TEDxSydney News

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As a way of connecting with our audience of lifelong learners, Principal Partner The University of Sydney hosted The Studio at the Opera House during TEDxSydney 2014.

After each speaker bared all on stage The University of Sydney then spirited them away and asked them to share their greatest lessons. 

We are excited to launch the thought-provoking videos from this interactive space - first cab off the rank is Markus Zusak with more being added each day.

Hosted by ABC’s Fenella Kernebone, this is your chance to gain insight into the people behind the TEDxSydney 2014 talks as they reveal ... See More

The Concert Hall stage at Sydney Opera House came alive on Saturday, 26th April for TEDxSydney 2014, when Ideas Worth Spreading – through words, pictures and music – were the order of the day. 

We’ve already uploaded all of the speaker videos from that day to the tedxsydney.com site, but now performer videos are available to watch as well. 

Black Arm Band opened the day, with two songs reflective of its agenda of promoting contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through music: "Music of the Aboriginal Experience”, performed beneath breathtaking images on the big screen, and “ ... See More

On the weekend of 30-31 August, the sixth annual Festival of Dangerous Ideas (FODI) returns to the Sydney Opera House. FODI will once again ignite fiery conversations with its provocative talks from over 40 acclaimed speakers.

This year at FODI, speakers will challenge you to think about how you see the world and your place in it. There will be an underlying ‘End of The World’ theme in the program but contentious ideas about human nature, families, sexual predators and Vladimir Putin will also get the FODI treatment.

Key speakers this year include celebrated and controversial author Salman Rushdie, ... See More

In order to further intertwine our organizations, the Pandora and TEDx team were eager to collaborate and create a custom TEDxSydney station that would be played at the opening and closing parties of the event, while also living on as part of Pandora. 

The custom station was carefully crafted by each individual attendee on the day and all 25,000 people who are part of the TEDxSydney community. 

We utilized seed songs and artists reflective of our audience from a diverse obscurity of genres, including Run DMC, Prince, Aloe Blacc and Megan Washington, who was the final speaker of the day. Finally ... See More

When Omar Musa took the stage for TEDxSydney 2013, his slam poetry of the streets performance had the audience on the edge of their seats from the moment he opened his mouth - you just knew you were witnessing something pretty special. 

Well now Omar is wowing literary giants such as Irvine Welsh and Christos Tsiolkas with his debut novel Here Come the Dogs, published this month by Penguin Books. 

The story centres around three young men - charming Solomon, his brother Jimmy and their childhood friend Aleks - living on the fringes, waiting to make their ... See More

Everyone wants to be happy. But how exactly do you go about it and what does happiness even mean? Some people claim to have it figured out and in these talks we hear what they – psychologists, journalists, Buddhists monks - believe to be the secret to finding happiness. 

David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be Grateful

So you want to be more happy? Then be more grateful, says David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith spiritual leader. He encourages us to take moments to be still and see all that we have to be grateful for in our life.

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TEDxSydney 2014 took place on Saturday 26 April and the team from the University of Sydney was there to capture and enjoy the action as well as participate on stage.

It was a spectacular day, with 18 speakers, including our very own Dr Clio Cresswell and Professor Richard Banati, delivering talks to a full house of 2500 attendees in the Sydney Opera House's Concert Hall.

As Principal Partner, the University also played host to an additional 300-strong crowd in The Studio, where staff and students took to the stage to discuss their remarkable stories and research, including: ... See More

In Richard Banati's extraordinary TEDxSydney 2014 talk, he takes us for a walk along Culburra beach where he finds 32 items of plastic - including bottle caps, plastic bags, textiles, styrofoam - just on the sand. 

The setting is deliberate - it was the beach where Max Dupain's iconic 1937 image, The Bather, was taken. But Banati wants to draw our attention not to the naked man, but the pristine sand he's lying on. 

Fast-forward 77 years, and we find at that same beach not only debris on the surface, but at a depth of around 2 metres, countless degradation particles from plastics ... See More

Mark Major is an architect who works with the medium of light to "make cities better places for people after dark".

In his TEDxSydney 2014 talk, he laments the enormous light pollution and the "crashing waste of energy" that most cities are guilty of and suggests that we instead use less light, and take into consideration the "natural qualities of darkness that still, thankfully, remain in cities like Sydney".

Contrasting the way London, Paris, Hong Kong and Bergen are lit, he tells us "we've gone mad for light", but that we are now in a position, thanks to technology, to use ... See More

Zoologist and environmental campaigner Dr Barry Traill has spent decades studying wildlife conservation in some of Australia’s most remote wild places, where iconic species such as the bilby and emu have declined significantly.   At TEDxSydney 2014, he shared why he’s come to believe that our unique outback species need more people living there – not less – if they’re to survive.   It seems counterintuitive. But as Barry explained, these animals relied on the Aboriginal tribes who used to live in the outback to keep wildfires under control, hunt introduced predators, and care for the land.   As people disappeared from the outback, so ... See More

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