July John Cain Lunch: Rebuilding the Public Square, with Peter Lewis

July 17, 2024 12:30 pm

Graduate House 220 Leicester Street, Carlton
OR online via livestream

Peter Lewis

Owner and Director of Essential Media, and Convenor of Per Capita's Centre of the Public Square

The founder of Per Capita’s Centre of the Public Square initiative, Peter Lewis, will launch the “Civility Manifesto’, a framework for addressing the division at the heart of our broken politics.

The Civility Manifesto outlines how media, politics and the digital platforms have conspired to build a public discourse driven by conflict and anger, where truth and context are sidelined.

Peter will outline the work of the new Centre, including advocating to constrain the power of Big Tech, campaigning for privacy reform and investing in alternate models of civic engagement based on identifying points of connection and giving citizens real power.

Drawing on his work with the progressive research and strategy firm, Essential, Peter will share his work with Yes 23, the disability sector, renewable energy and the introduction of AI, to show how the tools to build a more collaborative politics already exist.


About Peter Lewis:

Peter is an owner and director of Essential, and the founder of Civility, a collaborative engagement platform for advocacy campaigns. For more than two decades he has worked with progressive organisations including unions, not-for-profits and responsible businesses to deliver social change. Peter is a regular columnist with the Guardian Australia, host of the Burning Platforms podcast, and the author of five books including Webtopia and The Public Square Project.


Attend our in-person lunch and discussion at 12:30pm or watch the live stream remotely. Live stream will commence at:
12:30pm ACST (SA, NT)
11am AWST (WA)

Graduate House 220 Leicester Street, Carlton
OR online via livestream