To get an idea of what Global Ideas Labs are all about, take a look at these past events. You’ll see that we put together a variety of event styles, topics, and sizes to keep things interesting!
Tue. 29 Nov 2016 6pm – 9pm | The Knowledge Market, Shop 8 -10, 892 Bourke St, Docklands
Reports of superbugs are now a regular staple of our everyday news – but is often ignored because it is such an abstract concept to the everyday person.
Fact is that Global Health issues such as resistance to antimicrobial drugs (e.g. bacterial resistance to antibiotics) cause millions of deaths every year.
In this Global Ideas Lab, led by award-winning science author Idan Ben-Barak, we explored how to use the power of scientific writing to encourage more people to take action against global health threats such as superbugs.
You learned about the latest updates in antimicrobial resistance, the writing and editorial process of being a global health writer, and more importantly how to make people care about important issues such as this.
—The November lab was generously sponsored by Gilead Sciences.
About our speakers
Idan is an award-winning science author with a background in medical science and microbiology and currently working with Jean Hailes for Women’s Health. He has published two books Why Aren’t We Dead Yet? and Small Wonders: how microbes rule our world, both of which are popular science writings aiming at a wide audience. Small Wonders is has been translated into five languages. Read more about Idan here.
Dr Khai Lin Huang
Khai is an infectious diseases doctor working at Burnet Institute’s Centre for International Health. He has worked in a variety of contexts including remote northern Australia, Sri Lanka, Cameroon and Papua New Guinea. As an infectious disease specialist, Khai has a vested interest in public health and the tough battle against superbugs. Hear Khai speak on the latest updates in the fight against antimicrobial resistance at our lab.
Read more about Khai here.
Wed 12 October 2016 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | MGS Architects Pty Ltd, 10-22 Manton Lane Melbourne, VIC
The UN have estimated that 60% of the world’s population will be living in cities by 2030. Although the world’s cities occupy just 3 per cent of the Earth’s land, they actually account for 60-80% of global energy consumption and 75 per cent of carbon emissions. This urban living is exerting pressure on fresh water supplies, sewage, the living environment, and public health.
To dissect Goal 11 of the Sustainable Development Goals (Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable) further, Global Ideas Lab invited Rob McGauran to help lead group discussions focused on the intersection of sustainable development/cities and global health. Rob leads the master planning, design advocacy and urban design disciplines within the Award Winning Practice MGS Architects. His particular areas of interest are around the themes of knowledge cities, inclusive cities, sustainable cities and connected cities and the buildings and programs that support these themes and this is drawn from both the particular and distinctive attributes of and challenges facing Australian Cities.
This Lab, brought to you with the support of our partner Gilead, left participants not only informed how the spaces we live in can impact on our health but also enhanced individual and collective capcity to influence change in creative and transformative ways.
mental health and technology
Wednesday 14 September 2016 | Monash University Clayton Campus – Lecture Theatre S3
At the Global Ideas September Lab event, we explored how technology is changing the face of healthcare.
Attendees were presented with live demonstrations of existing mental health smartphone applications and e-health technologies, followed by a discussion around the role of technology and innovation in improving mental health and wellbeing.
Electronic and mobile health technologies offer innovative approaches to improving access to services and offering ongoing support. This lab informed participants on how new technology can be applied to the mental health field but also inspire people to tackle global health issues in creative, transformative ways.
We were joined for light refreshments and live demonstrations from:
Ben Fulcher – MICCN SurveyKit
Glenn Melvin – BeyondNow
Lilli Morgan – Smiling Mind
James Stewart – Kick.it Founder
Bec Martin – Developer Evangelist at Xero
poverty, inc. film screening
Get ready for a for a special Global Ideas Labs event, the screening of 2015 documentary Poverty, Inc. With 30 film festival honours and 11 awards, this thought-provoking, critically-acclaimed documentary explores the complexities of the industry of charity and how we are contributing to its problems. Drawing from over 200 interviews filmed in 20 countries, Poverty, Inc. unearths an uncomfortable side of charity we can no longer ignore.
This Lab, co-hosted with the Burnet Institute and brought to you with the support of our major partner Gilead Sciences, will leave you challenged and inspired to reconsider the way we play our role in reducing poverty.
