Interesting South is a conference “not about brands, advertising, blogging or twitter but a wide variety of interesting, unexpected, original things. We’ve found 19 fascinating people and asked them speak for 3 or 10 minutes about something they care about. We want to replicate the experience of clicking from one really good blog to another, ranging across sciences, arts, music, jokes and whatever. The idea is to be informal and fast paced.”

It’s on Thursday, November 22 at Bondi Pavillion starting 6pm. For details about speakers, please

  • Beyond Body Language: new paradigms for listening and speaking, and for interpreting the richness of the human voice.
  • How to Make a Zombie: In three minutes, Matt will bring together b-movies, dr Karl, the plasticity of human nature, & Crypropharmacology. There will be an opportunity to put theory into practice in a follow-on session
  • Open Arms and Open Homes: A discussion on reclaiming hope in humanity in the digital age, using social networking websites to create real world change
  • The Well-Tempered Personal Environment: Chucking social software at your local energy sources, giving you a personal energy profile, which can then be aggregated to your street, your mates, your neighbourhood, your region, your city etc.
  • Smalltown Australia: For the last 2 and a half years I’ve been traveling through smalltown Australia capturing photographically what I believe to be a mostly overlooked perspective of our regional areas. I don’t believe that Australians have comfortably settled into their environment and from this I sense a yearning for place. Along with the Author Tim Winton I am creating a photographic book and exhibition of this topic.
  • On Dork-bot Sydney: a diverse range of people doing strange things with electricity, from home made enthusiasts, professionals and artists, that meet regularly to celebrate the wonders of electricity
  • What is this thing called Happiness?: Dolly Parton once said “Smile – it increases your face value”. So, what is this thing called happiness? Who gets it? And why do you want it?
    • Dr Adrienne Withall Primary Dementia Collaborative Research Centre
  • Textile design & Interpretive Dance: (You’ll just have to see it)
    • Melinda Lawrence
  • Moose dancing: Combine -30C in the wilds of Alaska, two hearty huskies, a one-way ski trail and a lonely she-moose
  • What is Fairtrade and Why Should We Bother?
  • How To Not Feel Like A Twat When Looking at Modern Art: Based on the experience of an artist, who spends a helluva lot of time in galleries, pretending she knows what she’s talking about.
  • Speaking the world into being: I’m a little obsessed by the way language creates the world we experience, and shapes our thinking and actions. Yet our relationship to language is like a fish to water – we don’t know we’re in it….
    • Samantha Graham
  • Taking it to the Streets: Exploring varying levels of authenticity and activism in the Australian urban environment
  • It’s NotRocket Surgery: Ideas on sustainabilty without the weasel words:
    • Dr. Tim Baynes, environmental scientist
  • Looking Through the Eyes of a Child: To get a different perspective we are often advised to “look through the eyes of a child”. But what if you could? A fascinating look at my own life through the photos of my four year old daughter
  • How to Learn a Language
  • What is Green?: Trying to explain things to people who speak your language, but live in another universe – things you learn teaching kids who can’t see.

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