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2012 Media Event Release - John Ralston Saul

Sydney Opera House presents


It’s Broke: How can we fix it?

Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
26 August 2012

Sydney Opera House will present award winning Canadian author John Ralston Saul in the Concert Hall on Sunday 26th August to discuss the current state of the world - “It’s Broke: How can we fix it?”

Declared a “prophet” by TIME magazine, John Ralston Saul has had a growing impact on world political and economic thought.  His internationally renowned works have been translated into 22 languages in 30 countries and he features in the prestigious Utne Reader’s list of the world’s 100 leading thinkers and visionaries.

Saul will discuss the state of the world we live in today, as all around us are signs that familiar political, economic and social systems are breaking down.  Although Australia has avoided the worst of the economic turmoil of recent years, throughout the world concerns about economic stability, unemployment, poverty and inequality, racism, terrorism and fundamentalism are prevalent.

Crisis reactions have failed to deal with underlying problems and popular responses such as the Arab Spring and the occupy movements have yet to bear long-term fruit. How can we understand these times of uncertainty?  And how can we use this understanding to try and find ways to build a world that makes more sense?

Saul’s bestselling book The Collapse of Globalism and the Reinvention of the World has underlined his position as a thought leader in this area and is now an international success. 

Saul is a long-time champion of freedom of expression who was elected President of International PEN in October 2009.

John Ralston Saul appears with the support of the Evatt Foundation.

26 August 2012
Times: 5pm
Venue: Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Tickets: From $35
Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or
Event Site:

Alexandra Barlow,, 02 9250 7825


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