Stephen Lethbridge + John Boone + Phil & Tilley: Last 3 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

Good news! I just updated our video page with the last 3 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Stephen Lethbridge: “How to create a workforce that can answer ungoogleable questions”
  2. John Boone: “Can 1000 people who just met, make music together?”
  3. Phil & Tilley: Best way to iron a 2 day old shirt? Wear it

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

See you next year!

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

Jason Edgecombe + Michael Quintern: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Jason Edgecombe: “Do you always read the label? When diagnosis can suppress recovery”
  2. Michael Quintern: “The 600 million year old technology beneath our feet”

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

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

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

Sir Ray Avery + Catherine Iorns: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Sir Ray Avery: “Disruption, Innovation, Spin-offs. 3 reasons New Zealanders are better at turning dreams into realities”
  2. Catherine Iorns: “How to use human rights law to protect New Zealand’s natural environment”

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

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

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

Rachel van der Gugten + Marcus Winter: 2 More Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Rachel van der Gugten: “Fart free for life: Why good digestion is essential”
  2. Marcus Winter: “The Battle of Gate Pa, told in sand”

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

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

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

Bronwen Connor + Harold Hillman: Another 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online

Good news! I just updated our video page with another 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Bronwen Connor: “How to turn skin cells into brain cells”
  2. Harold Hillman: “Should you fit in or stand out? Finding your authentic voice”

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

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

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

First 2 Videos From TEDxTauranga 2015 Now Online: Ellis Bryers + David Pattemore

Good news! I just updated our video page with the first 2 videos from TEDxTauranga 2015!

  1. Ellis Bryers: “Our cultural identity as New Zealanders. Our Kiwi-Tanga”
  2. David Pattemore: “The pollination puzzle. Unexpected alternatives to honey bees”

Also in that playlist are the 3 official TED videos we played + the winning video from the “Enspire Bay of Plenty video challenge” that we showed.

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

Cheers,

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga

A Recount of TEDxTauranga 2015: Think, Thrive, Transform

A sold out crowd. 1010 lanyards collected. 1010 faces turned towards the big screen. We were ready for TEDxTauranga to begin.

I found myself sitting next to one of last year’s speaker’s who was able to describe how charged the speakers will be feeling and how many weeks and months of polishing had gone into preparing the messages we were about to hear.

Lead organiser Sheldon Nesdale introduced us to what we could expect to experience today; thoughts we may have never had, friends we would have never otherwise met, conversations you just ever get the chance to ordinarily have.

Sheldon Nesdale

After the housekeeping rundown and description of how the zero-waste event was to run, we were issued with three orders; ignore people you know, fall silent when there is a speaker on stage, and meet someone new in the breaks.

And with that, TEDxTauranga 2015 began.

1. Ellis Bryers: Our cultural identity as New Zealanders. Our Kiwi-Tanga

Ellis Bryers

Growing up the son of a Maori dad and a Pakeha Mum in 1970s New Zealand, Ellis was told that the Maori world was a dying one.

Later in life, deciding on his own cultural transformation by “stepping through the greenstone door”, Ellis saw the irony in people who were fluent in Te Reo being just about the only ones  guaranteed a job.

As a cultural advisor in the Bay of Plenty and having now officiated his 95th local wedding, Ellis is witnessing in real time the development of what he calls “Kiwitanga’; Maori welcoming the development of their ancient traditions and pakeha embracing a cultural identity that respects the Maori heritage from where it came.

He believes this is a significant moment in our country’s evolution – one of unity and respect.

Best thought challenge –  if we don’t put a stake into the ground that declares what our unique identity stands for, then others will for us. How will I express my kiwitanga?

Spine tingling moment – Ellis’ taiaha demonstration. The hairs on the back of my neck stood up

2. Dr David Pattemore: The pollination puzzle: Unexpected alternatives to honey bees

Dr. David Pattemore

Bees, as hear endlessly in the mainstream media, are bad news. Well, losing them will be bad news for the earth, this we know.

But this is only a scary headline that represents a sliver of the wider problem and the wider solution.

