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Ben Harkin

Ben’s can-do spirit has taken him all over the world, and it’s the stories of his adventures that has turned him into one of the region’s most popular motivational speakers.

The youngest of four children, Ben was born with congenital bilateral malformation of the upper limbs.

Despite having ultrasounds during the pregnancy, it was never picked up. “They measured the length of the leg, heartbeat and brain activity. They didn’t look for 10 fingers and 10 toes, so if you’re not looking for something you don’t see it,” Ben said.

While it was a “bit of a shock” for everyone at the time, Ben never asks why. “It doesn’t matter. No point going back and looking for the why this has happened? It has happened,” he said. “You could go on and on about why things happen but I can’t change it. Why worry about things you can’t change?”

Hear from teachers who have attended a Critical Agendas Event

“It is the first P.L. in a long long time that I haven’t been checking in with my watch.”


Keep up the fantastic PD opportunities! Very  professional and well-researched workshops and conferences.

Paul Dillon

Just a big Thank you for giving us the opportunity to attend the Critical Agenda Workshop yesterday.  David presented a great program, lots of handy strategies and he was very engaging and supportive. Highly recommended.  I was very happy we did not have to do any Role play’s

It was also fantastic to catch up with Zlatica, Dani, Kate and Marg, lots of laughs

A big THANK YOU once again


Tan x

Tania The Geelong College

Loved the passion of the Presenters

Ivana Ryan

The best P.D. I have attended in living memory!” I loved every minute of this engaging, interesting and informative PD. And I have been teaching for 40+ years!

Susan Snooks

Loved the honesty in the sharing of information and strategies

Liberty Hatzidimitriou

I love the fantastic variety of workshops and conferences on offer. Always look forward to Critical Agendas PD’s.

Tim Livy

Passionate &  Authentic Speakers – Meaningful Strategies

Tamara Rundle

Inspirational Speakers –  the knowledge gained will be so beneficial in my classrooms

Libby Fullard.