Author Archives: Nicholas Gruen

Meanwhile in an echo-chamber near you …

It twigged with me a few years ago just how biased economic discussion is towards things economists or their audience would like to know, rather than what economists can or do know. As with those interminable pre-match footy commentaries, economists can add very … Continue reading

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Down with Presidentialism: Guest post by Mike Pepperday

People disappointed with democratic outcomes often call for better education of the citizenry. But the democracies began, and flourished, in the nineteenth century, when people were quite poorly educated. They proved resilient and backsliding only seems to occur where democracy … Continue reading

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Good old Collingwood forever: Speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference

In Memoriam: Bill Craven 1 Herewith my speech to the Australian Evaluation Society Annual Conference dinner last night, also published at The Mandarin. I In 2005 Peter Shergold, the country’s most senior public servant said this: If there were a single cultural … Continue reading

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My 60th Birthday: Let the record show …

We hurtle along the conveyor belt of life just hoping not to start hearing Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way” ringing in our ears too soon. So it was with some trepidation that I arranged a 60th birthday party. I’d not had … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, History, Life | 6 Comments

Weekend competition: Yes folks it’s on again

Troppo is getting ready for the singularity. That’s the period during which Ken, Don, David and I put our feet up and Troppo just runs itself with KenBot, DonBot, DavidBot and MeBot doing all the work. Commenters put their feet up too and just … Continue reading

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Latest ACMA research on kids’ TV brings no comfort to Australian Producers: By Patricia and Don Edgar

The contentious issue of obligatory quotas for commercial children’s television is now under review and has polarised the industry. The commercial networks say the quotas are no longer valid as children aren’t watching and they can no longer afford them, … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Films and TV, Innovation | 10 Comments

Leadership without careerism: is it possible?

Cross-posted from The Mandarin: Our world has been optimised to within an inch of its life. Usually from the top down. With the economic, social and organisational prizes accumulating more and more to those at the top, there’s growing anxiety … Continue reading

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