Making A Difference

This class will provide the inspiration – with a healthy dose of realism - and the practical tools to make a realistic difference in your lives. We will examine the psychological, cultural and social resistances we may encounter as we look to make a change.

It is normal to harbour a wish to lead a meaningful life that has a beneficial impact on those around us. However grand it might sound, wanting to 'change the world' and make a difference is a proper and mature ambition.

However, by a dispiriting law of inertia, we tend to remain passive and assume that change cannot take place, or that we are not really the ones to instigate it. This cannot in reality be true; there are simply too many examples of everyday initiative to the contrary.

Discover in this class, that much has to do with learning where our own particular passion may lie – and how we might marry it to the needs of the world.


5.45pm            Drinks & welcome
6.00pm            Class begins
7.30pm            Break (times vary)
9.00pm            Class finishes


‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.'

– Margaret Mead

About Classes

Our classes have been designed to give useful insights around the big themes in life. You’ll be challenged to think deeply and have courageous conversations about the issues that matter most, and you’ll be encouraged to step outside your comfort zone in a safe space with other curious, open-minded individuals.

To find out more about what to expect when you come to a class or workshop at The School of Life, take a look inside our London classroom.

These sessions are designed by experts and taught by members of our faculty. They include a mix of lecture, conversation and group activity.

Course Leader

Dr Sumant Badami is an Anthropologist and Honorary Associate at Macquarie University. Apart from being a passionate educator at primary, secondary and tertiary levels, he is a celebrant, jazz singer, martial arts instructor and currently training to become an officer in the Australian Army Reserves. He has spent most of his research living with the Paniya, a marginalised indigenous ethnic group in South India, who were slaves until quite recently. However, he is now working closer to home, where he is interested in how change happens in schools and communities. He also works closely with men and boys, using his anthropological knowledge to challenge the norms of toxic masculinity as well as other stereotypes of class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and race. He also co-presents a podcast called The Meaning of Life with fellow School of Life Faculty member, Dr Tim Dean.

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Making A Difference





Full price: $80.00
Concession: $64.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current Student Cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers. If you can no longer attend this event you are welcome to share your ticket with someone else, which they can present at the door to gain entry. Please see our 
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