Tickets are selling fast for this year’s TEDxAdelaide 2017: Zoom Out event, which brings together more than a dozen leaders in their fields.
Organisers describe the theme as giving “creatives, innovators and extraordinary people the chance to change our perspectives and think about things from a big picture point of view.”
The marathon five-hour even at Adelaide Town Hall event on 2 November will feature short, inspiring presentations from the likes of Google entrepreneur Alan Noble, surgeon Tarik Sammour, space engineer Flavia Tata Nardini, Welcome to Australia founder Brad Chillcott, scientist Dominic McAfee, Churchill Fellow Heather Smith and filmmaker Shalom Almond as well as social and community network advocated Joseph Campbell, Andrew Barker, Sarah Reece and Louka Parry.
Flinders’ own archaeology graduate Jacinta Koolmatrie also will take to the stage, talking about the sharing of Indigenous knowledge, incorporating Adnyamathanha perspectives and understandings of yura malka (rock art).
“My TEDx talk will focus on Indigenous knowledge, our stories and how they are more than ‘myths’,” says Jacinta, the 2016 Ken Wanganeen medallist who is doing a Master of Archaeology and Heritage Management at Flinders.
“I am going to compare several places and see how images are presented, while also looking at what these places mean to Adnyamathanha people.”
Jacinta Koolmatrie, a Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri woman, believes Indigenous knowledge has always been viewed as something solely for Indigenous people – and “our stories aren’t simply stories”.
Also at the podium, to give the audience a chance to ‘zone out’ from more serious talks is ‘laughter coach’ Annie Harvey, who graduated at Flinders in Education (Junior Primary / Primary) as a graduate entry in 2009.
Ms Harvey, who also studied at the Swansea University in English and Spanish, promotes wellness through mindfulness, relaxation and laughter.
“It will be good to give the audience a chance to put some of these techniques into practice, including the place of laughter to make us happy,” says wellbeing consultant Ms Harvey, who runs her own businesses, Magpie Coaching and Kip McGrath at Glenelg.
Artist Emma Hack and outback school principal Louka Parry complete the line-up.
TEDxAdelaide spokesman Robin Freeth says this year’s event will spread ideas and encourage them to grow.
“For those who care about our future, it’s an opportunity to meet others and to share ideas for Adelaide and beyond,” he says.
TEDx lectures are also available online after the events.
Around the world TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organisation which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading”.
TED began in Silicon Valley as a conference in February 1984 and has been held annually since 1990. From its early emphasis was technology and design, TED it has since broadened its focus to include talks on many scientific, cultural and academic topics.