“Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won't come in.”
Isaac Asimov, Futurist
Some things are just really hard to talk about. They’re challenging, awkward or taboo, and so together we've decided they're not fit for the dinner table. But what would happen if we changed all that? What would happen if we brought some danger to dinner and things got real all of a sudden?
Hard Things To Talk About was established in 2015 to do just that.
We are inviting you to dinner to feast like never before and explore what we really think about the big things in life we rarely talk about. We're serving up Sex, Death, Fear, Failure, Desire, Taboos, The Inner Life, Our Dark Side, The Unimagined, The Unknown, The Universe, Loneliness, Hope and Consciousness.
On the menu first up was an immersive exploration of Bias brought to life by the much-loved (and much-lauded) chef O Tama Carey, previously of Berta. It was a told through the food, with inputs from ethicist John Neil of The Ethics Centre and science communicator and ABC News journalist Wendy Zukerman exploring the evolutionary basis for our biases.
We like to think we’re risk takers and we’re open to the new, but it is often a subtle challenge that reveals our own quiet biases. How do our biases form? Are they ever good? How do we break them down and open ourselves up to the unknown? Or are we just hardwired to reject?
Bias - Against the Grain was hosted at Cafe Paci on Aug 30 & 31, 2015.
Look out for the next in the series on 02.0 Loneliness (Sydney), 03.0 Desire (Italy), 04.0 The Unimagined (London).
It's a dinner like no other you've been to before.
Take a leap into the unknown.
Challenge what you think...or what you think you know.
We promise it’ll be fun.
Glider is passionate about partnering with people and organisations that want to open up real conversations and deeply explore together the big human issues.
01.0 - Bias
Our first host partner for 01.0 Bias was The Ethics Centre.
The Ethics Centre creates the space to talk about the things that matter - issues at the heart and centre of being human. They're committed to injecting a pause into the centre of public life and allowing people to stop, connect with others and explore the ethical dimension of our everyday lives. It's an invitation to better know ourselves and our world, where we have the courage to stand up for our values and principles, the wisdom to explore the unknown, the opposed, or the complex, and the imagination and heart to strive for the very best of all we can be.
Glider would also like to thank its Chef-in-Residence O Tama Carey, sommelier Kate O'Hara, and Performer-in-Residence Benjamin Hancock for their energy, generosity and creativity. Thank you for trusting us and taking the leap, bringing the best of your amazing talents to work with us to create something truly new and stunning.