For decades the human race has benefited from someone and they didn’t even know her name. She was known simply as “HeLa” to those in the know and it was a cell line that has been used extensively in research and lead to some major medical breakthroughs. The book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks will commit Henrietta Lacks’ name to the history books at long last. In this volume – which was originally published in 2010 and reprinted now to coincide with the HBO special of the same name – science journalist, Rebecca Skloot finally puts Henrietta Lacks under the microscope and makes us realise why we should all be eternally grateful to her.... Read More | Share it now!
We often make breakthroughs when we reserve judgement and keep things like fear and prejudice at bay. Yet as humans the notion of embracing ambiguity can be a hard thing to swallow because the only certain things in life are death and taxes. Matt Whale is the founder and managing director of How To Impact, a leading agency specialising in innovation strategy, insight and delivery. We share the top nine things we learned at his Vivid Ideas talk, Unlocking Your Grey Zone: How Positive Ambiguity Can Help You Thrive In An Uncertain World.... Read More | Share it now!
The vast majority of us are not natural born managers. Many managers have had to study, research and gain practical experience in the field before they can earn the title. But what do you do if you’re a creative practitioner, freelancer or sole trader who is in charge of their own career? The idea of administration, planning and goal-setting can seem overwhelming if you don’t have the necessary tools or experience.... Read More | Share it now!
The majority of us know Mark Holden thanks to reality television. He was the touchdown-loving judge of Australian Idol and he made a number of infamous performances on Dancing With The Stars. But there are many feathers to Messer Holden’s cap and his memoir, My Idol Years touches on all of this and more, including the pop star, law, popular TV and everything in between.... Read More | Share it now!
We consider philosophers, world leaders, writers, artists, musicians and comedians as good sources of wisdom. But we don’t rate pirates, hackers and gang members quite so highly. Author Kyra Maya Phillips disagrees and thinks we should look to social misfits as sources of inspiration as she describes in her book, The Misfit Economy. The Venezuelan writer spoke in Sydney for Vivid Ideas and The School Of Life. She described how we can receive pearls of wisdom from these rather unlikely sources. We list the top six things we learned.... Read More | Share it now!
It doesn’t matter if you’re the biggest technophobe or if you’re a digital whiz kid, there’s no denying that algorithms are becoming a pervasive part of our lives. Companies like Google know more about us than ever, Amazon can predict our shopping purchases and Facebook likes can be used to distinguish your class, race, gender and an assortment of other attributes that were previously only known by your family, social circle or the government.... Read More | Share it now!
David Bowie may have been Messer Jones, Ziggy Stardust and the Thin White Duke. But there was no question that this chameleon artist was also one handsome and photogenic man. Blender Gallery are celebrating this with a new exhibition titled Bowie Unseen, which is also part of the Head On Photo Festival.... Read More | Share it now!
The words ‘Opera Australia’ and ‘piano ditty’ are not normally things you would typically associate with one another. But in the latest Sydney Opera House production Two Weddings, One Bride, the pair look set to become a marriage made in heaven. This operetta is a fun and accessible romp through comedy and farce in the exotic splendour of French Morocco.... Read More | Share it now!
If you don’t know the name Martin Sharp it’s still likely you’ll be familiar with his artworks. The Australian artist was responsible for designing the covers of Cream’s two studio albums, was the co-founder and principal cartoonist at Oz magazine and produced famous posters of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and more. Martin Sharp – His Life & Times is a biography that covers his charmed period living in swinging London and his artistic career and life in the wonderful land of Oz.... Read More | Share it now!
Clementine Ford’s latest book Fight Like A Girl packs punches in the best possible way. The feminist commentator has penned a volume that is like a personal polemic; one that is not dissimilar to the work of Lindy West, Caitlin Moran, Tara Moss et al. Fight Like A Girl then, is another important and welcome addition to the ongoing dialogue about contemporary feminism, the issues that are impacted by our history and the current state of structural inequality.... Read More | Share it now!