These headlines are in fact referring to the European Honey Bee, which is one of 7 varieties of honey bee, among 25,000 other species of honey bees.

These bees are certainly in danger but the picture is wider and less grim than this.

Because David’s research on predator-free islands such as the Little Great Barrier showed that a variety of species actually love to pollinate our native plants too – birds, bats, beetles, and flies all help to move the pollen around to keep our native plants reproducing and flourishing.

Head-tilting moment – the New Zealand avocado industry sees a Central American fruit being pollinated by the European Honey Bee and grown in a South Pacific climate. It’s a human engineered process.

The bottom line takeaway– while the European Honey Bee is in trouble, there are some under-explored alternatives that must be investigated

3. Catherine Iorns: How a Simple Change to the New Zealand constitution could protect the environment

Catherine Iorns

Catherine opened with a challenge that we’re being asked currently in New Zealand; that 100% Pure tourism campaign provides a convenient screen for a host of evils currently afflicting our natural environment.

Catherine used New Zealand’s waterways to illustrate her argument that this can no longer be accepted as the status quo; Nitrates, pesticides, fertilizers and toxic fracking waste are raising potentially lethal issues in the use of this water.

Catherine’s solution is to provide for environmental protection in our human rights legislation.

iornsA line in the Bill of Rights or Human Rights Act would allow the protection of the environment be discussed in national courts, and therefore compel governments and populations to take active measures to protect these most precious of resources.


Biggest wake up moment:
The Philippines has a more advanced formal environmental protection regime than New Zealand. I’ve been to Manila, yikes.

Question I’d love to have been able to ask –  how central has been formal human rights recognition been for the development of rights relating to women, race, and sexuality? A conversation that is worth having.

4. Sir Ray Avery: Disruption, Innovation, Spin-Offs: 3  reasons New Zealanders are better at turning dreams into reality

Sir Ray Avery

A man approaching household-name status in New Zealand, Sir Ray strode onto the stage musing that humans are the only species that know we are going to die, yet we still haven’t done anything about it.

He is determined to use what days he has changing the world, and asked us what we wanted to use our remaining days doing.

He believes innovation is primarily driven by the power of observation: it was by observing the details in front of him that allowed him to have breakthroughs in designing and bringing to market the Lifepod Infant Incubator.

He says New Zealanders are perfectly suited to innovation because we don’t like rules, they don’t like the status quo, and they dare to dream.

Best sharing-the-love moment – Sir Ray listed off a list of New Zealand companies who you’ve never heard of but whose products billions of people around the world use every day, such as Buckley System’s electromagnetic chips sitting in our iphones.

Fun trivia – When Sir Ray is called “Sir” when shopping he never knows if they know he’s a knight, or they are just being polite!

Lunch time! Yum Mexican inspired snacks in compostable boats. An hour to chat and mingle and digest the food and thoughts.

5. John Boone

John Boone

Coming back from the first break, the crowd each grabbed one of a thousand hand-held drums that were stacked on the side of the venue.

What for? We found out as John Boone sang and drummed a call-and-response routine. Singing, banging, clapping, giggling. The dude was a hilarious conductor and we all decided we were buying a bongo drum tomorrow. Uplifting.

6. TED Video: Rita Pearson: Every kid needs a champion

A video TED talk from Rita Pearson discussing education followed.

I won’t forget her describing how she graded failing students; she’ll focus on giving credit for the two answers they got right rather than the 18 they got wrong; “Minus 18 sucks the life out of you. Plus 2 says I’m not all bad”.

7. Dr Bronwen Connor: How to Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells

Dr Bronwen Connor

Holding up a real human brain (preserved in resin), Bronwen described how when a healthy human brain works as it should, it is a natural supercomputer.

1 in 50 New Zealanders, however, suffer from  some sort of neurological disease and this number is increasing.

Bronwen’s research team devised a technique called direct reprogramming which forces genes into skin cells to make them behave like, and eventually turn into, healthy brain cells.

This has radical potential for understanding for the first time how normal and diseased brain cells differ, thereby understanding what is needed to cure neurological diseases.

