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Explore myths of sport and society with Don Miller

“To lose or to die: there is no difference,” Lance Armstrong.
Who is he speaking for?

We take a look at the biggest faith of the western world – sport.
Sport is a western Cult, with global devotees in the hundreds of millions, engaging in weekly worship at the local shrines/stadia to the God of Success.

Only one commandment:
‘To win and be among the few, the Saved --- or to lose and be among the Damned, all the Others”. Why?

How does this impact the way we interact, share knowledge and innovate? Does it mean competition will always reign supreme over collaboration and therefore a collaborative culture is a pipe dream?

Don Miller
Don Miller is a former member of the Political Science Department at University of Melbourne. In recent years he has facilitated workshops for PhD candidates at the university. He is founder of the Melbourne Centre for Ideas and a long standing member of the Creative Performance Exchange(CPX), where he has facilitated a number of provocative CPX meetings, including “Thinking about Thinking; a surprising exploration” (July 2010) and “Mad Laughter; a group improvisation event” (Feb 2011).

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  • Nicky H.

    Session story of "Myths of sport and society" available at

    September 22, 2013

  • Michael K.

    Don provided some great insights into the place of sport in western society. The win at all costs attitude shown by some individuals and teams in recent times has been to the detriment of their sport and the people involved. I'm looking forward to reading Don's book when he gets published.

    September 12, 2013

  • Arthur S.

    Very much enjoy Don's inclusive conversational style and the approach of asking the audience questions and sharing answers. Engaging & enlightening. Thanks

    September 11, 2013

  • Keith De La R.

    24 of us here tonight.

    September 11, 2013

  • Tibor N.

    I'm sorry but I'll miss out on your company and the refreshing discussion tonight. So many things to do, so little time.

    September 11, 2013

  • Tony S.

    There is a complex systems connection between minnows in Senate and sport's appeal.

    September 10, 2013

  • Peter S.

    Many thanks for posting this meeting, Arthur.
    Don Miller has shared his material and the interactive challenges that he plans to present to the group on the night. He will be raising a number of issues that will enable us all to understand more fully, the evolution of sport globally and to consider a range of options that could be available.
    Clearly, sport is very significant to many of us in Australia and across the world. From Don's thoughtful observations, it's clear to me that sport, along with the Arts, can play much more significant roles in our society going forward.
    I'm looking forward to the meeting and the opportunity to learn from the exchanges with other KMLF members.
    Thanks again for providing this opportunity.

    1 · August 8, 2013

    • Peter S.

      Great comment Rose. Don is addressing a number of very significant perspectives, to which many of us aren't usually exposed. I agree that sport & the Arts can play increasingly valuable roles in our society, particularly if we become more aware of the many collaborative opportunities on offer.

      September 6, 2013

  • Arthur S.

    I am looking forward to exploring this. Especially in Australia Sport has a huge impact on our culture and identity- and therefore MUST impact the flow of knowledge, the development of trust and ultimately how open (or closed) we are to others.

    1 · August 8, 2013

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