Sydney Ideas is the University of Sydney's premier public lecture series program, bringing the world's leading thinkers and the latest research to the wider Sydney community.
Charging ahead with clean energy (30 October 2020)
The science and economics tells us sustainable energy alternatives make sense. So, what’s the missing link in the path to a clean and prosperous future?
– Matt Kean MP, NSW Minister for Energy and Environment, offers perspective into the economic impacts and benefits of investing in alternative energy sources.
– Professor Anita Ho-Baillie, John Hooke Chair of Nanoscience and a world leader in perovskite solar energy cells, shares insights into solar photovoltaic research and its potential to produce cost-effective ways of energy generation.
– Professor Thomas Maschmeyer presents a case study on gelated zinc bromide batteries, an Australian technology breakthrough.
– Linda Scott, President of Local Government NSW (LGNSW) and City of Sydney Councillor, will talk about sustainability at a local level and community engagement.
– Dr Tanya Fiedler from the University of Sydney Business School moderates the discussion. Dr Fiedler played a key role in the development of the University's Sustainability Strategy.
This discussion was held virtually and recorded on 30 October 2020. For further resources, including the transcript, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3dcCaw9
Vision for the future (28 October 2020)
This year has seen a complete restructure of how society conducts its business. The shift from traditional "face-to-face” work environments has been both unsettling and disruptive. But for some, particularly people with blindness or low vision, it’s proof that flexible or alternative working is a marker of both efficiency and productivity.
We bring together a panel of individuals with lived experience to explore new ways of working amid disruption; and how organisations adapt to support and develop people with disability to thrive in the workforce.
– Simran Goyal, EY Associate
– Matt O'Kane, Director of Notion of Digital Forensics
– Gareth Ward MP, NSW Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services
– Chair: Professor Peter McCluskey AO, Director of the Save Sight Institute at Sydney Eye Hospital
– Audience Q&A moderator: Professor John Grigg, Head of the Discipline of Ophthalmology at the University of Sydney
This discussion was held virtually and recorded on 28 October 2020. For further resources, including the transcript, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3iGibam
Bruce Pascoe: Perennial Soil
It has never been more important to be sharing Indigenous knowledge. So many solutions to the problems we face today can be found in that wisdom.
Bruce Pascoe delivers a lecture on Indigenous farming and land management. The 'Dark Emu' author is also joined in a conversation with plant breeder and agricultural scientist Dr Angela Pattison.
Professor Lisa Jackson Pulver, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) at the University of Sydney, chaired this public talks event.
This event was held virtually and recorded on 19 October 2020 and marks the inaugural Arthur and Hilda Winch annual lecture in pre-colonial Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture; made possible by a donation from Mr Ron Winch and the Winch family.
For more information, including further resources and the transcript, visit the Sydney Ideas website: https://bit.ly/3kZDG7u
The basic income imperative (24 September 2020)
COVID-19 has ushered in a global economic slump, which may lead to a global depression. But is the coronavirus just the trigger for a financial crisis that was waiting to happen?
Globalisation and the economic policies of recent decades have produced a fragile system best described as rentier capitalism, characterised by a global class structure with rapidly growing precariat, and an increasingly deteriorating income distribution system.
A basic income as an economic right suggests an alternative way out of the pandemic slump – so what are the social risks of ignoring or delaying this?
– Professor Guy Standing, SOAS University of London and Co-founder of Basic Income Earth Network (BIEN)
– Professor Greg Marston, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland
– Moderator: Professor Lisa Adkins, Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences, The University of Sydney
For more info, including a transcript to this conversation, visit our website: https://bit.ly/3mwUcgK
Disruption and disability (23 September 2020)
How is the shift to digital shaping workplaces, cultures and employment opportunities? Explore future ways of working that are truly inclusive of people with disability.
– Dr Manisha Amin, CEO of Centre for Inclusive Design
– Professor John Buchanan, University of Sydney Business School
– Dr Sheelagh Daniels-Mayes, University of Sydney School of Education and Social Work
– Charles Humblet, Co-Chair, Disability at Work Network, University of Sydney
– Penelope Pitcairn, Staff Accessibility Manager, University of Sydney
– Moderator: Associate Professor Jennifer Smith-Merry, Director of the Centre for Disability Research and Policy
This conversation was held as part of Disability Inclusion Week at the University of Sydney (21-25 September 2020).
For more info, including a transcript to this discussion, visit the website: https://bit.ly/2RgEKHq
Art of influence: Shaun Gladwell
Shaun Gladwell’s practice engages personal experience and a wider speculation of art history to examine the dynamics of contemporary culture. Shaun transposes forms of urban expression such as skateboarding, graffiti, BMX bicycle riding, break-dancing and extreme sports into the multiple mediums of his practice. These performances, videos, paintings, photographs, sculptures and virtual reality works make discursive investigations into forms of creativity and notions of freedom.
Hear Shaun speak more about his work in this conversation with Blair French, CEO of Carriageworks.
The 'Art of influence' series features pioneering Sydney College of the Arts alumni, as they reflect on their careers, creative practice and the themes that inform their work. For more details, visit our website: https://bit.ly/34NTTba
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I'm a keen listener to your podcasts but the audio is often problematic e.g. Speakers different voice volume and capture/poor capture by the microphone but mainly the absence of a roving microphone to catch the discussion with the audience. Hearing the audience questions and responses are important to these fine discussions. A bit of technical help would earn six stars. Thank you.
Audio quality is poor and at best patchy.