Sep 28, 2016

The tyranny of optimism at Junkee’s ‘un-conference’

There is no room for dissent at Junket. Be inspired, be inspirational, or shut the hell up.

Myriam Robin — Media Reporter

Myriam Robin

Media Reporter

Junkee Junket

Sixty seconds to pitch your idea. That’s what happens the first night of an “un-conference”, where the participants collaboratively decide on the sessions. And so a stream of people got up, some polished and others less so, to outline what they wanted to talk about. The traditional owners of the land that Canberra sits on, the Ngunnawal peoples, were acknowledged at the start of the session. But some people do it again at the start of their pitch. After a while, an indigenous woman gets up. She makes the observation that there’s a pattern emerging: people of colour are offering their respects, and many white people are not.

Thereafter, most make time in their 60 seconds to awkwardly offer their respects, though some do not. I can’t help keeping a mental list. Some who had spoken before the rebuke get up again to do another pitch, this time paying their respects.

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6 thoughts on “The tyranny of optimism at Junkee’s ‘un-conference’

  1. Draco Houston

    Your editor must be really mean, subjecting you, and the poor souls from last time, to this rubbish. At least it makes good reading.

    1. phonakins

      at least there’s plenty to drink

  2. Irfan Yusuf

    Crikey should hold its own … er … Criket?

    Seriously, how dumb. I’d rather go to the weekend “Liberty & Society” of the Centre for Independent Studies and learn all about St Hayek.

  3. Tall Red Poppy

    Lovely piece of writing. A much needed skewering of the sanctimonious, from my perspective.
    How many of those “life changing” attendees are members of their trade union? Or a political party? The notion of change as primarily “personal empowerment” is bullshit when the structural impediments for so many remain so profoundly high.

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