Thank you all for being part of the TEDxQueenstown community. For those who were lucky enough to be in the crowd on 22nd February 2014 you got to revel in the joy of being at a local event. Videos of the event are coming soon. For the latest info stay tuned on Twitter, Facebook or at TEDxQueenstown.com. For further enquiries about future events please email email@example.com.
Just one event, 5 hours eh?
Not at all. Like any TEDx event there an organising committee, and a raft of volunteers, partners and more that make up the event team.
This great time lapse by Alan Wharton shows the effort made just on the morning of the event… from just after moving the screen, to last minute preps by the speakers and tech setup and testing.
Look out for more videos from the event coming online over the next few weeks.
We stop and breath. It is done, at least for now. TEDxQueenstown has come to our town again brightened a few faces, challenged a few more assumptions and helped us imagine our own Sense of Place.
The theme this year held significance for me in that I am a relatively new local. I moved here because it felt right. I stay here because to me this feels like home.
I really associated with the mixed heritage discussion and what that brings to one’s character palette. I always say strange things such as diversity makes for a robust system. Although Queenstown itself has a short history it brings excitement through carried heritage of its people.
The other aspect that intrigues me is the adventurous, entrepreneurial and positively opportunistic nature of this town. Is that post-gold hangover? Is it new ‘local’ aspiration? Is it that we come to mountain places as sacred or special sites, historically not to dwell but to bask in their seasonal contrasts and special items such as pounamu for early Maori? Whatever one may associate with, the idea that people spend hard earned time and money to visit us brings with it the vitality of the happiness; the expectation of life giving fun.
Highlights for me of the event as part of the committee of headcases who partake in voluntary endeavours? The look of a volunteer at ‘work’, the ‘hey thanks’ from appreciative locals, the sincere thank you from speakers whom challenged themselves by bearing all under spotlight. Let you know more when we bring our heart rate down further.
We have said it a lot but seriously and again, thanks to all the partners and team. Stay tuned for a feedback survey so that we can be forever better at what we do. Above all at this point in time, look out for our social content where we announce the video release on TEDx Youtube of course as we all love the concept of Ideas Worth Spreading.
by Trent Yeo
A special welcome if you are visiting this whilst at the event today. Please enjoy the free WiFi.
Please use #tedxqueenstown for all your posts to help us collate them after the event.
If you’d like to show Queenstown some more love, please add on #gigatownqtn to any tweets you write!
The team at TEDx Queenstown are running around the Memorial Hall today setting up the stage, and our wonderful speakers are running through their presentations, getting amped for the big day tomorrow.
Online imagery is all about colours, appeal and catching your attention. We wouldn’t want to give the game away though…so instead here’s a backstage photo of the stage being set up
We look forward to everyone joining us tomorrow, others joining us online during the event (#tedxqueenstown), and even more joining our talks online at a later date.
Have a great weekend everyone.
At the time of writing it’s only a couple of days away from 100 people bouncing ideas around Queenstown for TEDxQueenstown 2014.
The team of volunteers (yes, we do it for the love) are like ducks in water – all calm and collected on the outside, whilst frantically running around tidying up all the minor things that lead to a great day.
Make sure you use the breakout sessions on the day to mingle with everyone else at the event, and say ‘Hi’ to all of us wearing our event t-shirts.
Pretend like you’re the ball in this video :
Move around, change environments (people), spread ideas, and bounce things off each other.
- Please arrive at the Memorial Hall in Queenstown at 12pm promptly.
- The doors will close once the event starts to ensure the speakers and filming are not interrupted.
- Allow until early evening (7pm TBC).
- You must bring your tickets to the event with you.
There is some on street and parking close to the event but it’s holiday season so ensure you leave enough time to park. The largest close paid car park is off Ballarat Street, on your right hand side as you enter the main part of town but there are options right next to the venue but they may not allow you enough time.
Remember this blog post will be updated if you need any more information so please check back
It’s going to be a great day. Bring yourself, an open mind, and be ready to meet another whole bunch of great people like yourself. We can’t wait to meet you all.
It’s one week before TEDxQueenstown so it’s the last competition entry we’ll highlight before the event. Rachael Burke from Wellington submitted this entry, taken across the lake from Queenstown so it’s a special one for us too. In her own words :
“Across the lake is where I grew up. I always feel a sense of peace when I come back to this place among the mountains.”
