Smashed avo: is there a war on youth?

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Do Baby Boomers understand the current challenges facing Millennials or are they too busy spending their inheritance to care?

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Thursday 23 August 2018 06:30 pm until Thursday 23 August 2018 08:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Christina Lew
Presented by:
Francis Leach
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Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Alumni; Community Event; Forum/symposium; Public Lecture; Public
$15 General | $7.50 Students / Concession | FOC Under 18 (accompanied by adult)

Larger social, technological and economic forces have made things harder for young people today so what are the answers and what can Millennials do to try and help themselves in the battle for secure employment and affordable housing?

Have these challenges always been there throughout the ages and do Gen Xers and Baby Boomers really understand what it’s like for young people in the age of disruption and the gig economy?

Facilitated by MC Francis Leach, our fifth Bold Thinking Series event for 2018 will feature La Trobe academic, Dr Sara James, Senior NAB economist and La Trobe alumnus David de Garis, Youth activist and GetUp! Chief of Staff Natalie O’Brien and entrepreneur and financial advisor Melissa Browne.

Meet the different generations, hear their perspective and uncover some of the answers in this important debate.

Read Dr Sara James' thoughts on Smashing the Myths behind Smashed Avo on Nest - La Trobe's content hub for clever thinkers.

This event will be followed by tea and coffee.


MC: Francis Leach is a Broadcaster, Journalist, Writer and passionate fan of The Clash, Francis is a man in love with ideas. He’s passionate about people and their capacity to create and achieve greatness and he explores the human condition through his love of sport, music, popular culture and great writing. Francis engages in meaningful conversations and asks the right questions, even the tough ones, and his extraordinary breadth and depth of knowledge across any number of fields has given him a unique perspective on life and an amazing ability to connect with his audience.

Dr Sara James is a cultural sociologist and a lecturer in La Trobe’s Department of Social Inquiry. Her research focuses on the changing role of work in people’s lives in an era when work is increasingly characterized by flexibility, uncertainty and precariousness. Her recent book Making a living, making a life: Work, meaning and self-identity (Routledge 2017)  draws on in-depth interviews and cultural analysis to investigate the significance of work today, with a focus on vocation and the work ethic. Sara has also written on: Maker culture, work and authenticity, professional women’s identities in retirement, and students’ vocational aspirations. Her research is driven by an interest in how people navigate their lives in increasingly secular, individualized and consumerist societies.

David De Garis is a La Trobe alumnus and Director, Economics for Markets at NAB. He writes for the Bank’s morning Markets Today and early-morning market Podcast. He speaks regularly with the financial media and has appeared on Sky Business, on the ABC, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, as well as with regional TV and in the print media. Earlier in his career, David spent more than a decade in Canberra, finishing his time there as a senior economic adviser in the then-Prime Minister Bob Hawke’s Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

Melissa Browne is an author and serial entrepreneur. She is CEO of the award-winning accounting and advisory firm A&TA (Accounting & Taxation Advantage), and CEO of The Money Barre, a financial advisory business catering for 28-48 year old’s who want to financially grow up.

She has written three books, More Money for Shoes, Fabulous but Broke and her most recent, Unf*ck your Finances. Melissa also writes a fortnightly Money column for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age and is a regular media commentator, writing and speaking for everyone from Cosmopolitan to CEO Magazine to Weekend Sunrise to Triple J. In 2016 she was named one of the Financial Review’s 100 Women of Influence.

Natalie O'Brien is Chief of Staff at social change organisation GetUp!

She has worked on a range of economic fairness campaigns since 2013 including Medicare, hospital cuts, university fee deregulation, cuts to Newstart, tax justice, fair trade, democratic integrity and a strong social safety net.


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