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Conversation at the Crossroads

We are a growing community based in Naarm (Melbourne) with both a local and global mission to connect people from all walks of life to address the most pressing issues of our time.

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Conversation at the Crossroads is a growing community-based in Naarm (Melbourne) with both a local and global mission to connect people from all walks of life to address the most pressing issues of our time.

Through our events and conversations, we aim to increase awareness and understanding of why things are the way they are and how we can collaborate to fix them. 

We’re all aware the world is under a lot of pressure economically, politically, environmentally, and socially. Not only are we facing a pandemic that has affected every life on this planet, but unprecedented fires, climate change, threats to civil liberties, and many other interconnected issues loom large. 

The world seems set on a collision course to destruction, and many feel powerless to stop it. But we believe change is possible and we’re at a pivotal moment in time with more opportunities than ever to be a part of this change.

Latest events

Conversations that Matter Public Launch

The launch event for Conversation at the Crossroad’s most ambitious initiative yet, Conversations that Matter. Held on November 24th in Melbourne and online.

Can Climate Apocalypse be Averted? Glasgow November 2021 – A Date with Destiny

Will the Glasgow Summit usher in a just, free carbon economy? If not, what next? Will governments deliver on their promises? On Thursday 11th November 2021 we addressed these questions at an online international forum with leading thinkers and passionate advocates. Watch it now.

Latest articles

  • Climate Change and the Covid19 Pandemic
    ROD ANDERSON: It’s surprising that the relationship between these two enormous issues hasn’t had more public discussion. There has of course been lots of talk about the origin of the pandemic, with most scientists in the field favouring a wet market in Wuhan over escape from a virology laboratory in that city. If we consider the broader question of where these and other dreadful zoonoses come from, the more fundamental, causal role of climate change in our current pandemic becomes clear.
  • Lean on me: Support workers fight for the trans community during the pandemic (Part I)
    EMANUELLE ARNOLD: Underfunded, overworked and underresourced. Trans-friendly services rely on people who self-identify as a part of the trans and gender diverse population. Thus, they are also a part of one of the “most medically and socially marginalised groups in our community.” The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns has been profound on the community, fortifying the roadblocks to adequate support and medical care.
  • Australia is not exempt from committing war crimes in Afghanistan (Part II)
    RASHAD SEEDEEN: Much has been said over the United States supporting limited reforms that have created a number of freedoms and opportunities for Afghan civilians, most notably women. Yet these praises systematically ignore how the U.S. Government funded and armed militias who committed varied human rights violations including rape, torture and extrajudicial killings of civilians.
  • The debt Australia owes the people of Afghanistan (Part I)
    RASHAD SEEDEEN: The world witnessed scenes of desperate Afghans crowding the tarmac and clinging on to planes as they departed the Kabul airport, horrifying many and triggering past traumas for scores of refugees. The rush to exit Afghanistan was precipitated by the entry of Taliban forces into the city of Kabul, securing the near-complete capture of Afghanistan from occupying U.S. forces within days of their withdrawal.
  • Afghanistan debacle exposes the limits to Empire
    JOSEPH CAMILLERI: The chaotic scenes at Kabul airport are symbolic of a military intervention that has brought the people of Afghanistan nothing but loss and destruction. The United States and its allies, not least Australia, have a great deal to answer for. This twenty-year war has been an unmitigated disaster from beginning to end. And what an ignominious end it is, especially for the United States.
  • We must devise effective strategies for change (Part II)
    KRISTIAN CAMILLERI: If we are to make inroads on the policy of mandatory detention, and many other issues, we must find ways to engage the wider public in more critical discussion. This is what Conversation at the Crossroads aspires to do.

Recent events

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NOV2020
7:30-9:15pm AEDTvia Zoom

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🔥 Reminder 🔥Tomorrow night is the launch of our Conversations that Matter project. Join us at 75 Reid Street, Fitzroy North or online and be a part of a growing national and international network initiating conversations that matter. Learn more and grab last-minute tickets from our website crossroadsconversation.com.au/?page_id=1124&fbclid=IwAR2nP7g7hEJX4Bha56rNdcIAxC2VSYo03_B7sR-riTVm...Note: For all those attending in person, as per government directives, you will be required to show evidence of double vaccination upon entry to the venue. Thank you for being understanding. ... See MoreSee Less
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🟧 Conversations that Matter 🟧 Join us on the 24th of November for the launch of our new project that is establishing small conversation groups across Australia and internationally to bring people together to discuss a way forward in responding to the social, environmental, and political challenges of our time. Combat the one-sided algorithms and echo chambers by becoming part of a growing national and international network of groups that go beyond political spin and misleading headlines, discussing the causes, not just the symptoms of the problems we face.Join us online or in-person in North Fitzroy, Melbourne: www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=813573 ... See MoreSee Less
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“Conversation and action are two sides of the same coin.” @JosephACamille speaking to both our in person and online audience at #conversationsthatmatter launch.

Prof Camilleri joins is to chat about the launch of #ConversationsThatMatter happening tonight with @MitchTambo: New project to establish connections and convos on how to tackle social, enviro & political issues
@thecrossrds
https://www.3cr.org.au/wednesday-breakfast

Join our launch of #ConversationsThatMatter with guest @MitchTambo on 24th Nov in #Melbourne, an exciting new project to establish small convo groups across #Australia to bring people together to discuss how to tackle social, enviro & political issues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgl3pP1-WmE

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Feature photo credit: Amirhossein Dehghan (2019) Via Unsplash

In the spirit of reconciliation, Conversation at the Crossroads acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their ongoing connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Our conversations take place on land that was never ceded. Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

At Conversation at the Crossroads, we strongly advocate for LGBTQIA+ rights and freedoms.