Hugh Mackay

Hugh Mackay

Psychologist, social researcher, Award-winning author

Hugh is a social researcher and multi-award winning author of 16 books. A professor and honorary professor at a number of institutions, Hugh has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and awarded honorary doctorates from no less than four universities. In 2015, Hugh was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia.

Hugh will speak at the next Communities in Control conference in May 2018.

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Speeches:

Added 26 May 2015

Hugh Mackay

The Art of Belonging

The eternal question 'Who am I?' must be weighed against an even deeper question: 'Who are we?'

We are writing each other's stories as much as we are writing our own. As social creatures we can only reach our potential when we engage with our communities - as we work for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.

Added 27 May 2014

Hugh Mackay

What Makes a Life Worth Living?

Seduced by the merchants of happiness on the one hand and the blandishments of materialism on the other, it's easy to lose sight of what makes a life worth living. But a moment's reflection on the idea of 'goodness' will remind us that the good life is a life lived for others; a life in which we focus more on Who are we? than Who am I?

Added 30 May 2011

Hugh Mackay

What Makes Us Tick

Why do we talk as if we're rational, but act as if we're not? Why do some people always want to take control? What is the true role of religion? Why do we seek change, yet resist it? Why do we want more of the things that have failed to satisfy us? Why are we so passionate about sport? Why do we fall out of love?

Added 07 June 2004
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Hugh Mackay

Leading the Revolt - What will drive the redevelopment of our communities?

The favourite word in middle Australia at the moment is 'village'. Everybody wants to live in a village. Every retirement community is now called a village, and high-rise buildings now being called vertical villages. And that reflects a deep concern about the degeneration of community life around Australia -- a deep yearning to get back in touch with each other.

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