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Manifesto

The world has changed. The dangers are HERE. The time to act has almost passed. To survive, we must ADAPT. Go beyond the hype. Interrogate HOW we got to this point, and where we WANT to go next. We need to face REALITY. Examine the TRUTH – as individuals and as a society. The world we are making and unmaking, is a reflection of ourselves. Decide if we like what we see. Arm ourselves with information. WAKE UP.

History

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is the original disruptive festival that brings to light important conversations that push the boundaries of conventional thought. It presents a line-up of international and local thinkers and culture creators, inviting the public to immerse themselves in ideas and conversations that encourage debate and critical thinking.

On May 9-10 FODI will host a series of digital conversations called FODI Digital. The series of online conversations takes inspiration from the original FODI 2020 theme of ‘Dangerous Realities’, with online sessions being streamed via the festival website. The series will interrogate the reality of the current pandemic and its wider implications for our world and society.

FODI 2020 program was to be the 10th Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Due to take place at Sydney Town Hall – a nod to the traditional meeting and rallying place for communities, it was to feature sessions and performances that explored climate change, meritocracy, giving, tech, politics, capitalism and more. See the program. Due to the situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, safety measures put in place by the NSW Government meant that the Festival had to be officially cancelled on 16 March 2020.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) was co-founded by The Ethics Centre (TEC) and the Sydney Opera House (SOH) in 2009. It was presented at Sydney Opera House for eight years and in its ninth year explored Cockatoo Island presented by The Ethics Centre with UNSW Centre for Ideas.

Check out recordings of past talks here.

FODI alumni include Christopher Hitchens, Julian Assange, Mona Eltahawy, Alicia Garza, Sir Salman Rushdie, Pussy Riot, Tariq Ali, Paul Krugman, Sam Harris, Vandana Shiva, Naomi Klein, David Simon and Stan Grant.

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Rebecca Blake
Associate Producer
Wei Clerkin
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Briana Ewing
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Isabella Debbage
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Danielle Harvey
Festival Director
Alexandra Hirst
Executive Producer
Tom Hull
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Colin Ho
Digital Content Producer
Jason Jaram
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Jess Lewis
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Simon Longstaff
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Ann Mossop
Festival Co-Curator
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Special Thanks

Tamara Harrison
Allie Rosen
Tegan Redinbaugh
Sarah Munro
Karina Morgan
Kate Prendergast
Alice Marklew
Ione Davis
Octavia Spartels
Rebecca Riley
Matt Beard
Wendy Agostino
Hilary Blackman
Cris Parker
Mary Anne Terry
Abhinav Gijwani
Rosemary Smithson
The Funding Network
Claire Hargreave
Daniel Keogh
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Kara Jensen-Mackinnon