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Think right, do right

By |2024-06-17T11:15:40+10:00June 14th, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

“What could go right?” Ursula Crowley, the 398th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, likes to ask herself. That shift in mindset encourages Ursula to override her risk-averse lawyer’s brain and try things that might deliver novelty, happiness or growth. Ursula is the founder of Armara Advisory, which provides general [...]

Corporate lawyer to personal trainer

By |2024-06-01T10:14:03+10:00May 31st, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

Della Stanley, the 395th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, was hoping to become a partner in her law firm, when two key events happened. The first was the Global Financial Crisis, which drastically affected the firm’s profitability and made it put all partnership promotions on indefinite hold. The second [...]

From sunburnt to sun-smart

By |2024-05-23T12:13:05+10:00May 22nd, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

It took a near-death experience for Anne Gately, the 393rd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, to realise that Australia needed to make a profound cultural shift. In 2018, Anne was diagnosed with an incurable stage four melanoma. Historically, people in that situation survived for only 12-24 months; but Anne [...]

Building communities, transforming lives

By |2024-05-18T11:06:20+10:00May 17th, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

The day before I met Tim Hewson for lunch, the mental health charity he founded, Mongrels Men Health & Wellbeing, set a goal of helping one million men per year by 2034. Tim, the 392nd person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, founded Mongrels in 2021 as a side project. After [...]

Big homes, small homes, tiny homes

By |2024-05-11T11:12:08+10:00May 10th, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

Wally Gebrael, the 390th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, builds more than 200 granny flats per year with his award-winning business, Granny Flat Solutions. Wally began life as a designer, before co-founding Granny Flat Solutions in 2011, two years after the NSW government introduced legislation that made it much [...]

It’s funny how life works out

By |2024-05-09T10:03:01+10:00May 8th, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

Kiki Paul, the 389th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, moved to Australia in 1994 for a temporary working holiday, in part to shake off a failed romance. It's funny how life works out – she met a wonderful man two months later; he proposed 13 days after that; and [...]

People first

By |2024-05-05T10:49:25+10:00May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Lunches|

Margarita Pavlou, the 388th person I've met on my quest to have lunch with 500 strangers, told me that, in her experience, you catch more flies with honey than vinegar. This remark says a lot about her personality, which values cooperation, openness and connection, in both her personal and professional life. When Margarita was a teenager, [...]

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