Founded in 1984, this non-profit organisation began as a conference set to discuss technology, entertainment and design. Today, TED covers topics ranging from science to education to social issues in more than 100 languages across the globe.
TEDx, is an independently run events platform that helps to further share ideas and discussions with a wider range of communities. Under the guided direction of licensee Juanita Wheeler, the re-named Brisbane forum will bring together talented and innovative speakers to inform and inspire the local community. Wheeler believes the name change is an important milestone for the TEDx community throughout Queensland. “We are incredibly excited about changing names from TEDxSouthBank to TEDxBrisbane,” she said. “While the TEDx community has had amazing experiences with TEDxSouthBank, in many instances life-changing experiences, the opportunity to move to a citywide name
TEDx will not only continue its mission to bring important global ideas to the Brisbane community, but also showcase the city’s most innovative and potentially world-changing concepts. Wheeler notes that while they believe passionately in the power of ideas and changing preconceived attitudes, the TEDx community is invested in providing free knowledge from the world’s most ambitious thinkers.
The rebranded platform aims to build on key values adopted by the TEDx movement, specifically its diverse range of creative and inspirational speakers. In 2016 alone, former Young Australian of the Year Drisana Levitzke-Gray, urban designer Lara Nobel and author JM Donellan were amongst the many talents who engaged with audiences at South Bank.
Wheeler says that the TEDx community is filled with passionate individuals who are driven to challenge themselves and embrace new ideas. “They are the doers of the world. Beyond any single event, TEDxBrisbane, like TEDxSouthBank before it, will be a community of individuals committed to discovering, sharing and spreading ideas,
The experienced TEDxBrisbane team will undergo a rigorous curatorial process, seeking out topics that are relevant to local audiences. With urgent, often topical and game changing ideas explored, TEDx organisers present discussions they believe the immediate community needs to hear about.
In previous years, TEDx has presented important talks on topics including The Future of Indigenous Storytelling, Should Men Be Vulnerable?, Why You Should Take Candy From Strangers, Why Sex As We Know It Doesnít Matter and What Does My Headscarf Mean To You?.
TEDxSouthBank held its first event in 2012 as TEDxSouthBankWomen under the founding licensee, Laura Stokes, before changing its name to TEDxSouthBank in 2014 to reflect its broadened scope to the wider community.
The 2017 TEDxBrisbane program is currently under development, but promises an even more impressive line-up of speakers who will initiate deeper discussions and strengthen its global online audience.