Join us for light refreshments from 6pm before the film for a 6.40pm film start and engaging post-viewing Q&A with the film’s co-producer Mark Weber, where we challenge our perspectives on poverty and re-think how we can contribute to the solution of the problem.
WHEN Monday, 8 August 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (AEST)
WHERE AMREP Lecture theatre – Alfred Hospital Precinct 55 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Vic 3004
changing the conversation: the problem with focusing on ‘problems’
Consider yourself an innovator? An entrepreneur? Health professional? Advocate? Fascinated by policy? Keen to get your hands dirty? Whatever your preferred means of creating change in your community, the language you use matters.
Global Ideas’ fourth Lab of 2016 will equip you with the tools necessary to create a more inclusive world.‘Changing the conversation: The problem with focusing on ‘problems’’ will facilitate a safe space for the exchange of stories and skills, and will offer insight into how people want to be talked with and about in our public discourse.Together we will explore society’s fascination with categories and labels, and how these labels might be damaging to individual health identity.
This Lab, brought to you with the support of our partner Gilead, will leave you challenged and inspired to reconsider the way you create change within your community.
WHEN: Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
WHERE: Ellis Jones – 3A Glasshouse Road, Collingwood, VIC 3066
global ideas labs: ethics in leadership
Drawing upon ideas raised in contemporary and classical philosophical text, this Lab will stimulate new and adaptive thinking around good governance and ethical decision-making for peace, justice and sustainable development.
Participants will engage in facilitated discussion based on readings provided by the Cranlana Programme. Materials will be emailed to you once you’ve booked your ticket, so please make sure you allow time to read them before the event.
This event is designed for anyone passionate about social justice, and how the wisdom of philosophy can be applied to shaping healthier societies and healthier lives. It is a community engagement event where drinks will be served in a warm and relaxed environment.
When: 6–9pm, Wednesday 8 June 2016
Where: The Cranlana Programme, 62 Clendon Road, Toorak, VIC 3142
A huge thanks to our partners and hosts, The Cranlana Programme, an organisation dedicated to cultivating wisdom in leadership.
Global Ideas partnered with the Human Rights Arts and Film Festival to bring you Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story (2014).
Sophie Lamond lead a post-film discussion on food wastage in Australia. Sophie is the co-founder of the Fair Food Challenge, which uses the power of students and universities to create a fair, healthy and accessible food system. Sophie is a masters students working on corporate social responsibility in food corporations and works on several community food projects.
When: Monday 4 April 2016 from 6.30–8.30pm (AEST)
Where: LongPlay – 318 Saint Georges Road, Fitzroy North, VIC 3068, Australia
global health film festival satellite screening – every last child
Monday 14th of December | AMREP Lecture theatre, Alfred Hospital Precinct
Over 100 guests attended our satellite screening of “Every Last Child”. This documentary tells the tense, gripping story of the current fight to end polio in Pakistan. One of just two countries remaining in the world with endemic polio, and fraught with political, religious and ideological opposition to vaccination, the quest of health workers to vaccinate every last child in Pakistan is far from simple.
As a satellite screening of one of London’s Global Health Film Festival documentaries and an exclusive Australian debut of the film, Global Ideas was thrilled to give our Australian community a glimpse of the powerful role of film in health advocacy.
With the support of Global Ideas’ partners, Burnet Institute, Doherty Institute and University of Melbourne, we were joined for a post-screening discussion on the night by Liesel Maddock, from the Global Poverty Project, who provided an update on the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting and renewed commitment for polio action; Professor Mike Toole, from the Global Polio Eradication Initiative; Dr Bruce Thorley, of the WHO Polio Regional Reference Laboratory; and Gina Olivieri, from the advocacy organisation working actively to promote funding for polio, RESULTS.
Global Ideas Lab – exploring innovations and applications in Impact Investment
Tuesday 29th of September | Kathleen Syme Community Centre (Carlton)
The first Global Ideas Labs event was a great success! We partnered with The Fred Hollows Foundation to put together an evening of conversation for members of Melbourne’s health and development community. Led by Lachlan McDonald, health economist for Fred Hollows, the Lab focussed on innovations and applications in Impact Investment.
A group of 30 curious and engaged individuals learnt about the Impact Investment movement – how we can create both financial return and positive social and environment impact. Not a lecture, but a night of conversation to spark collaboration and action – everyone had a chance to contribute their experiences and ideas.