98 Reasons Why The Nominations For Speaking At TEDxTauranga 2015 Have Now Closed

Good news, we have closed nominations for speakers for TEDxTauranga 2015!

It’s good news because we’ve had 98 nominations to work through this year which is awesome!

There are 5 stages in our speaker selection process:

  1. Nomination
  2. Phone Interview
  3. Face-to-Face interview (which we call “Meet & Greet”)
  4. Practice Talk (where our semi-finalists present their 15 minute talks to us and we provide them with feedback)
  5. Selection of the final 10

Here’s where we stand:

  • 98 nominations that we’ve interviewed on the phone
  • 40+ is how many potential speakers we’ve interviewed in person at our “Meet & Greet” evenings at The Tauranga Club
  • 20+ is how many practice talks we’ll be watching in person between March and June
  • 10 is how many speakers we’ll be choosing for our event

The purpose for telling you this is to give you confidence that TEDxTauranga 2015 will be on of the best TEDx events on the planet.

Convinced?

Good. 🙂

3 more things I need your help with:

  1. Have you saved the date for TEDxTauranga in your calendar yet? 10am to 7pm Saturday 25 July 2015 (We’re planning an after-party also, so you might want to set a home time of 10pm 🙂
  2. Get your peeps to sign up via email so they don’t miss out on early-bird tickets (April) and other announcements
  3. Keep watching and sharing your favorite TED talks with friends and family in person, via email & Facebook etc (and drop in the fact that they can join you for a live event in July)

When can you get tickets?

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser for TEDxTauranga
Phone: (07) 575 8799
Mobile: 021 128 5046

Hooray! Another Video From TEDxTauranga 2014: Dr. Rodney Ford

I just updated our video page with the 9th (and final) video from TEDxTauranga 2014.

Dr. Rodney Ford: Daily Bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten?

Yay!

In other news, I have assembled my team for TEDxTauranga 2015. I have 32 amazing volunteers with me this time which means we are certain to have an epic event next July. Stay tuned.

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Nicole Masters + James Ross

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014.

  1. Nicole Masters: Down and Dirty; a pile of reasons to fall in love with soil
  2. James A. Ross: Learning Differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life?

I’ll be in touch shortly with the final video!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Vikki Kelly + Dr. Liza Schneider

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014.

  1. Vikki Kelly: The three second kiss – why our future depends on it
  2. Dr. Liza Schneider: Sustainable healthcare for our pets- why the answer is not in the bag

I’ll be in touch shortly with the next videos!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

Reactions to TEDxTauranga 2014

Below is a list of testimonials & reactions that we’ve collected over the last 5 weeks since TEDxTauranga (you can add your own to the comment section at the bottom).

4 things for you to do next:

  1. Note the date for TEDxTauranga if you haven’t already: Saturday 25 July 2015
  2. Volunteer to join the 2015 team
  3. Become an event sponsor/partner (or let us know who we should talk to)
  4. Nominate a speaker for 2015

I love talking about TEDxTauranga so pick up the phone anytime.

Cheers,
Sheldon Nesdale
(07) 575 8799, or 021 128 5046

TEDxTauranga Speaker Reactions

If you know someone who would make an awesome TEDxTauranga speaker in 2015, you can nominate them.

“Thank you for the opportunity to speak, it was a truly inspiration experience, and great to meet your amazing crew. Awesome job pulling it all together!”
– Nicole Masters, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“I commend you and am so grateful to you for your courage and vision… You’re definitely making a difference in our community and in the world, thank you.”
– Dr. Liza Schneider, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Congratulations on managing such an awesome event. Everyone I spoke to really enjoyed the TEDx event – me too! I felt honored to be one of your speakers.”
– Dr. Rodney Ford, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

“Wahoo! Loved the TEDx experience! Inspiring and mind blowing. Great job crew. Thanks for the invite!!!!!”
– Nicole Masters, 2014 TEDxTauranga Speaker

Sponsor Reactions

If you would like to sponsor the 2015 event, call Sheldon on 575 8799, or 021 128 5046.

“What a great experience and event – well done! I thoroughly enjoyed the day/night and just wanted to commend you and your team for a fantastic TEDx show where all of the speakers and performers lived up to their billing.”
– Tait Grindley, General Manager at New Zealand Institute of Management Inc.

