While buying my ticket to TEDx Auckland 2014 remembered I’d never gotten around to writing a post about the 2013 event.
Earlier this year there was some flack about TED, prompted it seems by some ‘dubious’ TEDx events. From my experience at TEDx Auckland it certainly wasn’t one of those. The Aotea Centre was full, the speakers uniformly excellent and it covered a wide variety of topics.
In his intro MC @VaughnDavis (below right) made a comment which summed up my TEDx experience. He said with TED on-line you tend to self censor, focus on the familiar, topics of interest. With the live event you can’t and it is a good thing. It was, as he suggested, the unexpected which made a real impression.
For example I’m not a fan of poetry but one memorable session was Grace Taylor’s Rising Voices (Youth poetry movement) and the powerful performances by Marina Alefosio & Brian Gashema. They’d never been on stage before and got a thoroughly deserved standing ovation from the full house Aotea Centre audience.
I had heard of Dr Richard Nunns but never seen him lecture. His style was awesome, building from a slow, seemingly rambling, start to an amazing mash up of traditional Maori instrumentals, a string quartet and hip-hop (with King Kapisi). Pity there isn’t a video of that session
Rather than trying to review all the sessions in detail, it was a while ago!, here are the notes I made on the day with a few [added comments]. I’ve added links to the actual presentation page, most of which have videos, if you want to see what inspired them.
The photos are all mine (my TEDx 2013 Album on Flickr). It was nice to be at an event which encouraged photography, tweeting and recording!
[loved his opening remarks] “I can speak for hours on a marae and people love it, but TED organizers expect something profound in 15 minutes”. “Took me 7 minutes to turn off my cell phone in the green room”
Career advice tertiary education not employment focused
Local solutions for local problems
Established local careers expo
School leavers connection program. If no plans contacted every 14 days
Work readiness training - time management, drivers license, tools, skills - with mentoring
Result: Nobody under 25 unemployed since 2006, low crime, no graffiti
Why isn’t he Mayor of Auckland, a thousand times better than Len Brown [and this was written before the Bevan debacle]
Wrap Up - A chance to thank the TEDx Auckland team
Between sessions the foyer included exhibits from some speakers and even live art. Lovenotes, handmade stationery from waste paper, were being made and sold on site. There was also a chance for some to experience Baby X but the queues were too long for me.
If I’d written this soon after TEDx Auckland 2013 I would have said keep an eye on the site for 2014 news. However, the tickets for 2014 are on sale at http://tedxauckland.com with one already sold to me! See you there?
Was cycling while a quiet country road near Auckland Airport and heard a strange 'ping'. Soon after what felt initially like a flat tyre turned out to be a broken spoke on the rear wheel. It was still in place but the head had gone, thus the ping!
50km home with a wobbly wheel would have been a pain but I don't carry a spare. Can't remember last time I had a broken spoke!
I loosened off the brakes and made it to Cycle City. Although the workshop looked pretty busy they fixed it for me in a few minutes so the ride home - via Botany, Panmure, Kohimarama, City and Nth Western Cycle Path - was much better.
100km + 1100m climbing today if Cycle Tracks elevation tracking can be believed!
Maybe it is the season, winter gloom approaches, or just the time of my evening commute?
Every night I see several cars with no headlights, barely visible in the dark. It can be easy to overlook if you drive out of a brightly lit car park on to the lit city street. Sometimes, especially when roads are wet, it can be hard to tell if your lights are on at all!
There seem to be accepted signals for thankyou (couple of hazard light flashes), caution (headlight full beam flash) but no way to jut say “turn your lights on”. I’ve tried multiple headlight flashing but only seen limited response to that. Any better ideas?
Must have strayed into the smokers section of rush hour* this morning. Sitting at the on-ramp lights at Rosebank Rd three cars had drivers smoking, hanging their arm or puffing smoke out of an open drivers window.
Seems odd that they don’t want that stinky cancer inducing filth in their car but quite happy to let their poor lungs suffer the same.