After having the privilege of being an attendee the inaugural TEDx Brisbane and helping out as a volunteer during the session breaks I was delighted to hear that TEDx Youth Brissie will be going ahead on Saturday the 20th of November.
I’ve spent many an hour devouring TED videos online and discussing my favourite talks over a few drinks with friends. It also comes in handy if I want to quickly analyse people at a conference or networking event, I simply drop a line/quote from either of the Sir Ken Robinson talks and immediately I see ears and eyes pop up and a conversation between like minded individuals begins.
TED has also started a sort of movement of what people who dub themselves ‘tedsters’. These idea hungry elite have generated quite the buzz around town.
TED has become a global education phenomenon and the TEDx concept allows people from all around the world to connect at the local level. So what is this TEDxYouthDay all about?
TEDxYouthDay is a series of TEDx events happening over a 24-hour period around the world. Initiated by a group of TEDx organisers, the events are designed to empower and inspire young people.
On November 20, 2010, Universal Children’s Day, TEDx organisers across the globe will host events for (and by) young people. These events will vary widely in size, format and theme, but they will share a common vision: inspiring curiosity, igniting new ideas and empowering young leaders.
TEDxYouth@Brissie, where x=independently organised TED event, will take place at the State Library of Queensland and will combine TEDTalks video and live speakers to spark deep discussion and connection among Brisbane’s youth aged 16-25.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Starting as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Bookings through TEDxYouth@Brissie Facebook page for more information.
Look forward to seeing you there!