Bronwen reminded us that we need to trust our crazy ideas, even, or perhaps especially, in fields of work that look linear like science.

Coolest thing – Bronwen, along with her technical staff, was the first person in history to physically see what a brain cell grown from a skin cell looks like.

Interesting factoid I learned – the majority of testing is done on rodents and drugs don’t reach humans until clinical trials which are admitted under very limited circumstances.

8. Dr Harold Hillman: Should you fit in or stand out? Finding your authentic voice

Dr Harold Hillman

In 1993 Harold was one of a select group invited to serve on a governmental commission to investigate whether the US military’s policy of banning homosexual men and women from serving should be overturned.

While honoured to have been selected for such a prestigious role, Harold was equally terrified.

He was homosexual, but was so caught in his projection of what was required of him as a “professional” that he felt he compelled to hide this truth.

hillmanHe spent his days in the commission listening to and watching brave pro-gay advocacy groups make their submissions in the face of both passive and aggressive anti-gay pressure and wondered why he couldn’t be his authentic self.

He left the military as Obama overturned the Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy that that 1993 commission had implemented and swore to never again lose his integrity for the sake of being accepted by others.

Best breath-intake moment – “When you’re too focussed on holding yourself in, it’s harder for people to make a connection with you”.

Thing to remember – you may see someone receiving medals and plaudits, but you don’t know what inner battles they are waging.

9. Bekki Richards

Becky Richards’ short film entitled “There’s a Problem in our Backyard” was about environmental protectionism in the Bay of Plenty was shown. A young, local, film-making talent.

Afternoon tea break! Cupcakes and tea!

10. Marcus Winter a.k.a. The Sand Man

Marcus Winter

The end of the break saw us ease back into the sessions with Marcus Winter, the ridiculously talented sand performing artist.

A what? I hear you ask.

Marcus moves dry sand around a backlit lightbox while filming it from above, creating images that shape-shift and transform in front of our eyes as he makes and destroys them to tell a story.

He presented an utterly compelling sound and visual performance of the Battle of Gate Pa, a very significant piece of local history during the Maori Land Wars. Hard to describe, impossible to forget. Magical.

11. TED Video: Rana el Kaliouby: This app knows how you feel — from the look on your face

A video TED talk from Rana el Kaliouby illustrated how she has been developing technology that allows screens to literally read emotions.

How would you describe the difference between a smile and a smirk? It’s hard, but computers can now tell the difference, with huge implications for human social development.

12. Dr Michael Quintern: The 600 million year old technology beneath our feet

Dr Michael Quintern

This is a guy that likes muck. Which is lucky, because New Zealand has a lot of it and needs to work out what to do with it. Primary industries in New Zealand create a lot of waste product like fibrous wood chip waste and sludge from dairy factories.

This waste is urgently needed to produce hummus for our soils that are lacking in nutrients.

quinternBut, this mucky waste is difficult, expensive, and occasionally unsafe to transport around leaving most of it abandoned to methane-producing dumps.

The cutting edge technology needed to solve this equation is: Earthworms.

They churn through waste and turn it into vermicast which is fluffy, nutrient-dense, and economical fertilizer that farmers love.

Best soundbite – Look for global worming, not global warming

Best worm trivia – worms eat their body weight a day, they can double their population within two months, and compress waste into 80% of what it was. If they were pretty they’d be everyone’s favourite creature.

13. Jason Edgecombe: Do you always read the label? When diagnosis can suppress recovery

Jason Edgecombe

As a kid in the ‘90s, Jason’s parents were given his diagnosis; doctors declared him afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder and therefore mentally disabled.

Worse even than the fact that this diagnosis was incorrect (he has high-functioning autism) was that the adults in his life told him that his differences meant that he would never achieve social, academic, or professional success.

Negative feedback from his external environment compounded the harsh negative messages Jason gave himself.

edgecombeBy drawing inspiration from the video game characters he loved, Jason challenged the assumption that he wouldn’t find success by studying martial arts, moving across the world, finding love and ultimately deciding to abandon the fruitless task of hating himself.

Now a dad, he’s discovering that there is a lot to love.

