The Festival of Ideas kicks off at The University of Melbourne today and runs til Sunday Oct 6.

There’s a load of speakers covering 5 main topics, Environments, Food + Nutrition, Families, Brains + Mind and Democracy. Going to this means mixing it up with Architects, Psychologists, Authors, Journalists, leaders in Health, Sustainability, Music, Artists and Human Rights.

One key event happens is on this Saturday Oct 5 at South Wharf. It’s called NCDFREE. Run by local gents, Dr. Alessandro & Giuseppe Demaio. The event will focus on ways in which we can live longer, happier, healthier lives – free of NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases) that means stuff like heart disease, diabetes, cancer, lung disease and mental illness – all the stuff that is largely preventable.

Entry is FREE! There will be talks and Q&A sessions with young health leaders. DJ’s from Northside records will be spinning and there will be delicious food provided by the Banh Mi Boys and Trailer Made.

I went to the NCDFREE event at Harvard University last week, there were speakers as far as Mongolia and Kenya. A great insight into those around the world are passionately dedicating their lives to the wellbeing of others.

Let the mind wander and fire up on brilliant ideas. Go forth and enter awesomeness!

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