Futures reimagined. Realities not yet considered. Ideas to explore. We are hurtling full–speed towards a future that feels determined. One of privacy disruption, climate crisis and deeply divided politics. But ideas shift. Times change. We adapt. So how can we be sure we’re headed in the right direction?

UNTHINKABLE is a series of talks exploring the questions we haven’t asked, the futures we can avoid and the realities we are yet to consider.

Please note: Due to several events happening across the Carriageworks precinct, we strongly recommend catching public transport to Unthinkable. No on-site parking will be available.

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Mona Eltahawy: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls
Fri 8 Nov, 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Reza Aslan: World Without Religion
Fri 8 Nov, 8.15pm – 9.15pm

Ashton Applewhite: Age Pride
Sat 9 Nov, 4.30pm – 5.30pm

When All Women Have Power
Mona Eltahawy, Tressie McMillan Cottom and Sisonke Msimang
Sat 9 Nov, 6.15pm – 7.15pm

Monica Lewinsky: A Compassionate Internet
Sat 9 Nov, 8pm – 9pm

UNTHINKABLE Single Tickets

$23 – $39 + booking fee


$49 – $124 + booking fee

Purchase a pass to save. Choose between an Ultimate Pass (all talks), Friday Double Pass, Saturday Double Pass, or Saturday Triple Pass. Passes are strictly limited.

A booking fee of $1 + 2% applies to each ticket/pass.

Presented by Carriageworks and UNSW Centre for Ideas.

Mona Eltahawy, Unthinkable, UNSW, Talks, Carriageworks
Mona Eltahawy: The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls  If women and girls want to dismantle the system, they will need to embrace the qualities they have been trained to avoid: anger, ambition, profanity, violence, seeking attention, lust and power. More.
Reza Aslan, Unthinkable, UNSW, Talks, Carriageworks
Reza Aslan: World Without Religion  Modernity and prosperity were supposed to be the end of religion. In fact, while religion has almost disappeared from some parts of the world, in others it has redoubled its strength. What next? More.
Unthinkable, UNSW, Talks, Carriageworks
Ashton Applewhite: Age Pride  We all want long lives, so why are we so afraid of growing old? Anti-ageism campaigner Ashton Applewhite works to dismantle the ageism that is woven into our societies. More.
Unthinkable, UNSW, Talks, Carriageworks
When All Women Have Power  Being nice won’t create the rebellions that will finally give women control of their destinies. Mona Eltahawy, Tressie McMillan Cottom and Sisonke Msimang tell us how we can change the world. More.
Monica Lewinsky, Unthinkable, UNSW, Talks, Carriageworks
Monica Lewinsky: A Compassionate Internet  Can we reclaim a kinder, gentler internet? In a wide-ranging conversation with Leigh Sales, Monica Lewinsky asks whether we can break through the anger and hatred that permeate the internet. More.