The Big Ideas Forum is a quarterly event at Glen Street Theatre that engages the local community in the robust exchange of ideas. The Big Ideas Forum is an opportunity to engage with people you might not otherwise meet, hear opinions you might not otherwise hear, and come away from the experience an active participant in democracy, rather than a passive observer.

Keep up to date with upcoming events, provide feedback and receive extra links and resources to help you get involved.

Past events

Beyond COVID: Social Impacts and Community Responses

2 July 2020

While early in the coronavirus pandemic the Northern Beaches was considered a hotspot, it was also home to a number of community-led initiatives aimed at alleviating the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable.

As we look to the next stage of the recovery, what have we learned from our time in lockdown? What will the ‘new normal’ look like? How do we continue to grow community connection, cohesion and compassion as we return to a post-pandemic society?

Speakers

  • Dr Norman Swan, renowned health journalist and physician
  • Lucinda Brogden AM, Chair of the National Mental Health Commission
  • Dr Sean Turnell, Associate Professor of Economics at Macquarie University
  • Greg Jones, former principal and executive member of Community Coop Northern Beaches

Resources

Find out more about Community Support during COVID-19

Big Ideas Forum: Why Art Matters
How Creativity Makes a Difference
4 March 2020

Speakers

  • Dr Jonathon Welch AM, award-winning performer and founding director of the Choir of Hard Knocks
  • Wendy Sharpe, Archibald Prize winning artist
  • Djon Mundine, art historian, curator and activist
  • Dr Gaia Grant, lecturer and author of Who Killed Creativity?

Resources

Community Groups and Services

 

Big Ideas Forum: The Ageing Revolution
22 November 2019

Speakers

  • Susan Ryan AO, former Age Discrimination Commissioner and Hawke Government Minister
  • Wendy Harmer, comedian, author and broadcaster
  • Peter Watson, coordinator of Forest Men's Kitchen
  • Paula Trood, COO of RSL Lifecare ANZAC Village Narrabeen

Resources

Community Groups and Services

 

Big Ideas Forum: Riding the Fourth Wave
Gender Politics in 2019 
21 August 2019

Speakers

  • Jane Caro AM, author and social commentator
  • Eva Cox AO, sociologist and feminist advocate
  • Jan Fran, journalist and TV presenter
  • Andrew King, author and men's community services specialist
  • Jenny Huxley, lawyer and women and children's services specialist

Resources

Community Groups and Services

 

Big Ideas Forum: Mental Health
Conversations We're Not Having
19 June 2019

Speakers

Resources

Community Groups and Services

 

Big Ideas Forum: Why Neighbourhoods Matter
An Evening with Hugh Mackay
6 March 2019

Speakers

Resources

Podcasts

Opinions expressed by speakers should not be interpreted as being held or endorsed by Northern Beaches Council.

What's your Big Idea?

Big Ideas is your forum, not ours. So if you have any idea for what you want the next Big Ideas forum to look like, we'd love to hear from you!

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