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Give it Away Now

Matt Beard
Sat 4 April 11:30am Marconi Room
Sat 4 April 11:30am Marconi Room
As you participate in this interactive social experiment, you’ll get the chance to give away real money. There’s just one catch…

Join us for this interactive, immersive and high-stakes thought experiment, hosted by philosopher Matt Beard. We’re putting real money on the table and offering you a range of possible charities to donate it to. You, the audience, will have the opportunity to discuss and debate who to support as you decide which cause you think is most worthy of the cash. But there’s a catch – the verdict needs to be unanimous in the room! No conscientious objectors, no holdouts, everyone needs to agree. Will you make a meaty donation to a worthwhile cause, or will you fall foul of the realities of collective decision-making, compromise, and bias? There are times when we all need to agree to make large-scale change, but is it possible?

Matt Beard

Matt Beard is a husband, dad, pop culture nerd, moral philosopher and ethicist. He is a fellow at the Ethics Centre and the resident philosopher for the ABC’s kid’s ethics podcast Short & Curly. Matt is a columnist with ABC Life and New Philosopher, and the author of The Short & Curly Guide to Life. In 2016 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement. He has repented of his past life as an academic and now regularly appears on television, radio, podcasts, online and in print.