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Event Details
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Date: Wednesday, May 15
Time: Doors at 7:00 PM, first speaker at 7:30 PM
Place: Blu Jaz, 11 Bali Lane (Entrance on Ophir Road)
Cost: $5 donation

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Talk Summaries
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Talk 1: Hardcore: A Guide to Challenging Travel
by Adrianna Tan

Description: When most people go travelling, they prefer beautiful beaches or romantic cities. When Adrianna Tan goes travelling, she drives a tuktuk for thousands of kilometres, gets in a shared taxi to Syria or hides in a burqah in a Yemeni bus. There’s method in the madness, though, which Adrianna will share along with glimpses of the journeys, people and lessons of the last 10 years of endless travel.

Speaker: Adrianna has been on the move for the last 10 years, where she’s spent way too much time covering South Asia anTalk 1: Hardcore: A Guide to Challenging Travel ?by Adrianna Tan

Talk 2: Interacting with Difference: Reflections on Multi Cultural Dialogue
by Aaron Maniam

Description: How do we interact with people who are different from us – ethnically, religiously, ideologically, or otherwise? Sadly in many cases we struggle. In this talk, Aaron Maniam proposes a system for getting better at it. Drawing from his experiences in a very multicultural family and his work as an inter-faith facilitator, he suggests three guiding principles for managing difference in our personal interactions: reason, a focus on persons, and goodwill.

Speaker: Aaron is a trained facilitator of inter-faith dialogues and speaks regularly on topics relating to cultural diversity.His writing on multiculturalism and the importance of being “reasonable persons of goodwill” has been published widely. A Muslim from a multi- racial and multi-religious family, he is part of a group coordinating “Diversity Dialogues”, a series exploring different schools of thought in Islam.

Tweeting “Fire” in A Crowded Building: Lessons on Fire Safety and Media Culture in India
by Kiran Jonnalagadda

Description: On February 23, 2010, Kiran Jonnalagadda found himself trapped in a fire. His options were to jump from the fifth floor, to walk down a smoke engorged staircase, or to sit down and start tweeting. He chose option 3, and soon found himself live reporting his own fate to the media. Happily, Kiran and his colleagues left the building alive, but many others didn’t. More than two years later, theCarlton Towers fire incident, as it came to be known, continues to throw up lessons on fire safety, public order, and technology and media culture in India.

Speaker: Kiran is the founder of HasGeek, which organizes events for geeks. He has been blogging since 2000 and coding since before he was a teenager. Kiran’s work puts him in touch with geeks of all stripes across India.

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