February update

CATALYST is looking forward to a year full of rich discussion and interesting learning – there’s certainly no shortage of big issues! Our first event on February 9 was a packed and fascinating presentation by Professor Bill Harris, bringing his professional and personal perspective on Syria and Islamic State to the Wakatipu.

The University of Otago Middle East specialist spent the end of 2014 studying ISIS and the ramifications thereof, both in the Middle East and at the German Institute for Global and Area Studies in Hamburg. You can see and read more about his presentation on the Reviews page.

CATALYST is all about bringing intellectual stimulation to the Wakatipu – providing locals and visitors with the opportunity for mental as well as adrenal challenge. We collaborate with learning institutes and anyone else who can provide such opportunities to do so. We believe a lot of this could come from people who already live here and their visitors.

SO – we would love to hear from you if you or your visitors would be happy to share expertise and knowledge about a topic that others might find fascinating, challenging, mind opening… all those good things. It will only take an hour or two …and provides the chance to meet and talk with other interesting and interested people! Any time you have an idea or opportunity, please go to our Get Involved page and get in touch with us.
Over the next month there is the Outspoken Festival in Wanaka – including a fantastic evening of the spoken word in Queenstown – and two Queenstown talks on the power of the brain. Take a look at our coming events page for more details.

And make sure you sign up to our ‘Early Warning System’ database so that you get alerted when such opportunities arise.

Here’s to thinking…
The Catalyst team