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The Dunstan Dialogues

The Dunstan Dialogues are a series of discussions between prominent visiting thinkers, and leaders in our state to exchange knowledge, make connections and collaborate.

The Don Dunstan Foundation has hosted dialogues featuring a number of prominent speakers including:

David Stoesz - From Welfare State to Investment State

David Stoesz is a visiting Fullbright Scholar at Flinders University and Carnigie Mellon University (Adelaide). He is an influential author and his most recent book published in 2016 The Dynamic Welfare State, discusses the new relationship between public and private institutions in advancing the Welfare of the Public. David has experience in public welfare, mental health, and higher education. His books have addressed children's services, welfare reform, international development, professional education, and social policy.

David Stoesz' latest discussion paper proposes the coming together of impact investing, behavioural economics and asset building to kickstart Australian Development Accounts (ADA): a 1% withholding tax on wages matched by governments depending on certain beneficiaries vulnerability. The ADA's aim is to provide a means to accelerate upward mobility, increase human capital and generate revenue for economic development.

Could this be a solution to the ever growing austerity within the Welfare State?

Download David Stoez's Presentation Link to external website

Brian Lobel - Sick of the Fringe & the Wellcome Trust

Brian was was brought to Adelaide by the Fringe Festival as part of their proposed Sick of the Fringe program for 2018.

Brian is a Senior Lecturer in Performing Arts at University of Chichester, an Associate Artist with Clod Ensemble's Performing Medicine, a Core Member of Forest Fringe and a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Fellow. He is a performer, teacher and curator who is interested in creating work about bodies and how they are watched, policed, poked, prodded and loved by others. Brian has shown work internationally in a range of contexts, from medical schools to galleries, cabarets to museums, marketplaces to forests, blending provocative humor with insightful reflection. Brian founded the Edinburgh The Sick of the Fringe program in 2015 along with producer Tracy Gentles – which is now expanding to London, Adelaide and elsewhere. The Sick of the Fringe supports and promotes art looking at health, medicine, illness, disability and the body.

Enspiral - More People Working on Stuff that Matters

Enspiral Link to external website is a collection of lawyers, accountants, designers, computer programmers and many others working differently together - online and offline in co-working spaces. One of Enspiral’s many success stories is the development of the open source collaborative decision making platform, Loomio Link to external website which is now used by thousands of people around the world.

Tim Dunlop - Why The Future is Workless

Tim Dunlop was a pioneer of political blogging in Australia. He ran the internationally successful independent blog The Road to Surfdom and was the first Australian blogger to be hired by a mainstream media organisation (News Limited, for which he wrote the political blog Blogocracy). He has a PhD in communication and political philosophy, teaches at Melbourne University, and writes regularly for a number of publications, including The Drum.

His new book is Why The Future is Workless explores how the landscape of work is changing right in front of us, from Uber, Airbnb and the new share economy to automated vehicles, 3D printing and advanced AI. The question isn’t whether robots will take our jobs, but what we will do when they do. The era of full-time work is coming to an end and we have to stop holding out the false promise that at some magical moment the jobs are going to reappear. He has also written The New Front Page: New Media and the Rise of the Audience whichin which he looks at the ways the media and audiences to work together to hold the powerful to account, and to produce the sort of news and analysis that enriches public debate.

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