“As a firm we want to engage with our clients at a deeper level than as a simple service provider. Part of that engagement is the exchange of ideas and interests. By sponsoring TEDx we demonstrated to our clients that as a firm we value the power of ideas to make a difference. As an event it also gave us multiple opportunities to Network with many people on the day between speakers. There was a real buzz in the breaks and striking up a conversation was dead easy. We would definitely recommend sponsoring the event to any business that wants to make a difference and be associated with a diverse audience of all ages , views and backgrounds. The experience at the event was outstanding. It was a very professional event of high quality. A visitor from London said that it was better than a TEDx event she had been to in New York.”
– Mackenzie & Elvin – Platinum Sponsor

“Tedx Tauranga was a well organised professional event with many thought provoking speakers. As an organisation SmartGrowth values the same ideas as TEDx and aligns with new and innovative approaches to growth and planning. Highly recommend to be part of as a sponsor.”
– Justine Brennan, SmartGrowth Implementation Manager

Audience Reactions

“What a fantastic event!!… It was well run; with great speakers and good catering but most of all was the atmosphere and the buzz in the air to be in a room with 500 plus creative, interesting and thinking people. Can’t wait until next year.”
– Bernie van der Lee

“Thank you for a wonderful day yesterday, loved it, speakers were awesome.”
– Sharon Lambert

“Sheldon was funny and so full of passion. Great range of well prepared thought provoking speakers
Entertainment of a high standard. Venue was great and plenty of parking always a bonus. The folk foods and presentation were awesome & quantities seemed spot on.”
– Carla Beazley

“Well done, you carried the day in an easy going and entertaining way. I enjoyed the stimulation of different perspectives – putting a bit of music in there helped too.”
– Dave Collins, Service Supervisor at Komatsu, Auckland

“The venue was fantastic and getting a good seat was not too difficult. There was the free shopping experience – great giveaways – and the chance to rub shoulders with people before the show got under way. The event started on time – always a plus for punctual me – and your introduction was informative, fun and….. quirky. From the first speaker to the last and including the video talks, the material was always of at least decent acceptable, sometimes superb and occasionally, totally sooooo inspiring. Fantastic, that us GFs were well catered for.”
– Murray Maunder

“We had fun, met people, ate delicious food, heard some fantastic ideas from our people that were definitely worth sharing. Robyn and I will definitely plan TedxTauranga 2015 into our diaries and tell lots of our friends to give it a go.”
– Robyn Maunder

“TEDxTauranga was a dynamic mixture of real time speakers, new ideas, innovative music, lots of passion and an opportunity to meet great people and discover new adventures for both the body and the mind. The speakers were interesting and committed and for most of them this was a great place to get their message out and get reactions. The day made a difference in all the lives of those present I believe. It did in mine and I am looking forward to working with several presenters and several attendees on new ideas and campaigns.”
– Roberta Budvietas, Business Mentor at BUDZ Business Services

“We had a great time with several speakers of direct interest to family and it was particularly satisfying to watch their enthusiasm for all things grow. Lots of buzz all the way home to Hamilton and we are going to have TED video nights once a week.”
– Nigel Byron

“#TEDxTauranga amazing today! Learnt what a gluten is”
– Jim Grafas ‏‪@jimgrafas, via Twitter

“Wonderful ‪#tedxtauranga event well done ‪@SheldonNesdale !! Looking forward to the next one! “
– Tim Nesdale ‏‪@Nez99, via Twitter

“Thanks to ‪#tedxtauranga. A cool ocean breeze of brain food.”
Trent Yeo ‏‪@wherestrentnow, via Twitter

“Thank you ‪#TEDxTauranga for new ideas and making me question those I had….. I will never think of CAT in the same way again.”
– Louise Miller ‏‪@louise_miller44, via Twitter

“Finishing up at # tedxtauranga so much fun!!”
– Sarah-Hope ‏‪@Hopey11, via Twitter

“TEDx was an amazing heartening positive informative day, a much needed antidote to the Fear based NEWS, which seldom features the people taking us to a positive future. The group of speakers and entertainers we had in Tauranga this weekend form part of that positive growing movement. Thanks for bringing TED to Tauranga and including Local issues too.”
– Kyle Ashley, via Facebook

“A huge thank you to everyone who worked on, and in this event. It was a huge success. Sheldon and team… I laughed. I danced. I learnt. I had fun. I was inspired. I didn’t cry… Until the very end…when you got teary eyed thanking people. I’d like to add to that… And thank your wife for sharing you with all of us. She must be an incredible woman! PUCKER up guys and I look forward to seeing you next year at TEDx Tauranga.”
– Rachelle Sutton, via Facebook

“Thanks for a very enjoyable day, left feeling very inspired can’t wait til next year!”
-‪ Sarah Raman, via Facebook

“Sheldon you should be soooo proud of yourself and the team it took to put it together. Without doubt the best day of the year for me so far. A magic mix of information, inspiration, and an overwhelming feeling of kindred spirits there throughout the day. I spoke to so many people I’d never met before.
The mix of speakers covered all bases and I found that even if I had a preconceived idea about whether this or that person would be interesting to me, they actually were, because of the way they presented it and their obvious passion about their topic.”
– Steph Holloway, via Facebook

“TEDx was an amazing heartening positive informative day, a much needed antidote to the Fear based NEWS, which seldom features the people taking us to a positive future. The group of speakers and entertainers we had in Tauranga this weekend form part of that positive growing movement. Thanks for bringing TED to Tauranga and including Local issues too.”
– Kyle Ashley, via Facebook

