After reading Alexander McCall Smith’s article in the Sydney Morning Herald about his writing being deeply unfashionable when he started, I decided to allow myself to be deeply unfashionable too. As I consequence I am off to the Opera Theatre next weekend to listen to a day of divergent and potentially unfashionable talks at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas.
First I’ll listed to McCall himself talk about the idea of society being broken and whether and how we can knit it back together with civility and kindness. Or are they old-fashioned ideas?
Next, I’ll listen to a panel discussing whether some aboriginals are more aboriginal than others.
Then I’m off to hear Cheryl Kernot, Dick Smith and Philip Nitschke talk about changing their minds, a deeply unfashionable trait in the current environment.
Finally, I will listen to a panel discussing citizen’s revolutions and how we can participate in creating a world we all want to live in.
Looking forward to it. Join me if you dare.