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Christchurch TEDx Talks

Talks from previous years:

Coralie Winn - Gap Filler

Coralie Winn - Gap Filler

Coralie teamed up with others to create Gap Filler, an initiative that aims to temporarily activate vacant sites with creative projects, to make for a more interesting, dynamic and vibrant city.

Grant Schofield - Healthy City

Grant Schofield - Healthy City

Grant Schofield explores the power of free-range children. Grant is a Professor of Public Health at AUT University.

Art Agnos - Lessons from San Francisco

Art Agnos - Lessons from San Francisco

Art Agnos was Mayor of San Francisco during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. Now he brings that experience to bear in a talk addressing a post-quake Christchurch audience.

Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge - The Economics of Happiness

Helena Norberg-Hodge is the founder and director of the International Society for Ecology and Culture and its predecessor, the Ladakh Project. She is the author of Ancient Futures and co-author of Bringing the Food Economy Home, and the filmmaker behind The Economics of Happiness.

Grant Ryan - The Economic Cost of Being Boring

Grant Ryan - The Economic Cost of Being Boring

Grant Ryan returns to TEDxEQChCh with a talk entitled "The Economic Cost of Being Boring". This thoughtful individual has spent time post-earthquake envisioning a new Christchurch...

Andie Spargo - Tragedy Plus Distance

Andie Spargo - Tragedy Plus Distance

Over the last twenty years Spargo has worn many hats: writer, actor, film maker, creative director, and chef. Now he turns his keen insight and comedic talents to a witty analysis of how to cope with disaster.

Cameron Sinclair - Rebuild After Disaster

Cameron Sinclair - Rebuild After Disaster

Sinclair is Chief Eternal Optimist (otherwise known as co-founder) of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit design services firm.

James Lunday - City of Culture

James Lunday - City of Culture

James Lunday is an urban designer who isn't afraid to speak his mind when it comes to the Christchurch rebuild.

Rob Hamill - On Forgiveness

Rob Hamill - On Forgiveness

Rob Hamill shares his journey after his brother's abduction, torture and murder at the hands of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Ryan Reynolds - The Adolescent City

Ryan Reynolds - The Adolescent City

In a world governed by permits, Ryan Reynolds finds opportunity by asking not what they disallow, but what they allow. Ryan is the co-founder and chair of Gap Filler, a charitable initiative activating vacant sites around the city with temporary creative projects.

Kiel Johnson - The Art All Around Us

Kiel Johnson - The Art All Around Us

In this funny and engaging talk, Kiel Johnson shows how his view of the ordinary translates to art that is nothing less than extraordinary.

Abbas Nazari - A Journey From Afghanistan

Abbas Nazari - A Journey From Afghanistan

Ten years ago, then 7-year-old Abbas Nazari and his family fled Afghanistan and the Taliban for the hope of a better future in Australia. In this emotional talk, Abbas shares the incredible tale of risk and courage that ultimately led them to New Zealand.

Ernesto Sirolli - Truly Sustainable Economic Development

Ernesto Sirolli - Truly Sustainable Economic Development

Ernesto Sirolli got his start doing aid work in Africa in the 70's -- and quickly realised how ineffective it was. In this funny, challenging and passionate talk, Ernesto shares his deep insights into sustainable economic development, and how entrepreneurs can be truly supported to live their passions.

Jade Temepara - Hand Over a Hundy

Jade Temepara - Hand Over a Hundy

Jade Temepara looked at what was happening to our food system and thought there must be a better way. The result is her non-profit initiative Hand Over A Hundy, which gets budding gardeners into the habit of growing their own vegetables.

Joshua Iosefo - Brown Brother

Joshua Iosefo - Brown Brother

17-year-old Joshua Iosefo has an insight into human nature far beyond his years. In this passionate and uplifting performance, he challenges us to see beyond the barriers we place on ourselves.