We live in the era of the ascendancy of the corporation. Endowed with the rights of man and none of the responsibilities, they have proved corrosive to human values. Mike Daisey argues that working inside corporations is akin to collaboration in Vichy France, and that only when we have the courage to look at the truth about these flawed creations can we bring ethics back into this sphere of life.
Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" by the New York Times for his ground-breaking monologues which weave together autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance. He’s been a guest on the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as a commentator and contributor to WIRED, Vanity Fair, Slate, Salon, NPR and the BBC. Daisey has toured his performances to five continents, in venues ranging from Off-Broadway to abandoned theatres in post-Communist Tajikistan, from remote islands in the South Pacific to this one at the Sydney Opera House.
His talk at the 2011 Festival of Dangerous is titled “Sleeping With the Enemy: Collaborating with Corporations Sells Out the Human Race”. Afterwards, he is interviewed by ABC broadcaster and columnist Richard Glover.
Mike Daisey is an actor, commentator and professional monologist. His celebrated monologue performances include the critically acclaimed “The Last Cargo Cult”, the controversial “How Theatre Failed America”, the six-hour epic “Great Men of Genius”, the unrepeatable series “All Stories Are Fiction”, the international sensation “21 Dog Years”, and his latest,” The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs” which also played as part of the 2011 Festival of Dangerous Ideas. His first film, “Layover”, was shown at Cannes Film Festival in 2011, and a feature film of his monologue “If You See Something Say Something” is currently in post production. His second book, “Rough Magic”, a collected anthology of his monologues, will be published in 2011. He has won numerous awards for his work. Daisey lives in Brooklyn with his wife and collaborator Jean-Michele Gregory.