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As Part of Innovation Month, the City of Perth is hosting a TEDx event at the Northbridge Piazza.


TEDxNorthbridge is an evening celebration of ‘ideas worth sharing’, exploring the theme of ‘innovation in Perth’. Inspired by a rapidly changing city where the innovators are playing an increasingly vibrant and influential role in shaping our culture and society, the theme is an exploration of the dynamic individuals affecting change in their area of expertise.

The evening will feature specialist speakers that will focus on the power of how innovative ideas can change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. Subjects are intended to foster learning and to provoke conversation. TEDxNorthbridge will feature speakers from technology, sustainability and social innovation sectors, all are dynamic individuals whose ideas are worth spreading.

TED is a non-profit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading” and includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission and is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

TED’s rapidly expanding and exceptionally passionate community challenges every day norms and core perceptions of the world, and stimulates new ways of thinking and acting.

At TEDx events, a combination of live presenters and screenings of recorded TED Talks sparks deep conversation and connections. You will have the opportunity to be a part of the event, to listen actively and then discuss the ideas put forward with other audience members. The content and design of each TEDx event is unique and developed independently for the local audience.

Tying in with the City of Perth's "innovation month" of April, the theme of TEDx Northbridge is innovation. Innovation is more than an idea – innovation is achieved when the idea is developed into an outcome that has value. Innovative thinking is a crucial trait of all modern cities and is linked to so many positive transformations that are ongoing in Perth.

TEDx Northbridge is hosted by Heritage Perth's Richard Offen and will feature live talks from Professor Paul Hardisty and Dr Alan Duffy, and screenings of innovation-related TED talks.

TEDx Northbridge Host - Richard Offen

Richard is Executive Director of Heritage Perth, which was set up to show the heritage of Perth in a positive light as a major social and economic asset. Through a series of innovative projects, Heritage Perth is demonstrating that heritage places can find a role in today’s society without losing either significance or historic value.

Richard is a popular lecturer, has been a regular broadcaster on both radio and television for many years. Richard can now be heard every Monday morning with Eoin Cameron on the ABC 720 Breakfast Show, where he talks about different aspects of the heritage of Perth and Western Australia.

TEDx Northbridge Speaker - Professor Hardisty

Professor Hardisty is Global Director of EcoNomics™ and Sustainability for Worley Parsons. EcoNomics™ is a service which embeds profitable sustainability into all aspects of the project delivery life cycle.

He is a visiting Professor in environmental engineering at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia School of Business, where he teaches sustainability and climate change issues to MBA students. He is the author of a book “Environmental and Economic Sustainability” which has recently been published by CRC Press.

He is a contributor to President Gorbachev’s Climate Change Task Force, and a Director of Green Cross Australia, an international NGO dedicated to creating a value shift in society towards a more sustainable future. Paul lives in Perth, Australia, with his wife and two sons and for fun competes in ironman triathlon.

TEDx Northbridge Speaker - Dr Alan Duffy

Dr Alan Duffy is a postdoctoral researcher at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research based at the University of Western Australia. He models universes inside supercomputers to advance our understanding of how galaxies, such as our own Milky Way, form and the Universe began.

He has published widely on the topics of Dark Matter (a mysterious type of mass that holds galaxies together) and Dark Energy (a repulsive pressure that drives the galaxies apart). These models are of such realism that he has used them to develop the science potential of telescopes under construction including the largest single telescope ever created, the Five-hundred meter Aperture Telescope in China and the next generation Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder.



6.00 - 7.30pm Saturday, 21 April, 2012


Northbridge Piazza
Corner James St and Lake St
Northbridge, Western Australia

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