One amongst many, doing democracy better.
How will economic and democratic systems evolve? Can distributed decision-making work? How do we balance personal freedom and social responsibility? What does “home” mean in the face of closing borders, xenophobic politics and the permanently displaced?

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    Innovation in ageing

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Carolyn Curtis, Jane Mussared, Dr David Panter

    A world tour
    We take you on a virtual world tour, exploring some of the best innovations in ageing from around the globe.

    Whilst listening to the audio, you can click on these links to see some of the initiatives discussed:

    Money for Jam

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    Babayaga’s House

    The Groundswell Project

    Moveable Houses

    Presented by: THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (TACSI)

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    Dame Roma Mitchell Oration: What would Roma say?

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Hon Dr Robyn Layton

    Dame Roma Mitchell died almost 16 years ago. If she could speak to us today, what might she say about the current state of human rights in Australia? For example, our treatment of refugees and asylum seekers; the incarceration rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders; freedom of speech; domestic violence; women in the legal profession, equal pay and same-sex marriage?

    Presented by: THE OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY COMMISSIONER

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    Resistance and persistence

    When: Saturday 22 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Dr Pallave Dasari, Prof Sarah Robertson, Prof Alex Brown, Prof Steve Wesselingh

    Will we ever see the end of disease? Can the social inequities in health ever be eliminated? If not, what does the future of medicine look like? What might ‘good health’ mean to the next generation?

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    Ageing well

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Dr Victoria Cornell, Gabrielle Kelly

    What do we really want?
    Most of us will get old; we may well become frail and socially isolated. But many will live long productive lives. So what do we want as we age? Lifestyle? Health? Community? Income? Who decides? Who should decide?

    Presented by: STATEWIDE SUPER

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    20th Don Dunstan Oration: The Courage Party?

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Barry Jones

    Climbing out of the political abyss.
    Australia is in a political abyss. How do we climb out of it? Do we need a ‘Courage Party’ to address major long term issues, such as refugees, climate change and taxation?

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    Presented by: THE INSTITUTE OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AUSTRALIA (IPAA) WITH WALLMAN’S LAWYERS

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    Catalysing collective intelligence

    When: Sunday 23 October at 2:30PM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Mark Beam

    How we can catalyse the collective intelligence required to address the unprecedented global challenges before us? The Buckminster Fuller Institute accelerates the development of solutions by encouraging participants to conceive and apply transformative strategies based on whole systems thinking, Nature’s fundamental principles, and an ethically driven worldview.

    Presented by: THE ASSISTANCE OF OPEN STATE

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    Intercultural futures

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Amrita Malhi

    Australian identity in the Asian century.
    As Australia’s national interests become increasingly bound up with the future of Asia, it seems a good time to examine how comfortable we really are with cultural diversity. How do contemporary policies hold up as Australia becomes increasingly diverse, and more integrated in a transforming, region?

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    Value. Money. Culture.

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof Julian Meyrick, Prof Justin O’Connor

    What is culture worth? Can we put a price on it? Should we? And if we do, what are the consequences for artists and the so-called creative industries? From economic policy to the cultural sector, what does it take to survive in the arts today?

    Presented by: LABORATORY ADELAIDE

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    Roads to ruin, pathways to prosperity

    When: Saturday 22 October at 5:15PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Prof John Spoehr

    South Australia came through the global financial crisis in much better shape than expected. We weathered the global economic storm but the high Australian dollar was a wrecking ball on manufacturing, and collapsing commodity prices ended the mining boom. Now we face closure of the automotive manufacturing industry and perhaps our steel industry. All this threatens to plunge South Australia into economic stagnation and rising unemployment. We know how to avoid this, but will we?

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    Tipping points for success

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Daniels Langeberg, Max Toovey, Manal Younus

    Future economies will depend on the talents, energy and imagination of younger business people, entrepreneurs and agents of change. What are the tipping points that determine the success or failure of a new venture? How can a new generation successfully drive innovative enterprise in a pre-existing system?

