Ideas

The Ideas section presents clear, bold arguments about the ideas that should shape our future. It's an opportunity for the writer to present the world as it could be, focusing on the world's most pressing issues and exciting innovations. Contributors are journalists, academics, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and others whose expertise and experience surface surprising insights and provoke conversation and debate. To submit a story, see our writing guidelines at ideapod.com/contribute.

A friend of 12 years betrayed me. The secrets I’ve shared with him were spread on social media to seek revenge and I felt like my world was shattered. For months, I was very angry. I felt violated and ashamed. Should I drop down to his level and return the favor? Should...
Everywhere I read about the power of positive thinking, how thoughts create your reality and the importance of high self-esteem. Believe me, for years I have tried to be like this. The titles of the self-help books I have purchased over the years read like a fairy tale. It has...
“We have many futures ahead of us. The actual future that we have will depend on what we do today.”  – Peter Hunt AM What is something that you believe to be true, that others don’t believe to be true? This was the question I asked prominent investment banker and philanthropist, Peter...
Russell Brand is an award-winning actor, comedian, presenter and performer, and recently came out with his latest book Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions. According to Russell, everyone is an addict in one form or another. Whether we are addicted to food, money, and power, the suffering of feeling absence is instilled...
“We are drowning in information, and starving for wisdom” What is the meaning of life? What does it mean to be human? What happens when we die? Is there a better way to evolve than by having children? Can we upgrade ourselves throughout our life? Importantly: Can we hack wisdom? In this age of acceleration...
Where would we be without technology? Remember those days when we would need a physical map-book to navigate a new city? Or when we would listen to music through a CD player? Many of us can agree that our lives have been enhanced by technology. We all use cell phones to make...
As I described in the last post, I was over having a fancy – but ultimately soulless – career. I bought into the whole "status thing" for ages. A big city job was a great way to make money. After all – wasn’t that the point of life? To make money? Well,...
Have you ever asked yourself: “How did society get so damn greedy and soulless?” When I was a kid, like many of you, I just assumed that when I grew up, I’d live in a world that was mostly fair, just and good. I imagined that I would play with other adults...