Conversation at the Crossroads is a growing community based in 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 opportunity than ever to be a part of this change.
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On June 8, 2021 Conversation at the Crossroads hosted a very special event featuring Richard Falk and Stuart Rees in conversation with Joseph Camilleri. The conversation centred around two new books, Falk’s Public Intellectual: Life of a Citizen Pilgrim and Rees’ Cruelty or Humanity.
Joining in the discussion was Hilary Charlesworth, Punam Yadav, Hanan Ashrawi, Chandra Muzaffar and Amin Saikal.
- Australia’s detention policies: The grim reality we seem powerless to change (Part I)KRISTIAN CAMILLERI: The recent revelations regarding Tharnicaa Murugappan, a three-year old girl who contracted at sepsis at the Christmas Island detention centre, have once again put Australia’s policy of mandatory detention in the spotlight.
- At home in the land: The Plenty-Yarra CorridorGEOFF LACEY: If we are to live sustainably on the earth then a profound change in consciousness is necessary. It is a matter of looking at the natural world and experiencing it in a new way. We need to know it intimately—in its landscapes and ecosystems, its web of connections, and its history—starting from our local place.
- Why empathy and compassion matterLYN BENDER: Empathy has recently seeped into the political lexicon. The Prime Minister, not renowned for his compassion, is widely rumoured to have an empathy coach. The impact of this on policies and decisions, is not yet evident.
- Our new “canaries in the coal mine”MICHAEL HAMEL-GREEN: A little late in life I discovered the joy of birds and birdwatching. Yet, with each species seen for the first time, my joy is tempered by what I see happening. So many birds are now under threat from climate change, floods, bush fires, pollution, hunting, mining, and development.
- The non-violent vaccineSTUART REES: Several dangerous pandemics threaten people’s lives. Only one is the familiar Covid infection. A long lasting, insidious virus concerns men’s violence, their supposed problem solving via anger, fists, guns, knives, machetes, boots and batons to oppress any one who gets in their way. Their targets are usually physically weaker people, women, children, dissidents and in the case of men in uniform, the political opponents of their state government employers.
- The imploding university empireRICHARD HIL: It’s estimated that over 17,000 university academics and other staff have already lost their jobs since the outbreak of the pandemic. The projected number of job losses is around 21,000 although the truth is, no-one really knows what the final figure will be.
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