ABC RN Big Ideas and Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance


When: 6:30 pm, Monday 12 April 2021

Where: The Collective, 139 Elgin Street, Carlton, hosted by Readings

Tickets: Free. Please register here

Join Paul Barclay, Radio National’s Big Ideas presenter, in conversation with contributors to Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance, Sophie Cunningham, Anne Orford and Alan Schwartz. Please note this show will be recorded for later broadcast.

How will we change what we do with what we have?

Griffith Review 71: Remaking the Balance explores our relationships with resources – all that’s animal, vegetable and mineral – as well as with so many less tangible commodities. What does sustainability look like in 2021 in terms of food, energy, memory, systems and hope? This will be a lively and thought-provoking discussion on the inelastic limits of the planet; on energy in all forms – from nuclear and hydrogen to human; on how to treat hope and courage as muscles we can exercise; and on the potential for rupture bound up in the pandemic, the possibilities for change that it contains and the more critical question of how to set them underway.

This event is free to attend – however bookings are essential.

About the panellists

Sophie Cunningham is the author of six books including City of Trees: Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest (Text, 2020). She is also the editor of the collection Fire, Flood, Plague: Australian writers respond to 2020 (Vintage, 2020).

Anne Orford is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law at Melbourne Law School. Her latest book is International Law and the Politics of History (Cambridge University Press, 2021).

Alan Schwartz is the managing director of Trawalla Group, and in 2017 founded the Universal Commons project. A former Chair of Philanthropy Australia and council member of Swinburne University, he was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 and an Order of Australia in 2007.


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