Listen to talks presented at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas – the original disruptive festival. FODI features a line-up of leading experts from around the world, who bring bold ideas to complex issues. The festival seeks to challenge orthodox opinion, interrogate accepted truths, break through filter bubbles, and promote healthy and vibrant civil debate.
Eric Schlosser (2015) | Nuclear Delusions
Why has humanity still not worked out how to make nuclear weapons safe?
As an investigative journalist, Eric Schlosser continues to explore subjects ignored by the mainstream media. He’s told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers, gone on duty with the NYPD Bomb Squad, and visited prisons throughout the US. His most recent book, Command and Control (2013), examines the efforts of the military, to prevent nuclear weapons from being stolen, sabotaged, or detonated by accident.
Slavery Is Big Business (2014) | Lydia Cacho
Although illegal in all countries, slavery remains alive & well—and is growing dramatically, forming a thriving part of the globalised sex industry. Sex trafficking of women & children is a multi-billion dollar business that won’t be anywhere near ‘abolition’ until those who make money from its services think again about what being complicit in slavery means.
Lydia Cacho is an award-winning investigative journalist, writer & activist, focusing on violence against women.
Lee Vinsel (2016) | Innovation Fetish
Is innovation overvalued? It is the dominant ideology of our era. But what if building, maintenance and repair prove much more important to our daily lives than the vast majority of technological innovations?
Co-founder of The Maintainers, a research group focused on maintenance, repair, infrastructure and mundane labor, Lee Vinsel is an Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Stevens Institute of Technology.
Sarai Walker (2015) | Radical Fat Acceptance
One of the last bastions of acceptable discrimination is against fat people. Health arguments reinforce the social and cultural pressure to avoid fatness at all costs. But is it possible to imagine things differently and help women to escape from the complex web of body image, food and weight concerns?
Sarai Walker received her MFA in creative writing from Bennington College. Her first novel, Dietland, published in 2015 takes, on the beauty industry, gender inequality and our weight loss obsession.
Daisy Jeffrey, Audrey Mason-Hyde & Dylan Storer (2020) | Stolen Inheritance
With ‘normal’ education on hold, a mountain of public debt, high levels of long-term unemployment and the mental health effects of isolation yet to fully emerge, the legacy of COVID-19 disproportionately falls on the shoulders of one demographic above all others … the nation’s youth.
Hear from three of Australia’s most dynamic youth voices as they discuss present and future concerns. These young voices deserve a seat at the table, given it’s their future with which we keep gambling with.
Claire Wardle & Ariel Bogle (2020) | Misinformation is Infectious
As lockdowns and quarantines continue, some of us may feel like we're losing our grip on reality. Misinformation and conspiracy theories spread worldwide and algorithms continue to serve up our own custom-made versions of the internet. Are we just a few lines of code away from being a conspiracy theorist?
Claire Wardle is a leading expert on user generated content, verification and misinformation as co-founder and director of First Draft.
Ariel Bogle is an award-winning technology reporter at the ABC.