Tonight’s Ideas Festival event, a public lecture from Jared Diamond, author of the recent book on collapsing societies went off without a hitch, and the audience were thoroughly engaged. Jared is a marvellous speaker, and his stories of the rise and fall of cultures the world over challenge notions of consumerism, political protectionist theories, and the role of the first world in protecting the interests of the third world. Conversations carried on long after the event, and we hope to have a space for some of these conversations via the Ideas Festival site some time tomorrow. Come join the debate!
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