Melbourne Conference 2019:
What can we learn from the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon?

Jordan Peterson is a worldwide phenomenon with millions of people around the world reading his books, watching his YouTube videos and attending his public lectures. More than 10,000 attended his recent Melbourne lectures.

His no-nonsense approach is having life-changing beneficial effects, particularly for young adults. It is interesting that as a non-practising Christian he continually refers to the Bible's narratives.

The conference will hear about and discuss:
  • What is driving this phenomenal interest and why
  • What influence is this having on people and communities
  • What impact is it having on Christianity
  • What opportunities are presented to the broader Christian church
  • Is digital media the key to this phenomenon
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If you're intellectually inquisitive and interested in this powerful dynamic, then this conference is for you.

Dr. Jordan Peterson:

The man inspiring millions of lives worldwide


Sat 30th March
9am - 6pm

St James Old Cathedral

2-10 Batman St
West Melbourne


The Understanding the Jordan Peterson Phenomenon conference is proceeding this Saturday 30th March albeit without Jordan Peterson’s participation in a video recording for the conference with Paul VanderKlay and John Anderson. Although he had previously agreed to this interview, his schedule has prevented him from doing so. Paul and John Anderson have recorded a video however, that will be featured on Saturday, along with selected clips that enable Paul to present his three sessions with the goal of enabling delegates to understand Jordan Peterson’s impact on this time of great uncertainty in Western Democracies.

All conference participants are invited to a reception event to welcome Paul and his son Jared at 7:00pm on Friday evening (drinks and finger food) at Oscar’s Table restaurant, 50 NewQuay Promenade Docklands 3008. $20:00 pp (cash to me at the event please) for food and buy your own drinks at the bar. Parking is at the Docklands car park. 

We hope that the conference theme will be to assume that the person you are listen to may know something that you don’t, which is of course, Rule 9 in Jordan Peterson’s book, 12 Rules for Life. If we can do this, all of us can learn from each other as to how to make our way purposefully, in a complex and confusing world. 


Dr Jordan Peterson via video-link

Jordan Bernt Peterson is a Canadian. He is married to Tammy and they have two children. Peterson is a clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto.


John Anderson AO

John Duncan Anderson AO, is a retired Australian politician. He is married to Julia and has five children. He was the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and leader of the National Party from 1999 to 2005, uniquely admired by his political colleagues.


Rev Paul VanderKlay

Paul VanderKlay is married and has five children. He has been a pastor in an Christian Reformed Church in Sacramento, California for the past 20 years. Previously he was a missionary in the Dominican Republic.


Conference Agenda 30 March 2019

Time Item Activity
8:00 Doors open
9:00 Welcome and introductions
9:15 Session 1 Paul VanderKlay hosts a prerecorded video featuring Dr Peterson and John Anderson
10:30 Morning Tea
11:00 Session 2 Paul VanderKlay addresses what the Peterson phenomenon means to Christianity
12:15 Lunch
1:00 Session 3 Group discussions.
Generated from the earlier sessions the audience will break into groups to discuss and recommend outcomes
2:00 Session 4 Group leaders will report on group discussions
3:00 Afternoon tea
3:30 Session 5 Panel discussion.
Conference attendees to sms questions for the panel
4:30 Book launch 'How Good is the Golden Rule?'
5:00 Session 6 Summary and conclusion.

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