TEDx was awesome. Awesome.
I’ve been a fan of TED videos for a long time, but being there at the Opera House for a whole day program was a different experience. I think a big part of it was an unexpected one. I expected to find the whole “Grow It Local” aspect wonderful. But I didn’t expect so many blow-your-mind ideas and performances that came from my left field – ideas I would never have thought to seek on my own.
Like space archeology. Who would have thought that space junk could be so historically interesting? Or Michael West‘s Welcome to Country – a welcome where I felt truly welcomed. There was one word in it that was just so profound. He spoke of us all, as Australians, sharing the 60,000 year plus history of the place. Us.
Or Veren Grigorov. I’ve never actually listened to classical violin ever before and I get it. I get why people love it. And Omar Musa with truly Shakespearean rap poetry. And Greg Sheehan winning a debate for me, that I have had going with a friend of mine, about whether music and maths are inextricably related. And Marita Cheng about girls and engineering – how cool is she! And George Khut about turning biofeedback into art. And the Tasty Bits videos, specially the “First Tastes” one above, and “Hank and the Pink Balloon” below.
And the food. Beyond just the idea of crowd farming, of catering for an event like this as local as local can be and as in-season as in-season can be, there was also the sheer quality of it. The smooth creamy potato salad and wondering whether this was Milkwood’s nicolas. The mandarins and grapes (who grew those grapes!). The Brasserie Bread potato and rosemary sourdough that I’m going to have to try to replicate. The Pepe Saya cultured butter.
There’s another post somewhere, but it will take a week or so of mulling to emerge. Meanwhile….