
Raising Barry - An Unconventional Parent Raises A President

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics. I was travelling on a field trip as […]

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