Last night saw the kick-off of the TEDxAdelaide 2016 programme of events with a ‘Secret Theme Launch’, celebrated at the Griffin’s Hotel with over 150 TEDxAdelaide subscribers, event partners, speakers (past and present) and volunteers. There was a palpable sense of energy in the room as we revealed three exciting pieces of information, and asked the audience to connect with those around them.
We were thrilled to be joined by The Right Honourable The Lord Mayor of Adelaide Martin Haese for the proceedings. Lord Mayor Haese spoke about pushing Adelaide as a smart, green and deeply creative city, and of his desire for Adelaide to become an epicentre of Thought Leadership in Australia, and the importance of TEDxAdelaide in fostering these thoughts.
The TED community is united on the concept of ‘ideas worth spreading’, and the power of ideas in the hands of people willing to make change. This rings true for the TEDxAdelaide community, and perhaps our interconnectedness gives us an ‘unfair advantage’ over other communities: we have more connections, more opportunities for collaboration, therefore more power to make transformations, in our own lives and in the lives of those around us locally, nationally and globally.
Given this backdrop, the theme for TEDxAdelaide 2016 has been selected to reflect this. This year the theme is…
TEDxAdelaide 2016: Metamorphosis
So what does Metamorphosis mean, in the context of TEDxAdelaide? Within the framework of ‘ideas worth spreading’, one could think about the role of an idea in guiding transformation, be that personal or professional, or perhaps in regards to technology or social change. It could also refer to how an idea can evolve from inception to actualisation. The theme exists to guide curation, provide a hint and engage curiosity. It’s important that the theme and the event is reflective of the TEDxAdelaide community, so throughout the year we will be asking the questions: what does metamorphosis mean to you?
Last night we also announced the date of this year’s conference: Thursday 20th October, starting mid afternoon and heading into the evening, with some experiences to follow to continue the conversations. We will be back in the wonderful Adelaide Town Hall, which is celebrating its 150th birthday this year.
The third announcement was that of our our first speaker, Dr Fiona Kerr. Dr. Fiona Kerr is a prominent thought leader in the fields of social cognitive neuroscience and human connectivity. Fiona speaks all over the world on areas of neurogenesis (building new brain); the cognition of leadership, collaboration and creativity; how to build resilience, and the neuroscience of values, learning, community engagement, trust and even (physical) space. She gave us a sneak peek into what she may be talking about at the conference, raising the topic of the effects of human interaction on healing, compared to a purely technological treatment.
Tickets for this year’s event will go on sale roughly 6 weeks out from the event. Last year’s tickets sold out in record time, so make sure that you sign up to the mailing list to stay informed of all news and opportunities. The team are also working on a number of events to continue to bring together the TEDxAdelaide community. We’ll shortly be hosting a volunteer event, a major launch event in July and some TEDxAdelaide Salons (smaller, more tightly themed events) throughout the year.
We look forward to harnessing some amazing ideas from the community this year.