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TEDxSydney Highlights

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Some of us at Living Edge were lucky enough to attend the recent TEDx Sydney 2013 event at the Sydney Opera House.

The mission of TED is to propagate Ideas Worth Spreading. Started in 1984, TED set out to bring together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment & Design. Since then TED has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. TED and TEDx events host the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, Isabel Allende and former UK prime minister Gordon Brown.

TEDx events are local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.

Some highlights from TEDxSydney 2013 included a Q&A with Marc Newson.

Newson shared the stage with his iconic Lockhead Lounge on loan from the Powerhouse Museum and discussed his approach to design and how it’s changed since 1988, how being Australian influences his work and bit about how he came to do what he does. It was a very insightful interview. To view the interview click below.

Another highlight was a talk by Joost Baker – Melbourne-based, Dutch-born discipline-crossing architect, designer and environmentalist.

Joost implores people to think outside of the square when it comes to urban house design and farming. Some of his ideas include ‘taking the piss’ – quite literally using urine to fertilise gardens, and growing rooftop urban farms on our buildings – a vision which came to life with his Greenhouse by Joost projects across Australia. View his TEDx talk here.

And finally another highlight of TEDx Sydney was the incredible crowd farming initiative Grow it Local.

The incredible initiative saw attendees of TEDx Sydney who had backyard vegie gardens contributing to an amazing crowd farmed lunch – cooked by Matt Moran and his team from Aria. The chefs literally had no idea what produce they would have to work with until the Thursday before the event – and they pulled out all the stops to cook up an incredible organic, home grown spread that fed the 2200 attendees with some left over. It was an incredible feat and community collaboration.





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