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THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST 

SEASON 2, EPISODE 03

THE HIDDEN PHILANTHROPIST talks to HUGH MACKAY

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Summary –

Professor Hugh Mackay AO is an Australia psychologist with a 60 year career as a social researcher, and is a best selling author. Hugh has given keynote addresses and discussed his views on social anthropology on the radio, leading Australia in important and vital conversations around issues that face humankind. Andrew sits with Hugh and dissects some of the greatest concerns for human interactions we have today such as our capacity for kindness, our ability to rise to the surface in times of crisis, the impacts that COVID had on our society, the great enemy of social cohesion: busyness, how social media is changing the way we interact with one another, and much more. Revolving around the conversation of philanthropy, Hugh encourages listeners to understand how and why kindness can greatly change their own communities and how beneficial it is to walk in empathy and an open mind, ready to listen to one another with generosity and patience.

Key Topics & Chapter Markers –

  • The Kindness Revolution, past and present social cohesion, Hugh’s childhood and growing up, and stepping into research [02:05]
  • Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not, philanthropists being truly human, not just heroic, the power of listening and what listening actually looks like [27:28]
  • The way COVID has changed the way we live, loneliness is a public health issue, mental health and the importance of connection, wealth and philanthropy in Australia [43:52]

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