“TEDxTauranga – Thank you for a great day of “Info-tainment”! I left feeling inspired and energised, with new ideas and some new friends too. Well done to the team for such a great programme and well executed event. Looking forward to next year already.”
– Pip Loader, via Facebook

“Really enjoyed attending this event yesterday!! All you organisers did such a FANTASTIC job of putting on a very inspiring thought provoking, high-energy event! Looking forward to the next one!!”
– Lorna Kennedy, via Facebook

“Beyond fabulous day, thank you so much. Astounded the way the stories all interconnected on a similar level. Such powerful, thought provoking speakers, original, beautiful music. Loved the ‘shopping on us’ isle, felt like a celeb being able to choose bits and pieces to pop in my bag. Great food, great company, 10/10 to every single person on the team that brought us TEDxTauranga!!! Already looking forward to next year.”
– Su-an McMahon, via Facebook

“TEDx allows people with a passion for bringing about positive change to a planet that has separated itself from the natural world, to share their solutions. Sheldon Nesdale, who I would vote for Mayor in a heartbeat and his team of Ted-X disciples, gave us all in the audience, cool kai for thought. It was served up by beautiful minds and beautiful music and it came gift wrapped in a whole lot of love.”
– Tommy Kapai, Bay Of Plenty Times

“Changing the world involves spreading ideas locally. TEDxTauranga connects you to that change. Bringing inspiring people to a stage and an audience to whom you’ll find an instant connection.”
– Isaac Tanner- Dempsey

“Absolutely LOVED the entire afternoon/evening. The time flew by as we, the audience, were whisked from interesting topic’s to relevant research to new thoughts and ideas. For anyone interested in an injection of inspiration, ‘feel good’ factor, and debate I recommend you participate in next year’s event.”
– Jess Somerville, Community Relations Representative at Trustpower

“TEDx was amazing! Well done, it was a treat for the mind and soul!”
– Tania Gaborit

“TED is one of the few events that features speakers talking about a diverse range of topics. It’s not the theme of the event that attracts people, it’s the philosophy and the common ideals of the participants that make it such an inspiring experience. And you get to meet lots of new people! TEDx Tauranga was no exception, a fantastically well organised event, very polished speakers and some fascinating topics. Well done team!”
– Ben Rickard, via Facebook

“It was a fantastic event. Sheldon was such a warm host, the speakers and singers were inspirational and it made you feel good. Thanks so much to Sheldon and his team of volunteers for giving back in the Bay.”
– Cherie Hawkins, via Facebook

“What a wonderful event!”
– Kathlene Cook, Community Relations Representative at Trustpower

“The TEDx event in Tauranga was a huge hit. A diverse range of local and international speakers shared a variety of topics. There was and even some singing and dancing…Plans are already underway for a bigger and better event next year.”
– TaurangaTech

“I had so much fun, both photographing and listening. Count me in for next year, I’d be honoured to be back!!”
– Little Miss Rose (Official event photographer)

“Awesome, awesome, awesome…Beautifully done. Interesting, with no boring bits. Fabulous mix of speakers and the whole thing just looked polished and professional.”
– Steph Holloway

“Was pretty excited coming up to Taurangas Tedx talks Saturday just passed. Walked away feeling it was one of the most inpiring things I have ever done. Stuck in an arena for 8 hours and lots of breaks with 500 other people being inspired. Wicked!
– Helen Copplestone

“In a nutshell….. I FREAKIN’ LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!!! I had bought a ticket for my 23 year old daughter as a Christmas present last year, and she said it was the best Christmas present she has ever had! The entire time, I didn’t get bored or fidgety once. I felt so great being in a huge room with 500 other people who love to learn, and think, and make a difference. The vibe was just amazing!
The whole day was a feast for my mind, my ears, my taste buds.”
– Genevieve White

“Fab event luved it! We were able to meet the speakers, so they became ‘real’. We were a part of an energy-filled space that seemed to just magnify after every speaker.”
– Angie Davies

“Positive awakening to see so many ‘open minded’ people in one place – they all brought a great vibe to the room. Of course the MC did a sterling job too.”
– Annabel Davies

2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014: Puawai Cairns + Dr. Ian G. McLean

I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014.

  1. Dr. Ian G. McLean: Love your children? Keep their enemies close
  2. Puawai Cairns: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I

I’ll be in touch shortly with the next videos!

In the meantime, photos from our event just went up on our Facebook page. Tag yourself and people you know.

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

First 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2014 Now Online: Ben Warren + Marty Hoffart

I just updated our video page with the first 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2014 (+ the 3 official TED videos we played).

  1. Ben Warren: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you
  2. Marty Hoffart: Still a Clean, Green New Zealand? Three opportunities to rescue our slipping image

I’ll be in touch shortly with the next videos!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

TEDxTauranga 2014: How did the 2nd TEDx event in Tauranga go?

Well, well, well, what can I say about yesterday’s TEDx Tauranga Event?  Nothing other than AWESOME would be the only answer!!

