Amanda Smith

About: Amanda Smith trained as a ballet dancer, but eventually realised she was more suited to being a professional talker than a professional fairy. She’s a graduate of the Dance School of the Victorian College of the Arts and also has a degree in classics and a graduate diploma in cultural studies from the University of Melbourne. Amanda has worked as an arts manager, at Next Wave Festival and Theatre Works. During this time she served on the board of Chamber Made Opera, and the Victorian Council of the Arts. For RN, Amanda created The Sports Factor in 1995. She presented this program from its inception through to 2002, forging a whole new approach to sports broadcasting. Since then she’s presented the feature series Great Lovers as well as RN’s arts and culture programs The Deep End and Artworks. She also produced RN’s award-winning series about Australian multiculturalism, Mongrel Nation. She regularly hosts and speaks at public events relating to sport and the arts.
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Why we herd and how it can harm us

University of South Australia behavioural economist, Michelle Baddeley, explains why we herd when making consumer decisions, and what we can miss out on when we do.

National arts curriculum

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Artists working with children

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