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TEDx is Coming Back to Brisbane!

By Sophia McMeekin - 25 Oct 2014


TED—the world-renowned talks form industry leaders, great minds, and inspirational speakers that regularly blow up the Internet—is coming back to Brisbane. 20 speakers will take the stage at the State Library of Queensland this December for Brisbane's second TEDx event

As with any TED event, scoring a spot in the audience ain't easy! (Only 300 attendees will make the cut at Brisbane's TEDx event, and applications close on October 31st, so if you want to be in that audience you'd better get moving!) 

TEDx Brisbane event organiser, Laura Stokes gave us the low down on this year's theme, who's speaking, and how to get a seat in that audience!

We're big TEDx Fans! What's the theme behind this year's TEDx Brisbane event?

This year's theme is Question Everything! We want the Brisbane community to discuss the questions that no one is asking, the questions they are afraid to ask or the questions they think should be asked differently? We believe that from that, ideas and actions will flow on to change the issues in our world.

Can you share any names from this year's TEDx line-up with us?

Since 2012 TEDxSouthBank has brought emerging and established speakers to the Brisbane community to inspire and enlighten action. This year get set to hear from, Yassmin Abdel Magied who is going to be sharing her idea on the topical burqa discussion, James Dale who has developed a banana that could solve the world's hunger problem, serial high achiever and law lecturer Michael Douglas and visual storyteller Shane Currey.

Who's TEDx talk are you most excited to hear this year?

Can I say all? I think Dr Bella Elwood-Clayton will ask some challenging questions about our sex drive, Jane Caro is renowned for challenging preconceived notions on everything from feminists to advertising and who doesn't love to hear about local heroes like Andy Gourley, Australian of the Year nominee and Founder of Red Frogs who by encouraging youth to take lollies from strangers is changing a culture around the world! 

Do you have an all-time favourite TED Talk?

I can't go past Brené Brown's 'Power of Vulnerability'. It reinvigorates me every time I watch it.  

Why do you think the TED concept has been so popular?

TED talks are brilliant because they are free, accessible and in 18 minutes or less you can learn something new. TED talks are popular because they inspire action or change in individuals. For example, when Tracey Spicer spoke at TEDxSouthBankWomen last year and shared her idea that if we all reduced the time we spent grooming ourselves we could save 10 working days a year it caused an international stir and went viral. Men stopped shaving their beards to spend more time with their family, women stopped putting on makeup and started learning an instrument. The power of TED talks is in the simplicity of the one idea that could change the world.  

How can we score a spot in the audience?

The TEDxSouthBank experience starts from the application stage so head to http://tedxsouthbank.com.au/ and fill in an application form. We guarantee you it will be one hell of an awesome ride! 

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