I know that we organisers had one heck of a great time seeing 9 months of work come to fabulous fruition, and it looked to me like the audience had a great time too?   I know we saw many of you dancing in the aisles and up front, centre stage to Alice Sea and Aaron Saxon!

Dancing up front to Alice Sea and Aaron Saxon

Dancing up front to Alice Sea and Aaron Saxon

Wow, wow, wow was all we could say as the hours passed yesterday and ironically, the song “Happy” by Pharrell Williams kept repeating over the speakers during the hourly breaks. Taurangians (coining a new word here), organisers and audience members alike were spotted in various areas doing the happy dance to Pharrell as the day successfully unfolded.  Being one of the many volunteer organisers on this event, I can honestly say I was so proud to be a part of this awesome enterprise!

The day started with a very eager sold-out crowd of 505 Taurangians, and various TED fans from around New Zealand making a break for their seats through the doors of the ASB arena at 1pm.

Head Organiser Sheldon Nesdale took centre stage to MC the event.  His fun and light-hearted style of humour and enthusiasm set the mood for everyone to relax and enjoy.

Sheldon Nesdale (Licencee, Head Organiser, emcee)

Sheldon Nesdale (Licencee, Head Organiser, emcee)

And Sheldon made his yearly promise to the audience, which, would be fair to say that most were achieved:

  1. You will hear new ideas
  2. You will meet new people
  3. You will cry at least once
  4. You will laugh at least twice
  5. You will clap until your hands are raw

All achieved except maybe for one – I don’t think there was too much crying, and if there was, it was crying with laughter from Sheldon’s jokes.

Sheldon also mentioned something about the guarantee of TED talks always leaving you with a sense of hope and inspiration, that we too can actually change the world in some unique way and make a dent in the universe.

Promises and guarantees were delivered through the talks of the incredible line-up of speakers and performances from the entertainers we were graced with.  The 15-minute talks and entertainment left us changed, with much to think about.  New ideas were sparked– ideas, that didn’t go away in seconds or minutes.  These were ideas that stayed in our psyches, planted seeds and will maybe eventually move us into action in some place in our lives.  The 9 talks all had an unintentional thread of themes that flowed throughout.  And, this happened naturally in the selection of high quality speakers, based on who was the most profound.  The overall themes were based around health and well-being, connection and caring—relating to the planet, people and animals.  So the talks got us thinking, and the entertainers added FUN and creativity to the mix.  We were dancing and laughing in the midst of it all.

So, did we leave feeling happy and hopeful and thinking about cool new ideas?  You better believe it!

Upon the backdrop of a spectacular set design, by Benjamin Parkinson, that resembled a constellation of stars upon an open night sky through a black and red TEDx living room;

The line up for the day went like this:

1. Ben Warren

Talk Title: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you.

Email: ben@bepure.co.nz
Website: www.bepure.co.nz
Phone: 0800 873 787

Ben Warren

Ben Warren

Ben started by telling us that if you have anything wrong with your body right now, chances are it’s your nutrition.  He then told us the story about his own journey as a professional golfer and coping with a major back problem.  What he would find out from a coach and health expert on the course was that his back problem was probably related to an allergy to dairy, and she could tell this by his posture, shape and breathing in his golf swing.  When Ben trialled taking dairy out of his diet, he was so transformed, that he became obsessed with learning about nutrition and went on to study it with a vengeance, laying down the golf clubs.  He now speaks worldwide about nutrition and owns the business BePure.

Ben then drew a picture for us of the startling real statistics of the rising rates of cancer in New Zealand, diseases on the rise, chemicals in our food and drinking water, facts about processed carbohydrates and the damage on our insulin production, and most importantly for New Zealand; the vitamin deficiencies in our food and soil within New Zealand.   He also discussed how different differing cultures, races and ancestral physiology have differing nutritional needs and we should learn about our own.

Luckily, he left us with ways to take responsibility for our own health and these were his suggestions; learn about what is right for your own body, grow or buy your own organic food, eat organ meats for optimal nutrition, cut out the carbs, sugar and gluten.  Be healthy and live free of health problems.

I felt healthier just listening to him!

2. Manu Prakash [TED.com Video]

Talk Title: A 50 cent microscope that folds like origami [Watch Video]

Manu Prakash

Manu Prakash

Watch Manu Prakesh’s clever little talk on a nerdy little microscope folded like origami that allows you to see the vertebrae of a mosquito, or the details of an insect’s compound eye.  This simple little invention is innovative and revolutionary for science and microscopy and may just change the way we study the world.  Get folding!

3.  James Ross

Talk Title: Learning differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life?

