I recently had the pleasure of doing a keynote for the Certified Professional Accountants (CPA) Public Practice Conference in Australia. My talk was entitled, Engendering Hope in a Time of Chaos. It highlighted the importance of us having great communications skills—especially in times of upheaval and during discussion of highly emotionally-charged topics. Of course, upheaval and high levels of emotion are common right now, with people basically facing an existential threat to their livelihoods and private lives.
Others keynote speakers explored the financial implications and knock-on effects on their businesses and those of their clients. Here in Australia, whilst some businesses are benefitting from the lock-downs, for many it has caused immense disruption and destruction — especially of small businesses.
In my keynote, I addressed the anxiety and social and psychological consequences of the measures taken to contain and manage the threat of the virus. As critical thinkers, we must look beyond the mainstream media and start questioning the government, health departments, and media narratives. As good communicators, we must learn to share our thoughts through nuanced conversation, avoiding the finger pointing and name calling so often seen during times of uncertainty.
Over the last two months, I have been hosting a series of webinars with my colleague Mark Doneddu—a successful mechanical engineer (with a number of patents to his name), an in-depth researcher and critical thinker. Together, we have been examining the scientific data which has gone unreported in the mainstream media.
The most recent of these, Is this Pandemic a False Alarm, reviews the German best-selling book, Corona False Alarm? Facts and Figures, by Dr Karina Reiss and Dr Sukharit Bhakti. These scientists have published over three hundred and thirty peer-reviewed articles on virology, immunology. and cell biology. Their findings challenge official government and health department explanations and justifications for locking down the world.
In this webinar, Mark and myself dive deep into this book, its claims, and the implications of what the authors demonstrate has happened in the 2020 global crisis. From my perspective as a psychologist, the anxiety and social consequences of these decisions will have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on most of our society.
If you don’t watch any other webinar on this topic, please invest the time to watch this one, as well as reading the book we discuss. We can only make decisions about our lives and businesses if we are fully-informed. It appears that the basis upon which global decisions are being made is not fully informed, as shown by those who understand the nature of disease and the public health.