The X Effect: Why you should attend TEDxSydney

Sharon Timms

What a brilliant time we’re living in right now.

At any given moment, there are on average eight TEDx events occurring on any day in cities around the globe, which works out to be approximately 20,000 TEDx talks over the course of a year. That’s an extraordinary number of inspirational thinkers, doers and change-makers in the world, whose mission is to provoke and evoke awe and wonder through highly polished speeches in under 30 minutes.

And, all these speeches about opinions, ideas and accomplishments can be listened to online for free. So why, if available for free in the comfort of your home/train/bus/quiet moment at work, should attending TEDxSydney be a must-do on your calendar? Here’s three very good reasons…

1.Be surrounded by curiosity

“Curiosity is the greatest act of rebellion”. Robin Ince, TEDxSalford 2015. TEDx audiences are possibly some of the most curious people around and it is curiosity about new ideas and the potential that powers them that brings the TEDxSydney community together.

It launches points for some interesting soul searching, creating a desire to learn more about things that matter outside your own world. There is such an incredible amount of information available at our fingertips, but it’s only of value if we choose to use it. The more we fuel our curiosity, the more we discover the world around us, the people in it and, of course, ourselves.

2. A different perspective

“Try to see things differently – It’s the only way to get a clearer perspective on the world and on your life.” Jessica Irwin, TEDxSydney Salon 2017.

Great events are rarely about the one main speaker, award or drawcard (though we have a great deal of amazing speakers this year) – they’re about the whole experience and the impact it has in reflection over following days and months.

TEDxSydney is about bringing people together from all walks of life to discuss ideas that have the potential to change the world in which we live, and it is impossible not to be compelled to stimulate a change, no matter how big or small. The stories are brilliant, with sometimes the attendees sharing the best ones. And it’s those paying to attend the conference that make it possible for the folks from TEDx to deliver these talks online at no cost. Information altruism at its finest.

3. Experience HumanKind

“I believe every human has a finite number of heartbeats – and I don’t intend to waste mine.” Neil Armstrong

TEDxSydney event themes inspire contribution to a movement and a platform for change that has the potential to reach millions of people worldwide – they truly are ‘ideas worth spreading’.

TEDxSydney 2018 embraces the overarching idea of HumanKind – humans, humanity, the humanists and how kindness and compassion can drive us forward in both biological evolution and social civilisation. Allow yourself to be exposed to ideas and stories that may never have even entered your imagination, providing new perspective and appreciation.

This is an exciting and powerful time.

So, what are you waiting for?

To find more sweet spots in your thinking and inspire your human kindness, register for this year’s TEDxSydney now.

Photo credit: Tim Lumsdaine

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