Email: knowdyslexia@gmail.com 
Phone: 027 2788 983
Facebook: Know Dyslexia Charitable Trust

James Ross

James Ross

How do you go from school dropout to finding power in seeing words in three dimensions?  Well, James had the story and came to the stage announcing that he was a dyslexic.  He shared his trials of struggling with reading and writing for many years, assuming he was simply “dumb”, and inventing strategies to survive the embarrassment.  In the midst of en engineering career, a colleague told him he thought James may be dyslexic.  It wasn’t until he was 33, he discovered that he was 100% a visual learner or “dyslexic” and the relief poured in, as well as the passion to learn all about it.  He was then taught to examine words three dimensionally, modelling the letters in clay.  This was a jaw dropping moment for him, learning that 20% of the population was this way, gifted actually, and struggling with the flat and linear words on the page–so flat, that they would actually disappear when he read them.  But when he was able to see words in 3 dimensions, he broke through the “disability” and now helps teachers learn how to teach the gifted visual dyslexics with 3D learning all over New Zealand.

This was an inspiring and touching story James brought to TEDx, and in his story he taught the audience a lot about how each of us “see” words as well.  James demonstrated to the audience an exercise, which revealed if each individual saw in words or in pictures, or both.  The answers for each of us were truly awakening.

4.  Calista

Email: calista@outlook.co.nz
Phone: 027 280 5028

Wow.  I was awe struck by this ever so young beauty who stood confidently and humbly up on stage announcing that she is not motivated by money or fame, but by the love of the performing arts.  As a 15 year old Tauranga local who was a finalist in New Zealand’s got Talent last year, that’s a pretty impressive attitude.

Calista

Calista

Calista sang perfectly 4 songs, and two that really stuck out for me were were the song “Price Tag”, by Jesse J and “Don’t Rain on My Parade”, a popular song from the 1964 musical Funny Girl.  To pull off either of these songs is a huge feat, and she did it beautifully with her big voice that can reach any note without a hitch.  This Tauranga superstar blew the TEDx audience away.  It’s a given that this young lady has an incredible future ahead of her, so watch this space!

5. Dr Ian G. McLean

Talk Title: Love your children? Keep their enemies close.

Email: tawakix@hotmail.com

Dr Ian McLean

Dr Ian McLean

“If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles… if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”  This was the opening quote from Dr. Ian G. McLean stated, from Sun Tzu,  “The Art of War”, an ancient Chinese book on military strategy.  How would this apply to me, I wondered?  I don’t have any enemies?

The enemies are more subtle than that, I would learn.

From the wilds of Canada, through warzones in the Middle East to small town New Zealand, Biologist Dr. Ian G. McLean explained through a series of his own travels and experiences, how our ability to adapt our behaviour to whatever threatens us will allow us to survive in the face of adversity.  Through his journeys around the world starting with biology trips to Canada where grizzly bears were his threat, to supporting the clearance of land mines in the Middle East—an environment he had to operate in for 5 years—he learned to “know” his enemy and to live next to it.

What are some of the threats we have in New Zealand, he asked?  Traumatized post-earthquake and flooded Christchurch, economically stripped small towns of NZ like Featherston and Kaikohe, Kawerau, where suicide rates are high.  Are these places offering us a chance for hope or leading our kids and families to withdrawal and drop out of society?

Dr. McLean chooses the former, and states that if we know the enemy and teach our kids to know the threats, we will be resilient and not defeated.

6. Ron Finley [TED.com Video]

Talk Title: A Guerilla gardener in South Central LA [Watch Video]

Ron Finley

Ron Finley

Watch this humorous and inspiring video from a true “Gansta Gardener” who is leading the movement of bringing fresh fruit and vegetable gardens to the concrete jungle of South Central Los Angeles.  His gardens, in this compromised area of Los Angeles have become a tool for transformation in the neighbourhood.  “Gardening is the most defiant act in the inner city”, says Finley.  “We gotta make this sexy, and plant some shit!”  Definitely, worth a watch!

7.  Vicki Kelly

Talk Title: The Three-second Kiss: Why our future depends on it.

Email: vikki@vikkikelly.com

Vikki Kelly

Vikki Kelly

Vicki opened with the story of her brother calling her in a state of panic in the middle of the night after Googling his health problems over the Internet.

With the growing problem of busy-ness, stress, a dependence on technology, phones, gadgets, etc. the World Health Organization has predicted stress related illnesses to rise to catastrophic levels by the year 2020.   Being plugged into Google, games and online obsessions, we are becoming unconnected to each other and more connected to cyberspace, losing our ability to be present in nurturing our relationships and loved ones.

So, to redirect our busy lives and attachments to our phones, Vicki led us down a new path — The path to an exercise in mindfulness.  Mindfulness is available to us all.  We can reverse this process– by  PUCKERing  Up(Pause, Unplug, Connect, Kindness, Engage, Rest)  with Vikki to rediscover this lost art and improve our relationships with each other.  So, the audience was led into a few minutes of connecting with the person sitting next to them and staring into each other’s eyes, then  . . . a warm embrace for about 30 seconds.

I can honestly say, that it was really refreshing!  And it worked for me!  And the fun part was looking over at 500 people hugging at the same time!

8.  Alice Sea & Aaron Saxton

Email: aliceseamusic@gmail.com

Wow, wow, wow.  What a thrill these two creative musicians were!

