Join Me at InterestingSouth this Thursday

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Well, the speaking topics are set, the organisation is in place and now we are just waiting for the people. That’s right, this Thursday, November 22, 2007, from 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Bondi Pavilion Theatre will be hosting an unusual collection of speakers for InterestingSouth.

Emily from the Open Intelligence Agency has succeeded in attracting a variety of thought provoking, challenging and even humorous presenters covering topics that span the field of human endeavour.

  • Beyond Body Language: new paradigms for listening and speaking, and for interpreting the richness of the human voice.
    Tim Noonan, Visionary Communications
  • How to Make a Zombie.
    In three minutes, Matt will bring together B-movies, Dr Karl, the plasticity of human nature, & Crypropharmacology. There will be an opportunity to put theory into practice in a follow-on session
    Matt Moore,
  • Open Arms and Open Homes: A discussion on reclaiming hope in humanity in the digital age, using social networking websites to create real world change.
    Juan Mann, (aka Free Hugs Man),,
  • The Well-Tempered Personal Environment: Chucking social software at your local energy sources, giving you a personal energy profile, which can then be aggregated to your street, your mates, your neighbourhood, your region, your city etc.
    Dan Hill,
  • Smalltown Australia: For the last 2 and a half years I’ve been traveling through smalltown Australia capturing photographically what I believe to be a mostly overlooked perspective of our regional areas. I don’t believe that Australians have comfortably settled into their environment and from this I sense a yearning for place. Along with the Author Tim Winton I am creating a photographic book and exhibition of this topic.
  • Martin Mischkulnig,
  • On Dork-bot Sydney: a diverse range of people doing strange things with electricity, from home made enthusiasts, professionals and artists, that meet regularly to celebrate the wonders of electricity
    Pia van Gelder, Dork-bot Sydney Overlord,
  • What is this thing called Happiness? Dolly Parton once said “Smile – it increases your face value”. So, what is this thing called happiness? Who gets it? And why do you want it?
    Dr Adrienne Withall Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • Textile Design & Interpretive Dance (you’ll just have to see it)
    Melinda Lawrence
  • Moose dancing: Combine -30C in the wilds of Alaska, two hearty huskies, a one-way ski trail and a lonely she-moose
    John McWhorter,
  • What is Fairtrade and Why Should We Bother?
    Natasha Lewis, Chair of Fairtrade Assoc. Australia & NZ, Managing Director of Organic Trader,,
  • How To Not Feel Like A Twat When Looking at Modern Art: Based on the experience of an artist, who spends a helluva lot of time in galleries, pretending she knows what she’s talking about.
    Lauren Brown,
  • Speaking the world into being: I’m a little obsessed by the way language creates the world we experience, and shapes our thinking and actions. Yet our relationship to language is like a fish to water – we don’t know we’re in it….
    Samantha Graham
  • Taking it to the Streets: Exploring varying levels of authenticity and activism in the Australian urban environment
    Tim Longhurst,
  • It’s Not Rocket Surgery: Ideas on sustainabilty without the weasel words:
    Dr. Tim Baynes, environmental scientist
  • Looking Through the Eyes of a Child: To get a different perspective we are often advised to “look through the eyes of a child”. But what if you could? A fascinating look at my own life through the photos of my four year old daughter
    Gavin Heaton,
  • How to Learn a Language
    Katie Chatfield,
  • What is Green? Trying to explain things to people who speak your language, but live in another universe – things you learn teaching kids who can’t see. Errol Flanagan, Euro RSCG Sydney,
  • The Secret Life of Tango
    Tiffany Kenyon
  • Sex workers providing services to clients with a disability
    Rachel Wotton and Saul Isbister, Integrated Sex Industry Solutions Consultancy and Training Specialists (ISIS CATS)

While I think ALL of these will be excellent … I am hoping to finally address a particular skill gap that has plagued me for years — and will be paying special attention during "How To Not Feel Like A Twat When Looking at Modern Art".

Oh, and if you want to come, please get your tickets ASAP … there are only about 20 spots left.

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