Interesting ideas in Kiama

The Institute of Interesting Ideas – Illuminating Stories from Fascinating People – has recently launched in Kiama, NSW. In a world where most of us consume content alone on our phones and tablets, or at home on television, founder & director Naima Brown believes in the power of a live event.

The Institute’s mission is to bring people together for eye-opening and thought-provoking conversation spurred on by on-stage interviews with Australia’s most engaging people.  The Winter Series features guests from across the spectrum – journalist Melissa Doyle, author and comedian Rosie Waterland and parenting expert Maggie Dent to name a few.

Including voices from across the science world is one of the Institute’s core mission.

True crime

The Institute will host forensic anthropologist and criminologist Xanthe Mallett in conversation with Jan Fran from SBS’ The Feed discussing all things True Crime. Mallett will discuss the most cutting edge data that better helps us understand the mind of a psychopath, while at the same time teaching us that society actually needs a certain amount of psychopaths and that the great majority of them are non-violent.

Mallett and Fran will also discuss the True Crime genre that’s sweeping across Australia – from podcasts to Netflix series – and explore what exactly it is about crime that fascinates us so very much.

Event details:
Xanthe Mallett & Jan Fran will be on stage together on the 12th July – information about the event & to book tickets here

Dark matter

Well known astronemer Professor Alan Duffy from Swinburne and Lead Scientist of the Royal Institution of Australia, home of Australia’s Science Channel, is the penultimate speaker for the Winter Series.

Duffy investigates how galaxies form within clouds of dark matter and tries to explain it, and the rest of science, to as wide an audience as possible. Australia’s science whisperer, Duffy makes even the most far-out concepts fun & accessible. He’s taking to the Institute of Interesting Idea’s stage to discuss all things space-travel, and what role Australia might have in getting us there.

Event details:
Professor Alan Duffy will be on stage on 30 August 2019 – information about his event & to book tickets here


All of the Institute of Interesting Ideas events take place on a Friday evening in the coastal gem of Kiama. Food & Wine all sourced from the Illawarra region and showcasing local products will be available for purchase on-site. If you’re visiting from out of town and plan to make a weekend of it, the Institute’s website has lots of information for where to stay and what else to do while exploring the amazing NSW South Coast.