Alice Sea + Aaron Saxon

Alice Sea + Aaron Saxon

Alice Sea is young a Tauranga local Composer and multi-instrumentalist; she has been sweeping her sound waves across our shores since 2008. She uses an array of instruments when performing including the didgeridoo, tin whistles, djembe, finger harp, guitar, blues harp, ukulele, flute, vocals & synthesizer.  Creative, different and utterly awesome was the experience of listening to her and Aaron!

They performed 4 original songs:

  1. The first by Aaron about a surf break in Mexico—sounded like you were there, experiencing the wave itself and riding the adrenaline filled wave iteself!  A Spanish sounding guitar medly raced victoriously against the leading of Alice’s voice singing “rrrreeba!”
  2. Alice wrote the second song about her visions of mermaids out at Rabbit Island that came to take her away from her Urban existence.  This was my favourite!  Again, the creative sounds and changing of instruments brought us to swimming with mermaids.
  3. The third song, well, I missed the title, because I was distracted with her cool looking “snail didgeradoo” instrument.  Whatever the case, it worked and the song was a hit, which compelled Sheldon Nesdale and half the audience to dance their way down to the front of centre Stage!
  4. The dancing continued into a song about “evolution” with various ape calls.  The fun was watching everyone!  Genius!

9. Dr. Rodney Ford

Talk Title: Daily bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten?

Email: rodney@rodneyford.co.nz
Website: http://www.DrRodneyFord.com

Dr Rodney Ford

Dr Rodney Ford

This was the talk that got the standing ovation and changed everyone’s eating habits for the rest of evening.

Gluten – friend or foe? Over the course of 15 minutes Dr. Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, and a pioneer in the field of paediatric food allergies, convinced an audience of 500 that nobody is equipped to digest gluten.  How did he do it?  By using legos!  He showed us what the indigestible gluten protein, represented by the lego, is chased by the antibodies that our systems create to combat the gluten.   High antibodies in the bloodstream show how are bodies attempt to attack the radical gluten molecules.  The protein damages the lining of the intestines, and causes nerve and brain damage.  His proof was in his stories of children and patients, his own life and family, and the research on children and people that has produced results.  Once called the crazy doctor for his stance on gluten, he is now being heard and listened to by experts around the globe.

But, it is up to us, to make the choices for our children our own health and, Dr. Ford believes that abundant health can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods.  So, why take the risk of eating this protein that is not meant for our bodies, states Dr. Rodney Ford.  I know I was convinced!

10.  Eric Whitacre [TED.com Video]

Talk Title: A virtual choir 2,000 voices strong [Watch Video]

Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitacre

Take the time to check out this talk from a Emmy award winning composer, (who looks more like a California surfer) who created virtual choirs around the globe.  He attracted the voices of talented singers from all over the world and sliced together the voices on video through sound engineering.  The result:  the sound of angels singing!  Don’t miss this one!

11. Puawai Cairns

Talk Title: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War 1

Email: Puawai.Cairns@tepapa.govt.nz

Puawai Cairns

Puawai Cairns

Pauwai brought the touching story of her journey as curator for the Gallipoli installation at Te Papa, in Wellington.

Her mission was to find the “lost” or forgotten soldiers, who now would be great grandfathers,  of the Maori contingency from Gallipoli.   How did she do it?  Through none other than social media and Facebook. Her slides showed the Facebook posts unfolding the story of the whereabouts of the families and ancestors of these men.  The results were astounding as the responses from family came pouring in and she began to piece together the missing links.  Grandchildren were instantly found, and the locked away stories of these men re-appeared.  The research had paid off, bringing the connections of the families back, the stories to preservation at Te Papa and a enriching of our Maori culture in New Zealand.

I was so moved by this talk and loved the connection of the Maori people, and understanding the extraordinary contribution that Maori made to WWI and a British empire.

12. Marty Hoffart

Talk Title: Still a clean, green New Zealand? Three opportunities to rescue our slipping image.

Email: marty@wastewatchers.co.nz
Website: www.wastewatchers.co.nz
Phone: 027 2302 256

Marty Hoffart

Marty Hoffart

Marty is co-founder and trustee of The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST), Chair of the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and is the director of a Tauranga based waste minimisation consultancy Waste Watchers Ltd.

Marty began by sharing some of the basic shocking facts about recycling verses sustainability; he said recycling is actually very simple, sustainability sounds too hard and becomes a barrier for people to do anything.  But the truth is there has been slow progress in NZ to effectively recycle compared to the rest of the world. There are 3 very toxic things in the NZ environment and landscape that currently not enough is being done about.  They are scrap tires, electronic waste and beverage containers, which end up in our waterways and ultimately the environment.  Do you know how many discarded tyres there are in the landscape of NZ? 7.7 million per year.  What happens to your old TV when it goes to the dump?  Nothing.  But it’s full of toxic materials.

