About Chris Rhyss Edwards…
Former Army Combat Engineer & Peacekeeper turned digital media professional and author. After spending a decade in uniform in the Australian Army, I have spent the past two decades developing digital products for NewsCorp, Sensis & Clemenger BBDO.
In 2018, I founded Soldier.ly, the global award winning start-up that developed the world’s first stress detection and management smartwatch app in partnership with Fitbit. Our ID.STRESS app is currently being field tested with Zurich Australia.
I’ve studied Entrepreneurship & Innovation from the University of Adelaide, hold a Masters in Creative Writing from Queensland University of Technology, and am about to commence a Neuroscience PhD through University Technology Sydney.
In 2010, I began a five-year research project to understand why people kill, before authoring Good Reasons to Kill: an Anthology of Morality, Murder & Collective Madness. In 2015, I took the TEDx stage to speak on The Uncomfortable Truth Between Right & Wrong.
I founded Soldier.ly and our veteran focused charity Turn & Face because a veteran commits suicide every hour in the United States, and Australia has lost more soldiers to suicide than fighting in Afghanistan.
Why I write…
In 2010, I took a sabbatical from corporate life to understand: do we ever have a good reason to kill? Over the following five years, I researched and interviewed people on controversial topics including euthanasia, abortion, child soldiers, infanticide, state execution, terrorism, honour killings and more in an attempt to try and understand why we kill.
Good Reasons to Kill was an epic project to say the least, but it’s simply the latest project I’ve given my heart and soul to. Over the years I’ve written news stories on euthanasia law reform, same-sex marriage and the homeless crisis in Australia.
I’ve had the good fortune to meet and interview a wide range of interesting people. At the serious end, I’ve interviewed soldiers who’ve served in multiple theatres of war, doctors who’ve operated in the dirt in Africa, men of God who carry guns and the world’s leading Euthanasia campaigner. I’ve also had the pleasure to chat with, drink, argue and laugh with an assortment of fascinating people just like you and me who oftentimes have interesting, terrifying and intriguing stories to share.
IMHO, a life wielding the written word is far more daunting than the days I wielded a loaded weapon. To me, words are a more powerful weapon and a far healthier pursuit. They lift spirits, shift minds, topple governments and change the world. I’m thankful you’ve taken the time to read mine.
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