Clear Spot Club is a place for IDEAS.

Founded in Sydney in 2016, Clear Spot aims to be about the day-to-day. It began as a talks program featuring philosophers, doctors and poets looking at issues such as broken hearts and anxiety.

It’s now also going to include profiles with various interesting characters across the globe. There will be a particular focus on war, and hearing from people on the ground whose lives are impacted by it.

The club is basically Jackie Dent, a journalist, curator and communications expert with over 20 years of diverse experience with a range of mainstream organisations. She has reported for the Sydney Morning Herald, SBS, the New York Times and Monocle, amongst many other media outlets. She curated talks for the Ethics Centre and Tedx Sydney.

Jackie has also served as a spokesperson for the United Nations in a number of war-torn countries. She’s currently doing a PHD on “The Pleasures of War”.

In Afghanistan, she helped raise awareness about hunger and malnourishment amongst the poor, and also covered a range of social and security issues, including shocking rates of maternal mortality and Taliban attacks on food convoys. 

In Pakistan, she worked on the emergency operation which helped deal with the aftermath of devastating floods. She has also worked for the UN in North Ossetia and South Sudan.

Her video work has appeared in group shows and her experimental journalism was also included in Critical Practices Inc's LEF(t) publication in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

She has organised fundraisers for the not-for profit Skateistan, advised consumer advocacy group CHOICE and written about how you don't need to wear white gloves when reading old manuscripts. She has helped track ghost stories in rural Australia and explored family and friendship in the Lebanese community.

You can read more about Jackie here.

It’s also helped out by Dr George McBain is a mechanical engineer and former Sesquicentenary Fellow at the University of Sydney. He is the author of "Theory of Lift" and numerous other academic papers.

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