TEDxStKilda 2017 is a public event and will offer cool ideas, big insights and dynamic thinking. Academics, experts, leaders and creators are all a part of our big night in the heart of St Kilda.
After our first two sold-out events, we are now approaching our third and it is our best program yet! We have an outstanding line-up of speakers this year and some ideas that we can’t wait to share.
What we love about TEDxStKilda is that it’s a chance to share with our local community. While we can share almost anything with the click of a button, there’s something raw and fascinating about sharing in real life, watching ideas comes alive, seeing reactions, and exchanging thought. Take it a step further and be a part of the TEDx community.
OUR THEME – FAKE AND FATE
We’re living in a new age of information, learning and communication. Never before have we had so much of the world at our fingertips. Never before have we had so much information available. And never before have we had so much involvement in the content we consume.
But for all our truth and all our knowledge, we haven’t yet extinguished the concept of fate from our narrative.
Our reality is a double-edged sword. There’s so much truth out there for us to consume. This world gives us the opportunity to see things that have been in darkness and hear stories which otherwise would’ve been silenced. New concepts, views, and discoveries shape our actions. But perhaps we’re somewhat naïve – do we really think we’re in control of our lives? And how can we make a difference in the world?
But the other edge of the blade is just as keen: whose stories are we seeing? What defines truth? Confirmation bias is a daily occurrence and our worth is measured in clicks, likes and hashtags. Failure is no longer behind closed doors. Are we pursuing perfection because our lives are on display? How do we maintain a genuine connection to ourselves and others in a digital world?
OUR SPEAKERS (SO FAR)
We’re in the process of releasing our speakers in the lead up to our event, but we’re excited to present six who have already been announced:
MENTAL HEALTH, MUSIC AND MAGIC
Professor Katrina McFerran: Currently in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Melbourne, Claire has long been fascinated by the smaller living organisms on our planet; bacteria. These tiny microbes influence many aspects of our lives. They live in the environment around us, as well as on us and inside us. Some never cause health problems or disease, some always do, and some seem to switch between these two states. Some have even evolved to be resistant – untreatable – by all available antibiotics – “superbugs”. Claire’s current work focuses on tracking the transmission and evolution of certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria to better understand how they work and survive.
FOOTY, COMMUNITY AND ST KILDA
Matt Finnis: Before his roles in the AFL Matt worked as a commercial lawyer advising numerous sporting organisations, businesses, athletes and government. Matt also has extensive experience in supporting community causes and organisations having been chairman of Ladder – an AFL Players charitable initiative to tackle youth homelessness and a director of AFL SportsReady – the AFL industry’s group training company.
Matt was a director of Surﬁng Australia – the peak governing body for the sport of surﬁng between 2007 and 2016 and has been a director and company secretary of Surf Life Saving Victoria since 2002. Matt was also a founding director of HeartKids Australia, a charity supporting children born with congenital heart disease.
Matt has been a founding member of the Sport Male Champions of Change Group since 2015 working with inﬂuential leaders to redeﬁne men’s role in taking action on gender inequality.
EMPOWERING WOMEN IN BUSINESS
Sonya Stattman: has been a Success Strategist and advocate for women in business for more than 17 years. Her life’s work centres on helping every woman and girl achieve their greatness and she draws on her three daughters for constant inspiration.
She has had multiple businesses in the USA and Australia, including a female-centric branding agency, a work/life balance and wellness centre, and her long-time coaching business. She has studied, explored and educated others on the topics of women’s empowerment, gender equality in business and the best paths for women to reach their fullest potential.
She passionately produces a podcast called “The Liberation Lab” where she explores the complicated issues that women face in the business arena. She has had thousands of conversations with women around the globe about their challenges, their deepest desires and their definition of success and fulfilment.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT IN THE AGE OF DISENGAGEMENT
Max Hardy: With a particular interest in deliberative democracy, appreciative inquiry and collective impact, Max has developed innovative models for collaboration and community engagement. He has co-authored two books, presented papers at numerous international conferences, and is a regular guest lecturer at the University of Sydney, and University of Melbourne.
SUPERBUGS VS SUPER SCIENCE
Claire Gorrie: Currently in the final stages of a PhD at the University of Melbourne, Claire has long been fascinated by the smaller living organisms on our planet; bacteria. These tiny microbes influence many aspects of our lives. They live in the environment around us, as well as on us and inside us. Some never cause health problems or disease, some always do, and some seem to switch between these two states. Some have even evolved to be resistant – untreatable – by all available antibiotics – “superbugs”. Claire’s current work focuses on tracking the transmission and evolution of certain antibiotic-resistant bacteria to better understand how they work and survive.
REPRESENTING OUR MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Naomi Kissiedu-Green: is a first generation British-African, born to Ghanaian parents who immigrated to London in the 60’s. She first came to Australia as a stopping point on a round-the-world tour in 2006, falling in love with the country and its people.
A successful model, actor and childcare worker, Naomi is now focusing on motherhood. Married to an Australian Navy Officer, they have 3 beautiful children, Kobi, Ebony and Savanna.
Observations of her family’s interactions within communities led Naomi to write a series of Children’s books – The Colourful Life Series. Their success led to a number of focus pieces on SBS World News and Al Jazerra’s The Stream.
Naomi gives her time freely to present at schools and public events on the importance of teaching acceptance and diversity beyond racial and ethnic lines. As the owner/founder of Shea Purity Products, an all-natural line of body soaps, oils and butters, she is also a successful entrepreneur.
DESIGNING FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE
Ruby Chan: In 2017 Ruby won the Green Innovators Award at the National Sustainable Living Festival for her plant-based compostable tableware innovation Moducware®; a product she researched and developed during her master’s. Moducware® is patent pending. Ruby continues to work on her innovation in hope of commercialising it in the near future.
Ruby has an inquisitive nature and is on the lookout for new opportunities to explore. She likes to keep her hands busy – cooking, collecting, gardening, and of course getting crafty and making things. Her mantra of “Valuing the undervalued” feeds a passion for upcycling. Ruby is consciously aware how objects of mass-production and the social trend of mass-consumption can affect the environment. Ruby believes in promoting environmentally conscious design for positive change.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MALE-TO-MALE MENTORING
Glenn Manton: is an ex-AFL Player, but he is so much more than that. The Co-Founder of Whitelion and father to three incredible children, he will be sharing a personal story of how one person came out of the blue and changed his life forever.