A Night of Better Conversation: Future

We seem to spend most of our lives thinking about the future. When we're young we can't wait for it to happen, as we get older we start to worry that it already has. Our attitude to the future reveals a lot about the sort of people we are. If we're optimistic, we might see the future as a promised land, where our hopes and desires will inevitably be met. If we're more cynical, we might see the future as a nightmare waiting to happen, a place where our hopes and dreams have been expired, leaving loneliness, disappointment and our own inevitable death. 
These different visions can define our society as much as our characters. Once, the West seemed to view the future as a Utopia, where national borders and identities would be erased and we'd be liberated from humdrum work by robot servants. These days, we seem to be more convinced by the dystopian worlds envisaged by works such as The Handmaid's Tale1984 or The Hunger Games. Once we dreamt of flying cars, now we lie awake worrying the robots are coming for our jobs.
A Night of Better Conversation is a chance to engage with minds moulded by forces different to our own, and to go beyond our comfort zone by taking risks in what we are willing to share. Whatever your feelings about the future, join us for an evening of adventurous conversations, as we explore our hopes, terrors and destinies.
The night will be broken into theory and practice. You will begin by learning a specific technique for better conversation and then invited to practice the technique with other people. As we explore the art, we'll consider whether we worry too much or too little about the future? What's the worst that might happen? What's the best? We'll ask if we have more to gain by living in the moment or whether, as William Gibson argued, the future is already here.



18.00     The Elk Room Opens 
18.30     Welcome & Introduction & Technique 1

19.15      Technique 2 & conversation
19.45     Technique 3 & conversation
20.15     Technique 4 & conversation
20.45     Permission to Speak Freely
21.00     Event Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation

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'Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.'

– Oscar Wilde

This event is proudly presented in partnership with The Everleigh. 

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The Everleigh and The School of Life have a commitment to providing enlightened hospitality to its customers. Our shared mission is to create events and environments where meaningful connections can flourish.


Myke Bartlett was born in Perth, and spent his first twenty years trying to escape. A trained journalist, Bartlett writes on politics, movies, pop culture and rock music for Australia's best-known cultural publications. His debut young adult novel Fire in the Sea won the 2011 Text Prize.


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject. 

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Full price: $50.00
Concession: $40.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Drinks will be available for purchase on the night and light catering will be provided.

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

Please note that we are unable to offer refunds or transfers with less than 7 days cancellation notice before the original event date.

For ticketing and box office enquiries please call 0434 492 669 or email melbourne@theschooloflife.com.au.


The Elk Room, The Everleigh
Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065

Please note this event is a stand-up, cocktail style event with approximately 70 participants.

The venue is not wheelchair accessible and is 18+ only. We apologise for any disappointment this may cause.