When Damien Cave arrived in Sydney from the US with his young family to establish The New York Times’ Australian bureau, life near the ocean brought ideas and questions at odds with their American mindset that risk was a matter of individual choices. Perhaps risk could be managed together, by communities. Rather than being eliminated or romanticised, risk might instead be respected and even embraced. So, Damien set out to understand how our current attitude to risk developed – and why it’s not necessarily good for us. Join Damien as he discusses Into the Rip, a book that will change how you think about facing the world’s hazards.

Damien Cave (Australian)

Damien Cave

Damien Cave is a journalist and author, and currently works as Australian Bureau Chief for the New York Times. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting in 2008 with a team in Baghdad when covering the Iraq war. Damien is a co-author of Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives, and his latest book is Into the Rip: How the Australian Way of Risk Made My Family Stronger, Happier... and Less American.