We are creating smart humans for the future.
Almost a decade ago a small group of people from industry and government, organised a series of conferences in Canberra which sought to bring various communities together to talk about the emerging issues related to humans and technologies (see ).
At the same time a group of luminaries from the Web world were creating and in the intervening period Web Science has gone on to contribute greatly to the global conversation around the evolving Social Machine (see 10th anniversary video below).
Brave Conversations is the space which brings this together in order to give people the space to imagine alternative futures through robust debate and respectful curiosity, learning from each other, playing with ideas, and asking the questions that are both confronting and potentially will take us to uncomfortable places.
This is not an academic conference, and there will be no formal published presentations or papers. Our aim is to draw together people from academia, government, business, the media and the third sector to address some of the profound issues that are arising as human life becomes progressively entwined with the internet and the Web.
We want to encourage debate, critical thinking, creative design and social awareness.
We want to push the boundaries in terms of thinking about the World and the Web and our focus is on helping to develop “smart humans” for the digital age.
Bel Campbell, Intersticia
James Dellow, Soapbox Islington