“When words lose their meaning and their capacity to bind those who use them, neither democracy nor the rule of law can long survive.” ― Austin Sarat
In our post-truth era credible and measured public discourse has given way to emotive rhetoric, opinionated half-truths, and downright lies. With the advent of social media our democratic privilege to freedom of speech has metastasised out of control. What is the true and right is hard to parse when even “truth isn’t truth”, as infamously retorted by Rudy Giuliani when questioned about the Russia investigation on NBC’s “Meet the Press” (Aug. 19, 2018). To discuss the erosion of truth throughout institutions, politics, media and every level of society we have assembled an expert panel:
- Kate McClymont is a leading investigative journalist in Australia, having spent 3 decades unearthing scandal, corruption and fraud from the seedy underbelly to the highest levels of government;
- Reverend Toby Neal is an ordained Anglican Minister and weaves together pop culture, philosophy, anthropology, and the arts to speak to share Biblical truths;
- Professor Nick Enfield is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Sydney and Head of ‘The Sydney Initiative for Truth’ (SIFT).
When: Tuesday 30 April, 5.30pm- 7pm
Where: Golden Age Bar and Cinema
Tickets: $25 (includes welcome drink and canapés) here
About Insight by The Office Space
Now in its fifth year of production, Insight by The Office Space is a business talk series that brings together innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders to explore burgeoning topics and reveal the secrets of their success under a monthly theme.
Traversing all aspects of business across the fields of design, film, innovation, technology, finance and marketing, the sell-out program has featured speakers such as actor, Susie Porter; dual Archibald-winning artist, Del Kathryn Barton: Qantas industrial designer, David Caon; producer, Jan Chapman; graphic designer, Vince Frost and City of Sydney Counsellor, Jess Scully. Insight continues to push the boundaries by asking the pertinent questions that impact all business decision-makers, be they from small, medium or even the larger organisations, as we face continuous change and new challenges Each month a new Insight theme is explored, delivered and debated. Our 2019 program is as follows:
- February 26th – The Future Workplace
- March 29th – Women in Business: Female Founders
- April 30th – Truth in an Uncertain Age
- May 28th – The War for Talent
- June 25th – East meets West: Consciousness and Consumerism
- July 30th – Investment: Property Profits
- August 27th – Lifelong Learning
- September 24th – Architecture and Interiors
- October 29th – Innovation Nation
- November 26th – The Morality Crisis: Ethics in Busines
All sessions start with drinks and light canapes in the Golden Age Bar from 5:30pm with the panel interview 6-7pm. Tickets are $25 + GST per person and include a welcome drink.
Insight proudly supports the Sydney Community Foundation (SCF) with full proceeds from ticket sales going directly to the SCF Business Incubator for disadvantaged women. In 2018, the Foundation’s influential “Conversations or Change” event series merges with the popular Insight event program to give greater voice to contemporary issues relevant to all of us who live local in Sydney and beyond.
About Sydney Community Foundation. Sydney Community Foundation, established in 2004, is Sydney’s only independent Community Foundation, granting to grassroots organisations who design and run projects that meet the needs of Greater Sydney local communities. For over a decade, Sydney Community Foundation has been the small grant specialist, supporting grassroots charities and services across Sydney. During this time the Foundation has overseen the distribution of $5 million in grants for impact, ranging between $5,000 to $100,000 to projects that create belonging; education and employment pathways; build safety and independence; and transform place.