STREAM
BEING HUMAN Conversation

DATE
 20 AUGUST 2015

LOCATION
THE ETHICS CENTRE

Who decides what’s extreme?

Whether they’re accused of not living by our values, corrupting the youth, or being needlessly divisive, extremists have always pushed beyond the norm. They can be violent, state sanctioned, popular, or fringe. Is extremism the other side of democracy?

As part of our ‘Ethics of’ series, we take a look at extremism.

When Ovid wrote, ‘You will go most safely by the middle way,’ he paid homage to an attitude held in religions and philosophies through the ages. But who decides what that is?

On 20 August 2015, Dr Simon Longstaff moderated a fascinating conversation with London bombings survivor Gill Hicks, former Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson and AFP’s Peter Whowell.

Are extremists a product of democracy? Or do they threaten it? Where do we draw the line between intentions and consequences? And how do we manage the inevitable tension between safety and freedom?

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Speakers

Gill Hicks

is a London bombings survivor. She is the founder of the London-based not-for-profit M.A.D for Peace, a motivational speaker, author, curator, and cultural trustee.

Tim Wilson

is a former Human Rights Commissioner. He served as Human Rights Commissioner from February 2014 until February 2016. He was also policy director of the Institute if Public Affairs (IPA) for seven years.

Peter Whowell

is the manager of Counter-Terrorism Engagement & Operations Support for the Australian Federal Police (AFP). He was formerly the Manager of Government Relations.

Who is it for?


  • THE ACTIVIST
  • THE CURIOUS
  • THE FUTURIST

What you'll take away


  • 01FRIGHTENING RECOLLECTIONS
  • 02IDEAS OF HOW TO MOVE FORWARD
  • 03INSPIRING ACTS OF SERVICE

Things to think about