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    The future is workless

    When: Saturday 22 October at 4PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Tim Dunlop

    A world without work as we know it could be a good thing. The landscape of work is changing, from the new share economy to automated vehicles, 3D printing and advanced AI. What will we do when robots take our jobs? The era of full-time work is ending and we have to stop holding out the false promise that jobs will reappear. So what does our future in the brave new world of non-work look like?

    This session was originally scheduled in the program for 5.15pm on Saturday 22 October in the Heizel Room; rescheduled during the Festival.

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    Six big ideas for social innovation

    When: Sunday 23 October at 3:45PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Carolyn Curtis

    The Australian Centre for Social Innovation is a unique South Australian experiment to accelerate social progress by exploring new ways of tackling intractable social issues. Here, TACSI presents the big ideas driving their work in ageing, disability and child protection: think differently about home, open-sourced services, an intergenerational perspective on social problem solving, and peers as the new professionals.

    Presented by: THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (TACSI)

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    Thinking Adelaide

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Greg Mackie, Phillip Adams

    A passion for connecting and collecting.
    Greg was the inaugural recipient of the Jim Bettison and Helen James Foundation Award, given to an individual whose lifetime work is of significant value and benefit to the community. Greg will present his ideas for ‘Thinking Adelaide’, a global network of thought leaders and a city of collections.

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    Presented by: JIM BETTISON & HELEN JAMES FOUNDATION

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    What a magician taught me about politics – The AFoI Opening Oration and dedication

    When: Friday 21 October at 7.30PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Phillip Adams, Prof Barry Jones

    How political debate, from the local to the global, is confused and controlled by conjuring.
    This event will be one of the few opportunities Phillip has to speak his mind at a point in his career when he has given platforms to so many people’s ideas, beliefs and ideals. The 2016 AFoI dedication to Phillip will be delivered by Barry Jones.

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    As everything changes

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10am

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Nick Drake, Prof Raimond Gaita

    Who are we and what really matters?
    Join a moral philosopher and a poet in conversation as they discuss their journeys out of familiar worlds and into wild landscapes and environments that hold up a confronting mirror to ourselves, to our humanity, our ethics and therefore to our politics.

    Presented by: FLINDERS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN THE HUMANITIES (FIRTH)

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    Athenian Democracy

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Nicholas Gruen

    Could citizens’ juries and a citizen chamber be a simple solution to a complex problem? Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump have humiliated political elites. But we led the pack in 2013 when the elites in Australia’s Parliament humiliated themselves – abolishing carbon pricing when most parliamentarians understood the folly of doing so. Why? Because of the imperatives of political combat in our vox pop democracy. With the political-infotainment complex degrading representative politics, creating space for ordinary people to influence our politics at every level could see our democracy reborn.

    Due to technical problems, the audio recording for this session is not immediately available. We’ll aim to provide it post-festival, after some tlc.

    Presented by: THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (TACSI)

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    Shifting from an extractive value regime to a (re-)generative value regime

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10am

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Michel Bauwens

    We are in the final decades of a value regime based on unsustainable extraction of rare global resources. This is an unprecedented challenge in the history of our world, since previous crises were limited in geographic scope. Many question whether we can pull it off. But hundreds of thousands of productive communities are experimenting with the new ‘generative’ value regime. This report from the trenches may well represent the building blocks of a new sustainable world civilization.

    Presented by: GREEN INDUSTRIES SA

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    Restorative justice

    When: Saturday 22 October at 10AM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Prof Rick Sarre

    A report card.
    Restorative justice mechanisms have been a formal part of the justice landscape in Australia for more than 20 years. What are they? Have they been successful? What does the future hold?

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    Beyond the bricks & mortar

    When: Sunday 23 October at 10am

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Rob Lachowicz

    Rethinking home as we age
    A fun and interactive journey beyond the bricks and mortar to rethink what home looks like as we age.

    Presented by: THE AUSTRALIAN CENTRE FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION (TACSI)

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    Making better cities

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15am

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Jane Jose, Dr Jane Lomax-Smith, Kirsteen Mackay, Dr Elisa Palazzo

    Women are under-represented in town halls across the country. Except in the City of Adelaide, where half of current elected members are women. South Australia is also home to the nation’s first female Government Architect. What’s going on in Adelaide? Something in the water?

