We're inviting you to feast like never before! Join us in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to delve bravely and curiously into the theme of Enlightenment...

Enlightenment Feasts

Location:

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (enter via Queen Elizabeth II Gates)
Australia

Speakers

Dan Goods

Visual Strategist, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Dan is passionate about creating moments in people’s lives where they are reminded of the gift and privilege of being alive.

During the day, he is the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There he shepherds an amazing team developing creative ways of communicating, and works to transform complex concepts into meaningful stories that can be universally understood. His team's work is seen in public spaces, art museums, and is in outer space.

He is currently developing the "Museum of Awe” with peers David Delgado and Ivan Amato.

Dan graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design in 2002. In 2012 he was selected as “One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles” by the LA Weekly. He currently lives in Altadena, CA with his wife and three kids. 

FIona Kerr

FIona Kerr

Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist exploring the wonders and possibility of our brain

You know that invigorating feeling you get in the midst of a great conversation? The one where your brain feels like it’s charged up and flowing — well it is! Fiona Kerr will tell you how, and also why it feels like you are connecting physically with the people you are talking to — it’s because you are! Fiona is an industry professor in neural and systems complexity and her work explores the art and wonder of our ability to reshape our own brain and each other’s, and even grow new brain (neurogenesis). She is fascinated by how human connection and direct engagement creates these changes with a chemical cocktail that allows us to flourish.

Tanya Latty

Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence specialist

If you’ve ever wondered whether ants are intelligent, how they all know where they’re traipsing off to everyday, or where memory might come from, Tanya Latty is your woman. Tanya is an Entomologist and specialist in individual and collaborative intelligence and collective memory. Tanya’s work has also seen her collaborate with mathematicians, technologists and thinkers to turn her insights into functional uses for our species.

Derek Leddie

Collective Mind Expert

Derek Leddie is a collective mind expert. What’s that you say? It sounds almost Orwellian, but Derek uses his powers for good, using practical and elemental techniques to help people explore their mind’s potential and the power of the pause, to move into a more mindful, present and intuitive way of being and moving through life.

Matt Beard

Philosopher

Matt Beard is a passionate public philosopher, podcaster and Fellow at The Ethics Centre. Matt explores ethics, meaning and purpose in the everyday, bringing deep and gritty human concepts out of dusty leather-bound books and into the public sphere.

Tim Dean

Philosopher and Writer

Tim Dean is the resident Philosopher at The School of Life in Sydney as well as a writer and avid explorer of all things ethics and human evolution related. Tim is as engaging as they come, spurring discussions on morality, biology and philosophy with an osmotic energy that will make you want to dive into the books and ideas yourself.

Access and Inclusion

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  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.

Event Details

We're inviting you to feast like never before! Join us in The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney to delve bravely and curiously into the theme of Enlightenment. Indulge in a curated food and wine experience, evocative performance and spoken word, designed to inspire, delight and spark conversation. Orbit together from the outer realms of the universe, to the inner world and workings of the human brain. Explore aliveness, ancient wisdom, philosophy and meaning.

SAT 2 JUN – Immersive Dinner Experience – Dan Goods. Fiona Kerr. Tanya Latty. Derek Leddie. Matt Beard.
Feed your eyes, mind and soul. Enjoy a three course shared feast with matched wine and be joined by artisan performers and a selection of engaging speakers including Dan Goods, the visual strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of the Museum of Awe, Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist exploring the wonders and possibility of our brain, Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence Specialist Tanya Latty, Collective Mind Expert Derek Leddie and Philosopher Matt Beard.

Ponder the universe, gaze into the unknown and celebrate aliveness in the stunning Calyx set in the heart of The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

SAT 26 MAY – SOLD OUT. Immersive Drinks & Canapes Event – Fiona Kerr. Tanya Latty. Derek Leddie. Tim Dean.
Indulge in bespoke story-led cocktails, a thematic curated food and drinks experience, evocative performance and inspiring speakers. You will be joined by Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist exploring the wonders and possibility of our brain, Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence Specialist Tanya Latty, Collective Mind Expert Derek Leddie and Philosopher and Writer Tim Dean.

 

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Access and Inclusion

For more accessibility information see the Vivid accessibility map.

  • Wheelchair accessible - Access to the venue is suitable for wheelchairs (toilets, ramps/lifts etc.) and designated wheelchair spaces are available.