The virtual ‘water cooler’ chat that is twitter is still running hot on the subject of the TEDx Canberra event held last weekend. For a pretty good look at what TED is, try the wikipedia entry here, or check out some of the many TED talk videos available free of charge here. The little ‘x’ indicates an event run independently of ‘big’ TED but with the right to use the name, subject to conditions of format etc (anyone spot the Playschool reference in there?).
You can find out what some others attending TEDx Canberra thought by checking out a few of these blog posts:
The thing that struck me the most about each and every one of the speakers at TEDx Canberra was their passion for their subject. All of these people had an idea they passionately felt was worth sharing. Those ideas included suicide awareness and prevention, future proofing the security of Australian banking, helping teenagers realise their dreams, tapping into the power of our minds, our communities and our networks and many, many more.
As I start to gather speed in my chosen profession, the concept of ‘what am I passionate about’ comes to mind regularly. There’s passion about one’s field of work, demonstrated by William DeJean and Mitchell Whitelaw (I’ll bet I wasn’t the only information worker in the room hanging on his every word) and then there’s passion for something outside that – in the volunteer or social sector – unrelated to how we make our daily dollar.
TED is about ideas worth sharing. TEDx Canberra shared many such ideas and has given me much to think about, write about and shape the things I am passionate about into something worth sharing too.