Why are people nicer when it’s your birthday? Questions of relativity and hope
What moves the tides of our emotional lives? Raimond Gaita, Jane Caro, Benjamin Law, Kristin Alford and Sammy J interrogate our search for meaning and contentment within our own circumstances. Why do we search for happiness rather than contentment? Why does a part of us want to destroy what we love? How is it possible to be incredibly happy and incredibly sad at the same time?
In this thoughtful discussion, our Brains Trust attempt to resolve the complicated experiences of satisfaction, kindness and contradiction.
Sammy J is an award-winning comedian, writer, and songbird.
Kristin Alford is a futurist and founding director of foresight agency Bridge8 with a PhD in process engineering and a Masters of Management in Strategic Foresight. Her clients include government, corporate and non-for-profits where she builds capability to think and act effectively in response to big social, environmental and technological changes. She was an organiser and facilitator for the Australian Academy of Sciences project imagining Australia in 2050. Other initiatives have included crowdfunding ideas that don't make sense and running a symposium on time with a start time of 4:42am. She is currently writing a book on five ways to see the future.
Jane Caro is an author, novelist, speaker, broadcaster, columnist, advertising writer and media and social commentator. She has published seven books, including two novels about Elizabeth Tudor. Her memoir, Plain Speaking Jane, was released in September 2015. She writes regular columns in the Sun Herald Sunday Life magazine, MT magazine and Mamamia Debrief Daily. She appears often in the media, including on the Gruen Transfer, Agony, Q&A, The Drum, Sunrise and Weekend Sunrise.
Benjamin Law is the author of two books, The Family Law and Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East. He is co-author of the comedy book Shit Asian Mothers Say with his sister Michelle. Benjamin is a frequent contributor to Good Weekend, frankie and The Monthly, and has written for more than 50 publications in Australia and worldwide. He’s just finished adapting The Family Law for SBS and Matchbox Pictures, which will screen in 2016.
Raimond Gaita has published widely to academic and non- academic audiences. In 2009, the University of Antwerp awarded Gaita the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa ‘for his exceptional contribution to contemporary moral philosophy and for his singular contribution to the role of the intellectual in today’s academic world’.