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.
Don't Trust the Scientists (2016) | Tim Flannery, Alok Jha, Natasha Mitchell & Lee Vinsel
Are scientists the new gods? Do we increasingly rely on science to solve our problems, and are we stretching the scientific method to mystique? If we can’t trust scientists, is it possible to still trust science?
Tim Flannery is a scientist and one of Australia’s leading writers on climate change. Alok Jha is science correspondent for ITV News UK. Natasha Mitchell is an award winning journalist and presenter at ABC Radio National. Lee Vinsel is Assistant Professor of Science and Tec
Nanny State (2015) | Chris Berg
If we don’t think our fellow citizens are capable of making the right choices about what they eat and drink, why do we think they are capable of voting? Who is best placed to make the decisions for us – we the people, or the state?
Chris Berg is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Public Affairs, where he specialises in civil liberties, the political economy of regulation, and media and technology policy.
A Killer Can Be a Good Neighbour (2013) | Erwin James
When someone commits a crime, we want them punished – and the longer they're locked away, everyone seems happy. However people do eventually come out of prison and rejoin the community – but do we want them living near us?
As incarceration rates grow, if we want anyone who has been to jail to have a chance in life, maybe we need to look at a different approach – the kind of prison model that could make a killer a good neighbour.
Erwin James is a convicted murderer & Guardian journalist.
Gender Doesn't Matter (2016) | Jesse Bering, Raewyn Connell Cordelia Fine & Elizabeth Anne Riley
With more people coming out as gender fluid, transitioning or on a spectrum of gender identity, it's clear the biological constraints of gender today have loosened. But how do we deal with enduring gender-based social inequality and injustice? Will we ever get to a point in society where gender doesn’t matter?
Satyajit Das (2016) | The Bill Is Due
Today the human race faces existential challenges. Our prosperity has been built on unsustainable economic and environmental practices — but our social and political processes seem incapable of fixing anything. Why are we unable to even acknowledge the truth of our predicament?
Chaired by Rebecca Huntley.
Satyajit Das is a former financier. He anticipated the 2008 financial crisis and has been prescient in outlining subsequent developments.
Lionel Shriver (2016) | Break A Rule A Day
When you're on a bicycle at a red light with no car or pedestrian in sight, do you still wait for the green? Do you obey every single law? Surely fearful compliance with every niggling regulation defies the much-vaunted "freedom" that is the premise of democracy. Maybe that’s what drives our fascination with film and fiction criminality: we envy renegades. Is breaking a rule a day better than an apple for your health?
Lionel Shriver is an American author and journalist.