The role of citizen is a concept Tim Soutphommasane wants us to re-consider in the light of the Asian century ahead of us. Sharing food and holiday destinations is one thing, but Soutphommasane says this is not enough. He asks us to share moral and philosophical insights to re-shape modern citizenship.
Dr Tim Soutphommasane is a lecturer at Melbourne's Monash University's Centre for Australian Studies, a senior researcher with the think tank Per Capita and a newspaper columnist. He is the author of a number of books -- his most recent being The Virtuous Citizen, Cambridge University Press.
TEDxSydney 2012 took place on Saturday 26 May 2012 at Carriageworks. Tens of thousands of people enjoyed the day: 800 in the theatre, over 1,000 via big screen simulcast in The Forum, many thousands online via YouTube and ABC Big Ideas ... and up to 80,000 tuning in to ABC Radio National.
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