Our story.

TBD was founded in Brisbane in late 2019 by a group of friends concerned about the deterioration of public (and private) discussion. We also saw a need and opportunity to establish a truly independent public forum for discussion of big ideas and issues.


We are a wholly independent, neutral, intergenerational, all-volunteer, not-for-profit project to foster better discussions about big ideas and issues. We are determinedly non-partisan and non-aligned and aspire to being non-parochial and inclusive.

Our mission is to demonstrate what better discussions look like, and help others turn one-way talks and one-sided panels into genuine dialogues.


Our flagship is the Big Dialogues series of public events: long-form, moderated dialogues between widely differing experts, on complex issues, with high production values, in a congenial environment to encourage guest involvement.

We also:

Collaborate with diverse organisations on other public formats

Conduct private events, including the First Tuesday Club series

Publish Queensland Talks, an aggregated calendar of better discussion events in the region

As an organisation, TBD consists entirely of a growing band of part-time volunteers who share the belief that civil discourse is essential to democracy and a healthy society. Many others provide valuable moral, marketing, networking, financial, on-the-day or other support.

Active volunteers.

AV editor & VFX artist

Public servant, politics, philosophy & economics graduate

Respiratory physician & company director


Tutor & history graduate

Emeritus humanities professor

Digital marketer, philosophy & psychology student

Retired businessman

Public policy & international relations graduate

Public servant & law student

Retired accountant

Data scientist, maths & biophysics student

Think tank executive

Taxi owner & driver

International relations student

James Bell, QC