The Festival of Dangerous Ideas challenges thinking on the future

Taking dangerous ideas to the next level, The Festival of Dangerous Ideas traverses the cracks of our society across three digital events this September and October. Addressing some of the challenging issues of our time, and in light of the global pandemic, the three digital events talk to three systemic problems that are already set to boil: government control of information, racism and climate change.

The second of these digital events will be held this Thursday 24 September featuring renowned government whistleblower, Edward Snowden.

Surveillance States - Edward Snowden

24 September 2020, 7pm

Edward Snowden. Courtesy FODI.

Snowden's presentation asks us to consider the possibility that we may have more to fear from our own governments than from any external threat – and that our liberties have already been lost. 

FODI Festival Director, Danielle Harvey, has carefully chosen these three speakers for this dangerous time. In speaking about the programming, she said, “the fallout from the pandemic is changing politics, economics and the every day so significantly.

FODI is a provocateur of big thinking, and it’s back to ask us: what should we be doing now to prepare for a post-pandemic landscape? And has COVID-19 offered opportunity or hindrance to tackling some of the biggest issues of our time in a new and profound way?”.

While the physical Festival of Dangerous Ideas had to be cancelled in 2020, the digital events are steamrolling ahead, with the third event to be presented in October.

The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace-Wells

11 October 2020, 11am

David Wallace-Wells. Courtesy FODI.

Wallace-Wells says there is no going back from the climate crisis and suggests the greatest challenge is navigating the future in a world that can’t agree how to face it together.

Challenging us all to stop and pay attention, Executive Director of The Ethics Centre and Co-Founder of FODI, Simon Longstaff, said these pivotal issues are demanding creative solutions.

“The urgency of the moment might seem to demand every moment of our attention, the reality is that this is precisely the time when we need to look beyond the boundaries of the pandemic and come together and… think!”

The three sessions will be live-streamed on, with live interaction and questions from the audience. Ticket prices range from $10-$15 or $30 for all three conversations.

These events follow on from the first FODI digital series in May which featured Norman Swan, David Sinclair, Claire Wardle, Kevin Rudd, Vicky Xu, Masha Gessen and Stan Grant. Past conversations are available on demand via their website here.

To see the digital FODI presentations or to find out more see Festival of Dangerous Ideas.


Location: Virtual event online

Dates: 24 September (Snowden), 11 October (Wallace-Wells)

Times: 7pm (Snowden), 11am (Wallace-Wells)

Cost: $10-$15, or $30 for all three

Festival of Dangerous Ideas Website