Rod Matthews

Rod Matthews

Rod Matthews is a leading expert in changing human behaviour within groups and organisations. Rod is frequently referred to as 'the best trainer in Australia'. As an author, facilitator, presenter and the principal of Impact Human Performance Technologies, Rod Matthews has spent the past 15 years changing individuals, groups and organisations. His presentations and courses are thought provoking, insightful, interactive and hilarious. As a voracious reader of non-fiction, Rod loves testing what he finds in books, articles and websites in the real world.

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The Challenges of Staying Still

How have humans come to the level of prosperity that we now enjoy? With our permanency on the earth, how do we manage the balance between improving our lifestyles and dealing with the consequences on our environment?

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Technology and Transition

Over the last century there has been exponential growth in technology. How able are we to predict the future of technology and what are the social effects of increased technology usage?

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On Humour, the Division of Labour and Their Contribution to Our Prosperity

When considering how we came to today's quality of life, most would think of the industrial revolution or changes in technology. How has humor and the division of labour contributed to human development?

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Further Industrialisation and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Life is a process. It changes and does not stagnate. The romanticised ideals of an uncomplicated life in the past are just that. We need to move forward, but what will be the consequences of further industrialisation?

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The Total Perspective Vortex

An examination of the question posed by David Christian in his Ted lecture: "In a universe that observes the second law of thermodynamics, how can we have the complexity that is life in this planet?"

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The History and Future of Human Well-Being

As humans have evolved, our lives have become more complex. Let's ask the question "Are we the most fortunate generation to have lived and will that increase in fortune continue?"

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Are We Equipped for the Challenges of the 21st Century?

A critical review of Ornstein and Ehrlich's perspective on psychological preferences of humans. Is this too alarmist and narrow thinking for today's society?

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With or Without a Vision of the Future

In looking to the future, we must address the big issues humanity now faces, and bring like-minded people together. For this to happen, the vision for the future must be compelling. The Great Transitions Initiative attempts to do this by presenting three basic scenarios for human and world futures – business as usual, descent to barbarism and a great transition.

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What Does It Mean To Be Human?

How would you finish the sentence: "The human being is the only animal that.........?" It is not a simple task as the reason we are who we are is because of countless evolutionary choices and opportunities.

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Human Universals

What does it mean to be human? Every culture on earth shares certain behaviours.

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Spirit or Subconscious

How much control do we have over subconscious thinking? A discussion around our soul and our subconscious mind.

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Selfish Gene - Social Species

A look at why humans are a deeply social species.

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Racism - The Real Culprit

Racism allows individuals to abdicate responsiblity for their actions. It distracts us from the fact that we all make distinctions about others based, unconsciously, on similarity and difference.

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New Economics Required for a Sustainable Future and a Continued Improvement in Quality of Life

Post GFC, change is needed to increase quality of life and encourage ethical behaviour. Let's think about the possibilities.

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Education Before Legislation: The New Democracy Foundation

One of the main reference points for the wellbeing of a nation is the state of its democracy. When faith in the political systems in undermined, when the population becomes cynical or weary of its political system, the wellbeing of the nation suffers.

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