Category Archives: Other news and marginalia

Purpose 2016—and signing off from bookishgirl

For the last year I’ve been thinking about the purpose of this blog. I started bookishgirl in December 2010 to blog about reading and writing, about the books I love and the books I’m reading. I also planned to write … Continue reading

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The power of art: does it move you?

If, as Duchamp said, art is the interaction between the object of scrutiny and the viewer, then what is our role in that interaction, as viewers? There’s been a lot of talk about our role and rights as creators, especially … Continue reading

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Building the new economy, 16-17 August 2016, Sydney – and Janet Laurence’s Deep Breathing: Resuscitation for the Reef

I’m very excited to be giving a keynote speech on Tuesday 16 August at the conference ‘Building the new economy: activism, enterprise and social change’. The conference runs for two days in Sydney’s Glebe Town Hall and there’s an impressive lineup … Continue reading

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Rock Stars of the New Economy II, or Benefit corporations Q&A – and WOW Brisbane 2015

So now, as promised, I’m concluding last week’s post on the benefit corporation (the new generation corporation which is changing the world) with the highlights of the Q&A session which followed the talks by benefit corporation maestroes Rob Michalak of Ben & … Continue reading

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Rock Stars of the New Economy: B Corps and Rob Michalak, Helen Souness + James Chin Moody unplugged at UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building

Last Thursday night I went to hear three ‘rock stars of the new economy‘ speak about their businesses, which are all benefit corporations, a new corporate form which is changing the world. Benefit corporations are for-profit businesses which must make a … Continue reading

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‘Writing the world back into existence’: Helen Macdonald and ‘H is for Hawk’ at the Sydney Writers’ Festival 2015

Yesterday on a perfect autumn afternoon I was at the Sydney Writers’ Festival to hear Helen Macdonald talk about her extraordinary book H is for Hawk. I can’t remember the last time I was so excited to hear a writer … Continue reading

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Tulips and blossoms bursting from their seams: Manhattan and Brooklyn in May

I’m just back from a fantastic trip to New York City where spring was bursting forth after a long winter. Here’s how it looked, from gardens, murals and flamingos in Brooklyn to the New York Public Library and Renzo Piano’s … Continue reading

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