We are proud to hold an evening of inspirational TED talks once a month, in Thames.

We're on at the Civic Centre Conference room on Mary St, from 5-7pm, on the last
Sunday of each month.

In September we had the theme: Activism. First up was Chinaly Chanvong on "Activism and the power of one percent" followed by Michael Tubbs on "The power of being a good neighbour". After the break Cassie Jaye let us "Meet the enemy: a feminist comes to terms with the Men's rights movement". Finally, sarah Corbett on why "Activism needs introverts".

July TEDs were all about Trees and Forests, beginning with Kinari Webb's "Saving trees saving lives". Following that we had Rex Mann explain "An American tragedy, how a mass extinction  can help save our forests". Following the break there was Shubhendu Sharma on "How to grow a tiny forest anywhere" before the final talk by Alan Watson-Featherston "Restoring the ancient Caledonian forest".

We used the June TEDs to have a good hard look at Plastic and a plastic free life, starting with Molly Steer's "Straw no more" campaign, before a technology leap in Jeff Kirschner's "This app makes it fun to pick up litter". Keith Tharp then talked about "Reducing single-use plastic at the local level". After the break we learnt about "Nanocellulose; it's a wrap!" from Vegar Ottesen. Finally, the secrets of "How to live a plastic free life" from Alexis McGivern.

In May we tackled food waste, starting with Daniel Tay's assessment of "The Food Waste Dilemma", before Erik van Cuyk explained making waste reduction a game in "Zero Waste Challenge". The third talk was "Sustainability Through a Circular Economy" by Maakye  Damen. We went to Australia after the break to hear from Adam Johnson about "A world without waste" before finishing with Ruby Bourke's "Finding connection through minimalism and zero-waste".

April was all about climate, and in TED, climate solutions. Gavin Schmidt started us off with "The emergent patterns of climate change": alarming news shown in pretty graphs. We then saw an inspirational "100 solutions to reverse global warming" by Chad Frischmann and the Project Drawdown team. After the break Angel Hsu showed us "How China is (and isn't) fighting pollution and climate change".  We finished with Charles Massy "How regenerative farming can help heal the planet and human health".

In March we followed on with House and Home. We started with the big issue of "Housing Crisis? How about housing solution" where Nicole Gurran explains why wealthy nations have a housing problem, before Laurie MacFarlane explained "Why you can't afford to buy a house and how to fix it". After the break Andrew Morrison introduces the "Tiny house movement". The last speaker, Hajjer Gibran, introduced a new technology in "Low cost, Eco-friendly aircrete homes".

Inspiring voices inspired us to explore Human Nature in Febraury, and we started with Steven Pinker potentially controversial "Human nature and the blank slate". Following that we went back to "The surprisingly logical  minds of babies" by Laura Schulz. We stayed with the early life theme after the break to hear from Glen Henry "What I learned being a stay at home Dad", and finally Nilda Cosco's "What nature teaches children".

For 2019 we began TED talks with an evening of Inspiring Voice, starting with Bailey Parnell's "Is social media hurting your mental health?". Changing tack, and speed!, we then heard from Douglas Rushkoff about "How to be 'Team Human' in the digital future". The third talk was Jacqueline Way and her idea on "How to be happy everyday: It will change the world", and the grand final, teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg "School strike for climate change: save the world by changing the rules".

November's TEDs are the last for 2018 and we ended on Connecting with Community. We started with Lindsay Adams "Building relationships one brick at a time" (complete with building props), before hearing from Amy Scott about how to "Build don't break relationships with communication; connect the dots". Both these talks are from TEDx NZ events. The third talk was by Connection Doctor (and genuine MD) Starla Fitch "Connect or die: the suprising power of huan relationships". The fourth and final was by Danish politician Özlem Cekic, "Why I have coffee with people who send me hate mail". This is the best TED talk that didn't recieve a standing ovation; worth a watch.

In October, we had 5 inspiring talks about Community Energy. The first was Howard Johns "Your invitation to the community energy revolution" in which he describes community energy generation as our best hope for tackling climate change. We also heard from Rich Dooley "Community energy planning: Government  can't (and shouldn't) do it alone", student Dhruvik Parikh "Freedom from fossil fules is cloer than you think", inventor Mei Nelissen on "The Blue Battery, for a sustainable and independent world" before the grand finale; entrepreneur Bill Nussey on "Accelerating the shift to clean energy".

Our theme in September was Doing Business.

We explored "What they don't tell you about entrepreneurship" according to Mark Leruste, followed by Majora Carter's "3 stories of local eco-activism". After the break we listened as Ernesto Sirolli discussed "Connecting passions, a formula for sucess", and finally "Why jobs of the future won't feel like work" by David Lee.

 

In August, we focussed on Money for Healthy Community

Professor of Sustainability Leadership Jem Bendell spoke of "The Money Myth", and reflects on what wealth really means anyway.  Lynne Twist continues to delve into the motivations behind actions that appear charitable and altruistic in "Freedom from the money culture"Simon Woolf, co-founder of the Brixton Pound discusses boosting a sense of community in "How local currencies give value for money", before our final speaker Stacy Mitchell reveals "Why we can't shop our way to a better economy".

In July, our theme was Food
 

The first TED was Gaston Acurio "Can home cooking change the world?", followed by Megan Kimble and her revelations about "Unprocessed -- how I gave up processed foods (and why it matters)". The third talk was by Ruairi Robinson and his "Food for thought: how your belly controls your brain", and then Eran Segal "What is the best diet for humans?"

Finally, Dan Barber on food, ecosystems and the interactions between in "How I fell in love with a fish."

We restarted TED in June 2018 with Democracy
 

The first TED was Peter Emerson "So what is democracy anyway?" and we then discovered "Our democracy no longer represents the people, here's how we fix it", which is Larry Lessig's opinion.

After the break we had a different perspective by Eric X Li on "A tale of two political systems" and we finished with Robb Willer's "How to have better political conversations".

Insurance Council Chief Tim Grafton interviewed on climate and insurance issues.

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