Roll over Beethoven. Sydney Writers Festival 2016

2016-05-21 13.32.12.jpgI skipped the 2015 Festival as I felt no affiliation with the authors that year, largely by dint of not having read any of their most recent books. Eve and I went to a lot more of the 2016 Festival than in 2013 and 2014, in part out of FOMO. It was well worth the effort!

I bought ‘A brief history of seven killings’ by Marlon James, and planned around that. We attended a talk by Gloria Steinem with Jennifer Byrne at 6.15 on the Friday night (20May), followed (after dinner in the QVB) by Richard Glover hosting a panel on The Book That Saved Me that included Jeanette Winterson, Kate Tempest, Vivian Gornick, Herman Koch, Marlon James and Andrew Denton. It was a lot of fun, but we agreed Gloria won the day.

Taking up a curated package on the Saturday saw us at another panel (Gloria Steinem (again), Indian writer and activist Ira Trivedi and Australian journalist Laura Tingle) on Why Women Should Rule the World, then Richard Fidler interviewing James Rebanks. I attended an interview with Marlon James and after lunch we attended a wonderful talk by Stan Grant. We bailed on the last session, which was trawling the familiar ditch of ‘Donald Trump. WTF?’

We ended up with multiple copies of Gloria’s My Life On The Road, a couple of Stan Grant books, signed for the girls, and Rebanks’s A Shepherd’s Life, which I’m reading now.

University of Sydney SWF Recount featuring Gloria Steinem and Marlon James

Moonage daydream. Blogging and ideas

cropped-knowhere.jpegSo what’s Knowhere about? Work stuff, such as education, technology and innovation. society, government (good and bad), community, philosophy, the future, the past, the present. Business and organisations, leadership, entrepreneurship, management, and strategy. Systems Thinking, Design Thinking, automation, robotics, gamification, diversity, decision-making, intranets and the web. Start ups and stuff ups. Data, information and knowledge. People and the way we collaborate.

And non-work interests, such as science, movies, theatre, music, visual arts, books, food, feminism, and stuff. This isn’t a showcase for work or career, it’s more holistic than that.

The audience is me, primarily. I want to be able to connect the dots of my own thoughts and those of others, and see where that goes. I also want to be able to find stuff I like and so I see this blog and Pinterest as memory extenders.

Of course the world doesn’t need another blog, more digital documents or anything else. It’s a postmodern world (or post postmodern, I can never remember). So, I’m just going to do what I want, for a change.