Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

The Internet is the worlds go to for information, for better and for worse, for truth and for bullshit. Everyone can now have a voice and while this theoretically creates a platform for true citizen democracy, it also opens doors for a whole lot of half truths and pretence. Chloe King writes this polemic and powerful piece about radical self-love and why positive thinking will, in her words, … Continue reading Positive thinking, privilege and the alienation of Instagram

Six great reasons why English speakers should learn other languages

A person who speaks many languages is a polyglot. A person who speaks two languages is bilingual. And a person who speaks one language? You guessed it, a native English speaker. As native English speakers we have the confounding situation where everyone else speaks, wants to speak or has to speak our language so our need to learn other languages is anywhere from very low … Continue reading Six great reasons why English speakers should learn other languages

Eight questions for more interesting conversations

“Conversation is civilized speech. It is more purposeful than chatter; more humane than gossip; more intimate than debate. But it is an elusive ideal.” John Armstrong, The Conversation. All too often our verbal exchanges involve flippantly jumping from one topic to another, a smattering of small talk peppered with a rant here and there. And we’ve all been to that party or event where the … Continue reading Eight questions for more interesting conversations

Cracking creativity open. Brisbane’s coworking spaces

It’s not every day you hear an office described as ‘creativity on crack’. That’s just how Jethro Batts describes his Sydney coworking space, The Works Glebe. “It’s eclectic and definitely allows us to work within our own parameters, equipped with hammocks, dogs, standing desks, antique furniture and yes, even our own campervan,” Jethro says. The Works Glebe is a creative, cultural and retail hub for … Continue reading Cracking creativity open. Brisbane’s coworking spaces

How the audience becomes the artist during festival celebration

“Much before Science extended our vision onto the material world, it’s been the Arts that helped man reach out beyond the mundane and the ordinary. The mission of the artist has always been to delve into the immaterial ineffable mysteries and bring back tangible forms that could stretch people’s vision beyond its default limited mode.” Ferdinando Buscema     After a recent four-day festival adventure … Continue reading How the audience becomes the artist during festival celebration

Imagination and the festival experience

I’ve long been a festival goer. Doofs we call them in Australia. Places where people go to celebrate under the stars, to stomp and dance on the earth, to connect with friends, to be debaucherous and generally let go of their regular state of mind. I’ve been thinking lately about festival experiences, in particular their role in sanctioning unbounded adult play and how this seeks … Continue reading Imagination and the festival experience