Deakin Lectures 2010

Thirty of the best minds on the climate change issue, in the one place, at the one time. The Deakins 2010.

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Addressing the climate problem requires change, innovation and new ways of thinking. Surely there’s been enough hot air about the hot air: even with politicians, activists and pundits heralding climate change as the issue to end all issues, are we willing to take the hard personal, political and economic choices that will truly reduce emissions? Are we brave enough to make the changes – in thought and deed – that are required of us? Are we able to shape this new world, or will it shape us?

In 2010, the Alfred Deakin Lecture Series will be one week of unparalleled debate, continuing the legacy of Alfred Deakin, a man synonymous with visionary ideas and bold innovations. Curated by Professor Tim Flannery, we’ve gathered 30 of the best people addressing the climate problem now. These aren’t the usual suspects spouting fixed positions. At the Deakins you’ll hear from practitioners, from fresh informed voices with practical experience of achieving emissions reduction. These are people working to innovate in policy, business, finance and new technologies to help create a brave, new, low emissions world.

The Deakins 2010 invites you to be part of the conversation, part of the solution, part of the future.

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Curated by Tim Flannery

Curated by Tim Flannery, the Deakins 2010 will present the climate change challenge from ten different perspectives, with a focus on ten different spheres of life. The new format will ensure rigorous debate and engagement between the keynote speakers, panellists and audience members. You can read more about Tim Flannery here.

Series Format

The 2010 Deakins will take on a new format. After the keynote lectures, you’ll have an opportunity to grab a drink and reflect on the lecture with your fellow audience members. Then the event will resume with a panel discussion between the lecturer and other experts in the field, and questions and engagement from the floor. All discussions will be moderated by series strategic director Nick Rowley. You can read more about Nick Rowley here.

Deakins 2001 to 2010 Background

The Deakins were started in May 2001, as part of the celebrations surrounding the Centenary of Federation. Some of Australia’s top thinkers came together with key international guests to present their ideas about the nature and future of a civil society. The lecture series was named to honour the legacy of Alfred Deakin, Australia’s second Prime Minister, a humanist and nation builder whose social vision put in place much of Australia’s political and social infrastructure. The lectures embraced this vision, as well as principles of excellence, creativity and accessibility.

In the intervening years, the Alfred Deakin Lectures have established a reputation for quality and intellectual rigour. Across a diverse range of subjects and disciplines, the Deakins have explored the concept of innovation – social, environmental, economic and political – and celebrated the world of ideas. From Dr Edward Said’s 2001 lecture on innovation and civil society, to Dr Leela Gandhi’s reflections on the New Internationalism in 2008, the Deakins have provided a context and set an agenda for public discourse.

The Deakins 2010

In 2010, celebrated scientist, writer and former Australian of the Year Professor Tim Flannery, brings his curatorial expertise to the question of Innovation and Climate change, with a wide-ranging series of lectures and forums to be held in Melbourne and regional Victoria. A combination of keynote addresses, lectures and forum discussions will each address a field of innovation in the response to climate change.

Unlike previous Deakin Lectures, the 2010 program moves away from an academic outlook, focussing instead on the ways in which a government’s commitment to change and innovation can resolve issues for all people. Professor Flannery’s program aims to bring together industry and business leaders, politicians, prominent thinkers and the innovators themselves, to identify and explore the practical and sustainable solutions.

John Brumby's message

I firmly believe we have a great responsibility to pass on a better and a cleaner world to our children and grandchildren. I also believe that we have the intellectual resources to find new and innovative ways of meeting this responsibility.

That’s what this year’s Alfred Deakin Lecture Series is all about.

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It will bring together a number of eminent thinkers to challenge and inspire us to be more creative and more courageous in tackling climate change.

We have a great culture of innovation here in Victoria, and I’m confident that this lecture series will help us to harness our potential, and direct it to what is perhaps the greatest challenge of our time.

We must view climate change both as a challenge and as an opportunity. I look forward to a week of fruitful discussion and constructive debate.

The Hon John Brumby
Premier of Victoria

Gavin Jennings' message

The Victorian Government continues to support the Alfred Deakin Lecture Series as part of our commitment to fostering and celebrating big ideas and brilliant minds. Through connecting international innovators and local leading-edge thinkers, the Deakins aims to inform, provoke and stimulate debate, ideas and conversations about how innovation can transform the economy, society and the environment in response to climate change.

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By being smarter in the way we tackle climate change, we will improve our quality of life and also develop new ideas, services and products that will boost our economy and create new jobs.

As Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation, I encourage Victorians to engage with these events and be inspired by the commitments and vision of these world-leading innovators.

Gavin Jennings
Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Innovation

Eric Beecher's message

In a state bursting with interesting ideas, the Alfred Deakin Lecture Series stands out for its originality and thoughtfulness. Which is why the Wheeler Centre is so delighted to be delivering this year’s Deakins.

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We are both institutions underpinned by similar objectives: to be innovative, fertile hubs of discussion and debate.

The Wheeler Centre – centrepiece of the State Government’s City of Literature initiative – may only be a few months old, but fresh and powerful ideas aren’t measured by time, only by quality… as the Deakin Lectures have been proving for several years, and will undoubtedly do so again in 2010.

Eric Beecher
Chairman, The Wheeler Centre

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