“Great minds come together at TEDxCanberra” – Canberra Times the day before the TED fest yesterday.
I don’t think it escaped the attention of anyone at TEDxCanberra that talks on mental illness book-ended a rather fantastic day.
Like millions of people I have watched TED talks online. They are great, but actually being in the TED audience is something else again. The recordings should be online soon. I can’t wait to see some of them again.
The list of speakers is here. I didn’t tweet or liveblog or do anything much for a whole day except listen and think and wonder.
Mental health- why aren’t we there for each other? Almost double the number of suicides in Australia than road accidents. Suicide is the leading cause of death in women under 34 and men under 44. We need to develop a culture of suicide first aide- like road and fire safety and physical first aide. Change the way you talk, people don’t commit suicide – this is a throwback from when suicide was regarded as a crime and a sin. People suicide. Young people suicide. Dawn O’Neill, Pat McGorry Pat said that adolescents are “exquisitely sensitive” – how wonderful is that phrase…I forget that sometimes I know.
The search box is a slot. The search box is ubiquitous. Think of one of Sidney Nolan’s famous paintings of Ned Kelly. All we see when we search is that letterbox view of a collection. Is search all we have? Mitchell Whitelaw – the Visible Archive – work at NAA. “Show everything” – the links, relationships, networks. – context. Visualisation is interactive and live. Brings you right into the document or image. Offers clues. Discovery.
What we expect influences what we see – Miriam Lyons
Seeking (and finding) our future. I’ve heard Mark Pesce speak before, but his TED talk was different. Personal. I’m not quite sure how he prepared or practised such a talk. The future is alluring, he used the word alluring a lot. The essence of his talk? – when you look down and in (to your device), look up and connect.
Kristin Alford talked about the future, sustainability. We have stories of the past, we need stories of the future, integrated stories of the future. Most stories of the future are about technology or the green, sustainability stories. We need integrated stories and images about the future. Not the future of 10-40 years away, but the future of 100 year away? 21 August this year was ‘earth overshoot day’ – when we used up our ecological budget for the year.
Dreams, kids dream when they are small children, why do we stamp on their dreams when they are teenagers, adolescents – when they need more than ever to dream? – Francis Owusu and fantastic boys dancing. Such humour and passion. We need to be dream converters.
Passion, find a passion – Sunny Forsyth
….. That doesn’t even cover HALF of the speakers!
It was exhausting and exhilarating. People, education, society, future, sustainability.
Watch the videos when they are up.
All ideas worth spreading.
(oh- and great to meet Clare, aka @newgradlib and partner IRL). Kx
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