Vivid Ideas Talk Series Highlights

James Cameron in Conversation with Adam Spencer

James Cameron is a polymath — a filmmaker, marine explorer, NASA advisor and leading advocate for the protection of our oceans and environment. You probably know him best as the highest-grossing film-maker in history with blockbusters Avatar, Titanic, The Abyss, the Terminators and Aliens to his credit. Now get to know more about James’ thirst for scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Dare Jennings in Conversation with James Valentine

He may have founded cult brands like Mambo clothing, Phantom records, and Deus Ex Machina, but Dare Jennings insists he has no business knowledge to share. Instead, he created his brands by tossing out the business rulebook and following his instincts. Dare Jennings joins his good friend James Valentine, host of Afternoons on ABC Radio Sydney, to discuss politics, music, surfing and motorcycles.

The Inaugural Mark Colvin Conversion

Eclectic mixes of minds come together for the Inaugural Mark Colvin Conversation. The late great broadcaster and journalist Mark Colvin was renowned for his unbridled curiosity and penetrating insight, so it’s only fitting that this talk brings together both critical thinkers and inspiring musos. The Inaugural Mark Colvin Conversation discusses: how the education system can help encourage creativity and how to think differently about schools and success. Hear from Julia Zemiro, Megan Washington, Ben Law, Robyn Ewing and Lucy Clark.

Gaming for Good with Jane McGonigal and Kriti Sharma

For Jane McGonigal after suffering a debilitating concussion, recovery was a game. Or at least, she made it one. Jane decided to turn her experience into a role-play game. By gamifying her recovery, Jane was able to overcome her brain trauma, and the same process has helped half a million people reverse their depression and anxiety, and even cope with terminal illness. Watch Jane and Kriti Sharma explore future scenarios and learn how to think like a futurist. Hear about AI, ethics and diversity and how we can help shape a better future through technology.

Dan Goods in Conversation with Bernie Hobbs

By day, Dan Goods is an artist, creative director, and visual strategist, but after hours, Goods collaborates on creative projects with the likes of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Goods has a background in graphic design, and soon after graduation, he realised that his talents could be applied to scientific fields. He’s since created installations about discovering planets, founded the Museum of Awe, and been dubbed “one of the most interesting people in Los Angeles.”