Brave Conversations Melbourne

Monday May 21 - Tuesday May 22 2019

Philanthropy is, quite literally, phil-anthropos, the love of humanity.

It is about working together to create a better future for all of humanity, and those we share this planet with.

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Day One

Session One
Becoming Smart Humans

Session Two
The Self in Context

Session Three
Groups, Tribes, Systems

Day Two

Session One
Communities, Societies & Homo economis

Session Two
Moral Leadership

Session Three
The Planet

Session Four
So what?

“The only meaningful outcome from all of this is what you will do differently today.”

- Pia Waugh


In 2008 a group of people from industry, government, academia, and the community sectors came together to create the first Brave Conversations establishing a forum for people to discuss and debate the emerging issues related to humans and their use of digital technologies.

At the same time a group of luminaries from the Web world were creating Web Science and in the intervening period Web Science has gone on to contribute greatly to the global conversation around the evolving Social Machine.

Since that time the world has changed.

The Web has evolved from being read-only to read-write and now dominates how the majority of society interacts with digital platforms, giving rise to the largest companies of the modern era. These companies are now pushing the boundaries for how data and information are used. This is a key driver for the next step in human evolution.

We want to push the boundaries in terms of thinking about the World and the Web. Our focus is on helping to develop “smart humans” for the digital age.


The goal of Brave Conversations is to challenge everyone who participates to more fully explore and understand the interplay between humans, the societies we live in, and the technologies we have created.

We want to empower people to proactively make decisions about how we live our everyday lives, how we participate as commercial actors within the economy, and how we operate as digital citizens and exercise our political rights. That empowerment comes from demystifying data and information and understanding how it informs the everyday decisions which gradually create the future.

Each of those decisions begins on an individual human level - our bodies and our minds - and then emanates out to our families, communities, societies and from there to nation states. We are all responsible for the world we are creating and never has there been a time when we have more potential to influence the changes around us.

Event Information

Monday May 20 & Tuesday May 21 2019
8.30am - 5pm

Experience Lab 1,2,3
Telstra HQ
242 Exhibition St
Melbourne VIC 3000

This event runs for two days with participants expected to attending both days in full.

The schedule will run from 8.30am - 5pm and include a light lunch and refreshments.

Drinks will be arranged for Monday afternoon at a venue nearby for the opportunity to continue the brave conversations.


Organising Committee

Patricia Burke, Philanthropy Australia
Nick Byrne, Type Human
Bel Campbell, Intersticia and Smart Humans
George Crones, Philanthropy Australia
Leanne Fry, Smart Humans
Kelsie Nabeen, Type Human
Anni Rowland-Campbell, Intersticia