Tony 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.
In 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.
While 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?
Jahla’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.
What happens when you set up for TEDxCanberra?
Here’s a look at the TEDxCanberra 2012 bump-in day.
Browse the talks posted from the conference (we’ll be posting them all as they become available), and scroll down to find blog posts, tweets and photos from TEDxCanberraSalon 2013 at the National Library of Australia.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxCanberra, where x = independently organized TED event. At TEDxCanberra, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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