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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    Sustainable jobs in sustainable communities

    When: 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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    Beyond the bricks & mortar

    When: 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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    The 21st Century: How much water, how many people?

    When: at 5:00pm

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Tim Flannery, Prof Raimond Gaita, Regina Schwartz, Vandana Shiva, Mary E White, Warren W Wood

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    Australia: beyond now

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

    When: 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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    New lives for older people

    When: 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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    Youth lead the change

    When: 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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    In a post-Brexit world

    When: 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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    Communications collections and cultures

    When: 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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    Smart money

    When: 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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    The case for nonsense

    When: 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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    Innovation in ageing

    When: 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

    can.com.br

    Babayaga’s House

    The Groundswell Project

    Moveable Houses

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

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    Links in the blockchain

    When: 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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    Resistance and persistence

    When: 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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    Reinvent, rediscover and have a voice

    When: at 12:45PM

    Where: Hetzel Theatre

    Speakers: Ivy Diegmann, Georgia Heath, Bernadette Schwerdt, Ted Setnikar

    What do startups, not-for-profits and baby boomers have in common? As the baby boomer generation moves into the next stage of life, getting older becomes disrupted. Retirement is out and people over 60 are running for president, creating new enterprises and taking on leading roles. For those who want to get involved, opportunity is on the horizon.

    Presented by: ACH GROUP

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    20th Don Dunstan Oration: The Courage Party?

    When: 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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    Dame Roma Mitchell Oration: What would Roma say?

    When: 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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    Our cities of the future

    When: at 4PM

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Marion Terrill

    Over the next generation, we will see driverless cars, seamless public transport that goes everywhere at all hours, and automated freight management. Shouldn’t we be laying down the infrastructure now? This session will highlight research on government investment in transport infrastructure and how governments should make better decisions now to prepare for this vision of our future.

    Unfortunately Marion Terrill needed to cancel her appearance at the Festival, so no audio for this session.

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    Ageing well

    When: 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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    Dissent and Democracy: An Audience with Anwar Ibrahim

    When: at 11:30am

    Where: Bonython Hall

    Speakers: Anwar Ibrahim

    Introduced by Sophie Black, 2013 Adelaide Festival of Ideas Director, Hon. Jay Weatherill, Premier of South Australia, and Nick Xenophon, Senator for South Australia. In conversation with Waleed Aly on a broad range of issues relating to politics in Malaysia, Australia and the rest of the world, all in the context of political process, open democracy, Islam, and the protection of human rights. By way of background, Malaysian students studying in Adelaide were told by their Government that their scholarships may be withdrawn if they attended this event.

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    Town halls for mass collaborative innovation

    When: at 4PM

    Where: Open State Hub

    Speakers: Indy Johar

    Co-working for social change is a growing phenomenon. Greater numbers of innovators are co-locating to maximise success and drive meaningful change. This future means public good will come from unleashing and democratising the power to co-create our society. We need to create a new model of governance, participation and public accountability for this new class of civic institution – a ‘New Town Hall’.

    Unfortunately Indy Johar needed to cancel his attendance at the Festival, so no audio for this session.

    Presented by: OPEN STATE

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    Catalysing collective intelligence

    When: 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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    The Joy MacLennan Oration: Resilience

    When: at 10:00am

    Where: Elder Hall

    Speakers: Anne Deveson

    In wide-ranging discussion with Julianne Siggins from Anglicare, and members of the audience, Anne Deveson explores the idea of resilience, from her own personal experience in her family, as well as her long career in journalism, writing and film-making. What does resilience actually mean? How can you develop it? Who can you rely on when the going gets tough?

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    Intercultural futures

    When: 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: 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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    Has Global Warming Melted Our Brains?

    When: at 1:30pm

    Where: Freemasons Main Hall

    Speakers: Simran Sethi

    Why do some people deny the science of climate change? How do the scientists get their message out to such people? How does the way information is packaged affect the way we respond to it? Our relations with each other and the environment are inherently messy. We cannot solve our problems without engaging as many people as possible, regardless of their opinions. One of the world’s best science communicators gives us some clues in how to do this and make progress for everyone’s benefit.

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    Roads to ruin, pathways to prosperity

    When: 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: 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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    A New Democracy: A Citizen’s Jury

    When: at 10:00am

    Where: Sam Jacobs Room

    Speakers: Iain Walker

    Introduced by Professor of Law, John Williams, Iain Walker takes us through an entertaining exploration of the theory and practice of citizens’ juries. What works? What doesn’t? Why? A lively disscussion with the audience follows the talk.

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    The future is workless

    When: 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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