TEDxQueenstown

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TEDxQueenstown - Ideas Worth Spreading

Illumination: Meet our Speakers

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Dorenda Britten Jamie Fitzgerald Lydia Kan
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Mark Balla Cam Calkoen Leslie Van Gelder
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Graeme James Marcus Winter Dane Barclay

Speaker release: Jamie Fitzgerald

Hey, it’s that proper adventuring bloke off the telly! Jamie Fitzgerald: adventurer, motivational speaker and leadership consultant is making his way (using present day methods) to share tales of adventure at our very own TEDxQueenstown! A natural strategic thinker, Jamie joins the dots to bring theory to life. His epic tales will have you on the edge of your seat.

Check out more on Jamie here www.inspiringperformance.co.nz

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Speaker released Leslie Van Gelder

Leslie Van Gelder is one busy lady.

As an archaeologist working in France, Spain, and Australia, Leslie is co-director of Aspiring Reflective Leadership, a vision and leadership facilitation group based in Glenorchy; and currently the General Manager of the new Glenorchy General Store and a communications and culture consultant to the larger Glenorchy Marketplace project.

“I’m an archaeologist who works in darkness in caves studying finger flutings — lines people drew on the walls of caves 20,000+ years ago. I’m also someone who’s been through the darkness of grief, having lost my husband who was also my best friend and research partner seven years ago.”

“I’m going to be speaking on the nature of legacy and life’s work and how the darkness in the caves has illuminated my vision of seeing one’s life’s work as being the marriage of one’s passion and the legacy of one’s compassion and the ways in which together they leave an imprint in the world that can last, in the same way as handprints in the cave, for a very long time after each of us is physically gone.”

Leslie joins the other two speakers announced so far; self-proclaimed traveller, entrepreneur, and social activist Mark Balla and ‘The Sand Man’ Marcus Winter.

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Ticket Date Released

At last, what you have all been waiting, wishing, craving, salivating over….the date of the tickets being released. Now, bearing in mind the tickets will disappear quicker than a large cake in front of people who have been walking for days on end, to get tickets you have to be quick.

TEDxQueenstown today (February 19 2015) announced tickets, costing $119, will go on sale for the highly-anticipated event at 8am Thursday March 19 2015 , making it the first TEDx event in New Zealand for 2015.

Available via the organisation’s website www.tedxqueenstown.com or www.eventfinda.co.nz the number of tickets will be limited to 300 to create an intimate environment while also ensuring as many people who want to can come and enjoy the experience.

“We’ve incorporated a networking and social function on the Friday night so people can start to meet other delegates before they come to the event on Sunday. Following in the success of other TEDx events, we’ve pulled together a day of organised local activities so visitors and locals alike can hang out with each other before the main event.”

“From morning yoga to a walk up Queenstown Hill, a day trip to Milford Sound, jet boating and more, there’s something for everyone. It really makes it a great weekend away and we hope that many will come away feeling illuminated by our special town.”

So set your alarm for 8am on March 19th as the tickets won’t stick around.

http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU1502/S00417/tedxqueenstown-illumination-event.htm

 

Mark Balla and Marcus Winter

We couldn’t be more chuffed to kickstart our speaker list with these two titans.  Both completely different and so very awesome in their own right.  Get ready to have your socks blown off people!

 

Mark Balla (traveller, social activist and entrepreneur)

“I would like to thank you on behalf of half a million people…” begins a note written to Mark Balla from a complete stranger. How does one man earn the gratitude of that many people? People that he doesn’t even know. Great ideas, energy, political nous all play a part.

But for Balla illumination is ‘all about the “aha” moment’. And it was during his extensive travels that he was inspired to set up the non-profit organisation We Can’t Wait to make simple ideas that are good for humanity work in practice.

Balla started his working life as a writer for Lonely Planet Publications before settling in Melbourne where he now lives with his wife, two teenage kids and a labrador.

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Marcus Winter (aka The Sand Man)

Using a light box as a canvas Marcus Winter manipulates millions of grains of sand for a living.  Winter’s extraordinary ability to tell a narrative through the seemingly simple movement of grain is enchanting. His dexterity allows him to conjure evocative images in seconds before they’re dashed aside ready for the next evocative representation.

