THE POWER OF IDEAS
Thomas Jefferson wrote in August 1813 that "the moment [an idea] is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one". In this spirit, select English classes (Ms Bonardelli, Mrs Gunning, Ms Huff & Mrs Mann) are working together to create an educational opportunity to explore ideas that students may have never encountered or considered before. We hope that this festival will generate critical thought, discussion, and new ideas that are yet to change the world. Join us and think dangerously.
"All great ideas are dangerous." Oscar Wilde
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas was an annual event co-founded by Sydney Opera House and The Ethics Centre in 2009. It was presented at the Sydney Opera House for eight years until 2016. It took a hiatus but has since returned with full force!
The Festival of Dangerous Ideas was created to bring leading thinkers and culture creators from around Australia and the world to discuss and debate some of the most important issues of our time. Some featured speakers include: Germaine Greer, Julian Assange, Sam Harris, Jonathan Safran Foer, Stan Grant, Henry Rollins, Salman Rushdie, AC Grayling, Jon Ronson, Alicia Garza, and Tim Soutphommasane.
FODI's co-founder Simon Longstaff wanted the festival to "become a safe space for all, a space within which one might encounter ideas that are - for some or for all - offensive, obnoxious, fearsome, dangerously stupid...whatever, but in conditions of restraint and disagreement." He further stated that "ideas of all kinds are best exposed to the light of reason and discernment...[FODI] allows people to calibrate their own thoughts about the issues that they encounter, knowing better the character of the dangerous idea that they hope to defeat. None of this is possible if the ideas are hidden away."
A.C. Grayling 'Closing the Modern Mind', Sydney Opera House 2017. Photo Credit: Yaya Stempler