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It’s never hard to find an expert in a pub. But finding one who knows what they are talking about can be another matter altogether.

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Next month, 20 diverse experts will give free talks at 10 bars and pubs in the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters as part of Raising the Bar Adelaide.

The August 13 event is in its second year in Adelaide and is based on a concept that began in New York pubs in 2014. Raising the Bar is now a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture.

So if you’ve ever wanted to know how to curb the urge to become an ugly parent at a kids sports match, how to spot the difference between a compostable disposable cup and a plastic one bound for recycling, or what makes a creative crime genius tick then this event could pique your interest.

General Manager of Australian Green Clean Charlie Aykroyd will host ‘There’s No Time to Waste’ at Norwood’s Brittania Hotel where she will share the challenges of the waste industry and how consumers can make environmentally responsible choices.

Aykroyd said she would examine the role of Australian events and festivals in creating and disposing waste.

“During an event you might be using a compostable cup that can definitely go into an organic waste stream, but a lot of consumers might not know what an organic cup is, and so they’ll put it in the wrong waste stream, and think they’re doing the right thing” Aykroyd said.

“I guess the more we can educate people and get systems aligned, especially in South Australia, hopefully then when people go to events, they can pick up practises, take those home with them and continue to do the right thing.”

While Aykroyd is a first-time speaker at the Tuesday night event, University of South Australia Professor of Engineering Innovation David Cropley spoke at the inaugural Raising the Bar Adelaide last year.

“I listened to the other talks myself and it was a good atmosphere. There was the right level of depth and substance about topics that maybe the public wouldn’t normally attend a talk about,” Cropley said.

“And having it in the bar means people can have a drink and something to eat and it’s a nice relaxed setting.”

Speaking at Little Bang Brewing in Stepney, Cropley will examine the idea of creativity and how people might use it to cause harm through crime and terrorism during his talk titled  ‘Creativity and Crime: Who, How and Where?’

“And once I do that I can talk about the characteristics and the attitudes and dispositions of people who might engage in that,” he said.

A five minute-drive away at the Bath Hotel on The Parade, Flinders University Sport, Health and Physical Activity researcher Sam Elliott will share insights into the role of parents in youth sport.

He said Raising the Bar Adelaide would not only be a great chance to learn about different fields and chat with a variety of people but pick up some useful skills.

“Any parent who is there can hopefully come to this public lecture and in some way enhance their involvement with their child in sport,” Elliott said.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean extending the amount of time they are involved in the space. It’s really about optimising the quality of what they do.

“And giving parents the support in what they do. Often parents have a range of stresses in their environment as well – organisational, competitive – so we want parents to have the support and advice they need to give them the confidence and capacity to effectively engage in youth sport.”

All of the Raising the Bar Adelaide talks are free to attend but bookings are essential with each venue holding sessions at 6.30pm and 8.30pm on the night.

Later this year, the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters will bring the inaugural Raising the Bar Entrepreneurship event in the world to Adelaide. Held on October 1, this event will feature talks on topics about entrepreneurship.

To learn more or register for a talk click here

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