As live events go TEDxSydney* is one of those special ones that you try not to miss on the Sydney event calendar. This is not your average public speaking or marketing event, it’s more… much more. I attended TEDxSydney 2014 & 2015 and experienced a rollercoaster of emotions throughout the day: joy, wonder, sadness, surprise, & hope just to name a few.
So how did I become to be part of the team for 2016? Well after two amazing experiences, I wanted to give back and find a way to be part of the volunteer team for the next year (TEDxSydney 2016). I was on a mission, I applied on their website, did some networking on LinkedIn and reached out to Remo Giuffré (TEDxSydney Founder & Licensee) over various social media channels.
A few months later I got the call, “Do you want to be part of the TEDxSydney 2016 Community Team?” Boy, did I jump at the chance! The rest, as they say, is history. I have never worked with so many passionate and dedicated people, all at the top of their game, devoted to making sure TEDxSydney 2016 is the best its ever been.
TEDxSydney – the main event
Cut to the 25th May 6.15am Wednesday morning, after all of the preparation, it was showtime. Coffee in hand we set up camp at the media hub, I was manning Facebook for the day, to share with our 80,000+ viewers online and at our 200+ satellite events, insights and behind the scenes moments.
“Ideas worth spreading” is the TED mantra and each speaker has between 8-18 minutes to tell their story/share their idea with the audience. Then there is a special defining moment in #TEDxSydney talks when something hits home with you and resonates long after. Some of these moments from the day were:
“Does it have to take tragedy or a disaster for us to feel deeply connected as one species?”
“What sort of legacy would you like to leave for future generations?”
“Living in grief means life is more illuminating.”
“Most of the children we had removed from the orphanage were not in fact orphans at all.”
So what makes TEDxSydney so special? It’s the content of the talks, they open you up to these passionate amazing people you would never have known about and for a brief moment in time, you get share in their passion and see the extraordinary work they are doing. There’s a special atmosphere at this event the air is buzzing, why? Its because of the people and the sense of community, we are all here for the same reason: “hope for the human condition”.
Watch all the talks from the day below or here: TEDxSydney 2016 talks.
Some press from the day:
News.com.au | Five things you need to know from TedxSydney
SMH | TEDx Sydney 2016 starts with an idea and ends with a standing ovation and tears
The Huffington Post | How I Was Feeling Somewhat Hopeless Before I Came To TEDx Sydney
Collective HUB | What did we learn at TEDxSydney 2016?
Time Out | Why we need to put an end to voluntourism and stop supporting orphanages