Earlier this week, I attended a stimulating event – the EcoArts Australis Conference, held in Wollongong. EcoArts Australis is a new organisation based in Wollongong that aims to bring together environmental and arts practitioners to use the arts in creative ways to promote sustainability. The conference was their first significant event. EcoArts Australis formed when […]Read more "EcoArts Australis Conference"
I’ve just spent a few days in Melbourne, which gave me a chance to do something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – try out Airbnb. I’ve written about collaborative consumption here before and Airbnb is the poster child for collaborative consumption. Airbnb is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book […]Read more "Staying with strangers – my first experience of Airbnb"
I’ve just finished a fascinating novel by Robert Llewellyn called News from Gardenia. The futurist Richard Slaughter – a colleague and mentor of mine – introduced me to the book when he gave a guest lecture recently in my home town of Thirroul. An aside for sci-fi fans – Robert Llewellyn is probably best known for playing […]Read more "Imagining utopia – a review of News from Gardenia"
I’ve been an admirer of Chris Jordan’s digital photographic art for several years now. His Running the Numbers series paints an unflattering portrait of American and global consumer culture that presents environmental messages in a fresh light. He creates images using repetition of familiar consumer items and waste, typically with an ironic twist. For example, below […]Read more "Chris Jordan’s message from the gyre"
I only read one serious book over my summer break – Joe Romm’s Language Intelligence. The rest of my reading time was devoted to indulging my love of science fiction – hey, I was on holidays after all! Language intelligence is a book about the neglected art of rhetoric. The subtitle is ‘Lessons on persuasion […]Read more "Language Intelligence – the art of rhetoric"
Last night at the Australian Museum, Clive Hamilton gave a blistering speech on the ethics of climate change. Hamilton has little time for those who deny the scientific evidence of climate change. In a particularly memorable part of his speech, he said that: To turn away from enormous suffering in order to avoid having to re-examine […]Read more "The ethics of climate change"
I’m a big fan of science fiction. Star Wars was released when I was five years old. My parents took me to see it at the old drive-in cinema (yes kids, there used to be drive-in cinemas). From the moment I saw it, I was hooked. Movies like Star Wars and Bladerunner and TV shows […]Read more "How will we treat Mars?"