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IQ2 Debate

DATE & TIME

12 JUNE 2019

6:30 – 8pm

LOCATION

SYDNEY TOWN HALL
483 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

PRICE

TICKETS FROM $49

IQ2 Debate: Stop Idolising Youth

Too old and out of touch. Too young and green. The ageism door swings both ways.

The young openly mock the elderly. Everyone feels a right to insult generations born after them. How do we tackle a prejudice as pervasive as ageism?

“Ageism is everywhere, yet it is the most socially ‘normalized’ of any prejudice, and is not widely countered – like racism or sexism.” – World Health Organization

Severe neglect and abuse in our aged care homes led the Prime Minister to announce a Royal Commission into the sector that will also investigate how young Australians with disabilities living in residential care are treated.

We regard minors as undeserving of autonomy. We bemoan millennials for being lazy and entitled. We say baby boomers are spoiled and out-of-touch. We see through the elderly and their extensive lifetimes of experience.

 

2019 Debates:

27 AugustDemocracy (motion for debate coming soon)
23 OctoberMasculinity (motion for debate coming soon)

About Intelligence Squared:

IQ2 is the Australian arm of the international debate series, Intelligence Squared, which is also held in London, New York and Hong Kong. Speakers have eight uninterrupted minutes to share their ideas – a luxury in today’s fast paced media environment of 15 second grabs and political party spin lines. Help us shape our world with ethics and intelligence.

Speakers

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Jane Caro

Jane Caro is a Walkley Award winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, advertising writer, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator. She has published twelve books, including three novels “Just a Girl” “Just a Queen” and “Just Flesh & Blood”, a trilogy on Elizabeth Tudor, and a memoir “Plain Speaking Jane”. She created and edited ‘Unbreakable’ which featured stories women writers had never told before and was published just before the Harvey Weinstein revelations.

Arguing For

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Fred Douglas

Fred Douglas is a mature aged model represented by WINK, an agency ensuring diversity hits our screens and billboards. He has decades experience in property and has established retail shopping centres around the world. Fred is a board member of rural medical and aged care provider Yarrawonga Health and represented Australia in the 2018 World +35s Waterski Championships in Chile. He says it’s foolish to idolise youth when life continues into any old age.

Arguing For

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Ben Jenkins

Ben Jenkins is a writer, producer, performer, podcaster and TV host. He has worked on The Checkout, The Chaser’s Election Desk, The Feed and Tonightly. He is co-creator of the storytelling night Story Club and dungeon and dragons comedy show Dragon Friends both of which are performed at Sydney’s Giant Dwarf theatre. Ben argues it’s impossible to stop idolising youth when we are in fact preoccupied with denigrating them.

Arguing Against

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Nayuka Gorrie

Nayuka Gorrie is a writer and campaigner for Aboriginal, women’s and environmental rights. They have represented Australia at the United Nation Climate Change Conference and the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. They are a Kurnai/Gunai, Gunditjmara, Wiradjuri and Yorta Yorta person and the Indigenous program manager at the Foundation for Young Australians. Nayuka points to Aboriginal youth suicide and government inaction on climate change as evidence young people are far from idolised.

Arguing Against

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Who is it for?


  • THE CARETAKER
  • THE CHAMPION
  • THE CHANGEMAKER
  • THE GUILTY

What you'll take away


  • 01A SPACE TO SHARE YOUR CHALLENGES
  • 02AN OPTIMIST’S AND PESSIMIST’S GUIDE TO THE FUTURE
  • 03CHALLENGING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING IDEAS
  • 04COLLABORATIVELY EXPLORE SOLUTIONS

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