Melbourne Conversations presents five brainy events

Join rich conversations led by local experts about topics like digital literacy, Aboriginal food systems and the startup bubble to help shape the future of our city. 

Melbourne Conversations are free discussions that explore issues of interest to Melburnians and promote discussion and participation from people of all backgrounds. 

Through these conversations, we seek to engage with challenging ideas and influence our city’s intellectual culture, creativity, liveability and sustainability. 

Here are five highlights from our upcoming program and from our archive. You can log in live over your lunch break or catch up on YouTube. 

1. The Digital Literacy Gap 
Wednesday 15 September, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

In the past year, many of us have become more digitally active than ever – but not all of us. How wide is the digital literacy gap in Australia, and in Melbourne? 

Telecommunications companies, universities and governments are now measuring and taking action on Australia’s digital divides. 

The City of Melbourne has also identified this as a priority in our five-year Council Plan. Our speakers will discuss what Melbourne can do to get everyone on the same (web)page. 

Book now to be part of The Digital Literacy Gap.

2. The Rise of Ultra-Processed Food 
Wednesday 20 October, 12.30pm to 1.30pm

What does a food system look like that serves both people and planet? 

How do we achieve this and, in particular, how do we address the dominance of ultra-processed foods produced by Big Food corporations that come at a growing cost to human health and the future of our planet? 

Join us to explore the big things to come out of the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, the key challenges ahead for our health and the global environment, and what it means for us here in Australia. 

Book now for The Rise of Ultra-Processed Food.

3. Aboriginal Food Systems 
Available now online

The impact of climate change on food supplies is being felt the world over. Growing food insecurity is leading food growers and communities to rethink unsustainable agricultural systems. 

This conversation explores how past and present Aboriginal food and agriculture practices might enable access to healthy and culturally appropriate food. 

Underpinned by principles of self-determination, our panel discusses how we can enable Aboriginal ideas and Aboriginal people to influence food system transformation. 

Watch Aboriginal Food Systems now on YouTube.

4. Visions for the CBD 
Available now online

What should inform the design of our city? Well, it depends who you ask. 

Join urban planners, architects, city dwellers, artists and designers to design the city of the future. 

The panel talks about the new normal in placemaking, fusing sustainability practices, First Nations knowledge and community cohesion for a better city. 

Watch Visions for the CBD now on YouTube.

5. The Startup Bubble 
Available now online

A successful startup is often the exception to the rule. There’s a huge gap between the ‘unicorns’ that employ thousands and the mountain of failed ventures beneath them. 

In a post-pandemic world, many business leaders predict that startups will drive Melbourne’s economic recovery. 

What does it mean for us to pin our hopes to such a hit-and-miss business model? Is the volatility of startups a recipe for disaster, or the perfect fit for a volatile world? 

Watch The Startup Bubble now on YouTube. 

Melbourne Conversations are currently being delivered online, in line with COVID-19 restrictions. 

To keep in touch with future events, visit Melbourne Conversations, or browse more past conversations on our YouTube channel.