Virginia Balfour is an award-winning current affairs documentary filmmaker who has worked in the UK broadcast television industry and as a campaigner and filmmaker in the United States for one of the world’s biggest charities. Her Griffith Review essay ‘Creating sustainably productive cities’ featured in a public forum on the future of food production and a subsequent episode of ABC Radio National’s Big Ideas.
Me, we and them
The roots of the digital change movement lie in ideas about audience persuasion that date back to Aristotle: that a combination of pathos, ethos and logos – the mixture of a credible hero, an emotive, empathetic story and a logical argument – is what’s needed to convince an audience to take action.
Creating sustainably productive cities
EssayTHE SCHOOLBOYS LAUGHED when they were told apples grew on trees. ‘Well, where do you think they come from?' I asked. Looking at me as though I was from another planet, one replied slowly, ‘From the supermarket, of course,...