Note to self to follow up – I want to learn more about the differences that exist in people’s experience of autism;  what’s the difference between high functioning autism and other experiences of autism?

Best chat during the break – everyone was reminding each other to be kind to those who experience life differently than the majority after this talk

Our third break saw me refuel with a frittata (and possibly a second cupcake).

14. Phil and Tiley

Phil and Tilley

Settling in for the final session of the day, the smooth acoustic tones of Phil and Tilley washed over my buzzing brain.

One of the duo played an instrument I’d never seen before, it looked like a deconstructed double bass adding a baritone to the guitar accompaniment.

They played a song about leaving someone you love and not feeling right until you’re back with them – we all know how that feels, gulp.

15. TED Video: Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen

A final video TED talk came from Julian Treasure talking about how the human voice can be used to its most powerful effect.

The seven deadly sins of verbal communication (gossip, judging, negativity, complaining, excuses, lying, dogmatism) can be overpowered by HAIL; honesty, authenticity, integrity, love.

By being aware what you say, and how you say it, powerful change can come from your voice.

16. Rachael van der Gugten: Fart free for life: Why good digestion is essential for optimal health

Rachel van der Gugten

We all do it, but do we all know that flatulence is actually a warning sign of what’s going on in our bellies? Rachael’s research is joining others in showing that a diet too heavily reliant on carbohydrates causes an imbalance of microflora in our guts.

Over-consumption of carbohydrates can cause the “thunder from down under” that sounds funny, but is probably a sign to eat more nutrient dense meat, healthy fats, and fibre.

gugtenAnd if your “yodelling from below” is stinky? It may be that your stomach is low in acid and therefore not properly processing the food that is in it.

Stress, nutrient deficiencies, and some medications can cause farts to be smelly and another sign to check your overall health.

Most helpful contribution from the audience – my neighbour suggested I could remember that carbohydrates and stress may cause loud and smelly flatulence by naming them ‘stink links’. Thanks, neighbour.

A more relevant helpful hint – Rachael suggested you can test your stomach acid levels by drinking a glass of water with ¼ teaspoon baking soda in it; if you burp right away your stomach levels are fine, if it takes longer than 5 minutes to burp it’s time to look into it.

17. Stephen Lethbridge: How to create a workforce that can answer “ungoogleable” questions

Stephen Lethbridge

If we are in the golden age of connectivity, and about to enter into the age of hyper-connectivity where machine intelligence works inextricably in with our daily lives, then someone is going to need to know how to create this with code.

Stephen is a principal of an Auckland school that is focussing on nurturing a generation of kids that know how to be digitally literate.

lethbridgeBy offering innovative programmes such as Zombie Robot Club encouraging children to tinker, design, collaborate, and iterate Stephen is turning the kids in his school into effective problem finders as well as problem solvers.

The school’s Make Club sees kids join with their parents to work on issues such as making the 3D printer print with chocolate rather than clay, thereby encouraging both generations to welcome mistakes and teach each other.

Best head-nodding moment – when kids ask, “what should I do now”? Answer with “how might you find out what you should do now?”

Idea that reaches across disciplines – Stephen said that we mustn’t limit our children to the world that came before them. While he was referring to what they are taught in school, it can apply to so many aspects of a child’s development. Fascinating.

Closing Address

Sheldon closed this transformative day by thanking the 40 businesses that put their hard-earned money and services towards this wonderful event.

The speakers and performers were applauded again, and the team of amazing volunteers who collectively donated over 3000 hours to make TEDxTauranga fly.

Speakers Volunteers

Members of the audience shared some thoughts they had of the day including expressing their appreciation to Sheldon for his mammoth efforts.

One more drink with the crowd before it was time to take my bursting brain home to let the experience wash over.

Final Thought

TEDxTauranga is not simply a collection of live speakers.

It’s not simply a local community event.

It’s not simply an art experience.

It’s one of those things you do that you can’t file neatly next to something similar you’ve done recently.

It transcends genres and expectations.

It’s connection, and challenging assumptions, and sparking neurons you didn’t know you had.

