Generations of inertia on the climate crisis, entrenched political partisanship and a public sphere defined by the volume of opinions rather than the willingness to listen means changing minds is a big ask. But from teachers to activists, artists and corporations, a huge effort has gone into trying to effect real change. What tools of persuasion, what methods of advocacy, what direct action is fair game when it comes to trying to get one’s cause across? What does the collision between the individual and big institutions look like? And does ideology have any chance against the forces of capital? Host Matt Beard and panellists Thomas Mayor, Sara M. Saleh and Carl Rhodes (Woke Capitalism) discuss the challenges and ethical dilemmas of trying to make a difference.
Sara M. Saleh (Australian)
Sara M. Saleh is a poet, writer, activist, and the daughter of migrants from Palestine, Egypt and Lebanon, living on Gadigal land. Sara's writing has been published in English and Arabic in various outlets, and she has spoken and performed in classrooms, community spaces, and at festivals nationally and internationally. In 2021, she won both the Peter Porter and Judith Wright Poetry Prizes. Sara's debut novel, Songs for The Dead and The Living (Affirm Press) is out next year. She is a proud Bankstown Poetry Slam 'Slambassador'
Carl Rhodes (Australian)
Carl Rhodes is Dean and Professor of Organization Studies at the University of Technology Sydney Business School. Carl writes about the ethical and democratic dimensions of business and work. This work endeavours to question and reformulate the role of business in society so prosperity can be shared by all. Carl's most recent books are Woke Capitalism: How Corporate Morality is Sabotaging Democracy, Organizing Corporeal Ethics andDisturbing Business Ethics.
Thomas Mayor (Australian)
Thomas Mayor is a Kaurareg Aboriginal and Kalkalgal, Erubamle Torres Strait Islander man who lives on Larrakia Country in Darwin. He is a union official with the Maritime Union of Australia and the author of four books. Two of his books are about the Uluru Statement from the Heart. His most recent book is Dear Son - Letters and reflections from First Nations fathers and sons.
Matt Beard (Australian)
Matt Beard is a philosopher, dad, husband, pop culture nerd and moral philosopher and ethicist. He is the Program Director of the Vincent Fairfax Fellowship at the Cranlana Centre for Ethical Leadership, the resident philosopher on the hit ABC podcast Short & Curly, and author of The Short & Curly Guide to Life and Ethical by Design: Principles for Good Technology. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Prize for his "prolific contribution to public philosophy". Matt takes a very non-traditional view of what a philosopher is, which means on a given day you might find him dressed in a gorilla suit, presenting to a board of directors or creating a thought experiment involving runaway trolleys and superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.