    Presented by: ADELAIDE CITY COUNCIL

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    The Graeme Hugo Memorial Lecture: The future of humanity does not look good

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Prof Paul James

    We have reached a stage in history where we have the capacity to fracture the liveability of this planet, at least for us humans. Increasing global mobility is breaking up communities and places. Intensifying globalization is rendering economics and politics more tumultuous. And climate change will cause increasing chaos. This talk maps the patterns of transformation and makes some hopeful suggestions for alternative pathways.

    Presented by: SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE

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    Sustainable jobs in sustainable communities

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Heather Smith, Prof John Spoehr, Sean Williams

    A sustainable future means more than renewable energy and environmentally sound food production. How will citizens earn a living? Hi-tech jobs in a global digital work space? Looking after yourself in a local organic co-operative? Who will build the houses, fix the taps, keep track of the accounts? Will it be you? Will the robots take over? Will the value we place on time, money and possessions change?

    Presented by: CONSERVATION COUNCIL OF SA

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    Youth lead the change

    When: Sunday 23 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Shari Davis

    With the financial crisis of 2008 having seen youth unemployment rise to alarming levels, the City Government of Boston has taken a radical approach to youth engagement, not only asking young people what they want to happen in their city, but providing US$1 million for them to put towards capital projects they believe in.

    Presented by: THE ASSISTANCE OF OPEN STATE

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    Australia: beyond now

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Moira Deslandes

    A national invitation to co-imagine alternative futures.
    This initiative will ignite a conversation about our future. A collaboration between the University of South Australia and the Tingari-Silverton Foundation, it will invite Australians to explore and co-imagine the best possible future. It will ask the question: as a continent, a nation, and a people, who will we be in 2050?

    Presented by: TINGARI-SILVERTON FOUNDATION

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    Communications collections and cultures

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Rebecca Evans, Prof John Long, Dr Paul Willis

    Cultural institutions such as museums and galleries are both repositories and exhibitors of our cultural heritage. They are also hotbeds of active research and immensely popular attractions. But how should they operate in a future with changing cultural and economic values? How will our institutions be valued by the next generation, steeped in digital experience?

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    New lives for older people

    When: Saturday 22 October at 11:15AM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Dr Helen Barrie, Dr Victoria Cornell, Dr David Panter, Prof Karen Reynolds

    With people living longer than ever before, what are the opportunities and challenges as we age in the 21st century?

    Presented by: UNITCARE

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    The case for nonsense

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Guildhouse

    A century ago, in Cabaret Voltaire, a subversive anti-art movement was founded in response to the devastation of what would be World War I. Dadaism used absurdity and irrationality to critique the unreasonable politics of the time. On Dada’s 100th anniversary, we embrace the irrational as productive political space.

    Presented by: GUILDHOUSE FOR THE 2016 CREATIVE TIME SUMMIT

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    In a post-Brexit world

    When: Saturday 22 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Dr Joanna Howe

    Can we manage labour migration without succumbing to fear? We need to completely rethink the way Australia regulates and approaches labour migration. Joanna advances three proposals which would improve both the regulatory design and enforcement capacity of Australia’s labour migration program. This session will provide a roadmap of how Australia can successfully manage its temporary labour migration program in a post-Brexit world.

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    Links in the blockchain

    When: Sunday 23 October at 12:45PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Mark Pesce, Michel Bauwens, Assoc Prof Ellie Rennie

    Blockchain technology is a whole new way of transacting the transfer of information. What will be the specific impacts of blockchain technologies on different fields such as education, health care, government and the commercial world?

    Presented by: Green Industries SA

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    Smart money

    When: Saturday 22 October at 12.45PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Mark Pesce

    One of Australia’s best known specialists in all things digital, Mark Pesce will provide a non-technical introduction to the blockchain. He then explores how blockchain will completely transform the economy – money and everything money touches – over the next twenty years.

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