The ‘ideas’ event TEDx launches in Sydney

Y&R Brands’ Nigel Marsh, Google’s Lars Rasmussen and The Chaser co-creator Julian Morrow will be among the speakers at the TEDx Sydney event to be held by the Sydney-based General Thinking network.

The event is part of the US-based organisation TED which brings together thinkers and industry leaders from technology, entertainment and design to talk about “ideas worth spreading”.  

TEDxSydney is being organised by Sydney retail owner, Remo Giuffré of Remo General Store and his General Thinking network.

There have been smaller TEDx events held in Australia, but it is understood that the latest push will be first full scale TEDx event to be staged in this country.

Held at CarriageWorks in Sydney’s Eveleigh on  May 22, it will be attended by an invitation only audience of 650 “changemakers, innovators, thinkers, creatives, cultural leaders, social pioneers and TED enthusiasts”, according to its organisers.

Half of the seats will be allocated to members of the public via an application process available at There will also be a free, live webstream of the event.

Giuffré said: “TED is a unique learning environment which pays homage to the potency of ideas.

“Speakers are invited to the stage based on the merit of their ideas and TEDxSydney continues this tradition. For TEDxSydney we felt that we would establish a platform for local thinkers, doers and storytellers. We consider our role to be that of talent scouts; unearthing people from this part of the world, who inspire, and through their ideas and actions, make a powerful contribution to life on earth.”

TED was first launched in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from technology, entertainment and design. Along with the annual TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford UK, TED includes the TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Program, the new TEDx community program, last year’s TEDIndia Conference and the annual TED Prize.

TED has also created a program called TEDx which consists of  local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

The speakers’ list for 2010 TEDxSydney currently includes:

  • Rob Adams – Architect and Urban Designer, Director of Design and Urban Environment for the City of Melbourne
  • Glenn Albrecht – Transdisciplinary Philosopher, Professor of Sustainability at Murdoch University in Perth
  • Amanda Barnard – Scientist, Leader of the Virtual Nanoscience Laboratory at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
  • Rachel Botsman – Consultant and Author, Co-Author of upcoming book ‘What’s Mine is Yours: The Rise of Collaborative Consumption’
  • Michael Cathcart – Writer, Historian, Broadcaster, ABC & The Australian Centre
  • Sebastian Chan – Digital Strategist, Electronic Musician, Digital Artist, Head of Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
  • Jon Jureidini – Child Psychologist, Philosopher, Head of Psychological Medicine at Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Adelaide
  • Michael Kirby – Former High Court Judge and Chairman of Australian Law Reform Commission, Michael now serves as a member of the UNAIDS Panel on Human Rights and HIV
  • Andrew Kuper – Social Entrepreneur and Investor, President and Founder of LeapFrog Investments, the world’s first microinsurance fund, delivering life-changing financial services in developing countries
  • Nigel Marsh – Author, Co-founder of Earth Hour, CEO of Y&R Brands ANZ.
  • Jonathon Marshall – Researcher, Anthropologist, Australian Research Council supported anthropologist situated at the University of Technology, Sydney
  • Julian Morrow – Creative, Satirist and Co-Founder ‘The Chaser’, works independently in media and is Managing Director of ‘The Chaser’ creative team
  • Mary Victor O’Reeri – Traditional Owner, Educator, UN Delegate, Communicator and Entrepreneur, Mary co-created the Blank Page Summit on Suicide and the Blank Page Summit Hard Yard on ‘Closing the Gap’
  • Sarah Jane Pell – Artist, Researcher, Performance Artist, Dr Pell is an official aquanaut/artist/research crew member of ‘The League of New Worlds’ ATLANTICA 1 expedition
  • Greig Pickhaver (aka H.G. Nelson) – Actor, Comedian, Writer, one half of comedy duo ‘Roy & HG’
  • Lars Rasmussen – Technologist, Entrepreneur, Co-founder of Google Wave and ‘Where 2 Technologies’ which later became Google Maps
  • Michael Wesley – Policy expert, Author, Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy

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