With 16 spectacular speakers now confirmed, it's time to unveil the line-up for TEDxSydney 2014. Talks will range from cutting-edge research around schizophrenia treatment, to a remarkable story from an Australian man teaching children in Kabul how to skateboard. Plus, what influences the way we make decisions, the unlikely relationship between maths and sex, and a reconsideration of the way that we light built environments. "TED audiences are notoriously engaged, so curating a whole day of talks that interests them is a particularly enjoyable challenge," says Editorial Director Edwina Throsby. “This year we have brought together some of the best minds, thinkers ... See More
University of Sydney academics Dr Clio Cresswell and Professor Richard Banati have been named as speakers at this year’s TEDxSydney event in April. Mathematician and author of the internationally acclaimed book Mathematics and Sex, Dr Cresswell will speak about the surprising relationship between mathematics and sex, and how the pattern recognition that is at the core of maths can affect your most intimate relationships. Professor Richard Banati addresses the question: Is recycling actually good for the planet? After examining the feathers of sea birds, Professor Banati believes a shift to recycled plastic has resulted in ocean pollution through nano-particles. The announcement coincides ... See More
If you haven’t had a chance to check out where one lucky TEDxSydney attendee will go to learn more about how food is produced in some of Australia’s most remote wilderness, then why not take a moment to leave behind the daily grind and escape to the outback office of the Cadzow family.
Target 100 was bombarded with amazing entries for this once-in-a-lifetime trip to spend a few days on a truly amazing outback station. But of course only one lucky winner and a friend will be chosen to travel to this stunning outback location, experience life on ... See More
This week saw young people from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula come together to share their passions and inspire each other to create a better future for their region and beyond.
TEDxYouth@Frankston was organised by Shane Hunt, a science teacher at Frankston High School, and recent high school graduates Dean Nelson and Masood Habib.
The event embraced the philosophy of TED events for youth: giving young people and those who work with them the chance to hear and be heard.
Speaking to the audience of local teenagers were students Deborah Van De Beek and Catherine Mooleschot; sustainable travel expert, Todd Rogerson; Lawyer and doctor, ... See More
Target 100 are giving one lucky member of the TEDxSydney community the opportunity to take a friend and join us on a three-day trip to the Northern Territory to see the innovation employed to raise cattle in the Australian outback.
After experiencing life on an outback station, the lucky winner will then not only attend TEDxSydney, but also present at the Target 100 lunchtime session about their experience.
Australian sheep and cattle farmers are some of Australia’s best innovators, investing millions of dollars into research and development each year. With a growing population requiring more food every year, ... See More
Leyla Acaroglu is deeply passionate about sustainability and life-cycle design, and she isn’t afraid to tell the world.
In the 12 months since she first graced the stage at TED, she says “a lot has happened”. One of the best things has been having a broader platform on which to spread her message – that sustainability can be fun.
“As a result of speaking at TED, I was invited to a number of other pretty well-established international conferences,” Acaroglu says. “I keynoted at the American Institute of Graphic Arts Annual Conference in Minneapolis, in front of 2000 graphic designers. ... See More
Good for Nothing – a global movement that helps people with ideas for building a better world turn them into living, breathing projects – is coming to Sydney on the weekend of 1-2 March 2014. And the folks behind the local launch – communications specialists Craig Adams, Carl Moggridge, Helen Smith and Reza Chady – are looking for creative people of all backgrounds to help not-for-profit and social enterprises in our own backyard.
When we spoke to Craig, he told us he’d been involved with the movement since it was started by a colleague in his native London in 2010.
“We ... See More
Now that the new school year underway, it’s the perfect time to revisit some of the most popular TED talks about education – and get to know TED’s latest free initiative, TED-Ed.
No education playlist would be complete without Sir Ken (pictured). In the most popular TED talk of all time, he explains why our education systems squander our creative talents – and what we can do about it.
See how video courses can be used to ... See More
In December 2013, Oxfam revealed that the world’s 85 wealthiest people worldwide own as much as the poorest 3.5 billion, or half the world’s population. But can we do anything to close the gap? In this playlist, TED speakers offer their insights and ideas.
Richard Wilkinson has been studying the social effects of inequality for decades. Here, he reveals his shocking findings about how societies suffer when the gap between rich and poor is too great – and how they can be made more equal, so that everyone benefits.
Sheryl Sandberg addressed the elephant in the boardroom during her 2010 TED talk: Why we have too few women leaders. With more than 3,250,000 views, the Facebook COO sparked conversations across the world.
That talk was followed by her 2013 book, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, which rocketed up the bestseller lists. In April 2014, her second book, Lean in For Graduates, speaks directly to women leaving university and seeking meaningful professional lives.