By Nora Ball

Disrupted Festival of Ideas is a forum designed to challenge and inspire our way of thinking. Held at the State Library of Western Australia over the last weekend of July, it is now in its fifth year of running. This year’s theme focussed on the impact of technology on modern society. Whilst technology is certainly bringing some exciting developments, it is also raising some ethical concerns and changing the way we operate as a society… and not always for the better.

The program hosted a great line-up of speakers who are experts in their fields including anthropologists, writers, journalists and scientists. Many of the talks were Auslan interpreted.

Not only were there panel discussions and talks to listen to, but the festival hosted an array of activities suitable for the whole family. On the upper floors of the library was the ‘Slow Space’ with meditation sessions, as well as the opportunity to learn Indigenous basket weaving. Set up next to the main stage was a green screen, where your photo is taken and superimposed on an old image from the library archives. We took one of us riding a dolphin for a bit of fun.

Make sure you don’t miss out next year on this free weekend of conversations, panel discussions and immersive activities. You can follow Disrupted Festival of Ideas on Facebook to stay up to date.