Winter is a graceful storyteller whose work spans multiple disciplines for numerous clients such as Saatchi & Saatchi and NZ Maori Tourism.  Winter developed the performance side of his work at Otara Fleamarket using spray cans on cardboard, later training in Bogata, Columbia using Indian ink as a medium before transitioning to sand.  Not only has Winter taken his craft from the streets to the stage but also to international audiences onboard some of the worlds largest cruise ships!

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TEDxQueenstown Theme Released ‘illumination’

Wishing you a very Happy New Year to all our TEDxQueenstown friends!  In just a short few months TEDxQueenstown 2015 will be happening and we are so excited to be able to release our theme for April.

‘illumination’ conjures up a raft of images for us all; spark, growth, ideas, transition, stimulation, concept. All intertwined with the new year, the excitement and goings on of Queenstown and TEDx and April’s event. Here at TEDxQueenstown headquarters we’ve been in the process of bringing you the most exciting weekend of your life. Believe it people, it’s happening.

It’s now time to illuminate your senses (see what I did there) and slowly release details of all events that are happening around the weekend of the 19th.

Unveiling the theme, accompanying artwork and two event speakers today TEDxQueenstown co-curator Trent Yeo said illumination was a “broad topic that means many things to many people. After lots of discussion and brainstorming with the army of volunteers and peers, we decided illumination perfectly epitomizes Queenstown and has such potential to yield some great speeches. It’s already provoked a lot of discussion within the ranks as to what it means to all of us.”

First up and just a snippet of two of our speakers-

The first two speakers announced are Auckland-based sand artist Marcus Winter (aka The Sand Man) and Australian-based traveler, entrepreneur and social activist Mark Balla.

Anyone who is  interested in taking part as a speaker should email speakers@tedxqueenstown.com for more information or visit the website and complete the initial expression of interest form.

Media Release : TEDxQueenstown 2015 Date Announced

Media Release from TEDxQueenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand
Thursday 11 September 2014

TEDxQueenstown announces event dates!

TEDxQueenstown’s Community Launch has kicked off the campaign for 2015 with a blast. Covered on the night in the series of chats was the concept of TEDx, information on how locals can be involved from both a personal and a business level and some inspiring appearances from previous speakers, Dr Libby Weaver and Frederique Gulcher-Ingram. The countdown has begun for the third official TEDxQueenstown.

Co-curator for TEDxQueenstown, Scott Kennedy, announced on Monday night the official dates and location for the next event.

“I am happy to announce there are 220 days to go until our community is once again graced with a line-up of inspiring speakers, a day full of thought provoking conversation, creative thinking and ideas worth spreading. The next TEDxQueenstown will be held on Sunday 19th April 2015 at the Queenstown Memorial Centre”.

The theme for the event is still to be announced along with speakers.

For those who were unable to attend the Community Launch and have an interest in TEDx, volunteering for the next event or would like more information on how to be involved, join the conversation on Facebook or at www.TEDxQueenstown.com

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact

Jennifer Middleton
TEDxQueenstown
021 247 5460
media@tedxqueenstown.com

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

(Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

 

TEDx Queenstown Media Release : Community Event 8th Sept 2014

Media release from TEDxQueenstown
Queenstown, New Zealand
Monday 1 September 2014

TEDxQueenstown launches 2015 campaign with community information event
Organisers of TEDxQueenstown have announced they will hold a community information evening next Monday 8 September enabling all members of the Wakatipu to come along and find out more about the unique organisation that brings you TEDxQueenstown.

Held at the Queenstown Resort College Executive Suite from 5pm, the event is open to anyone who wants to find out more about TEDx, the event, when and how it all happens for you as an individual or business.

TEDxQueenstown co-curator Trent Yeo said he and the team of volunteers were “inspired and energised” to be working on the 2015 programme and already have some “great ideas brewing”.

“We want to establish TEDxQueenstown 2015 as a place for dialogue on innovation and ideas for our community, to the world,” said Mr Yeo.

