In recent times, intersecting crises and increased pressures have put many of us into a seemingly impossible state of indecision around our next steps for the future. Many of us are grappling with the gig economy; the implications of having children in a world in environmental crisis; an increasingly unaffordable housing market; and of course, the escalating work–life imbalance. Bridie Jabour (Trivial Grievances), Eda Gunaydin (Root and Branch), Gina Rushton (The Most Important Job in the World) and Amy Thunig wade into the uncertainty, consider the point of it all and discuss how we might navigate our way through.

Gina Rushton (Australian)

Gina Rushton

Gina Rushton is a journalist, editor and author of The Most Important Job in the World. Her reporting has been published in Australian Associated Press, BuzzFeed News, The Guardian, The Australian, The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, Crikey, Business Insider Australia and The West Australian.

Eda Gunaydin (Australian)

Eda Gunaydin

Eda Gunaydin is a Turkish-Australian writer and researcher interested in class, race and diaspora. Her essays and creative non-fiction can be found at Meanjin, Sydney Review of Books and The Lifted Brow. She has been shortlisted for a Queensland Literary Award and the Scribe Non-Fiction Prize. She is currently Contributing Editor at Sydney Review of Books, and her debut essay collection Root and Branch was published this year.

Amy Thunig (Australian)

Amy Thunig

Amy Thunig is a Gomeroi yinarr (woman), education academic at Macquarie University, Director at Story Factory in Redfern, and has recently submitted her doctoral thesis (PhD). In 2019 Amy gave her TEDx talk Disruption is not a dirty word, and in 2022 her first book Tell Me Again will be published with UQP. As an academic, author, media commentator and panellist, Amy regularly appears on television programs such as ABC's The Drum, and writes for various publications such as IndigenousX.

Bridie Jabour (Australian)

Bridie Jabour

Bridie Jabour is the Opinion Editor at The Guardian. She has previously worked as a journalist for NewsCorp and Fairfax, where she has reported on social affairs, politics and regional issues. Bridie writes commentary on feminism, inequality, and pop culture, and appears regularly on The Drum, Triple J and ABC Radio Sydney. She is the author of the novel The Way Things Should Be and the book of essays Trivial Grievances: On the contradictions, myths and misery of your 30s.