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FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS

Rosa-Clare WillisRosa-Clare Willis

OUR GUILTY LOVE OF CONTROVERSY

Our world is in a perpetual state of turbulence. Just this week Trump has made a global death threat to Hilary Clinton, Palestine has been removed from Google Maps and Australia's Census was hijacked by overseas hackers.

Let me jog your memory with a few controversial topics of 2016:

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Some of the top news stories for 2016 are interesting, terrifying and just plain heartbreaking. It's easy to feel bogged down by all the negative topics in the media this year, but don't worry there are still plenty of great things happening globally. But, you won't read about them in this article...

This blog is all about our fascination with controversy and why it's a good thing to seek beyond what's comfortable and familiar.

Our blood is boiling. Competitive streaks are running high between nations and that's not just because of the Olympics. We're all dying for our opinions and voice to be heard, while at the same time we fear the repercussions of speaking our minds (We all saw what happened when Sonya Kruger did).

So for all the fascinated folk, or for the people like me, who love to join in on a hot topic, but secretly feel self-conscious that they don't know enough, then boy do I have some good news for you: There is a safe place for us to stimulate this guilty infatuation: FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS (FODI) HAPPENING NEXT MONTH IN SYDNEY!

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WHAT IS FODI?

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) is a weekend of challenging, inspirational and confronting discussions from powerful speakers across the globe - imagine Ted Talks on steroids.

FODI will discuss all of your worst fears from American politics, climate change, death, cheaters and suicide. This is a festival for all kinds of brave people. Ann Mossop & Danielle Harvey, curators of the festival have said:

"... the rule-breakers, the explorers and adventurers will come out to play, putting disruptive behaviour on show to create real festival moments"

So brace yourselves Australia and get ready to talk about disappearing countries, dirty politics and disruptive behaviour. The Festival of Dangerous Ideas will be held at the opera house on 3-4 September 2016.

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WHERE YOU'LL FIND ME AT FODI

Below is my personal selection of events that I will be attending at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. Will you be joining?

How many dangerous ideas can one person have? - Andrew Bolt

It's our favourite political commentator talking about plenty of dangerous topics from class war, multiculturalism, race, politics, global warming and more. A man with no reservations, this session is sure to be interesting. Find out more here

Cheaters, sex addicts and pickup artists - Neil Strauss

Here strauss will talk about how pop culture is obsessed with easy sex and the affect of dating. This discussion will analyse whether too much dating can damage us irreparably. Find out more here

Break a rule a day - Lionel Shriver

This is the woman who wrote We need to talk about Kevin (Even the title gives me chills!). So that's enough to get me inside a room where I can pick her brains. In this session, Shriver will discuss how breaking a rule day could be good for our health.

There are so many more awesome topics, and I truly wish I could attend all of them. View the fodi timetable here

CONTROVERSY FORMS THE NATURE OF ART AND CREATIVITY

There are many dangerous ideas floating around every single day. For me, I love controversial discussions. In fact, something that unites my close group of friends is our love of heated debates. We purposefully arrange nights to meet up, cook a meal and sit around the fire with our cheap wine and wait until someone says something like "So how about Euthanasia?" It's in that moment that we are all lost in the thrill of throwing wild ideas around in our very own safe place.

As a startup, it should come as no surprise that we are just as fascinated with controversy as you are. After all, we live in the technological world of digital disruption!

Read more about our own 'dangerous idea' for Leezair here

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