“Since the last event the team and I have travelled to experience other TEDx events overseas and in New Zealand and we’ve got lots of ideas to make ours an even deeper experience for those in the live filming audience,” he said.
“This community evening is a platform for anyone who has ever been curious about the TEDx organisation to come and say hi, have a drink and ask lots of questions. We’re privileged to have at least four amazing people give short discussions on the night which will help shed some light on what TEDx is about from different angles.”

Part of the founding TEDxQueenstown crew are locals Trent Yeo and Scott Kennedy with the inaugural TEDxQueenstown event was held back in 2013. The successful first event was followed up by 2014s event titled ‘Sense of Place’.
The sell-out event attracted an array of high profile speakers including founder of Lonely Planet Tony Wheeler, internationally-renowned nutritional biochemist Dr.Libby Weaver and MEGA Limited CEO Vikram Kumar.
Other presenters also included local Queenstowners who had the audience gripped with individual speeches crafted uniquely for the event.
Organisers have confirmed Dr. Libby Weaver will make an appearance at the community launch event to speak about her TEDx experience last year as a speaker. Queenstown speaker Frederique Gulcher-Ingram, volunteer Charles Easter and previous attendee Ed Bassett will also talk about their personal reflections.

“Those involved with TEDx are always asked “so what is this event all about”. So we decided to open the doors to the community and answer those questions,” said Mr Yeo.

“We encourage anyone who’s ever had that thought pop into the head to come along, including businesses who may want to support the event via much-needed sponsorship, those wanting to volunteer pre-event and on the day and even those budding orators who may want to be one of our event speakers,” he said.

“The possibilities to be involved are endless and we’re looking for people with various skill sets to assist. It’s a team environment and just great to be a part of this worldwide phenomenon. People are the highlight, we get to learn new skills or practice old ones.”

The TEDx community information event will be held Monday 8 September at Queenstown Resort College from 5-6.30pm. Refreshments will be provided and event committee members and volunteers will be on-hand to answer any questions.

TEDxQueenstown 2015 dates will be announced at the community event and media advised after that. Ticket sales and speakers will be announced next year as the programme develops.

For the latest information on TEDxQueenstown join the conversation on facebook or at www.TEDxQueenstown.com

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact
Naomi Lindsay
TEDxQueenstown
027 471 7255
media@tedxqueenstown.com

TEDx Queeenstown Community Event 2014

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

TEDx Queenstown – Community Event Monday 8th September

TEDx Queeenstown Community Event 2014
The TEDx Queenstown team are delighted to announce our first community event on Monday 8th September in the QRC Executive Lounge.

We may have seemed quiet for a while as the TEDxQueenstown team rejuvinates, relaxes, skis and boards and…..gets bigger and better looking towards 2015!!!

The bigger part is true – we have more people helping out as volunteers, but I can’t promise they are better looking.  That’s up to you to judge.  And we haven’t really been quiet.  Trent has been flying around the world ‘TED’ing’ at different events, and we’ve been quietly planning our first informal TEDx Queenstown community gathering…

If you’ve heard about our events but still think ‘What is TEDx?’, this is the night for you.  If you still don’t know much about TEDx pop along for an informal chat to find out more about volunteering, hearing what it’s like to be a speak, and even what it’s like to be an audience member.

We are delighted to have along past speakers Dr Libby Weaver and Frederique Gulcher along with volunteers and audience members.

Go on – get excited, get involved.  See you on Monday 8th (that’s this Monday if you read this quickly!)

Map to location : Queenstown Resort College, 7 Coronation Drive, Queenstown

 

 

TEDxQueenstown 2014 : The Replay – all on one playlist…

Did you miss TEDxQueenstown 2014? Now’s your chance to relive the event in your own (Sense of) Place, just like the event’s theme.

All the videos have been added to a single YouTube playlist. Give yourself a few hours, invite your friends round, crack open your favourite beverage and some nibble, and let the discussions roll…  One click will play all the videos in sequence.

Please share this playlist with your friends so we can let as many people watch these talks as possible.
Thanks for your support which allowed this event to happen.