It’s a supremely hopeful experience.

One you’ve got to have, at least one time.

Written by Claire Piper

A Few Hours Left To Get Your Ticket For TEDxTauranga (10am to 7pm Saturday 25 July 2015)

We have about 70 tickets left (out of 1,000) so this is your last chance to get your ticket for TEDxTauranga (if you haven’t already).

(If you have your tickets, that’s great, but don’t just sit there, spread the word for us!)

Do the people in the collage below from our 2014 event look happy?

You bet.

You can have a smile on your dial by ensuring you join us this year.

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8 Facts You Need To Know To Help Your Decision:

  1. When? 10am to 7pm Saturday 25 July
  2. Where? ASB Arena, Tauranga
  3. What? 10 live speakers on stage + 4 entertainers: https://www.tedxtauranga.com/speakers/
  4. How much? Tickets are $85: https://www.tedxtauranga.com/event/tickets/
  5. Food is included all day
  6. Got more questions? Check the FAQs: https://www.tedxtauranga.com/faqs/
  7. Can you trust me when I say it will be awesome? Here’s what our audience said last year: https://www.tedxtauranga.com/reputation/
  8. Always playing with your smartphone? Download our SmartPhone app: https://www.tedxtauranga.com/app/

 

See you soon.

Sheldon.

 

 

“What Did TEDxTauranga Do For You?” Interview with Heather Vail

We are mere days away from TEDxTauranga 2015!

Click here to grab a ticket before they disappear.

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

Interview with Heather Vail

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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.

Buy tickets now!

If You’re Interested in Big and Important Ideas, You’re Going to Want to See This

Today we are 3 weeks away from our community’s opportunity to think, thrive, and transform at TEDxTauranga on 25 July 2015.

This event links Tauranga to the global phenomenon of TED where ‘ideas worth spreading’ unite people around in the world through inspiring stories.

TEDxTauranga will feature 10 speakers on stage with 3 live entertainment acts. (And we’ve been told that our all-day-catering is a big selling point too).

Whether you’re a TED talk connoisseur or a newbie to the format, the breadth and depth of the topics being covered at TEDxTauranga has something for everyone

If you’re interested in how cultural diversity affects a nation and its people:

  • Then you’ll want to see Ellis Bryers speak of his vision to see Maori cultural practices understood and utilised by all New Zealanders.

Some eye-opening TED talks on cultural diversity are:

If you’re interested in how scientific innovation can be used to make quality healthcare and equipment accessible to the vulnerable people who need it:

  • Then you’ll want to see Sir Ray Avery talk about his inventions such as the Lifepod Infant Incubator that uses technology to reduce mortality rates of premature babies.

Some mind-blowing TED talks on scientific innovation in healthcare are:

If you’re interested in how our food systems are coping in our changing ecology:

  • You’re going to want to see Dr David Pattemore talk about alternative pollination of our most important New Zealand crops.

Some thought-provoking TED talks on food systems and how they are changing are:

Ready?

Speakers Announced for TEDxTauranga 2015 (25 July)

Great news!

For TEDxTauranga 2015 (25 July) we will have the following 10 speakers live on stage.

(Got your tickets yet? Buy Your Tickets For TEDxTauranga Now)

In alphabetical order, they are:


1. Sir Ray Avery

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Sir Ray Avery, a leading New Zealand scientist, innovator and inventor.

Avery’s inventions include:

  • Acuset IV Flow Controller: A device that facilitates the safe administration of potent IV drugs
  • Lifepod infant incubator: A high-tech low-cost incubator that uses patentable technology to reduce the mortality rates associated with upper respiratory tract infections of premature babies
  • Proteinforte: An amino acid based functional food used for the treatment and prevention of protein-energy malnutrition

 2. Ellis Bryers

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He toa taku tini taku toa
Ehara te toa taki tahi
Mine is not the strength of one but the strength of many

Ellis Bryers is the director of Mihi Engagement. A business that designs and delivers training in Maori cultural awareness.

Ellis’s vision is a nation where Maori cultural practices are understood and utilised daily by both Maori and non-Maori in a way that unifies our nation and builds our cultural identity as New Zealanders.

