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.
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.
Over October and November 2020, Conversation at the Crossroads ran a crowdfunding campaign on Startsomegood to raise funds in support of our planned activities in 2021. In total, the campaign raised $16,385, and we wish to acknowledge the very generous support we received.
Australia and the World after Trump? The moment of decision is fast approaching
The inescapable reality is the sorry state of the American nation – think Covid-19, climate change, racial tensions, law and order, polarisation, populism, militarism on the rise, tensions with China. . . the list goes on. These ills are not of Trump’s making, though he has made things worse through neglect, incompetence, and self-serving rhetoric.
Between War and Peace: Australia’s Past and Future
Whether Australia and other nations plan for a world at peace or a world at war will determine much about our future. The latter would preclude solutions to just about every pressing global issue. The former would offer hope of a sustainable future for all. This paper advocates three steps that Australia could begin with.
Can Australia transition from being a belligerent nation to a regional and global peace nation?
At the very heart of Australian foreign and defence policy is an obsessive belief bordering on paranoia that the country must be intimately allied to “great and powerful friends” to deter any threats to its security. From the earliest days of white settlement until the Japanese over-ran Singapore in 1942, that “friend” was assumed to be Britain.