TEDx Canberra 2014 explored the uncharted for this year’s event and found again new perspectives, new thinking and a spirit of adventure for all who participated in this local version of the TED brand that brings so many and varied ideas to its audience. And putting his energy and expertise into this exciting event was once again Stephen Collins.
So it was on a perfect Spring Saturday when most are partaking in their weekend rituals, some looked for the interesting, unusual and stimulating from an eclectic mix of speakers and performers where thought provoking rather than mindless acceptance of the norm is expected and all benefitted from the experiences of some local talent. Presenters this year included dancer Liz Lea, countertenor Tobias Cole, rocket scientist Christine Charles and culture and gender rights voice Khadija Gbla. And to keep it moving along to happy sounds and a samba beat was Raio de Sol.
TEDx is planned and executed by a talented bunch of volunteers. It enjoys the sponsorship and partnership of Canberra’s leading advertising team at CRE8IVE and an after party where the ‘downloading’ is aided by the generosity of Aspen Medical that evolved from thinking outside the norm and now brings medical services to the wider world with CEO Glenn and Amelda Keyes on hand to share the results.
And keeping the full house of TEDx attendees well fed was one of my favourite food outlets, ‘Food Lovers’ at Belconnen Markets, providing the catering which included picnic packs for lunch to enjoy in Civic Square. Lunch divine, the square desperately in need of someone prepared to think outside the square to give it life!