This interview was conducted in Melinda’s beautiful straw bale home on the land of the Kaurna people, sovereignty never ceded. It is about fabrik and blankets and art and bushfires and recovery. It is important and inspirational and is just the beginning of a long story waiting to be told.
This is an image of the drawing on the wall by Belinda Broughton, she lost her house and drew a representation of her property on the wall of the gallery, using charcoal from the fire.
The artwork is called Charcoal Drawing with No Name
The installation in the foreground is by Evette Sunset and it is called Eye of the Storm
The exhibition was called Solastalgia and it was curated by Jo Wilmot. It showed at Fabrik during the 2020 Fringe Festival.
When you have listened to part 2 and 3 you will understand what this is all about.
This second interview with Gabie was conducted on the land of the Kaurna people and it captures this unique moment in time hopefully coming out of the pandemic. Gabie talks about the 10 week iso on line sessions she hosted and where to from there. It will be very interesting to look back on in a few months. She also promotes Stephanie Kelton’s book the Deficit Myth and the plan to get as many people as possible to read it, including politicians.
Dr Sonia Randhawa is a founder of the Coalition of Everyone, an organisation with the vision of disrupting the politics of despair and building a politics of hope through participatory, deliberative democratic initiatives. Within the Coalition, she focuses on Citizens’ Assemblies, building capacity for deepening democracy through working with local councils, schools and other organisations to increase awareness of Citizens’ Assemblies. She now spends her time talking with local groups, running mock (or real!) Citizens’ Assemblies and integrating randomised deliberative democracy into organisations or businesses. Previously she has worked on media democratisation, freedom of information and media freedom in her birth country, Malaysia, as an award-winning print and radio journalist in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia, and as a tutor in SouthEast Asian history and media and communications for the University of Melbourne and Monash University Malaysia. She holds a PhD in media history from the University of Melbourne, and an undergraduate degree in philosophy, politics and economics from the University of Oxford.
Dr Ken gives us some fascinating insights into his work and his keen interest in viruses and the cruise ship catastrophe.
In part two, Dr Ken outlines the many “forgotten lessons” from previous virus outbreaks, how ill-prepared most countries were, even though many predicted this could happen and the many lessons that will be learned from this.