In this fascinating talk, New York Times bestselling author Johann Hari contends that Australia is going through a series of interconnected crises: Australia has one of the highest levels of depression in the world, and a chronic methamphetamine crisis. Based on his first-hand deep-diving research across the world, from Sydney to Sao Paulo to San Francisco, the acclaimed author of Chasing the Scream and Lost Connections seeks to confront the deep causes of the Western World’s crisis of despair, and look at the practical ways that we can find our way back. Join Johann in a special Festival event, as he examines why the Lucky Country is so unhappy, and tells the story of how we can reconnect, find happiness and lead more meaningful lives.

Johann Hari (International)

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Johann Hari is a New York Times bestselling author. His first book Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War on Drugs has been translated into 15 languages and is currently being adapted into a major Hollywood film, and into a non-fiction documentary series. He is one of the most-viewed TED talkers of all time: his talk, ‘Everything You Think You Know About Addiction is Wrong’, has (along with the animation based on it) been viewed more than 20 million times. He has written over the past seven years for some of the world’s leading newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, The Spectator, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Politico. He was twice named National Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International.