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Today we speak to a previous attendee about why you should come!

Interview with Heather Vail


Q: “Who are you and what keeps you busy?”

I’m Heather Vail – an educator, family member, someone who is curious about the world. I’m also the founder and director of Stor-E-Cards, a business that offers a new form of greeting cards. I take photographs that become a greeting card, each of which has a story attached to it which can be accessed online. We believe that every picture tells a story.

Q: “What did you love about TEDxTauranga last year?”

I loved the buzz – just the sharing of so many great ideas, experiences; the great talks, music and food.  I had two favourites – first Puawai Cairns for how she brought history to life with help from social media. And second Marty Hoffart for encouraging everyone to take a stake in keeping the New Zealand environment clean.

Q: “What changed in your life following TEDxTauranga last year?”

I reflected on the talks all year. I walked away thinking even more about how positive and powerful  media and technology can be.  I also teach communication at Waiariki Institute of Technology and I use TED talks as apart of my teaching – particularly for  international students who are find English a barrier; it can be great way to teach the language through subtitles, non-verbal communication, paralinguistic, etc. I find there is a TED talk for every subject.

Q: “What are you looking forward to at TEDxTauranga this year?”

Definitely Sir Ray Avery – I read his book a few years ago. There is a group of ten of us coming up from Rotorua for the day, we’d  love to see a speaker from Rotorua represented in years to come!

Q: “What TED talks do you recommend to people?”

A favourite is Ron Finley: A guerrilla gardener in South Central LA.

Being an American I love the notion of brining power back to the people.

I also loved Tama Iti’s talk in the recent TEDxAuckland, Mana: The power in knowing who you are. His discussion of culture and activism was empowering.

Thanks Heather! Looking forward to seeing you at this year’s event.

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