As Oscar Wilde opined, "An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of being called an idea at all." Now in its fourth year, the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, a joint venture between the Sydney Opera House and St James Ethics Centre, pays wide-ranging, controversial and sometimes funny homage to Wilde's dictum.
Featuring its biggest program yet, between September 28 and 30 the SoH will be turned into a hotbed of dissent and division. With more than 30 sessions on offer it's probably a bit of an ask to attend them all, but we're especially looking forward to:
Make More Mistakes: undercover economist Tim Harford thinks we've become too obsessed with success. Not because success is bad, but because aiming for success doesn't usually produce it. the way to succeed is to fail, constantly and novelly, to keep on failing until you suddenly fail yourself into the success you didn't know you were searching for.
My Workplace is a Cult: We're working longer and harder than ever before. But we don't seem to be any happier. Or more productive. Or richer. Are we part of a cult? Journalist extraordinaire Gideon Haigh and director of Google's Creative Lab in Sydney, Tom Uglow, explore.
We Are The Gods Now: American filmmaker and producer on Al Gore's 'Current TV': Jason Silva discusses the ways in which technology has the power to create and destroy on a "human and planetary scale". Wowza.
General admission tickets are $25 and available from the Sydney Opera House Box Office here. Or try your luck here as we have a double pass to Make More Mistakes and We Are The Gods Now to give away. Send your name and address here to enter. Winners will be drawn Friday September 14. This competition has now closed.
Video: Cormac Cullinan speaks at TEDx about the disconnection between our increasingly urban species and other living systems.