Ellis is of Nga Puhi descent and he lives in Tauranga with his wife Anne and son Te Arai.


3. Dr. Bronwen Connor

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Associate Professor Bronwen Connor is head of the Neural Reprogramming and Repair Lab at the University of Auckland.

Her research is in the identification and development of new treatment strategies to prevent or repair brain cell loss in neurological diseases or following brain injury, with particular focus on the potential use of stem cell therapy and gene delivery techniques.

Recently, Bronwen’s research has focused on developing a technology known as direct cell reprogramming.

This allows her to generate brain stem cells directly from human skin, providing a unique ability to obtain human brain cells from patients with neurological disease for both research and clinical application.


4. Jason Edgecombe

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An aspiring entrepreneur with a unique perspective, and a touching story.

Jason will share with you the cost he paid to be “normal” and the tool which helped him begin his path to self acceptance.

The true greatness of a story’s hero is not the goals they achieve but the struggles they overcome.


5. Dr. Harold Hillman

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Harold Hillman is a leadership coach, radio commentator, author and managing director of Sigmoid Curve Consulting Group, based in Auckland.

Raised and educated in the U.S. and a New Zealand citizen since 2008, Hillman coaches business leaders and executive teams to be more purposeful about leadership.

A clinical psychologist in his early career, Hillman developed a passion for leadership development while teaching at the United States Air Force Academy.

He authored The Impostor Syndrome, which was Whitcoulls’ business book of the year in 2013.

Hillman’s second book, Fitting In, Standing Out, will be published by Penguin Random House in August.


6. Catherine Iorns

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Catherine Iorns is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at Victoria University of Wellington, where she researches, writes and teaches on environmental law, human rights, and statutory interpretation.

Ms Iorns is also a national board member of Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, of 350 Aotearoa, and of Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand.

She is a member of the ILA Committee on the Implementation of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law, and she holds an LLM from Yale University.


7. Stephen Lethbridge

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Stephen Lethbridge is Principal of Taupaki School in the north west of Auckland. He is all about learning and growing leaders of the future.

He is currently thinking about robotics, arduino, design thinking, maker spaces in school, BYOB, and e-learning where the e stands for effective.

Stephen has presented at workshops and keynotes across New Zealand and Australia, and has just been invited to attend Tim O’Reilly’s FOO camp in the United States.

He is a connected and future focused education leader who is all about fostering curiosity and creativity in our children.


8. Dr. David Pattemore

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After an initial career in conservation, David headed to Princeton University on a Fulbright Award in 2005 to begin his PhD.

It was during his doctorate that he got hooked on pollination, with a focus on native NZ plants.

As a scientist with Plant & Food Research he now studies the pollination of economically important crops, bringing an ecologist’s perspective to production systems.

He leads a government and industry funded programme to develop alternative pollination systems, and spends considerable time pondering the complexities of avocado pollination and dreaming up new ways to house bumblebees.


9. Dr. Michael Quintern

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Michael received his Diploma in Agricultural Engineering (Dipl. Ing agr) in 1993 from Georg August University, Göttingen, Germany, and his Doctorate in Agriculture in 1997 from University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany.

He was working as assistant professor in the field of land utilisation of organic waste-to-land, on organic (and conventional) managed farms until 2006.

He carried on his international career as senior scientist at SCION, Rotorua, New Zealand and was the Technical Manager of the New Zealand Land Treatment Collective until 2009. Michael developed industrial vermicomposting technologies for primary industries and municipal organic wastes in New Zealand.

In 2015 the 4 vermicomposting operations diverted 150,000 tonnes of organic wastes from landfills.

Michael is responsible for research and developing of future technologies for utilisation of organic wastes. Michael’s passion are soils and he believes in sustainable soil management.


10. Rachael van der Gugten

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Rachael has a diploma in Nutritional Medicine from the University of West London.

Through discovering nutritional interventions, she overcame health issues and infertility to have 4 amazing children.

She worked as a Nutritional Therapist in Switzerland for several years and returned to New Zealand with her husband and children in 2013.

