The Di Gribble argument 2014: Mark Carnegie on civic responsibility

20 Jun 2014

Outspoken venture capitalist Mark Carnegie discusses our civic responsibilities, or current lack thereof.


The late Di Gribble was a force in Australian cultural and intellectual life. Publisher, editor, businesswoman: her impact on the world of books, writing and ideas cannot be overstated.

She was tireless in her contributions; founder of McPhee Gribble, Text Media, Text Publishing and Private Media, with stints as the deputy chair of the ABC, and board member for Lonely Planet, CARE Australia, the Australia Council for the Arts, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Major Events Company and Circus Oz.

The Di Gribble Argument is a new annual occasion to remember Di and her legacy and – in her name – to put a bit of stick about. Over dinner in the Great Hall of the National Gallery of Victoria, we’re inviting you to take part in a good old-fashioned argument; with a provocative proposition, considered responses and a good-natured free-for-all.

Our inaugural arguer is outspoken venture capitalist Mark Carnegie, reminding us all of our civic responsibilities, or current lack thereof. A distinguished, possibly irate, group of guests will respond to Mark’s address, before our postprandial audience joins the throng with arguments of their own.


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