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7iC - Digital Heroes: Heroes

What makes a digital hero?

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Young Australian of the Year 2021

Australian of the Year Criteria

In choosing the recipients of the Australian of the Year Awards, regard is given to the nominee's achievements in the year immediately prior to receiving the award, as well as their past achievements and ongoing contribution to the Australian community and nation. A person who has taken risks, done the hard yards and been a pioneer that has had a positive impact on a wide range of people’s lives.

The selection criteria are:

  • Significant contribution to the Australian community and nation
  • An inspirational role model for the Australian community
  • Demonstrated excellence in their field
  • The Local Hero award acknowledges a significant contribution at local community level

Selection panels will also give consideration to the following in assessing and comparing nominations against the above criteria:

  • Personal, academic and professional achievements
  • Contribution in the relevant field (how has the nominee 'put back' into their field to benefit others)
  • Demonstrated leadership, innovation and creativity
  • Personal interests and community involvement
  • Contribution to development of regional community and/or economy
  • Future goals and likely impact
  • Degree of difficulty of the achievement and sacrifices made
  • Country of residence
  • Previous awards and recognition
  • Voluntary work beyond paid employment
  • Nature and length of activity or service
  • Achievements as an individual or as part of a group or organisation
  • Availability and commitment to promote national pride and active citizenship though the year of the recipient's appointment

Source: Australian of the Year - Criteria

Why do we need heroes?

"We need heroes because they define the limits of our aspirations...we define our ideals by the heroes we choose, and in turn, our ideals (courage and honor, for example) define us. Heroes symbolize the qualities we'd like to possess and the ambitions we'd like to satisfy. 

Heroes are often brave and capable of leading others, and they resolve problems that confront society. And, importantly, they also tend to be risk-takers."


Podcast - The nature of heroism

This podcast discusses the nature of heroism. Who are our heroes today? Why are they important to us as individuals and society? Make sure you take notes as you listen.

What makes a hero?

What makes a hero? It's not about fame or celebrity... it's about character. This video talks about the qualities of the real heroes of our world.