Reflecting on 50 years since Donald Horne’s seminal book
In 1964, Donald Horne wrote “Australia is a lucky country, run by second-rate people who share its luck.” It was a searing criticism that has now been adopted as a nationalistic boast.
Luck: it’s a millstone round our neck. We take it for granted, and we don’t ask why. We don’t say we work harder than other countries, or that we’re stronger or smarter or more creative, or even that we’ve been blessed by destiny. We’re just luckier. And that leads nowhere.
At the 2014 Communities in Control Conference (The Lucky Country Conference) – Melbourne, May 26 and 27 – we want to bring the spotlight back on what we’ve gained and lost as a society, and how we can organise ourselves to get from where we are to where we need to be.
Great Speakers, interesting program, further details here