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IQ2 Debate

DATE & TIME

12 JUNE 2019

6:30 – 8pm

LOCATION

SYDNEY TOWN HALL
483 George St
Sydney NSW 2000

IQ2 Debate: Stop Idolising Youth

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

On Tuesday 12 June 2019 we invited four experts to take on the motion “Is it time to stop idolising youth” in front of a live, active audience.

With powerful arguments presented at both ends of the spectrum, it was a debate that raised issues from youth detention centres through to the narcissistic iWant generation, from the invisibility of the elderly in popular culture to greedy baby boomers who have it all.

The audience, however had the final say – collectively voting against the motion to stop idolising youth with 72% of the vote.

 

Photo gallery

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Speakers

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Jane Caro

Jane Caro is a columnistnovelist, advertising writer, feminist and social commentator who is positive about ageing. She canvassed the benefits of getting older in her TEDx talk, has argued youth shouldn’t make end of life choices for the elderly, and is a founding member of theEveryAGE Counts coalition which is working to overcome ageism. The author of 12 books says calling her old is not insulting, because it’s a fact that doesn’t bother her.

Arguing For

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Fred Douglas

Fred Douglas is a mature aged model represented by WINK Models, 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

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.

With thanks to our media partner

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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