Enabling change in our Society, Environment and Economy (SEE)

Bob – Founder

Bob Douglas is one of the SEE-Change founding members and wrote the book ‘SEE-Change Centres: Grey Power and Hope’.

He retired from his post as the Foundation Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health at the ANU 2001. His forty-year medical career spanned work as a specialist physician in Papua New Guinea, being Dean of the Medial School at the University of Adelaide and Chair of a Geneva based World Health Advisory Group. He was honoured for contributions to medicine by the award of Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in 2000.

Following his retirement in 2001, Bob, with five colleagues from various walks of Australian life, established a new body, Australia21 the Board of which he chaired for 10 years and continues as a Director. Australia21 is building networks of thinkers and researchers on some of the large challenges which face Australia in the 21st Century.

Arising from his experience in Australia 21, in 2006 Bob published a small book entitled “See-Change Centres Grey Power and Hope”. The book summarised the mounting evidence that humans are placing unprecedented strains on the planet and argued that a positive outcome to the current human predicament would depend upon a major culture shift. He proposed that in Australia this shift could be initiated by a coalition of thoughtful older and younger people acting together through networks of newly evolving structures and grassroots community activities. A Canberra group of experts from diverse professional backgrounds met in a roundtable to consider the need for a new body and SEE-Change is the result. Bob chaired the SEE-Change committee for six years until 2012. He continues to work on two major projects in the SEE-Change program. The first is 2020 Vision, a school-based program that is encouraging children from all ages to engage with the sustainability challenge. The second is a program initiated by the Belconnen SEE-Change group on Kitchen Table Conversations, which seek to re-engage Canberrans in ownership of, and action for the future.

With thanks to our


  • ACT Government Environment and Planning
  • The Association of Independent Schools of the ACT (AISACT)
  • Catholic Education Office (Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn)
  • Education and Training Directorate
  • ACT Government