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Common Good: Democratic futures for people and plane

Common good: Democratic futures for people and planet.

One of the main aims of neoliberalism has been to turn us into consumers rather than active, community-minded citizens. Margaret Thatcher's infamous insistence that there was, "no such thing as society" was a clarion call for growing disconnection, resulting in what George Monbiot has described as a "plague of loneliness". The majority of the world's population now live in cities, often estranged from each other and from nature. Technology has also played its part in this. It's no surprise therefore, that mental health problems abound, and that happiness seems so elusive.

In this talk, Emeritus Professor Stuart Rees and Director of the Green Institute, Tim Hollo, discuss how we can rebuild meaningful, harmonious, peaceful and sustainable communities. How can we reconnect with each other? What do good relationships in a socially just world look like? Why are empowered communities important to building vibrant democratic societies? What are the dangers of splitting us apart?

Tim Hollo is Executive Director of the Green Institute. An environmentalist and musician, he is founder of Green Music Australia, has served as communications director for Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne, has been a board member of Greenpeace, and has worked for organisations including, Lock the Gate and Greenpeace. 

Stuart Rees is Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney, and Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation. Stuart Rees was former Professor of Social Work & Social Policy at the University of Sydney, Director of Sydney University’s Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, and Director of the Sydney Peace Foundation.

Remember to come early. Dinner is available from 5:00pm. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are available.
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