Sydney Ideas Shorts: What matters to us

Sydney Ideas goes outside the lecture theatre for short talks from smart minds. Featuring an urban planner and recently elected City of Sydney Councillor, marine geologist and community organiser.

With a federal election looming, we ask our speakers to respond to the theme, 'What matters to us' in this edition of Sydney Ideas Shorts.

Taking place on an outdoor stage in the courtyard of Manning House, across an afternoon of live music and performances, get fast fresh takes from an excellent lineup including: 

  • Councillor HY William Chan, architect, urban planner and recently elected City of Sydney Councillor; 
  • Community organiser and campaigner Jananie Janarthana
  • Associate Professor Maria Seton, marine geoscientist and plate tectonics expert, and; 
  • Marty Smiley, award-winning journalist, hosts this event. 

This event was held on Wednesday 13 April, 2022.

The speakers

HY William Chan is a Sydney architect, urban planner and recent fellow in sustainable cities with the UN, advocating for youth and climate justice. In 2021 he was elected to the City of Sydney council.

HY William Chan is passionate about empowering people to shape the cities of the future. For over a decade, Will has championed social inclusion and climate resilience in our urban communities, collaborating with homeless people, refugees and asylum seekers, youth and children. 

A first-generation migrant, Will was educated at the University of Sydney, where he was awarded the University Medal in Architecture. 

Jananie has worked across various spaces in the non-profit space in community organising, governance, policy and campaigning from her career as a unionist at and as a current board director for ActionAid Australia.

At present Jananie is Senior Project Officer at the Sydney Policy Lab where she works with government, civil society and academics to foster collaboration for real world- policy impact

Jananie is a graduate of the Australian Progress Fellowship, received the Global Voices National Scholarship in 2018, and represented Australia at the Y20 Argentina in the 'Future of Work' taskforce.

Jananie has a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.

Connect with Jananie on LinkedIn.

Maria Seton is a marine geoscientist and plate tectonics expert. She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2005, an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009 and is currently an ARC Future Fellow in the EarthByte Group, School of Geosciences, University of Sydney.

Marty Smiley got his start as a music VJ for Channel [V] in 2012. He hosted 100s of live shows, travelled the country to present at music festivals and interviewed iconic acts including Lorde, James Blake, Brockhampton, Danny Brown, Miguel, Slowthai, Charli XCX and the Wu Tang Clan.

In recent years, he’s worked as a journalist at SBS on The Feed, ABC Investigations, ABC 7.30 and ABC News. His work has featured on Junkee, Pedestrian.tv, VICE, the Guardian and the Project (CH10). In 2020 Marty won a young Walkley award for Visual Storytelling.

In 2021, Marty and co-host/housemate Nat Damena won Bronze for Most Creative at the Australian Podcast Awards for the Housewarming Podcast. On Saturdays & Sundays from 11-2pm, they present The Sleep In on CADA, a hip-hop radio station.

Event image: Photo by Kane Reinholdtsen on Unsplash

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