TEDx has landed in Kyneton

Speakers are now being sought for TEDx Kyneton to bring the region’s big ideas to a world stage.
The event invites up to 20 female speakers to share profound ideas and stories from the Macedon Ranges region with a larger audience to shape our world.
Facilitator Paul Kooperman said the project aimed to explore a diverse range of subjects from traditional owners’ connection to the land to innovative ways communities had adapted in a digital space.
“I’ve always been a TED Talk fan and always wanted to find a way to bring it to our region,” he said.
“There are a lot of great people in this area with a lot of great ideas to share. We are seeking a balance of engaging topics.”
TED Talks have gained a strong global following since the non-profit launched as a tech, entertainment and design ideas forum in the 1980s. The talks now span all topics in the same snappy, powerful format that make people think outside the square.
TEDx Kyneton launched as an independently organised project under the banner last week and received six applications within the first 24 hours.
Mr Kooperman said the project had a specific focus on giving women a platform to share ideas.
“I think women are often under-represented when it comes to voicing ideas in this way. This will provide a platform where they can do that,” he said.
Speakers interested in applying should approach topics in both a regional and global context. Talks should be between two and eight minutes long. Each talk will be filmed and screened online.
Mr Kooperman, from Lancefield, has organised the TEDx event with Kyneton local Jessica Grant.
It is expected to be held at the Kyneton Town Hall in November, pending coronavirus updates.
To apply, visit the website www.mrch.info

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