Richard’s specialism is in applying psychology and organisational science to help organisations, teams and individuals become more flexible, resilient and innovative.
He is the founder and organiser of the long-running Organisational Agility & Positive Psychology meetup group at the University of Melbourne – all about how people can apply the emerging science of Positive Psychology to create thriving, human-friendly workplaces. He has lectured as part of the University of Melbourne Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, where is a current student.
Talk/Active Session – ‘Find your Ikigai- Purpose the Japanese Way’
Outcome of session – participants will complete a simple personal Ikigai canvas.
The session will:
- Develop a basic understanding of ikigai, the origins of the word and its uses in Japanese and western culture
- Cover the relation between ikigai and what research tells us about things like happiness/wellbeing, resilience, creativity etc
- Provide an introduction to character strengths, what the research shows us in terms of their importance for ikigai in relation to enjoyment, psychological flow, values and meaning
- During the session the participants will also complete their Ikigai canvas, touching on their values, their strengths, their gifts, and things that bring them joy in everyday life.
- Conclude with identifying a small insignificant step each participant can take build ikigai into their life