TEDx organizers take over New Zealand: a report from TEDxTeAro organizer DK, on the latest New Zealand TEDx Regional Organisers Workshop. Above, NZ organizers in Christchurch during their day-long workshop.

The New Zealand TEDx Regional Organisers Workshop was held this Saturday at the Sanctuary — the newest building in Christchurch, NZ’s  EPIC innovation hub, a campus for forward-thinking New Zealand companies to share space, ideas, and inspiration.

The event was organised by Kaila Colbin, TEDxEqChCh curator, and assisted by many on her team.

Representatives from all the NZ based events attended: TEDxChristchurch, TEDxAuckland, TEDxTeAro (Wellington’s event), TEDxQueenstown, along with a couple of young people who are hoping to form their own TEDxYouth event soon.

The day was designed to extract wisdom and experience from these seasoned organizers, deconstructing what has worked and also what didn’t during events, thus creating a day packed with discussions, analysis, group work, and individual reflections.

Advice flowed. A taste:

  • “Converge ideas and create influence.”
  • “Be organised first, flexible second.”
  • “Take my experience, but not my mistakes.”

We were also joined via Skype by members of the TEDx team from a very cold NY TED office. We took this opportunity to pose questions such as, what qualifies a good idea worth sharing, the criteria by which TEDx videos are judged to be considered for feature on the famous TED.com, and which event hiccups are the most prevalent and how to avoid.

To be in the room with fourteen other TEDx ambassadors was simply invigorating. These are people who freely give their time, energy and focus for many months at a time, crafting events which celebrate their local heroes whilst serving a larger narrative of ideas worth sharing. These guys are precious, humble, open, selfless, and it was an honour to be amongst them.

Thank you Becca, Carl (facilitator), DJ, Elliott, Emme, Jaime, Jose, Kaila, Kimberley, Matt, Sally, Sutter, Trent, Yuri.

Written by TEDxTeAro organizer DK.

A journey from Afghanistan: Abbas Nazari

"This is my Afghanistan. This is what comes into my mind every time I think of home."

A part of an ethnic minority in Afghanistan when the Taliban took over, Abbas Nazari’s family fled when he was just seven years old. He recounts their harrowing journey and reminds us all of the courage it takes to find a new home in a foreign country. (Filmed at TEDxEQChCh.)

Each week, we choose four of our favorite talks, highlighting just a few of the enlightening speakers from the TEDx community, and its diverse constellation of ideas worth spreading. Browse all TEDxTalks here »

State of the X: TEDxTalks in February

TEDxTalks by the numbers: February

  • 701 new talks added to the TEDxTalks library
  • 3.1 million views of the TEDxTalks YouTube channel and the TEDxTalks website
  • 19 talks were featured on TED.com
  • 5.4 million views of those TEDxTalks featured on TED.com in February

TEDxTalks by the numbers: All Time

  • 13,378 TEDxTalks
  • 30 million views of the TEDxTalks on the YouTube channel and the TEDxTalks website
  • 143 talks featured on TED.com
  • 58.6 million views of the TEDxTalks on TED.com

The huge number of talks in our library can be overwhelming, but if you focus on just a few, you can uncover surprising connections. Here are two that were featured on TED.com in February:

New technologies raise urgent ethical questions about the conflicts between our immediate needs and our future. At TEDxCanberra, Stephen Coleman breaks down the realities of how law enforcement abuses non-lethal weapons and how these new tools are creating as many problems as they solve.

As the global demand for energy has grown and the technologies we use to extract it have become more complex, Garth Lenz has seen large swaths of his homeland razed to the ground. At TEDxVictoria he shows the damage that technology without ethics can create.