He then gave some great ideas on how we could deal with waste in New Zealand.  He used the comparison of his native country Canada and other OECD countries, where there are advanced recycling fees on tyres and electronics so that they can be recycled without charges at the end of their useful lives. With deposits on beverage containers, there is an incentive to pick these up from gutters, and not stuff them into council rubbish bins, as people are given money in exchange for the recycled goods.  We were challenged even further to consider the fact that a program like this can be done here in New Zealand by our government with current legislation.

He closed with: “if you can’t recycle, reuse or compost it, you simply shouldn’t be making it”.

13. Nicole Masters

Talk Title: Down and Dirty: A pile of reasons to fall in love with soil.

Email: nicole@integritysoils.co.nz
Website: www.integritysoils.co.nz
Phone: 027 4523 900

Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters is an official soil expert, an Agroecologist actually.  And she taught the audience the most interesting facts about soil and why we all need to get down and dirty and protect our most valuable natural resource that is slowly being compromised and diminishing.

In 15 awe-inspiring minutes, we learned life really is in the soil.  We humans actually come from soil, and that most religions and cultures believe that this is so.  We learned about the microscopic tandigrades, an “alien like microbe” that lives in the soil and live within us, that strengthens the health of the soil and human immunity.  We learned that our human interruption of these creatures in the soil, is threatening our future through foods and directly through our health.

And we were left with many reasons why taking action to save the health of our soil offers a wide range of benefits not only to the environment but also to society as a whole.  So, did we fall in love with soil?  Absolutely!  Time to get dirty!

14.  Dr. Liza Schneider:

Talk Title: Sustainable healthcare for our pets: Why the answer is not in the bag.

Email: info@holisticvets.co.nz
Website: www.holisticvets.co.nz

Dr Liza Schneider

Dr Liza Schneider

Dr. Liza Schneider’s dream was to always be a vet. Coming from South Africa and growing up with the wonderful wild array of animals of her native country, she was in awe of the strength and ability for animals in this country to survive, and sustain optimal health in the arid, dry and harsh landscape.  This fascination would become the basis for her work later in life when she moved to New Zealand, and set up a holistic vet practice.

What she found in her work with animals here was that the modern pet society of eating processed pet foods, or the same garbage that humans ate, the same drugs that humans used for many of the same diseases and illnesses, that animals were really suffering and many were becoming resistant to the drugs and remedies.  So, she went back to her roots and thought about ways to help these urban animals live better lives.

As she shared many testimonies about different animals, like Cranky the Cat, her stories were about helping the animals get back to natural diets, fresh air and moderate exercise.  When she went back to basics, using what nature has provided for us to help the animals, they would get better.  Her message: If you mess with nature, it may come back to bite you.

What Did You Think?

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Our Speakers Announced: 9 Great Reasons To Join Us For TEDxTauranga

We are super stoked to announce our line-up of speakers for TEDxTauranga 2014! Hooray!

 

Puawai Cairns1. Puawai Cairns

Talk Title: Forgotten grandfathers: Newly discovered stories from the Maori men of World War I.

Puawai is a Curator at Te Papa Tongarewa. Let her take you on a journey discovering the motivations and emotions of the Maori Contingent at Gallipoli as their stories are told through their families.

 

Ben Warren2. Ben Warren

Talk Title: Modern lives are longer lives? Why that might NOT be true for you.

Through the story of his own journey to health, former professional golfer, nutritional and health expert Ben will help us discover why, as a society, we aren’t living longer, healthier lives.and what exactly we can do about this.

 

Ian McLean headshot3. Dr Ian G. McLean

Talk Title: Love your children? Keep their enemies close.

From the wilds of Canada, through warzones in the middle east to small town New Zealand, Biologist Dr. Ian G. McLean explains how our ability to adapt our behaviour to whatever threatens us will allow us to survive in the face of adversity.

 

Marty Hoffart4. Marty Hoffart

Talk Title: Still a clean, green New Zealand? Three opportunities to rescue our slipping image.

Do you know how many discarded tyres there are in the landscape of NZ? What happens to your old TV when it goes to the dump? Marty is co-founder and trustee of The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust (EERST), Chair of the Community Recycling Network (CRN) and is the director of a Tauranga based waste minimisation consultancy Waste Watchers Ltd. His ideas on waste minimisation will challenge your perception of how we deal with waste in New Zealand.

 

Rodney Ford5. Dr. Rodney Ford

Talk Title: Daily bread: Can ANY human body handle gluten?

Gluten – friend or foe? Will Dr. Rodney Ford, MB. BS. MD. FRACP, and a pioneer in the field of paediatric food allergies, convince you that nobody is equipped to digest gluten? Through decades of research, Dr. Ford believes that abundant health can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods.

 

Vikki Kelly6. Vikki Kelly

Talk Title: The three second kiss: Why our future depends on it.

Mindfulness is available to us all. We are losing our ability to relate to one another but with a few simple tools we can reverse this process– Let’s PUCKER up with development coach Vikki Kelly to rediscover this lost art and improve our relationships with each other.

 

James Ross7. James Ross

Talk Title: Learning differently: What if words in every book leaped up and came to life?

