A Night of Better Conversation: Disagreement

How can learning the art of disagreement help us talk to our relatives this Christmas without setting fire to the dinner table? 

Once we prized the free debate of ideas, but now refusing to have your mind changed by someone's argument seems to be a badge of honour. More than that, too often it isn't enough to believe someone is wrong, we need to label them as being a bad person. This is true whether we're talking about the state of the world or our favourite TV shows. It's not just disagreeable ideas we despise, but the person wielding them. It's time for a crash course in making conflict work for everyone. 

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 have all been radicalised by contemporary culture. Have we lost the art of empathy? Should we be striving to understand someone whose ideas appear repugnant? How do we change someone's mind (and should we even try)?

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.


17.00     The Everleigh Bar Opens
18.00     The Elk Room Opens for Pre-Drinks (themed bespoke cocktail upon arrival)
18.30     Welcome & Introduction
19.00     Technique 1
19.30     Technique 2
20.00     Technique 3
20.30     Permission to Speak Freely
21.00     Event Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation

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'I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar and often convincing.'

– 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.


Our lives are so often filled with superficial talk, from office chitchat to commentaries on last night's television. How can we have conversations that inspire us to think in new ways, that stimulate our curiosity and that prompt us to say things we've never said before? A Night of Better Conversation has been designed to help us enjoy rich and memorable conversations about things that really matter in life, inspired by the ideas of great thinkers and philosophers. 

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A Night of Better Conversation: Disagreement


When and where:
  • Wed 5 Dec 2018 6 – 9pm,
    The Elk Room, The Everleigh Bar, Upstairs, 150-156 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065

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Full price: $60.00
Concession: $50.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

One bespoke Everleigh cocktail inspired by the theme (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) included in ticket price.
Further drinks will be available for purchase on the night. 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 [email protected].


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.