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Venue: The Rose - 31 East Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 (Upstairs. Please buy a drink or something. We are ‘renting’ the seats in this small business) => THE ROSE WILL ONLY ALLOW 5 PEOPLE TO MEET IN THE CAFE UNTIL THE LAW CHANGES (as at 6 June 2020). You MUST click 'Attend' to come. Cancel quickly if you change your mind to give others a chance. ---------------------------- Focus Questions 1. Are There Only Good Guys and Bad Guys? Look at your life experience - how often have good things come through for all the "wrong reasons" or from the "wrong people"? Look at history - how often have the best intentions led to catastrophe? Examples? 2. There are probably some decisions you have made in the past which had unintended consequences for your life. Examples? 3. What have been some unintended consequences from the upheaval caused by the convid-19 virus? 4. Human attempts to control Nature almost always have unintended consequences. What are some major examples of this, past and present? 5. "Streisand effect - The Streisand effect is a social phenomenon that occurs when an attempt to hide, remove, or censor information has the unintended consequence of further publicizing that information, often via the Internet" [Wikipedia]. What are some examples of this phenomenon? 6. Core religious texts in most of the world's religions embrace wise values, especially for the societies in which they emerged historically, and in many cases for all time in all societies. Yet the very authority of these texts has seen them weaponized and willfully misinterpreted for political ends, again and again over the centuries. The same thing happens with documents like the United States Constitution. How can we protect against iconic texts like this having unintended consequences? 7. The Australian government is proposing some cash give-aways to stimulate the economy. For example - a) $25,000 for home renovations; b) the early release of superannuation savings. From past experience, what are some unintended consequences of this sort of cash stimulus? 8. Our lives and cultures have been turned upside down in the last 30 years by the emergence of personal computers, smart phones and the Internet. What have been some unintended consequences of this revolution? [This will be a harder question for digital natives than digital immigrants]. 9. Not only success, but also apparent failure can have unintended consequences (for both individuals and institutions). What is a "failure" from your earlier life that a younger version of yourself might have had trouble understanding or predicting? [For example, losing a particular job might be the best thing that ever happened to you]. 10. The actions taken by political leaders often have unintended consequences. That is, the outcome may have been unintended by the institution they represent, or unintended by the individual politician. [e.g. Trump had a peaceful demonstration cleared by tear gas in order to walk across Lafayette Square in Washington and pose with a bible in a photo op. No doubt he thought he was appealing to a key constituency. Instead he earned instant, nationwide condemnation. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-06-05/donald-trumps-photo-op-during-george-floyd-protests-backfires/12320944 ] Can you think of other examples of politically unintended consequences?