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TEDxWellington 2019 Details Announced | Chance Is A Fine Thing

Back in the TEDx groove!

Ticket registrations are open for this years TEDxWellington event.

As the theme launch video illustrates above, our theme has informed our ticketing approach this year as every one of our previous events have sold out and we receive many communications from folks who missed out. Add to that, TEDxWellington is going from a 1,000 person event down to a 200 as our 2017 venue is still closed for earthquake restrengthening, so, a ‘lottery’ system for the tickets is the fairest approach to take.

We will also extend the theme into the interactions on the day.

This year, 75% of our speaker applicants were female which is reflected in the final line-up of impressive talent:

So if you’re Wellington-based or in the area around the 11th August, please do take a chance and register for a ticket, plus, if you can assist in disseminating the offer through your networks that would really be ace also!

#6 June 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Click for cerebral adventures.

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Unpacking my experience of C2 Montréal 2019.

“I co-founded Facebook. It’s time to break it up.

The number that can change the world (it’s 3.5%).

Amazon’s Alexa is spying on us / you.

Protect solar system from mining ‘gold rush’, say scientists.

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When it’s time for a little (chair) dancing:

Superhero supercut:

How to save our planet:

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This satellite tracking website.

New search engine indexes 300+ million public domain images.

Check out this fun team page.

How to hack your iPhone’s “Do Not Disturb While Driving” function to significantly improve your life.

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C2 Montréal 2019 | Unpacking An Experience

C2 Montréal (C2) is a multi-award winning and highly produced event which impresses the brain and delights the senses.

From the stimulating interactions to the superbly built rooms / spaces, it positions itself as the most forward-thinking business event in the world although it’s more like a theme-park for corporate folks.

It’s long been on my list to attend and with five others from New Zealand, we got to mix with 7,000+ others for the three days (day one, day two, day three C2 write-ups):

Quick Appreciation

HUGE thanks to C2 for giving a discount ticket price to attract a kiwi delegation which were coming farther than most. Truly helped with making the opportunity accessible.

Also, deep gratitude to the High Commission of Canada in New Zealand who were fantastic supporting partners by:

Thank you Francis.

Highlights

The Braindate layer facilitates connections between attendees via a simple app interface. Here you can post ideas and areas of work you’re interested in for others to find and then request a 30mins meeting with you. A specific area in the event was created just for this (top right in map below):

Everyone I met was a delight and mostly interested in some public speaking advice.

Lanyards wasn’t just a name-tag but a tool for many things: they light up when a session you have chosen is starting, they can be touched together with someone you met to exchange details (which is then stored in a digital contacts list easy to download afterwards) plus it’s a digital wallet to enable you to pay for things throughout the conference.

The variety of food / refreshments was impressive, being served by either food trucks or offerings built directly into the arena itself. Scanning around it looks like many were local suppliers as well which is a great way to build community.

The couple of interactive sessions I got to experience were superb. From the blindfolded ‘in the dark’ session which highlighted deliciously the challenge of team interaction and communication, through to the ‘breaking down the divide’ visual treat which grouped souls into lighted areas for conversations by answering certain questions on a screen (a more digital version of an exercise I sometimes do in my work with clients, see below):

The showcase interviews with Will.I.Am and Spike Lee were fantastic. Both brought with them a different bank of vocabulary and experience plus both interviewers were great. Other delights was the interview with CEO of Acer plus learning about how Canada are leading the world in legal cannabis policies.

The overall calibre of conversations and general feel of the conference was delightful. It felt relaxed, friendly and ignited curiosity at every turn.

Feedback

The obvious challenge with events at this scale is access. Attendees could only choose one workshop and lab experience each day (which was booked via the app a week before). Some who were a little late in deciding simply couldn’t get into anything from the conversations I had. And even though there were opportunities to line up to get into sessions you hadn’t booked, from my observations very few got in. More experiences was missed rather than gained from this however I totally appreciate the challenge of serving 7,000+ attendees.

The content of the talks and masterclasses which I did see was ok. The audience for events like this are ‘elite’ and therefore the pitch and tone should reflect in terms of sharing tangible ideas, deliverable insights, applicable models, learned failings etc. or maybe I missed the ones which did.

Was surprised attendees had to pay for all food & drinks via the lanyard (free coffee was supplied by a sponsor I think). Again in conversations with others there was a shared expectation it would be included in the ticket price.

And finally, the Klik app wasn’t integrated neatly with the Braindates (as it opened up in a browser rather than the app itself). This wouldn’t have been such an issue although the wifi there was a little erratic at times. Also, there were no ways to connect to the speakers through the app unlike the delegates. The app was a superb greener solution to a printed agenda although it meant a whole lot of the delegates were either walking or sat with their head down in the tablet glow.

Epilogue

C2 Montréal is a superb experience for those looking to explore a cacophony of offerings in one event. Visually it’s stunning and was definitely highly crafted.

The trip also created an opportunity to connect the Kiwi delegation into the HATCH community at an evening dinner. Lots of conversations and impressive connections followed. A perfect illustration of what the overall trip was all about: creating the space and trusting good humans to add value to each other.

Facebook Cofounder Chris Hughes On Why Facebook Is Broke | Applies To Instagram / WhatsApp Users Also

Watch and learn why Facebook needs to be broken up.

Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day. Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around 60 percent of voting shares. Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook’s algorithms to determine what people see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered. He sets the rules for how to distinguish violent and incendiary speech from the merely offensive, and he can choose to shut down a competitor by acquiring, blocking or copying it.

Quote from NY Times article
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How to Save Our Planet | Cultivating Diversity And Wildness

Like with most things, it’s all about balance.

Plus:

  • Phasing out fossil fuels and replacing them with renewables.
  • Upgrading to efficient food production and reducing our consumption of meat.
  • Working together to properly manage our oceans.
  • Working hard to keep hold of the wild populations we still have, encouraging nature wherever we can.

#5 May 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Get those digits dancing and brain buzzing.

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Ruined By Design sample chapter which deconstructs how Silicon Valley destroyed the social fabric of humanity to make a profit.

Unethical UK businesses using AI to monitor staff activity.

Major report finds New Zealand’s environment is in serious trouble.

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“…grooving with the present…”:

Thank you @MrJacobBanks:

Another great offering from @Tom_LSOO:

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Endlessly unique ambient music maker by @alex_bainter.

How to create an RSS feed for a YouTube channel.

A free AI tool to remove image backgrounds.

Commercial free stock videos.

Live radio from all over the globe.

Automatically colorize black and white photos.

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#4 Apr 2019 | Monthly Digital Breadcrumbs

Time to use your digit and wander the information superhighway.

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A year on after the Cambridge Analytica scandal what has been learned, done, not done.

A new study from Harvard just proved that open plan offices are one of the dumbest ideas of all time.

Apparently the hippies have been right about vibrations and consciousness all this time.

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This stupendous video essay on what it is to be human within the philosophy of Blade Runner 2049, by Tom van der Linden:

A 90minutes chat between Russell Brand and Douglas Rushkoff:

Men read other men’s deepest secrets by Jubilee Media:

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The 35 questions from the Proust Questionnaire which Vanity Fair uses in their interviews.

Nearly 12 hours of Lo Fi Hip Hop for those who need to chill out / study / work.

An emulator for the very first web browser from 1989.

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