When not bad is not good enough
We tend to dismiss our struggles by comparing our wellbeing with someone worse off. We can't do that
Kieran Madden is Maxim Institute’s Director of Research and Development, leading and guiding our research programme. With a Master’s in Public Policy from the Crawford School of Economics and Government at ANU, Kieran has considered a broad range of social policy issues, primarily focused on understanding and developing effective policies to reduce poverty in New Zealand.
Most recently, Kieran has been exploring the potential for character skills—things like perseverance, motivation, and self-control—to navigate the future of work in New Zealand. Kieran is also currently delving into the problem of loneliness and social isolation, a growing concern in these uncertain times.
Character skills are valued by employers in New Zealand and across the world.
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