Ask Me Anything at Dirrum Conference 

Igniting Action

Radford College, Dirrum Conference

Diversity and pay-gap bake sale

Canberra Moon Festival, 10 September 2016

The ask me anything diversity and pay-gap bake sale at the Canberra Moon Festival, Old Bus Depot markets was an incredible success!! Thank you all for your support, for having a chat and asking questions! We served over 120 festival goers and had great conversations about unconscious bias, gender pay-gap, disadvantage, prejudice and our "controversial" pricing structure.  We charged men, Anglo Aussies, and able bodied customers more than we charged 1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2. culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), 3. female or gender queer, and 4. customers living with a disability ( eg. osteoporosis and anxiety).

Contact us if you'd like a copy of our fact sheet, or more information about our pricing structure.

We even gave away a couple of cupcakes for free to festival goers who identified as all four socio-economically disadvantaged groups.  

On Tuesday 8 November we invited you to ask us anything at Smith's Alternative in Canberra. Check out the highlights video.

It was an inspirational, experimental and audience-powered event where you guys asked some truly honest, unabashed and uncensored live questions using our Qualtrics created question tool. Thank you all so much! We're looking forward to running our next Ask Me Anything adults event soon. Now more than ever, Canberra and the world needs more diversity and inclusivity workshops to further respect for the 'other'.

Thank you to Nigel from Smiths Alternative, to Frank from Qualtrics, and to our brave and eloquent presenters: 

  • Heya (bi-sexual, trans woman, singer-songwriter and software developer)
  • Rob (Atheist, Feminist, gamer)
  • Scott (Indigenous Australian, father of three) 
  • Shifra (Jewish, yogi, zombie obsessed)
  • Brice (Muslim-American, coffee-addict)

Big thanks to our facilitators - Catherine and Saba - you were amaze balls, and to Kaley for her record keeping and attention to detail. What a fantastic inaugural event!  

Most importantly, to our audience, THANK YOU for asking live questions and making the night possible.

Ask Me Anything at Radford College, ACT

Adults-only AMA diversity event in Canberra

2016 events

Valentine's Day AMA

Ask Me Anything @ Caroline Chisholm School

The Canberra community set the agenda at the second
Ask Me Anything event at Smith's Alternative on Valentine's Day 2017. Our audience asked over 85 questions (about 25 were answered) in under an hour from our diverse panel: 

  • Tenpa (Buddhist nun, ABBA fan)
  • Rob (Atheist, Feminist, gamer)  
  • Dr Gávi (Orthodox Jew, married to another man) 
  • Brice (Muslim-American, coffee-addict)
  • with Catherine and Shifra facilitating. 

The Ask Me Anything team run schools programs for high schools around Canberra, Australia. Our team believes in combating stereotypes, and building mutual understanding between real people.

The Ask Me Anything schools presenters come from all walks of life, but share a common passion for combating stereotypes through understanding and respect.

A list of all our amazing presenters, including short bios, can be found here. Please contact us if your require a speakers profile or more information about the programs and speakers we offer. 

The ask me anything team believes constructive engagement and real dialogue starts with fearless, honest, and unabashed questions. There are no “stupid questions”. 

Our program is about experiential, experimental, non-traditional learning through conversations with people from different walks of life, who you usually never get the chance to talk to, but have always wanted to.

People are sometimes afraid to ask questions out of fear of seeming “stupid” and yet the smartest, most successful people on the planet are often the ones who ask good questions with an open mind. 

Ask Me Anything panel members (including Brice, Sergeant Adrian, Sonya, Scott and Saba) were excited to speak to Radford's Year 9 cohort on 4 August 2017 in the margins of the Dirrum Conference.  We pride ourselves on experiential, experimental, story-telling & non-traditional learning through conversations with people from different walks of life. The team believes in combating stereotypes and celebrating diverse Australians through constructive engagement and dialogue.

Like always, we don't come with scripted speeches or numbered agendas. We want you, the student cohort, to shape the conversation and set your own agenda through fearless and unabashed questions. 

As usual the Dirrum Conference brought you a line-up of amazing speakers including Holly Ransom, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Toby Gunn and Michael Sheldrick.

More info here and here

Experiential Diversity Project 

Scott and Tanya partnered with Curious Canberra to speak with students at Caroline Chisholm School about Indigenous culture, life, politics, and history. 

Check out the Curious Canberra article here. 

Shifra spoke to the Radford community about her first hand experience with racism and mistaken identity triggering her drive to dispel stereotypes and cultivate good questions instead of dangerous assumptions. Good leaders and innovators question everything, even themselves. 

Be a child again.

Ask why?  

Why am I here?

What makes me angry? How can I use my anger to make the world a little better?

How do we build community and make lasting bonds between people/groups that were initially strangers?

Are babies born racist? If they are not born racist, how or why did they grow to become racist and can we un-learn racism? 

Why are 90% of crimes committed by men? Are women just better at getting away with it?

It’s a funny thing: People are sometimes afraid to ask questions out of fear of seeming “stupid.” And yet the smartest, most successful, most socially popular people on the planet are often the ones who ask the most questions with an open mind. 

So, let everything be on the table. Nothing is sacred. Ask Anything.

2017 events