How do you go from school drop-out to finding power in seeing words in three dimensions? James Ross is passionate about showing people how dyslexia can be nurtured by teaching 3D learning.

 

Liza Schneider8. Dr. Liza Schneider

Talk Title: Sustainable healthcare for our pets: Why the answer is not in the bag.

Dr. Liza Schneider is a holistic vet. She works hard to help in the pursuit of happier, healthier lives for our pets. Could we learn from these principles and apply them in our own lives?

 

Nicole Masters9. Nicole Masters

Talk Title: Down and Dirty: A pile of reasons to fall in love with soil.

Are you a “germaphobe”? Why not let Agroecologist, Nicole Masters, explain how deeply microbes affect everything about us and why taking action to save the health of our soil offers a wide range of benefits not only to the environment but to society as a whole.

Got Your Tickets Yet?

If not, get a move on! www.tedxtauranga.com/buy-tickets/

If you have, don’t just sit there, invite people to join us! www.tedxtauranga.com/help-out/

 

Quick Update on the Speakers for TEDxTauranga 2014

Oooo I’m so excited!

I just had to give you this quick update on our speakers.

Firstly, did you know there are 23 in our organising team now?

We are all un-paid volunteers and we all have to juggle our day-jobs, family commitments and somehow find the time to work on our list of a thousand things that need to be done before we deliver you the TEDxTauranga event in 57 days from now.

What an amazing bunch of people, I’m honoured to be part of this group.

Now, I’ve had lots of people ask “who’s speaking at TEDxTauranga?”

Here’s where we stand:

  • 51 is how many potential speakers we’ve interviewed on the phone
  • 28 is how many potential speakers we’ve interviewed in person at our “Meet & Greet” evenings at The Tauranga Club
  • 16 is how many practice talks we’ll be watching in person over the next 5 weeks
  • 8 is how many speakers we’ll be choosing for our event

There are 5 stages in the speaker selection process:

  1. Nomination
  2. Phone Interview
  3. Face-to-Face interview (which we call “Meet & Greet”)
  4. Talk practice (where our 16 finalists present their 15 minute talks to us and we provide them with feedback)
  5. Selection for the final 8

So we should be able to leak a few names to you mid-June.

But why let that stop you buying tickets and telling your friends and family to buy their tickets?

Looking at the process I’ve outlined here today, do you have any doubt that the speakers are going to be awesome? I certainly don’t 🙂

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And don’t forget the 500 other awesome people in the audience with you! You might meet 5 or 10 or 20 or 50 of them. And a few of those meetings might just change your life.

Buy Tickets: https://tedxtauranga.eventbrite.co.nz/

Now ask yourself, “who can I forward this email to?”

And now send it. We need your help to spread the word.

Thanks in advance!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Head Organiser for TEDxTauranga
Phone: (07) 575 8799
Mobile: 021 128 5046

In The News: Looking for inspiring Bay speakers (Bay of Plenty Times)

[9 Apr 2014] Bay of Plenty Times: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/bay-of-plenty-times/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503347&objectid=11235243

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Preparation for TEDxTauranga on July 19 is well under way, says organiser and marketing coach Sheldon Nesdale.

But, despite getting plenty of speaker suggestions from around New Zealand, the organisers are still seeking inspiring speakers who have made Tauranga their home.

“We want to hear those untold stories, discover those hidden gems, meet those legends among us, but only a few have come to our attention so far,” said Mr Nesdale.

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a non-profit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading, which started in 1984 as a conference.

Since then, its scope had broadened to include the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the TED Fellows and the TEDx satellite conference programmes.

Mr Nesdale, who organised the inaugural Tauranga event last year, said the purpose of TEDxTauranga was to showcase how everyday people have stood up and made a dent in the universe, and to inspire others to do the same.

The TED conference provided general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events, including Tauranga’s, were self-organised.

Mr Nesdale said that ideally he would prefer the majority of the speakers to be locally based.

“If you know someone that has deep knowledge in their field and can present what they know in a fascinating way to the masses, that is the sort of person we’d like to hear from,” said Mr Nesdale.

Tickets Will Go On Sale 12noon Monday 12 May 2014

Sales of “early-bird” tickets finished today.

You will not be able to purchase tickets until 12noon Monday 12 May 2014.

If you’re receiving this message via email, stay subscribed and I’ll email you when tickets go live.

Until then, you can help in 2 ways:

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Who Should Speak At TEDxTauranga This Year?

You’ve watched a few TED videos now so you know what it takes, right?

Who do you know that we should get up on stage for this years TEDxTauranga?

They might live in Tauranga, or elsewhere in New Zealand, or even overseas.

The first step is for my team to meet with them in person one evening (or via Skype), to hear their story and see if their story should be at TEDxTauranga.

It’s most useful for us if you have a few contact details for them or a personal connection. Eg you might suggest Bill Gates, but that suggestion is only useful if you have his mobile number 🙂

Email me your suggestions (and include the contact details for them): sheldon@tedxtauranga.com