Thanks for entering Rachael. It was difficult for us to shortlist the entries so our thanks goes out to everyone for making our competition a success.
Diversity. It’s a big word that means lots of things to lots of people, in both a bonding and dividing manner. Whether you like it or loathe it, we live in a golden age of diversity. It’s in our politics, in commerce, and if good old Charlie Darwin is to be believed, it’s in our blood, as we subconsciously pursue ways to put our best foot forward as a species. Most of the time.
In London you see diversity in possibly its starkest form; With a peacefully thrown stone you could hit all kinds of places of worship, taking in all races, languages, cultures: the full enchilada. Tolerance abounds, and it’s a wonderful lesson for all.
Queenstown too has a wonderful chunk of tolerance, though here it’s all done a little differently.
Take any normal, moderate suburban Anywheresville and you’ll see ruts as far as the eye can see. Not necessarily in the roads, but in people’s lives. The daily grind perpetuates for 50 weeks of the year, with a little break here or there just to break up the sheer monotony, the only diversity being a new route to work.
But in this little (occasionally) quiet corner of Otago, lurks a giant. A diverse giant. He can be seen everywhere. He’s not omnipresent, he’s just big. He goes by the name of Choice. And it’s this lumbering beast called Choice that is the lifeblood of our town, setting it apart as both a destination and place not just to live, but to be alive.
This choice can be big and brash or small and discrete. Cracking the spine of a new book and in a favourite coffee house. Sitting on a balcony mesmerised by the tranquility whilst introducing your friends to their new best buddy, Pinot. And of course you can’t talk “Queenstown” without thinking about its extreme ends of the spectrum.
There’s something for all shapes, all sizes, all personalities, all people.
Of course as wonderful as this beast called Choice is, there is a downside: he doesn’t always start out friendly; at some point he will need to be tamed. Not everyone attempts it, and not everyone succeeds. What it boils down to is this:
In the same way that everyone eventually brings joy to a room, when either entering or leaving, Queenstown brings out the reasoning in people. if they find their reason to stay, they’ve found their sense of place.
And what a lovely place it is too.
by Matt Booth
Thanks for a great piece Matt. Like myself, Yorkshireman Matt’s found his sense of place on the opposite side of the planet from UK base.
It’s time to highlight another of our great competition entries for our Sense of Place competition. Julie Macfie from Hamilton submitted this entry, taken at the Burning Man festival in 2009. In her own words :
“This is at The Burning Man Festival 2009. When you get to BM they say ‘welcome home’ at the gate – even if you’ve never been there. That’s because it’s a place where you can truly be yourself, no one asks what you do for a living and there’s no such thing as conformity. It’s a society that works on gratitude, generosity and acceptance. Even though its an impermanent place, I try to keep its essence alive all the time…”
So even in a non-existent place you can still find your sense of place.
Thank you to our partners
The success of the first TEDxQueenstown event got many people excited about supporting and growing the spirit of ideas worth spreading in Queenstown. We started our 2014 journey with an enthusiastic group of people who were pumped and keen to donate their time and expertise to take the event to the next level.
With bigger momentum behind us than the inaugural event, we were full of energy and amazing ideas on how step up the game. However, we hit a speed bump late in the organising process when we lost a major potential partner and it felt like the project was about to be derailed.
Just when we thought we were all out of ideas, we came back to our roots when a prominent member of the business community suggested that we should reach out to many close to us for small contributions rather than relying on just one to cover everything. Much like how our own sense of place is composed of the individual pieces of our various values and experiences, TEDxQueenstown: Sense of Place became whole thanks to the numerous small contributions from the local businesses that came on board when we reached out for their help to get the project back on track.
Thank you to AJ Hackett Bungy, NZSki, Shotover Canyon Swing, Ziptrek Ecotours, Ngai Tahu Tourism, Real Journeys and Heli Tours who came on board with micro-funding. Thanks also to our other partners Central Lakes Arts Scheme (CLASS) and Queenstown Airport for their cash contributions; The Lodges Suites and Apartments for hosting our out of town speakers, and Queenstown Lakes District Council for the venue.