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Resetting the World

Jefa Greenaway, Rebecca Huntley & Jessica Irvine


How can we rebuild outdated thinking with fresh perspectives? Advocate for Indigenous-led design Jefa Greenaway, social researcher Rebecca Huntley and one of Australia's leading economic journalists Jessica Irvine, offer fresh ideas to reshape our world. 
Hosted by Tom Tilley. 
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“Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”

Arundhati Roy

Traditional structures are crumbling. Let's transform our thinking.

2020 will go down in history as a year of disruption. From catastrophic bushfires that revealed climate change's devastating impact, to fury at lethal racism, and a global pandemic that collapsed economies, relationships, and social norms. But destruction and uncertainty present an opportunity: a chance to radically change the way we think.

Architect Jefa Greenaway works in Indigenous-led design, and believes connection to country and history of shared culture is the key to imagining how we shape our spaces. Social researcher Rebecca Huntley's latest book focuses on the political polarisation around climate change. One of Australia's leading economic journalists, Jessica Irvine, considers the role of economic reform in recovering from the crises of 2020. Join these future-facing thinkers as we explore what new philosophies will help us rebuild our shared future.

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More about Jefa Greenaway...

Jefa Greenaway is a nationally recognised architect, academic (University of Melbourne), design advocate and design commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. As a registered architect in private practice in both NSW and Victoria, he seeks to reveal layers of history and memory through connections to place. He champions Indigenous-led design thinking, particularly through the International Indigenous Design Charter, as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Alliance) and sits on numerous boards that intersect with art, architecture and cultural heritage.

More about Rebecca Huntley...

Rebecca Huntley is one of Australia's most experienced social researchers. The former director of The Mind and Mood Report, she holds degrees in law, film studies, and a PhD in gender studies, and is a mum to three young children. She carries out social research for NGOs such as The Wilderness Society and WWF, and writes and presents for the ABC. How To Talk About Climate Change in a Way That Makes a Difference is her sixth book.

More about Jessica Irvine...

Jessica Irvine is one of Australia's most respected economics and finance commentators. Today she is senior economics writer for Nine Entertainment’s newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. In 2012, Jessica was appointed National Economics Editor of News Corp Australia’s metropolitan mastheads. She is a regular commentator on television and radio, including Channel 9’s Today Show and the ABC’s Q&A and The Drum programs. Jessica has an honours degree in Economics (Social Sciences) from The University of Sydney and is the author of two books: Zombies, bananas and why there are no economists in heaven and The bottom line diet.

More about Tom Tilley...

Tom Tilley has become Australia’s leading voice in current affairs for young people. As the host of Triple J’s Hack program for over a decade, Tom built a loyal following of listeners both to the live radio show and podcast. He also hosted the Hack Live series on ABC TV. Recently, Tom’s attention has turned to hosting Podcast One’s daily new and current affairs podcast, The Briefing. Tom has appeared on many other ABC TV programs. Reporting for 730, hosting The Drum, as a regular guest on News Breakfast, co-hosting the Australian of the Year Awards, introducing documentaries and appearing as a panellist on the New Year’s Eve Pub Quiz with Lawrence Mooney.

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Venue Information

In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets to this event will be sold in a single seat pattern. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date.

An example of COVID safe seating (single seats) with physical distancing

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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