Page 4235 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 26 November 2013

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TEDxCanberra 2013

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (5.03): I want to bring to the attention of the Assembly this evening TEDxCanberra. TEDx is an experience where people come and give short presentations and people can become involved in the discussion. TEDx 2013 was the fourth event. It sold out in 36 hours and filled the Playhouse. TEDx 2013 had 22 presenters, including the CEO of Social Leadership Australia, Geoff Aigner, who spoke on more compassionate leadership in business and society; Canberra story gatherers, Mik Griffiths and Ruth Mirams, who are running an effort to collect Indigenous oral history stories from across the world; a range of Canberra musicians and performers, including the Faumuis, Poncho Circus, Fun Machine, Raus and Brass Knuckle Brass Band; the national slam poetry champion, CJ Bowerbird, who opened TEDxCanberra solo and closed the show with several other Canberra poetry luminaries, including Ellie Malbon, Zoe Anderson, Aaron Kirby and Amelia Filmer-Sankey; Adele Chenoweth, who has researched and now tells the story of forgotten Australians; a WA police officer called Tony Langer who trains the south-east Asian crews in landmine clearing in his own time; and young Indigenous innovator Luke Pearson.

Of course, the show cannot go on without partners, and the TEDxCanberra 2013 partner group was, at the mentor level, leading Canberra-based businesses, Datacom, Cre8ive and Screencraft; at the thinker level, ACT Government Business Development, the Australian Taxation Office, Newcast, Speak2Us, 2 Degrees Group, Teatro Vivaldi, Aspen Medical, Dixon Advisory and the Canberra Theatre Centre; at the conversationalist level, Conversations of Change, Lighthouse Business Innovation Centre, Dialogue, Guzman y Gomez Canberra and On the Go; and at the foundation level, businesses owned by TEDxCanberra, unpaid volunteers, acidlabs, Think ACT Relate and Icelab.

For those of you who do not know TEDxCanberra, it is run as a non-profit event by an all-volunteer team, yet attracts an incredibly strong group with skills and experience across design, the public sector, the arts, education, sports administration and more. The core group of 24 volunteers spent around 3,000 hours of their own time from February 2013 to October 2013 to bring the show together for our community. The core team members in 2013 were Stephen Collins of Creative Catalyst and Licensee, Clare Conroy, Joe Allebone, Naomi Wynn, Sharen Scott, Berenice Chong, Caronne Carruthers-Taylor, Ingrid Tomanovits, Katherine Pierce, Erika Alacs, Hannah Denny-Collins, Jude Burger, Jonno Bray, Will Glenwright, Thomas Green, Michael Honey, Gavin Tapp, Ruth Ellison, Alison Denny-Collins who ran the front of house, Jess Miller, Anthony Lieu, Jen Simpson, Emma Davidson and Ilana Pender-Rose.

On the day, of course, there were a huge number of volunteers, and these people included Shian Buultjens, Madeline Courvisanos, Edward Denison-Edson, Peter Downs, Louis Fourie, Paul Hagon, Brian Hodgkinson, Cynthia Hodgkinson, Gwen Jossec, Bess Laaring, Leonard Low, Kate McAllister, Martin Ollman, Liz Price, Mark Russell, Susannah Su, Karen Teaha, Adam Thomas, Gabriel Trew, Chris Winter and Henry Wolfson.

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