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You expect a crush around the food tables at lunchtime at TEDxSydney and you expect to have to wait in line. But in 2015, there was an added frisson as attendees joined the lunch queue.

The word that the menu would be different and unusual – in the context of the theme of Rebel Food and culture of lunch in the location and time we live in – had gotten out and people were prepared for the worst.

Imagination is a powerful thing and the people who really were thinking the worst were in for a pleasant surprise. Others seemed bewildered. ... See More

Inspired by his 2014 TED Talk, architect Marc Kushner has published a little book powered by a big idea: That everyone loves architecture, even if they’re not aware of it. He believes modernity and media enable us all to shape our environments in ways never before available to us. And a great example of this is the buildings we see every day. 

Some of these are fairly unusual, as the 100 buildings in 100 Buildings demonstrates. Posed as 100 curious questions with 100 different buildings as answers, he asks everything from “Can you live on a rock?” (Tiny ... See More

By the end of Thursday 21 May, 2015 the Post-it® Wall in the Northern Foyer of the Sydney Opera House was covered with questions, comments and insights from the attendees. A colourful and exciting wall of inspiration and collaboration! So, we gave the speakers an opportunity to respond to these questions and insights, thereby ‘closing the loop’ for the attendees. Here, Susan Butler answers questions from the TEDxSydney community. 

What is the longest word in the dictionary?

In the Macquarie Dictionary, for items of general vocabulary it is floccinaucinihilipilification. For encyclopedic entries, it is Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, a village in Wales. Of course the ... See More

TED Fellows ambassador Tom Rielly took to the Concert Hall stage at the Sydney Opera House at TEDxSydney 2015 to tell us about TED Fellows and to encourage more Australians to apply to be a part of this extraordinary program. 

Part of the deal if you’re one of the small number of people chosen annually to join the TED Fellows program is you deliver a talk on the main stage at TED. AT TED2015 we met a large handful of this year’s TED Fellows and learned a whole lot more about their work. 

Included in the class of 2015 ... See More

As a valued TEDxSydney subscriber, The Sydney Opera House is offering you priority access to this year’s FODI tickets.

Back for its 7th year the Festival of Dangerous Ideas brings leading thinkers and culture creators from around the world to Sydney Opera House stages and online to discuss and debate the important ideas of our time.

With a line-up that includes speakers such as Tariq Ali, Naomi Klein, Gabriella Coleman, Sarai Walker, AC Grayling, Dr Marc Lewis, Paul Krugman, Laurie Penny, Jon Ronson, Eric Schlosser and Gideon Raff, you won’t want to miss out!

Click HERE to take advantage before ... See More

As the American Supreme court ruled same sex marriage legal in every state last month, many of us took a moment to celebrate how far we have come in the fight for marriage equality, and also on how far we still need to go. These TED and TEDx talks tell different stories of our struggles and our successes in our steps toward equality and the right we all have to be and to love whomever we choose. 

LZ Granderson: The Myth of the Gay Agenda 

With equal measures of good humour and good sense, LZ Granderson (pictured) takes apart ... See More

JUST ANNOUNCED: FESTIVAL OF DANGEROUS IDEAS 2015

Featuring: ROBOTS // CLIMATE CHANGE // ANONYMOUS // CYBERSEXISM // BIG SUGAR // DRUGS // ADDICTION // EUTHANASIA // CENSORSHIP // INCARCERATION #‎FODI presents thinkers and culture creators from around the world to discuss and debate some of the most important issues of our time. Full line-up and info  HERE   The Festival of Dangerous Ideas 2015 is made up of solo sessions and panels featuring speakers such as Tariq Ali, Naomi Klein, Gabriella Coleman, Sarai Walker, AC Grayling, Dr Marc Lewis, Paul Krugman, Laurie Penny, Jon Ronson, Eric Schlosser and Gideon Raff, exploring themes ... See More

Do you wonder what kind of environment helps to cultivate ideas worth spreading? Where the team who curate, collaborate and co-ordinate one of the most impressive events that Sydney experiences each year actually work, meet and socialise? And wouldn’t you love to be part of the action? 

Thanks to TEDxSydney’s partnership with Work Club, now you can. 

In the run up to and for the duration the recent 2015 event, the TEDx team who made it all happen were located at Sydney’s Work Club, an enlightened co-working space that actively encourages alchemy between its diverse member base. 

Individuals and team members, as ... See More

Before he became Zak Ebrahim, the shy son of an Egyptian migrant and a Pittsburg native had an altogether different name. It was one that inspired fear in some, disgust in others, and in a small minority, it inspired adulation. He was born Abdulaziz El Sayed Nosair. 

The young American’s life changed for ever the night that his father, El-Sayyid Nosair, shot and subsequently killed a radical Rabbi at a New York hotel. From his prison cell where he was serving time not for murder but for criminal possession of a weapon, assault and coercion, he plotted the bombing of ... See More

TEDxSydney 2015 happened on Thursday, 21 May at the Sydney Opera House. For the first time, we took over all the spaces at the Opera House for a spectacular day of Ideas Worth Spreading.

The Concert Hall was at capacity, with 2300 in the live audience, with the other spaces enjoying full simulcast with their own exclusive content. Added to the full day’s program of talks, film and live performance was the extraordinary Rebel Food initiative from team food. Result? TEDxHausted. 

Session One: Hope

After percussion and dance ensemble Chi Udaka got our heart rates up with their drumming, the first talk ... See More

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