Tasmania: The Tipping Point?

Presented with Griffith REVIEW

19 February

Since the arrival of David Walsh's Museum of Old and New Art in Hobart's northern suburbs, more people champion Tasmania's potential as a test-bed for clever cultural, economic, environmental and social initiatives. At the same time, they often struggle with embedded local resistance to change. The next edition of Griffith REVIEW, Tasmania: the Tipping Point? asks thinkers and doers from Tasmania and beyond – including members of its extensive diaspora – to examine whether Tasmania has reached a ‘tipping point'. A panel discussion with some of the contributors, chaired by Peter Thompson, joins Sydney Ideas to discuss the question.

Cassandra Pybus

Professor Cassandra Pybus is an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow at the University of Sydney. She is a writer and historian and the author of eleven books including the controversial biography The Devil and James McAuley, which won the Adelaide Festival Award for Non Fiction in 2000 and Black Founders (2006). When not in Sydney or various cities in the United States, lives in Hobart. In 2013 she will be Leverhulme Visiting Professor in History at King’s College London

Natasha Cica is director of the Inglis Clark Centre for Civil Society at the University of Tasmania. In 2012 she was awarded an inaugural Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship. Natasha has worked as a lawyer, political adviser and policy analyst in Europe and Australia. She was the founding editor of newmatilda.com and established the consultancy Periwinkle Projects. Her recent book is Pedder Dreaming: Olegas Truchanas and A Lost Tasmanian Wilderness (2011). Natasha has previously contributed to Griffith REVIEW Food Chain, Divided Nation and Webs of Power.

Jonathan West is director of the Australian Innovation Research Centre, part of the University of Tasmania with the mandate to “ research” key issues in the areas of innovation performance, economic development, and public policy, to encourage and support innovation in both the public and business sectors” He lives in Tasmania’s Huon Valley. His essays ‘A new globalisation’ and ‘More than a gift from the gods’ have appeared in Griffith REVIEW editions 25 and 28.

Peter Thompson is a broadcaster, educator, author and communication consultant. He is a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government where he teaches executive programs in communication strategy and adaptive change, risk and crisis communication and behavioural change. He presented ABC TV’s Talking Heads – a program of intimate conversations about the lives of prominent Australians – for six seasons. His books include Persuading Aristotle and The Secrets of the Great Communicators. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Macquarie University’s Department of International Communication.

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