Starting fresh as we all grab hold of new and improved values for the coming weeks, here is our first 2019 selection of thoughtful podcasts to ignite the parts of your brain where curation, consideration, and creation sit pretty and waiting!

 

1.

Consider:

‘Novels are quixotic by nature. Arguing for the value or worthiness or merit / point of fiction is like arguing for the point of ice cream. It’s pointlessness is itself the point.’

‘August Strindberg once said in Ghost Sonata that we often use words to hide the meaning conveyed by the silence between them. It’s in that reading between the lines, it’s those moments we have a pause that we often don’t get in life. It’s a moment to stop and connect with what it means to be human. Reading then becomes something meditative.’

These words were spoken in a favourite podcast episode of recent weeks, as the panel of ABC Big Ideas discussed the fate and favour of reading in an age of Netflix and Social Media.

Well worth a listen HERE.

 

 

2.

Literary great Mary Oliver sadly came to the final stanza of her magnificent life last week. One of our world’s teachers in ordinary observance, she dedicated her pages to the articulation of the natural world and how it moves, shapes and supports us.

If you are only just delving into her poetry now, a nice way to commemorate and connect with one of her famous pieces is through the recording of it HERE.

 

 

3.

Every era reserves a place for it’s own distinct and relevant subgroups. Today, the one that is most commonly known, and given the eye-roll by some, is a specific brand of individual often residing between dense pages in the art history department or in line. They are called Hipsters……

But did the culture of the 18th century hold space for such a person? If so what did they do, how did they think, why were they so edgy?

The Hub on Art dives into a discussion about all this HERE.

The speakers look at the group of painters, poets, and art critics known as Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. These men became known and respected for their rejection of idealisation, instead presenting a more audacious approach to portraiture and art by showing women ‘looking as they really looked.’ Quite a scandalous act in 1848…

Be curious: And if you’re in Melbourne before the 3rd of March and want a bigger taste of maverick beings who lived closer to the day we find ourselves in, head to The Ian Potter Museum of Art to read up on the creative life of Australian designer Clement Meadmore.

 

 

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“GDP measures everything except that which we fundamentally value – the laughter of our children, the prosperity of our own lives, the health of our communities. It’s been questioned for many decades and this questioning is just getting stronger and stronger so it’s time to replace it with something fit…a new mode of existing within the global economy.”

Economist Kate Haworth says our highest ambition and challenge in the 21st century is clear: to meet the needs of all people, within the means of this extraordinary living planet so that we, and the rest of nature, can thrive. She also wants to remind us that this type of progress can not simply be measured with a metric of money.

Growth and progress mean nothing if they leave a pile of people in their dusty path. It will also be very short lived if through achieving it by way of that same process means harming the land it exists upon. After all, if our world isn’t thriving, we that live in it certainly won’t be either.

How can we reframe and reset our global economic system? The speakers on this particular episode of The TED Radio Hour have some good theories for you to listen to HERE.

 

 

 

5.

Robyn Davidson is best known as ‘the camel lady’ by most. If you’ve seen the movie Tracks, or owned a stash of National Geographic around 1978 you’ll be familiar with her crazy solo journey walking the width of Australia with a few loyal camels in her late 20’s.

Turns out this phenomenal woman has since continued to acquire a vast amount of profundity on the meaning of life, travel, exploration, and is still very much a nomad at heart.

You can hear her speak to the things that are real and true for all of us on The Dumbo Feather podcast HERE.

 

 

Image One: Mary Oliver in her favourite zone

Image two: Clement Meadmore (1929-2005) Untitled 1992 etching 12/50

Image three: Robyn Davidson mapping her journey across Australia in 1977

 

 

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