Philosophy

Episode 11: Progressive Dreams with André Dao

He lawyers. He writes. He’s deputy editor of the New Philosopher magazineand is one of the pioneers of Behind the Wire… and he’s just had a baby! André Dao works tirelessly to document lived experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in Australia’s harsh detention system. His group Behind the Wire has just released a podcast (The Messenger), a book (They Cannot Take the Sky)and curated an exhibition at Australia’s Immigration Museum. Caspar sits down with the formidable Dao, a millennial to take note of. The two talk about André’s insightful piece ‘Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism’ published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back. In it, André writes about the constraints of coal-face progressive policy workers versus the hack-tastic attitude of the modern techno-dreamer. Can we solve the world’s problems with an app? Do millennial progressives need to dream big before they lose the future? And what can we all learn from Milton Friedman? Caspar and André binge big dreams and their hurdles. This episode was edited and produced by Nina Roxburgh and features music by Big Gigantic. 

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

André Dao binge thinks his piece "Who owns the future? Techno dreams and progressive cynicism", published in the Griffith Review 56: Millennials Strike Back

This episode is part of a special Binge Thinking series in collaboration with the Brisbane-based literary journal Griffith Review. Their Millennials Strike Back edition was co-edited by Jerath Head features 32 stories from millennial authors on a diverse range of topics. You can find it at Australian bookstores or online at their website.

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Episode 9: Business and Ethics with Dan Barwick

Hello Good People of Binge Thinking! 

In our latest episode, Caspar brings you the Binge Thinking of 30 year-old engineer and small business owner Dan Barwick. You might not think you can run a business, but Dan explains how getting sick of working for out of touch boomers inspired him to work for himself, make some serious coin, and reshape his own sense of self. With his company Hydraulic Testing and Certification (HTC), Dan talks innovation and creativity even in the drier of topics, you'll be hooked on his every word. 

Dan and Caspar also got deep and binged on growing up in a religious family, the wonders of the internet and connected nature of the world as we know it, the future of capitalism, what it means to be human, and the idea of AI. It's a long episode, but we think it's totally worth it!

If you like what Dan has to say and want to get in touch find him at Dan@HydrantTesting.com.au

As always, this episode was produced by Nina Roxburgh with Music from Big Gigantic.

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