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The Lovers, The Dreamers and Me – our TEDxBrisbane round up


Ok, we know it’s a little late. But I’ve been really busy getting inspired by all the great ideas we spoke about at TEDxBrisbane and pollinating around the place….

So here it is!

CJ-Hendry-at-TEDxBrisbaneEarly last month I sacrificed my usual Sunday sleep in to head down to the Brisbane Powerhouse with a number of other creative Queenslanders to be inspired with a day full of conversation in the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

For those who are unfamiliar with the TED concept – it’s designed as a way to engage and inspire others with ideas worth spreading. Speakers can be from a variety of different backgrounds – science, arts, politics, global issues, medicine, music and more. Previous speakers have included Bill Gates, Sir Ken Robinson and more.

TEDxBrisbane is an independently organised event, full of these inspiring talks from local talent. At this year’s conference we heard from artist CJ Hendry, Dr Fiona Reilly, Rod Quantock, Jessica Watson and Connie Johnson to name a few.

Kicking things off with the Dreamers, my favourite was Jesse Richardson’s approach to critical thinking in education and the need to teach children how to think, not just what to think. You can check out his talk below.

I also enjoyed creative duo Marianne Harvey and Christian Staal who spoke about the importance of daydreaming for creativity. Still working on implementing daydream sessions into the office schedule – will let you know how I go!

When we moved onto the Evolve side of things, breast cancer advocate Connie Johnson posed a few questions about mortality that really stuck with me – why should we wait until we’re dying to start living? And I have to agree, we don’t have to be dying to decide to climb Mt Everest, or start enjoying our lives.

You may have heard of Connie from her work with Love Your Sister, which has so far raised more than $2million for breast cancer research.


Finally we finished with Connect and Believe, which featured a pretty special performance from concert pianist David Helfgott. This actually blew me away, and I know how lucky I was to have seen it.

My take away from the whole experience – TEDx is a fantastic way to connect with other people, have conversations you normally wouldn’t and start to think about the world differently. I feel like I have a whole new lease over my professional and personal life since attending, and would encourage everyone to sign up for next year!

Images courtesy of TEDxBrisbane