Next Ideas Festival Public Lecture: John Ralston Saul

I figure a bit of shameless advertising on my blog is okay if I’m on the Advisory Board so here’s the latest plug for the Ideas Festival!

It happened again – an opportunity too good to miss – so the Ideas Festival is bringing Canadian JOHN RALSTON SAUL to Brisbane on Wednesday 24 August 2005 to present his ideas.

On this occasion the best available theatre is QPAC’s Cremorne Theatre, with only 300 seats, so we invite you – who have given us your details and asked to be kept up to date with Ideas Festival information to book early.

[Editor’s Note: Or in the case of this blog, if you’re one of my readers you get the opportunity to book early!]

JOHN RALSTON SAUL is an internationally respected commentator on politics, globalism and democracy. A critic of the Davos World Economic Forum, his recent provocative work argues that globalism, with all its failures, and despite its achievements, is dead.

Ralston Saul’s past works include The Doubters Companion 2002; On Equilibrium – Six Qualities of the New Humanism 2003; Voltaire’s Bastards 1993; and The Unconscious Civilisation 1997. He now investigates, in his new work The Collapse of Globalism: and the Reinvention of the World’, the future of democracy and the nature, and rebirth, of nationalism.

John Ralston Saul is a provocative speaker. His concerns are for the effects of unbridled capitalism, for the losers, and for the need to now take action. This is a rare opportunity to hear and to question his ideas about our world and about our future.


Ideas Lecture – JOHN RALSTON SAUL – 6pm, Wednesday 24 August 2005
Cremorne Theatre QPAC
Tickets on sale now – $15 + Qtix booking fee ($1.50)
Qtix – 136 246 –
(This lecture will have sign language interpreters, Auslan)

Pass it on: John Ralston Saul is in Brisbane for one night – let your colleagues, family and curious friends know about this Ideas event.

John Ralston Saul is in Brisbane as a guest of the Ideas Festival, proudly presented by the Queensland Government with Major Sponsors Griffith University and Brisbane Airport Corporation and Sponsors Queensland Performing Arts Centre, South Bank Corporation, CPR Communications and Public Relations and Dot Dash.

NB: It is a coincidence only that this opportunity follows so closely the June Jared Diamond Lecture, the Ideas Festival is getting on with developing a challenging and full program of leading international and national speakers for the full Ideas Festival, 29 March – 2 April 2006. We aren’t planning to present regular Ideas Lectures in the meantime.

Thank you for your interest in Ideas.
Go to the Ideas Website for more about John Ralston Saul and the Ideas Lecture or go straight to Qtix to book now or Qtix phone 136 246.

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