On the evening of the 1st of April, while helicopters hovered over the G20 demonstrations outside, a diverse group of people gathered at the 00:/ office to watch lectures and discuss them. Using TED talks as stimulus, we tackled the social issues stemming from pervasive augmented reality technology, the effects of overwhelming choice, the effects of too little choice, the importance of long-view statistical visualisation, and the role of creativity in education. Among us were marketers, architects, social media strategists, ecological fashion designers, animators and 3D artists, bankers, all bringing valuable insights to remarkably in-depth conversations. The level of engagement with the topics was a very welcome change to the usual "dialogue" of media sound-bite versus placard slogan.
We hope that this will be one of many such events to come (possibly under the TEDx umbrella), and that it may further inform all of our activities.