TEDx Auckland: a day of ideas worth sharing

12 August 2014

On Saturday 16 August, speakers from around New Zealand will gather to share their world changing ideas at TEDx Auckland.

Designed to inspire Aucklanders through storytelling, innovation and sustainable thinking, TEDx Auckland 2014 will celebrate the resilience and courage of individuals who are making the world a better place through this year’s theme: Ascending.

With more than 16 speakers, musical acts and an after party, the event is shaping up to be the best TEDx Auckland yet.

Event organiser Elliot Blade aims to build on the momentum of the previous events, and further strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and the global TEDx platform.

TED is a non-profit organisation dedicated to ‘ideas worth spreading’. Beginning as a conference in California in 1984, TED now provides a new talk every week for free, available as a video on www.ted.com

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 

“Since TEDx Auckland launched in 2012, the event has started to introduce the idea of TED at a local level, with a focus on Kiwi thinkers and their world-changing ideas. This year we are adding a selection of international speakers to the mix,” Elliot says.

Our picks from the line-up are Vivien Maidaborn, co-founder of the Loomio Cooperative, an organisation which was born from activists in the Occupy movement collaborating with Enspiral, the social enterprise network.

Vivien will be talking about the nature of collaboration; the power of the crowd; and what invites people into engaged citizenship. She will also be joining us for the SBN conference, Project NZ, in September to talk about the mechanics of Loomios’ success.

Another must-see is Catherine Bell, who set up the Garden to Table Trust in 2008. The Trust teaches children aged 7-10 years how to grow, harvest, cook and share food.

There are still some tickets available for the event on Saturday. Click here to purchase your ticket.