She has a passion for empowering people to understand what is going on in their bodies and loves piecing together the many parts of the puzzle in a memorable and easy to understand way.

She believes digestion is the key to optimal health and being fart free for life!


 

Got your tickets yet?

Buy Your Tickets For TEDxTauranga Now

Have you watched the video of reactions to last years TEDxTauranga?

Hi, my name is Roberta, and it has been a great privilege working with the team putting together the 2015 event.

Volunteers are so amazing and the passion for TEDxTauranga make this one of the most exciting groups I have ever worked with.

I’m going to ask you to do one thing today:

  • Just put TEDxTauranga into your calendar: 10am to 7pm Saturday 25th July 2015
  • If you are ready to buy a ticket today, sure, you can go ahead, but just putting the date in your calendar is the first step

Joining us in person is an exciting, energised, fun experience that you don’t want to miss, but if you absolutely can’t join us on the day, we will release the videos of the talks a few weeks later.

Roberta Budvietas
Volunteer

Second Speaker Announced for TEDxTauranga: Find Out How To Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells with Professor Bronwen Connor

The future of medicine has reached new heights with scientists now able to take mature human skin cells and “reprogram” them back to stem cells to replace tissue lost through disease or injury.

Professor Bronwen Connor

Photo Credit: Fiona Goodall, East & Bays Courier

This is Associate Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Auckland, Bronwen Connor.

Bronwen has developed a novel technology which allows human skin cells to be turned specifically into brain stem cells.

What does this technology mean for the future treatment of currently incurable brain diseases and injuries?

You’ll find out when you see her live on stage on Saturday 25 July 2015 at TEDxTauranga.

The draft title for her talk is “How to turn skin cells into brain cells”.

3 more reasons for you to buy your ticket to TEDxTauranga (10am to 6.30pm Saturday 25th July 2015) today:

  1. Value: For just $85 you’ll see 10 speakers live on stage + entertainment acts + a selection of the best TED videos
  2. Sustenance: Food and hydration is provided all day
  3. Connections: You will make new friends. Only the most interesting people on the planet come to TEDx events like ours which makes every conversation you have, an interesting one

First Speaker Announced For TEDxTauranga: Disruptor, Inventor, Innovator, Sir Ray Avery

Ray Avery photoray-avery

Photo Credit: Newstalk ZB

This is Sir Ray Avery, a leading New Zealand scientist, innovator and inventor.

And we are confident that he will challenge you and prompt you to Think, Thrive and Transform when you see him live on stage during TEDxTauranga on 25th July 2015.

You might be interested in his TEDxAuckland talk in 2010:

The draft title for his TEDxTauranga 2015 talk is “Disruption, Innovation, Spin-offs. 3 reasons NZers are better at turning dreams into realities“.

Avery’s inventions include:

  1. Acuset IV Flow Controller: A device that facilitates the safe administration of potent IV drugs
  2. Lifepod infant incubator: A high-tech low-cost incubator that uses patentable technology to reduce the mortality rates associated with upper respiratory tract infections of premature babies
  3. Proteinforte: An amino acid based functional food used for the treatment and prevention of protein-energy malnutrition

3 reasons for you to buy your ticket to TEDxTauranga (10am to 6.30pm Saturday 25th July 2015) today:

  1. Value: For just $85 you’ll see 10 speakers live on stage + entertainment acts + a selection of the best TED videos
  2. Sustenance: Food and hydration is provided all day
  3. Connections: You will make new friends. Only the most interesting people on the planet come to TEDx events like ours which makes every conversation you have, an interesting one

Buy your ticket today

4 TED.com Videos That Amazed Me This Week And Stretched My Mind

I’ve watched over 1000 TED.com videos, but I watched 4 in a row this week that amazed me!

I could actually feel them reconfiguring my brain 🙂

Here’s a 5 minute video summary of my favourite bits:

Want to watch the full videos?

http://www.ted.com/talks/ricardo_semler_radical_wisdom_for_a_company_a_school_a_life

Enjoy!

Sheldon Nesdale
Lead Organiser of TEDxTauranga