Thinking the Unthinkable

Presented by the Sir Roland Wilson Foundation and the Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub.

Join this interactive workshop to discuss and discover how you and the leaders around you can take on the challenge to lead confidently through a world of disruption and 'unthinkables'.

A proliferation of 'unthinkable' events over the past five years (i.e. Brexit, the state of US politics, European migration crisis) has revealed a new fragility at the highest levels of corporate and public service leadership.

The inability of leaders to spot, identify and handle unexpected, disruptive events has been perilously inadequate at critical moments.

These challenges pose big questions about our capacity to both cope with - and respond to - this new proliferation of 'unthinkables'

Possible solutions and answers need to be aired and debated rapidly.

To maximise value from this presentation and interactive session, be ready to discuss your perspectives and share unthinkables.

In advance please familiarise yourself with the Thinking Unthinkable platform at

Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing founded the Thinking the Unthinkable project in 2014. He is co-author of Thinking the Unthinkable (2018) and a Director of Think Unthinkable Ltd.

Nik was a main news presenter for the BBC's international 24-hour news channel BBC World News 1996-2014. He presented The Hub with Nik Gowing, BBC World Debates, Dateline London, plus location coverage of major global stories.

Sir Roland Wilson Foundation

The Foundation aims to advance the study and development of public policy and management within Australia and internationally, and to honour the reputation of Sir Roland Wilson and the legacy he left to the study of economics and public policy.

Public Policy and Societal Impact Hub

The Public Policy & Societal Impact Hub is responsible for maximizing the contribution ANU makes to societal wellbeing and the development of good public policy. The Hub was established in 2018 and has the broad mission of identifying and initiating national conversations that will define 'the world we want by 2060'. The Hub's small team works closely with academics and the policy community as part of the University's global engagement portfolio.

Registration essential and free.