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The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas Is Returning To Sydney In April

Marco Ruiz Marco Ruiz - Sponsored SMN Writer (APAC) - Staff Writer (Aus)

The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas Is Returning To Sydney In April

The Festival Of Dangerous Ideas returns to Sydney promising another ‘weekend of provocation, contemplation, critical thinking and preparation for the battles of the next decade’.

Over the last decade, FODI (presented by The Ethics Centre) has brought together a long list of leading Australian and international thinkers to press and test the mechanisms of a free, dynamic and democratic society. Are we really as civil as we say we are?

 

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Previous attendees have posited such ideas as Religion Poisons EverythingAll Women Are Sluts, Let Banks Fail, Hypocrisy Rhymes With Democracy, Surrogacy Is Child Trafficking, and A Killer Can Be A Good Neighbour.

Importantly though, FODI is intended to provoke thought and discussion rather than simple provocation. It is a space to agree to disagree, of difference of opinion, of looking to the future and talking about the ideas shaping our world.

Besides, you don’t have to agree with everything you hear. Instead, the most important skill preached at FODI is the ability to listen – to hear out opposing perspectives and give them the courtesy of critical thought.

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Dr Simon Longstaff, The Ethics Centre Executive Director, argues that ‘fragile societies break apart when challenged. The resilient cohere around a common desire to face the truth – even if it is hard to bear.’

Sydney, are you ready to put your resilience to the test?

FODI will be in Sydney from April 3-5, 2020. Stay tuned for more information, including the full program and venue. In the meantime, dig into the 2018 archive and see what you have missed.

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