The Planet Talks forums will host some of the world’s great thinkers, activists and commentators for smart and passionate discussions on the issues facing the citizens of this ‘third stone from the sun’.
Generously supported by Claire Pfister and David Paradice,
and City of Adelaide
International Women's Day Talks proudly presented by the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre
Doha Khan, Harriet O’Shea Carre, Milou Albrecht
They can’t vote but they’re angry, fearful for the future and demanding to be heard by governments around the world. Passionate, smart and informed, these students have helped to create a thunderous collective voice for change that is hard to ignore.
Doha, Harriet and Milou are three of the leaders of the Australian Student Strike for Climate movement. They’ve played a key part in one of the largest environmental movements the world has ever seen with millions demonstrating in more than 4500 locations across 130 countries.
Their message is clear - act now - because their lives depend on it.
But who’s listening? We are. And you should too.
Robert Elliott Smith, Julia Powles, and Peter Lewis
Our personal data has become the most valuable commodity the world has ever seen, yet most of us happily give it away for free to the likes of Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon (Big Tech).
These companies have in turn used this data to accumulate extraordinary wealth, power and influence through mostly unseen and largely unaccountable algorithms and AI that interpret, manipulate and control every aspect of our contemporary digital life.
So can we trust Big Tech to always ‘not be evil’?
Join our excellent panel of tech thinkers for a discussion about the future use and misuse of our data.
Tim Ross and Kit Warhurst
After debuting with a sell-out season for Sydney Design Week in 2019 this experiential show continues to take audiences on a sentimental and informative journey through Australian holidays of the recent past. Written and performed by much-loved broadcaster, TV presenter, comedian and mid-century design obsessive Tim Ross, alongside respected musician Kit Warhurst, Motel is a love-letter to a golden era of Australia at leisure - before airbnb, hotel aggregators, and discount airlines changed our holiday experiences and regional towns forever.
Round up the kids and join Tim and Kit in a Kingswood with no air con for stories, songs and nostalgic images of a nation on holidays.
Walkley Award-winning journalist and TV presenter Jan Fran is an ambassador for Plan International Australia, anorganization that works alongside children, young people, supporters and partners to tackle root causes of the injustices facing girls and the most marginalised children.
She’s best known for her work as host of SBS TV’s The Feed and Medicine or Myth, Network Ten’s The Projectand podcasts Sexism and the City and The Few Who Do and ‘The Frant’.
The Advertiser State Editor and senior columnist Tory Shepherd is the author of On Freedom, a Churchill fellow, a Walkley judge – and once wrote a thesis on UFO cults.
Proudly presented by the Bob Hawke Ministerial Centre
Fran Kelly and Patricia Karvelas
Australia’s best politics podcast – The Party Room – has been described as biting and brilliant and Planet Talks 2019 showed it’s even better live. If you missed it, don’t worry because Fran and PK are bringing their super sharp political minds and even sharper wit back in 2020 for a special International Women’s day edition of TPR LIVE.
Join them as they dissect and interpret all the news and issues of the week in federal politics with some very special guests, live at WOMADelaide.
Christiana Figueres and Tom Rivett-Carnac
Former UN Secretary for Climate, Christiana Figures, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, her UN political strategist, are the architects and driving force behind the landmark 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement when 194 countries, including the EU and China, signed up to collectively tackle the climate emergency.
Their mission however didn’t stop in Paris. It continues to empower the world to make a difference for the sake of future generations via international campaigns, engagements and initiatives such as Global Optimism, Mission 2020, Profiles of Paris, Future Stewards, the podcast – Outrage and Optimism, and a new book titled The Future We Choose to be released in March featuring ten things we can do today to make a difference.
Join Christiana and Tom in conversation with Sabra Lane as they discuss how the final hour, can still be our finest hour.
Damon Gameau, Will Steffen, Michelle Lim and Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor
The planet is suffering because humans have failed to listen and act. We have failed to act responsibly as individuals and governments have failed to listen to the scientific consensus and act fast.
Despite being faced with unprecedented biodiversity loss, mass species extinctions and the dire consequences of a world not meeting the 2015 Paris climate change pledges, our panel however is still optimistic.
Find out why in a discussion about protecting, restoring, funding and the revolutionary and transformative changes they’re supporting to fix the mess we have collectively created.
Greg Roach, Jill Dorrian and Danny Eckert
A good diet and exercise have dominated our media and social feeds as the answer to a long and healthy life. But is a silent sleep loss epidemic the greatest health challenge of the new 24/7 society we live in? Some have suggested, ‘the shorter your sleep, the shorter your life’ - but is it as simple as that?
How much sleep do you need to be healthy?
Join three internationally respected sleep researchers as they talk about the secrets of sleep and what we can do as individuals and a society to improve our waking life through better sleep.