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TEDx Awesomeness

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….

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  • Kirsten May 8, 2013, 11:08 am

    you were there? Gah! Wasn’t it something?

  • Linda May 8, 2013, 11:11 am

    So was the potato salad your spuds? It surely was something.

  • Lauren May 8, 2013, 1:28 pm

    Hi Linda!
    It was wonderful to meet you in real life there! Sounds like the rest of your day was mind-blowing like mine! I was exhausted and excited and just plain wow-ed by 8pm.
    and those raspberries… OMG !!!
    I think your pecans may have been mixed in with my chicken for lunch ?
    🙂
    Lauren

  • Linda May 8, 2013, 1:41 pm

    It was wonderful to meet you too! I think my pecans were in the nougat for afternoon tea, which was a bit too sweet for me but no doubt perfect for sweet tooths.

  • celia May 8, 2013, 4:09 pm

    Linda, it sounded truly wonderful! So glad you were able to come down for it! xx

  • Clare May 8, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Thanks for the insight – I have seen the odd TED video referenced and they look wonderful. Just hanging out to look at your links when I’m not stuck on a 2GB/month limit i.e. library or sister’s wifi.

  • cityhippyfarmgirl May 11, 2013, 1:37 pm

    Linda I’m so pleased that the day was a success. So many wonderful ideas indeed to be inspired by, just the crowd sourced lunch alone is such an awesome idea! Every I mentioned it to, loved the idea.

    I saw the “first taste” video on Saturday, so funny. Makes me want to do it with my own little one.

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