Author: TEDxBrisbane

Hope for the Homeless: KARYN WALSH

Karyn Walsh began working with young people experiencing homelessness since she came to Brisbane in the 1980s. Now, as the CEO of Micah Projects, a local not-for-profit, she is committed to finding new ways to end and prevent homelessness. Her leadership is focused on implementing a housing first approach, which requires integrating healthcare with community services as a critical resource to enable people to improve their quality of life, sustain housing and reduce reliance on hospital care. Karyn is a Director of the Australian Alliance to End Homelessness. She was a Founding Member of the Australian Common Ground Alliance,...

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We Need Art: J.M. DONELLAN

J.M. Donellan is an author, musician, poet, radio DJ and teacher. He nearly died of a lung collapse in the Nepalese Himalayas, fended off a pack of rabid dogs with a guitar in the mountains of India, and was sexually harassed by a half-naked man whilst standing next to Oscar Wilde’s grave in Paris. He scripted and voiced the internationally popular Pocket Hipster iPhone app – despite not having an iPhone. Josh was a National Finalist in the 2015 Australian Poetry Slam and has performed at festivals all over Australia both solo and with his band Poetry is Dead....

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Yoga & the Power of Generosity: NATAHLIA JOY BUITENDYK

Lara Nobel has always had a natural tendency to problem solve, so when she found herself at the bottom rung of one of the world’s least affordable housing markets, she immediately started brainstorming alternatives. With an optimism that’s grounded in tangible solutions, Lara has travelled the world studying urban design solutions in Berlin, micro-housing in Tokyo, and alternative housing in Portland. She’s now developing a new type of compact housing in Australia – one that’s driven by our needs rather than market expectations. Leading by example, she has co-founded a company to produce these affordable ‘tiny houses’. After completing...

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Tiny Homes of the Future: LARA NOBEL

Lara Nobel has always had a natural tendency to problem solve, so when she found herself at the bottom rung of one of the world’s least affordable housing markets, she immediately started brainstorming alternatives. With an optimism that’s grounded in tangible solutions, Lara has travelled the world studying urban design solutions in Berlin, micro-housing in Tokyo, and alternative housing in Portland. She’s now developing a new type of compact housing in Australia – one that’s driven by our needs rather than market expectations. Leading by example, she has co-founded a company to produce these affordable ‘tiny houses’. After completing...

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I am Queerspawn: MAYA NEWELL

Maya Newell is an Australian filmmaker with a focus on documentary storytelling. Her award-winning short ‘TWO’ won Best New Documentary Talent of Australia at AIDC 2011. Her subsequent films ‘Growing Up Gayby’ and ‘Gayby Baby’ – made in collaboration with Charlotte Mars – tell the story of same-sex families from the perspective of the kids. ‘Gayby Baby’ was selected for Good Pitch Australia 2014, premiered at Hot Docs, screened at Sydney and Melbourne Film Festivals, was nominated for an ACCTA, AWGIE, and was the winner of Best Documentary at the 2015 ATOM awards. In the years of making ‘Gayby...

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