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Adelaide's Ideas Worth Spreading
On October 20th, Adelaide Town Hall will be abuzz with ideas, inspiration and conversation as TEDx Adelaide 2016 ignites the biggest and most diverse TEDx event in Adelaide to date. TEDx Adelaide 2016 presents a series of speakers with a focus on deep transformation, opportunity for connections and an event experience sure to inspire you to develop and pursue your own ideas and continue the conversation beyond the event.
TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading where leading thinkers and members of our communities have a platform to share their ideas. TED started as a 4 day conference in California over 30 years ago, with TEDx running as locally organised events supporting individuals or groups in hosting TED-style events around the world. TEDx Adelaide aspires to helping Adelaide innovators, activists and thinkers to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
The speaker line-up boasts some of South Australia's greatest minds and individuals participating to better our communities, city and state. Some of the names you may already know, others you may not, but their ideas are absolutely worth spreading. A complete list of event details, speakers and ideas is available from the event website. Speakers and ideas talked about on the day will be;
Arman Abrahimzadeh 2016 Young Australian of the Year, will speak on empowering 'victims' of violence through co-founding the Zahra Foundation. Bill Allert's idea is about transforming into your true selves to 'make our greatest contribution to the world'. Charlie Hargroves will speak on the world's energy tipping point, sustainability research and turning a corner towards a future powered by clean energy.
Gabrielle Kelly will take to the red dot on her idea around wellbeing, resilience and positivity, Fiona Kerr will share new thinking about our brain, on a mission to change the way we think about how we think and Joel Bayliss, founder of the #IndigenousDads movement, will speak to Australians, that in order to achieve reconciliation you have to 'be the change'.
Lyricist Manal Younus is set to share her idea on creating change when you're in the minority and passionate about creating a change in the social landscape of Adelaide by empowering minority communities. Robin Potanin helped a young woman design her own Virtual Reality game about surviving rape and it changed both of them and Peter Walker's talk will share his idea that segregation in education isn't working and present a case for transforming our education system from a focus on difference and deficit, to one of inclusion and mutual benefit.
Rusty Russell tackles the concept of cryptocurrencies, and the notion of community-managed code that might take us in the future. Innovator Scott Boocock will share his ideas on unlocking Aussie innovation and his plan to make South Australia a hub for fostering intellectual property and Australia an 'Innovation Nation'. Sophie Thomson wants to save the world by getting your hands dirty.
Taryn Brumfitt, filmmaker, author and public speaker Taryn Brumfitt was booked in for cosmetic surgery because she hated her body. But instead of changing her own body, she founded a global movement to change the way women feel about theirs. William Riedel has studied the evolution of evolution and witnessed significant changes in the technology and tools of paleontological research.
TEDx Adelaide taking to the Adelaide Town Hall stage in it's 150th year
On the Metamorphosis theme, event experience director Matthew Wright-Simon notes "Metamorphosis tackles individual struggles as well as great political or economic transformations experienced by societies. Change is often something we confront and it isn't on a mission to be liked. Most of the time, we'd rather not think about metamorphosis at a personal, political or any scale, let alone talk about it in front of a thousand strangers. This is what is behind the power of TED; great talks bring our fears and hopes into the open and propel us towards better things".
As a volunteer run, not-for-profit organisation, TEDx Adelaide brings ideas to the stage with the goal of improving Adelaide and South Australia for locals, by locals and incredible potential to activate ideas, communities and initiatives that directly benefit local economy, environment and sustainability.