SERIES

BEING HUMAN Conversation

DATE & TIME

16 OCTOBER 2019
6:30 – 8pm

LOCATION

THE ETHICS CENTRE
Level 1, Legion House,
161 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000

PRICE

TICKETS
$ you decide

Is it our duty to give? If so, why and most importantly – to who?

In this special The Ethics of Giving, we will immerse you in the thick of the ethical tensions around charity, philanthropy and compassion.   

October 16th is Global Ethics Day – an initiative led by our friends the Carnegie Council for International Affairs. As part of the theme of global ethics day, we will explore the ethical questions in play when it comes to charity.

Are our first obligations to family and community? Or do we need to think more globally? What does it mean to be a good neighbour and global citizen? Can those obligations contradict each other?

Join us for this interactive, immersive and high-stakes thought experiment hosted by Dr Matt Beard as we explore these questions and challenges of charity and community decision making.

We’re putting money on the table and a range of possible charities to donate it to. You, the audience, will be responsible for deciding which cause they think is most worthy. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss and debate who we are giving our support to.

Where does the money come from? In place of a fixed ticket price we invite you to donate any amount for your ticket, whether its $1 or $100 – it’s entirely your decision.

The catch? On arrival you will be given a badge displaying your donated amount. Will this impact your say when it comes to the discussion? How will you feel when you see your fellow participants donation amount?

But what happens if you the audience can’t reach a unanimous decision on which charity to give to in the time allotted? The donation will be put towards The Ethics Centre’s staff Christmas Party.

We did say it was high stakes, remember?

Scrub up on the ethics of giving, ask whether it’s better to think global or act local, and put your skills of persuasion to the test as you try to convince your fellow guests that your preferred charity deserves the cheque.

About ‘The Ethics Of…’ Series

‘The Ethics Of…’ is an intimate event series that delves into the minds of various experts to examine the experiences, hopes and challenges that make us truly human.

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Speakers

Dr Matt Beard

Your host, Dr Matt Beard is a husband, dad, pop culture nerd, moral philosopher and ethicist. Matt is a Fellow at the Ethics Centre and the resident philosopher for the kids ethics podcast Short & Curly. In 2016, Matt won the Australasian Association of Philosophy prize for media engagement. He contributes regularly to ABC Life, The New Philosopher and The Guardian.

Who is it for?


  • THE CHAMPION
  • THE CHANGEMAKER
  • THE IDEALIST

What you'll take away


  • 01A MAP TO NAVIGATE THROUGH YOUR OWN SELF
  • 02A SPACE TO CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING
  • 03NEW IDEAS ABOUT INEQUALITY

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