• Tony WongTony Wong shoul­ders a large respon­si­bil­ity: as the Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer of the CRC for Water Sen­si­tive Cities, he leads an orga­ni­za­tion that ‘brings together the inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research exper­tise and thought-leadership to under­take research that will rev­o­lu­tionise water man­age­ment in Aus­tralia and over­seas.’

    At TEDx­Can­ber­raSa­lon 2013, Tony was qui­etly spo­ken, urbane and per­son­able. He deliv­ered with an under­stated pas­sion a pre­sen­ta­tion about water man­age­ment in cities. He launched with some hard-hitting facts: in the ‘angry sum­mer’ of 2013, over a period of 90 days, 123 Aus­tralian heat and tem­per­a­ture records were broken.

  • Marcus DaweIn his quest to create a business capturing carbon Mar­cus went back to basics. Ques­tion: In the longer term, how does the earth nor­mally absorb CO2? Answer: The earth’s crust is capa­ble of hold­ing more car­bon than any other place on earth. Ques­tion: How does it do this? Answer: With green mag­ne­sium – or vol­canic rock.

  • Will GrantWhile Will looks like a modern-day cow­boy – waist­coat, jeans, tie and boots – his think­ing is all busi­ness. He ques­tions the sta­tus quo: as the price of solar pan­els has dropped, coal is approach­ing par­ity in price – so why are we not decar­bon­is­ing our soci­ety?

  • Mark PesceMark is the only pre­sen­ter to be invited back to TEDx­Can­berra – he spoke at the inau­gural Can­berra event in 2010 – and in 2013 he picked up the theme that he left off a few years ago: our ‘hyper­con­nected’ world.

  • JahlaJahla’s pop icon image belies her thought­ful approach to cli­mate change. As a philoso­pher, she ques­tions and chal­lenges our – and equally her own – con­tri­bu­tion to the cri­tique. No ‘cham­pagne social­ist, lim­ou­sine lib­eral [or] bour­geois bohemian’ she; Jahla shared with us her true cre­den­tials as a thinker and a doer.

  • VolunteersTEDxCanberra runs its events on the generous contributions of volunteer labor.

    What’s it like to be a volunteer? Our Comms Director, Bobby Graham, tells her story on the TEDxCanberra blog.

    If you’re interested in volunteering for TEDxCanberra, we’d love to hear from you!

  • What happens when you set up for TEDxCanberra?

    Here’s a look at the TEDxCanberra 2012 bump-in day.

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  • Will Grant TEDxCanberraSalon 2013

    Will is based at the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science at ANU. Most of his work has focused on the interaction of science/technology and politics and also climate change. If you’re into that kind of thing, he tweets, writes in various places and has an intermittent (make him start it up again!) podcast...