How do rainbows affect your neural pathways? What’s it like to dive under the North Pole? Can the internet save us? So many questions. And so many answers at TEDxByronBay.
We’re stirring up a colossal cauldron of ideas in the Byron Theatre on Saturday June 26 and as co-curator of this exciting project, I personally can’t wait to hear how they all land!
We’ve got the most amazing line- up of speakers from the Byron Shire and beyond poised to take to the stage and share their ideas with the world.
Maverick ‘Deathwalker’ Zenith Virago walks alongside the dying and their loved ones towards death and beyond. She also teaches people how to build courage and understand the natural continuum of life and death.
Elle Davidson is a young indigenous planner who explores how to create cultural safety and spatial order so that first nations peoples feel included, empowered and celebrated.
Dharma teacher and empathic activist Catherine Ingram challenges us to find freedom in being hope-free. Feeling hopeless or hopeful in the face of the climate change, she claims, is denying the reality.
Fresh from the 10th anniversary of his organisation’s global digital rights conference, Access Now’s Executive Director Brett Solomon brings us up to speed on internet shutdowns and the defence of human rights in the digital age.
Dr. Gregory P Smith charts his amazing journey from “sociopath” to sociologist via a decade-long stint as a hermit in the forest behind Byron. Gregory now owns his own small forest and works on the Premiers Priority Project to slash rough sleeping in NSW by a quarter.
Rainbows are artist Hiromi Tango‘s obsession and she works with neuroscientists to understand the impact they have on the brain. She creates contemporary installation art woks and explores how colour therapy can connect communities.
Franck Gazzola ditched a successful corporate career to dive under the ice in Greenland and the North Pole. He takes photographs where others fear to tread and works with marine biologists to extend knowledge of the life aquatic.
Recording sounds in creeks with hyrdrophones reveals new information about our world to Emilia Decker who recently completed her PhD in ecoacoustics and now strives to more broadly share academic data.
Walking the spaces between being blak and white on Bundjalung land and is Gadigal artist Kate Constantine whose work explores ideas of negative space and caste equations.
Landscape architect and TV host Costa Georgiadis brings his inimitable enthusiasm to our TEDx stage with a talk about the power of art to transmit scientific concepts.
And our very own Shire Choir Mistress Melia Naughton will work her magic on our audience to turn it into a spontaneous harmonic convergence!
We are so pleased that Aunty Delta Kay will welcome us to Cavanbah (ByronBay) on Arakwal lands of the Bundjalung Nation which we always respect as a traditional gathering place full of beauty and healing power.
Tickets include a hearty lunch, a goody bag worth $100, and an afterparty at Stone&Wood brewery. Expand your mind at TEDxByronBay.com.au