TEDxDunedin (A Reflection)

A reflection on the first TEDxDunedin event held December 4, 2009.

The thought processes I find myself having when attending events like this, seem to wander from what the speakers are actually saying to the implications of what they are saying. I found the process of the TEDxDunedin event to be a dialogue rather than just speakers talking to a crowd. This dialogue is more about a meeting of minds rather than sharing of words.

Some bullet points from the night…

Phil Osbourne (University of Otago) “The Power of Free”

  • “Customers happy with value don’t complain about the price.”
  • “What are you going to do when your competitors go free/style?”
  • Most important  “The future is not about business as usual”

Matt Ayres (Polson Higgs)

  • “What happens when your model of service is under threat?”
  • “Your most valuable asset for the future is your insight into the problem your organisation exists to fix”
  • “The future is inside the people you serve”
  • “Fundamental for all organizations… it is about serving people better”

Jason Leong (The Distiller/Pocketsmith)

Growing up great, this was about the thought that business start ups are like “orphans” and that a model of incubation where a group of start up businesses are in an environment where they “Contribute – Collaborate – Share” is important.

Daniel Belton (Good Company Arts)

Daniels presentation was of interest to me as the video of dance that he showed caused me to think about the convergence of two seemingly opposite views, the rigid and the fluid.

The rigid and the fluid need each other to work in harmony; in fact one without the other is structure without life or chaos. As Itay Talgam has said in another TED video “You need process and content to make good music” Process is the structure, whether in business or other activity, and content is what makes it “human” or alive.

A quote from Daniel “[it is] Important that we don’t just “look” but we “see”.”

There was also a video from a neurological specialist talking about her experience when she had a stroke, describing the differences between left and right hemisphere thinking, the left hemisphere being structural the right being experiential. The encouragement from the speaker (Jill Bolte-Taylor)1. was to spend more time on the right hemisphere to spend more time in the metaphysical and creative side.

This video matched well with all the people presenting tonight as the only way to move on is to change the way we think, and to do that we need to be creative in all areas of life and business.

To achieve great new things we cannot do what has already been done.

The world is changing around us whether we like it or not. How we respond to change will determine how we will cope and how we will fit in the future.

Please check out the TEDxDunedin site.

This was a great event and look forward to continuing the dialogue.

Paul S Allen

1. The video by Jill Bolte-Taylor


About Paul S Allen

Kiwi singer-songwriter based in Dunedin, New Zealand. Musician (Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Keyboard); Photographer; Poet; Thinker. I have food allergies so ask when you invite me for dinner. Lumen accipe et imperti. (receive the light and pass it on) Email me: paulusthebrit@hotmail.com

Posted on 05/12/2009, in Business Development, Faith and Personal Development, General, Leadership and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Hey Paul

    Firstly, Thank you very much for coming along last night was great to have you there. Thank you very much for writing up your reflections. It’s great to be able to see what you saw as the highlights and important take-aways.

    The Talk that was screened was by Jill Bolte

    I really like your comment:

    “The world is changing around you whether you like it or not. How you respond to change will determine how you cope and how you fit in the future.”

    I think it sums up the theme that ran through the evening very nicely.

    • Paul Allen

      Thanks Sam, you and your team did a great job organizing the night.
      Thanks also to for the link to Jill Bolte’s video.

  2. TedX Dunedin; world class inspiration. Thanks

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