Having arrived from an overnight plane from Beijing. I was a little worse for wear on Saturday morning. I was concerned that I would not keep up with the day. How wrong I was. The TedX Sydney event was first class – true to the vision of Ted and a mix of local and international ideas.
There was a strong music theme to the day. Four Play String Quartet were mesmerizing as they electrified the sounds from their stringed instruments.. I was lost in the environment they created. The event was really well produced – with ideas coming thick and fast from the stage:
- An inventor who challenged his own carbon footprint and determined in western society it is almost impossible to get to 2000kw per day (as is the average in China)
- A music teacher who urged us to nurture creativity in the young imploring us that that is what it is to be human
- An historian who shared the voice of the early colony of Sydney – a woman’s perspective
- A puppeteer who uses his hand via his iPad as his doll
- A doctor who urged us that the greatest threat to our most precious resource is obesity
- A scientist who models DNA so we can see how it reproduces and works
- A creative team sharing how they collaborate to produce movies
And many other great ideas
The day was a festival of ideas, colour, art and music. It was very well produced and sprinkled with a few Ted videos from other events. The two speakers from the audience who had 3 minutes to share an idea were passionate, articulate and inspired. One spoke of injustice the other on honoring death as a beautiful thing. She said ‘the last thing we will do in life is die – best make it a good experience’
I sat next to Carden Calder for much of the day – here is a link to her blog which is insightful on which ideas are more likely to spread and why.
Tweets from @Naomi Simson
- If you do what you always did you will get what you’ve already got
- The world is a diverse place but there are some elements that connect us
- Narrative is melody and melody is story telling
- The closest collaborations often occur when the collaborators have skills that are diametrically opposed…
- Whatever works works… Be with it
- The story tellers job is to question. We need more questioning
- @carden roller coasters and zip lines the MOST Fuel efficient transport. Cool.
- Death has a bad wrap. It’s represented as violent dark and evil. Yet the last thing we will do in life is die… That is a given.
- @carden Loving Kerrie Noonan’s perspective on dying – that we r out of touch w the everyday business of dying
- @ carden most of us will not be surprised by death. Talk to your family about what you want. Talk about it. It won’t kill you!
- Think of waste as a resource… Looking at a pic of a mountain of rubber tyres from Veena Sahajwalla
- You can’t have a great colony without women. You can’t grow a great nation without women from historian Grace Karskens
- Health is our most precious public resource. Katharine Samaras
- Children need to make their own music
Thanks organizers and PwC for including me…