The State Library of Queensland - Cultural Precinct Stanley Place, South Bank, South Brisbane QLD 4101

RESILIENCE – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope – Exclusive Brisbane Premiere & Panel Discussion

Event Date: May 30 2018, 6pm
Event Location: The State Library of Queensland - Cultural Precinct Stanley Place, South Bank, South Brisbane QLD 4101

We’re so excited to announce that The Hope Project is hosting a screening of RESILIENCE – The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope at the The State Library of Queensland. The event includes a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary.

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This incredible documentary directed by James Redford (son of Robert Redford) delves into the science of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences study) and a movement in the USA to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Understanding this vital information informs outcomes from a public health perspective and impacts on many things from heart disease cancer to substance abuse, depression and behaviour.

The Hope Project has a mission to use the lived experience to create positive change. Lifting the consciousness of communities and tackling complex issues with new understanding and compassion is vital to change outcomes.

“we cannot tackle problems with the same level of consciousness that created them” –  Albert Einstein

Panel Discussion

Following the screening of Resilience, there will be a panel discussion Hosted by Sheena Ireland.

Panel Members

Kate Seselja

Kate Seselja is using the lived experience to create change. Her 12 year struggle with gambling addiction to Poker Machines almost took her life. The passionate mum of 6 has turned her experience into a mission to educate, inspire and create change in the areas of advocacy in gambling reform and Founding The Hope Project to tackle proactive prevention of all struggles through programs focusing on emotional intelligence and resilience skill building. The Hope Project partners with UNAA to promote SDG#3 Good health and well being, Kate is also a World Kindness Australia Goodwill Ambassador and TEDx Speaker.

The Destruction of Shame

Our relationship with the vernacular used in addiction and mental health matters.

World Health Organisation lists mental health as the highest issue of concern in our modern cultures worldwide, this problem impacts so many, when we have more knowledge than ever before about health and wellbeing, so why has it come to this?

Our failure to understand the impacts of shame.

Neuroscience has proven the impacts of cognitive function on a person in an emotional state, however we have failed to see the collective damage of living in cultures promoting perfection whilst public shaming, blaming and judgement are rife.

The vernacular used by society re addiction and mental health is very negative and damaging. The AA mentality and disorder diagnosis culture breeds hopelessness and fuels shame. We as a society have moved so far away for our ability to see someone elses pain because we cannot even recognise or see our own.

We keep normalising and allowing harmful impacts to our wellbeing in an effort to avoid discomfort, the discomfort of growth.

Authenticity and Hope are the antidotes to shame and fear. In the talks I have given across Australia and Overseas one thing is clear. Speaking vulnerably about my experience with struggle and focusing on the growth and learning allows for others to do the same. The mental freedom from being connected to yourself is powerful, the liberation of shame and oppression is vital in a society that can tackle this global epidemic head on and embrace the freedom of being human on the other side.

Embracing positive vernacular like the tool AWAKE, helps self regulate and correct. Bridging the gap between the vast oceans of knowledge re health and wellbeing we have to offer our modern world and creating practical sustainable human beings

James Greenshields – The Resilient Leaders Foundation

James has been in the leadership game for 25 years. He used is experience from 17 years military service, and the personal wounds he sustained, to develop a deep understanding of the practical elements of resilience. The ground-breaking work he does with individuals through to large award-winning corporations, now sees him regularly consulted by leaders of organisations in the area of Resilient Leadership.

James, with his partner Kirsty, setup the Resilient Leaders Foundation designed to provide Young People, their Families, and their Communities with the skills, resources and structures they need to contribute to a more sustainable humanity and planet.

Part of this includes James’ favourite program – The Warrior Series. The Young Warrior Leadership Project fills the gap left when western society let go of the rite of passage for its young people, while the Men’s program assists men find their True, balanced Warrior within. Queensland Rugby League now use this program as their Resilient Youth Leadership program.

James and Kirsty with their two girls, Abi (12) and Pene (10) travelled Australia in a camper trailer in 2014 that finished with a trip deep into the jungles of Kalimantan. The family continue to tour Australia regularly as part of a nation-wide campaign called #PutYourHandUp Campaign to assisting families understand and reconnect to themselves and those around them.


Dr Kirstin Ferguson – Australian Broadcasting Corportation (ABC). Non Executive Director, keynote speaker & MC, Author.

Dr Kirstin Ferguson is a professional company director with experience on ASX, private company, government and not-for-profit boards. Her current board appointments include the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Layne Beachley’s Foundation, amongst other corporate boards. Kirstin has previously been named one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence, won the Queensland Award for Excellence in Women’s Leadership, was named one of 30 Women Re-designing Business in Australia, and is a Sir Winston Churchill Fellow. She is the Chairman of the Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards and sits on the Advisory Board of the female tech start-up incubator, SheStarts. 

In 2017 Kirstin created the global #CelebratingWomen movement after committing to celebrate two women, from all walks of life and from anywhere in the world, every single day for a year. The campaign saw Kirstin celebrate 757 women from 37 countries around the world and has been widely recognised for demonstrating the positive power of social media, including being nominated for a Walkley Award, for making visible women as role models who may not otherwise have been seen. Kirstin’s upcoming book, Women Kind, which has been written with Catherine Fox, will be published by Murdoch Books in September.

SHEVONNE JOYCE – Mentor, speaker, social communicator

Shevonne Joyce is compelled to get out of bed every morning to change the world.

She works with female entrepreneurs who want to the next Oprah of their field to position them as the go-to brand in their industry. With a focus on developing quality and trusted brands that truly connect with their markets through the power of thought leadership, Shevonne plays a role in creating businesses that are as successful on the inside as they appear on the outside.

Shevonne also works to influence policy and practice across business and government to re-design the systems, structures and business practices that prevent women from being the successful leaders they are truly capable of. An example of this work is the #payforprogress campaign she has founded to eradicate the economic inequality of women.

With a brand that spans 60 countries and a reach of over 3.9 million people, Shevonne has established herself as a trusted thought leader who starts quality conversations that matter on a range of issues including business, leadership and gender equality in the modern world. She’s interviewed some of the world’s top leaders including Daniel Flynn and Tracey Spicer.

Shevonne has been named in the Top 10 Australian Women Entrepreneurs, the 99 Global ‘Limit Breaking’ Female Founders and the Top Business Thinkers of 2018, alongside Naomi Simson. She’s also been appointed as a judge for the Telstra Business Awards and Women’s Business Awards.

Host a screening

If you can’t make the premiere you can still get involved by hosting a screening at your organisation. Register your interest.