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21 May 2015
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We are very happy to be able to welcome St George Bank to the TEDxSydney family of partners. The bank has joined as Principal Partner of TEDxSydney for 3 Years.

Martine Jager, General Manager of Marketing, Customer Experience and Mortgage Broking at St.George Bank, says:

“We are thrilled to come on board as principal partners for TEDxSydney and open more doors to supporting innovation and creativity for our customers and our community. At St.George, we always strive to help people start something and turn their dreams into reality - listening and learning about our customers is at the heart of ... See More

The University of Sydney Returns as Principal Partner for TEDxSydney 2015. Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of The University of Sydney says that the university is delighted to partner with TEDxSydney for the fourth year in a row. 

Says Dr Michael Spence:

“Leadership is a core value shared by the University of Sydney and TEDxSydney," Dr Spence says. "As the principal partner, we look forward to another year of creating and engaging in ideas that will have an impact on our society. This year’s focus on education is an opportunity to celebrate the powerful impact it can have on all ... See More

TEDxSydney will return to the Sydney Opera House on Thursday 21 May with more opportunities than ever for the community to take part, including a free live site on the Sydney Opera House forecourt and the launch of a TEDxSydney Donors program.

TEDxSydney Licensee Remo Giuffré said the 2015 event is set to reach an even wider audience with the shift to a weekday slot. 

“The momentum TEDxSydney has experienced over the past five years has been quite awesome. In 2015, we are looking to integrate more closely with the living conversations of our city, our community, workplaces and schools. We ... See More

Not many TED speakers kick off their talks by swallowing a full bottle of sleeping pills. But then, not many TED speakers are quite like James Randi, the legendary skeptic and magician who’ll be bringing his An Evening with James Randi tour to Australia in December.   The pills Randi took during the show were homeopathic, and the stunt was part of his 2007 TED talk, Homeopathy, quackery and fraud. When we caught up with him recently, we asked him why the irrational beliefs he railed against in the talk still hold such power today.   “People aren’t brave enough ... See More

International Anti-Poaching Foundation founder Damien Mander lit up the TEDxSydney 2013 stage with his message of the immediate need for increased conservation efforts if we want to save the world’s diverse animal species. We caught up with him more than 12 months on, to find out what he’s up to.

What was it like to address the audience at TEDxSydney 2013? 

The thought of doing this was a little daunting six months out from the TEDx talk, but by the time I arrived on stage I was in the zone and had a message to pass on. ... See More

It's been years in the making, and now, Remo Giuffré, serial entrepreneur and TEDxSydney's fearless leader has finally written his 'visual memoir', General Thinker. We spoke to him about the motivation behind his latest project.

Why a printed book, rather than an eBook or other digital product?

There's something about committing to print that forces you to really think things through, so that you might produce a document that will stand the test of time. And I've always believed that there’s nothing so friendly to random access browsing as a book that you can flick through. Oh ... and by the way, ... See More

You may have noticed human rights lawyer and TEDxSydney 2013 speaker Jennifer Robinson popping up on our TV screens a number of times over the last couple of weeks.

On Monday 11 August 2014, she was a panellist on the ABC’s Q&A, offering her perspectives on Theology, Terror and Metadata.

And on Tuesday 19 August, her role as one of the key members of the legal team for Wikileaks saw her interviewed on ABC News Breakfast to discuss her client, Julian Assange, following his announcement in London that he was planning to leave the Ecuadorian embassy where he sought ... See More

Starved for inspiration? Here are five TED talks designed to invigorate.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative genius

The best-selling author separates the ideas of being a genius with having a genius, and freeing up one’s creativity in the process. 

Dave Eggers: Once upon a school

This is one of my all-time favourite TED talks, delivered by the inimitable Dave Eggers (pictured), author and founder of McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. 

Markus Zusak: the failurist

From TEDxSydney 2014, novelist Markus Zusak offers up his own lessons about success, earned from years of crushing failure. 

Arianna Huffington: How to succeed? Get more ... See More

Are you free the first week in September? If so, there are 17 TEDx events taking place across the world. And several of them have spaces available for attendees. 

TEDx events are independently organized TED events – that’s what the (x) stands for. TEDxSydney is just one example of a movement that’s sharing Ideas Worth Spreading around the globe.

In that first week in September, 2014, alone, TEDx events are happening in Spain, Sweden, Jordan, Argentina, Romania, Italy, Uruguay, Brazil, the United Kingdom, the United States, India, Turkey, Slovakia and Indonesia. You could kick of your week ... See More

Melbourne-based comedian and disability advocate Stella Young brought her signature wit and clarity to the Concert Hall stage at TEDxSydney 2014, with her talk “I’m not your inspiration, thank you very much”

Stella’s Idea Worth Spreading was that disability is not extraordinary and shouldn’t be treated as such. She’s irritated by the appearance of physically-challenged children and adults being used to inspire able-bodied people: a phenomenon she describes as “inspiration porn”. 

It appears that the rest of the world agrees that hers is an idea worth spreading, with her talk attracting more than one million views since ... See More

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