Technology, entertainment and design – these are the three fields of endeavour from which innovative thinkers first inspired audiences which led to a movement that became the global phenomenon that is TED as philosophers, scientists, philanthropists and business and religious leaders (among many others) shared their ideas and experiences.
TEDx is the travelling roadshow version that has allowed independent organisations to create their own TED event. Psychologist Tunteeya Yamaoka is the organiser of TEDx Robina, which was held on the Gold Coast last weekend. It was a TED Talk that inspired her to stage the local event.
“Last summer I was looking out into the ocean listening to Manoush Zomorodi's TED Talk on ‘How Boredom Can Lead to Your Most Brilliant Ideas’ where she described how the "default mode network" in our brains accesses our ability to become more creative. I related to her view that so many of us fill our lives with ‘business’ to avoid ‘boredom’, which can sometimes lead to mindless action.
“Before I moved back to the Gold Coast last year, I was in Sydney for three years where I was constantly on the move and yet, when I finally had a chance to sit down, I didn't truly allow myself to contemplate what I really wanted to achieve in my life. As I sat there, looking out into the ocean, stillness filled my mind and I allowed myself to wonder. I was a huge fan of TED and I desperately wanted to attend a live TED or TEDx Talk, so I searched for an event on the Gold Coast. There was nothing scheduled here, so I got creative, set a challenge and applied for a license to host an event.”
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Source: Study Gold Coast
22 November 2019