• Khadija Gbla, Nathanael Coyne and Ally Denny-Collins

    Khadija Gbla, Nathanael Coyne and Ally Denny-Collins

  • Alberto Florez Director of CRE8IVE and  Jude Burger, TEDx Canberra.

    Alberto Florez Director of CRE8IVE and Jude Burger, TEDx Canberra.

  • Amelda and Glenn Keys

    Amelda and Glenn Keys

  • Katy Barfield and Jennifer Frahm

    Katy Barfield and Jennifer Frahm

  • Gino D'Ambrosio and Nancy Harrison

    Gino D'Ambrosio and Nancy Harrison

  • 'Food Lovers' team, Tilly Cave, Hannah Denny-Collins, Katie Wilmington and Nancy Harrison

    'Food Lovers' team, Tilly Cave, Hannah Denny-Collins, Katie Wilmington and Nancy Harrison

  • Eyan and Lisa Walsch

    Eyan and Lisa Walsch

  • Michael Cook and Anita Collins with Lucas Edmonds

    Michael Cook and Anita Collins with Lucas Edmonds

  • Azul Tequila, James Hetherington, Niraj Lal and Sally Richards

    Azul Tequila, James Hetherington, Niraj Lal and Sally Richards

  • Alison Matthews and Sophie Beauvais

    Alison Matthews and Sophie Beauvais

  • Katharine Pierce, Bess Laaring, Natassja Hay and Rafael Florez

    Katharine Pierce, Bess Laaring, Natassja Hay and Rafael Florez

  • Stephen and Nikki Coleman with Amir Hadad

    Stephen and Nikki Coleman with Amir Hadad

  • Meagan Thompson and Stephen Collins

    Meagan Thompson and Stephen Collins

  • Alberto Florez with Amelda and Glenn Keys

    Alberto Florez with Amelda and Glenn Keys

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!