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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY TEDxNewtown would like to acknowledge the Gadigal people who are the Traditional Custodians of this land. We would also like to pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Eora Nation and extend that respect to other Aboriginals present.

1. Don't look down, look up

3. Share the day with others

We love our technology but today is the day we are breaking our habit and to enjoy the immersive program. We kindly ask you to keep your phone to silence during the sessions. If you want to tweet or share during sessions, please sit at the back of the venue.

If you blog, take photos or tweet, help us spread the word by using the #tedxnewtown and tag us @tedxnewtown and share your experiences with your mates and family.

TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR DAY 4. Ask help if you need to

2. Talk to someone new The audience is as exciting as the speakers! Don’t be shy, say hi and share the love. You never know what a new connection will lead to!

5. Have fun!

If you have any questions or problems, ask anyone wearing a TEDxNewtown shirt. We are a friendly bunch!

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.  TEDxNewtown is the platform to showcase domestic creativity, promote ideas matter locally and to create an impact that benefits our community. Born in Newtown, dedicated to Inner West Sydney, welcome everyone.

Event Program

10:30AM PRE-TALK SESSION Registration (doors open at 9:30) Coffee "Break" Workshop Balance Wheel

12:00PM SESSION BREAK 13:00PM SESSION 1 Joe Dusseldorp Ginny Monteiro Leslie Rice Kate Harris Tanya Silveira Kieran Crowe

14:30PM SESSION BREAK 15:30 PM SESSION 2 Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa Lynne Testoni Peter Rohde Tony Kiss Elena Lambrinos ShaliseLeesfield Nell Greenwood


Coffee "Break" What is this about? In TEDxNewtown 2019, we want to do something different when you order your cuppa at our event to break out of your comfort zone. So here is how it works - when you order, think about “What do you need in order to break your fear?”

Tell us what helps you break your fear by tagging @tedxnewtown using #tedxnewtown

Workshop What is this about? FEAR. CONNECTION. HAPPINESS For anyone wanting to step out of their fear bubble and try something different, for those curious about creating new, meaningful connections and for any of us who are trying to define what happiness truly looks and feels like- this is for you.

What do we want to give you? In this 90 minute workshop we'll explore the things that hold us back, why connection matters and what are some ways we can be happier as individuals and as a community. We want you to start going out and try creating a connection you’ve been too afraid to start Tell us when you make a new connection in TEDxNewtown and how you feel by tagging @tedxnewtown using #tedxnewtown

Balance Wheel What is this about? The balance wheel workshop is designed to help individuals learn about their holistic wellbeing. It is a quick tool to assess various aspects of their lives across mental, physical and financial wellbeing. The tool is also a guide to enable users to find ways to improve and create a higher quality of life.

Tell us how you can achieve balance after the workshop by tagging @tedxnewtown using #tedxnewtown


JOE DUSSELDORP Joe Dusseldorp is an Australian surgeon who is first in the country to implant a custom 3D printed ear for a number of young Australian children born with a missing ear. Excited by the rapid tech advancements of 3D printing, Joe is on a mission to create an app for patients to use within the comfort of their own home in an effort to offer a more personalised medical system.

GINNY MONTEIRO Dr Ginny Monteiro is a scientist as well as Founder of Altitude Minds, where she simplifies and translates the complexity of the brain as well as its behaviour into experiential change techniques to shed light on human behaviour.

LESLIE RICE Leslie Rice was a professional tattoer for more than 15 years before he visited Art school and realised that everything he loved, was awful. After completing his BFA with honors at the National Art School in 2006, he began to make paintings that once exploited, celebrated and mocked his questionable taste. In 2007, he won the Doug Moran National Portrait prize (and again 2012). With features in both private and public collections as well as group and solo shows, prizes and film/television, Leslie expands his body of work into other mediums.


KATE HARRIS Kate Harris is the CEO of GECA (Good Environmental Choice Australia) and brings an extensive background in leadership, capacity building and education aimed at finding sustainable solutions for the future. Kate currently sits as the Non-Executive Director of the Australian Life Cycle Assessment Society (ALCAS), the Global Ecolabelling Network and Living Future Institute Australia as well as the Executive Member of the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

TANYA SILVEIRA Tanya Silveira is a registered neurologic music therapist who is currently undergoing her PhD research with the National Music Therapy Research Unit at the University of Melbourne, which examines how functional electrical stimulation combined with iPad-based music therapy impacts the wellbeing of stroke survivors. Passionate and engaged in her profession, Tanya has successfully implemented music therapy programs on the physical rehabilitation of adults and children.

KIERAN CROWE Kieran Crowe is a choreographer/dancer who marked the start of his career on Australia’s Got Talent in 2011 as a grand finalist with Instant Bun, an evolved version of his previous group, "Too Much Bun" - a youthful, comedic dance crew of like minded men. Today, he is one of the directors of the “Buggy Bumpers”. They are a collective of multi-disciplined artists from Sydney that share a mutual, unbridled ambition to bring lasting joy into the lives of their audiences


LYNNE TESTONI Lynne Testoni is a freelance content creator and writer, with over 20 years of experience in print magazines such as Home Beautiful and Vogue Entertaining & Travel as well as over 5 years experience in senior marketing roles in retail and homewares.With her vast experiences that also span into the likes of architecture and design, see how she pintpoint the struggles of women in their 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s - and how they can best take control of their career and the next chapter of their lives.

PETER ROHDE Dr Peter Rohde is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the Centre for Quantum Software & Information at the University of Technology, Sydney. His theoretical proposals have inspired several world-leading experimental efforts in optical quantum information processing. As a collaborator in China’s world-first quantum satellite program, he aided the design of quantum protocols for space-based demonstration.

TONY KISS Tony is a Leadership Culture Coach & Ex Mental Health Counselor, and he is passionate about helping people connect with their values and find their purpose in life. Combining his degree in psychology with his entrepreneurial experience, public speaking passions and time spent in the entertainment industry - he's focused on helping people excel through leadership and life coaching. Tony lives and works by the philosophy that a 'well-connected, value-driven world inspires personal growth and love'.


ELENA LAMBRINOS Elena Lambrinos is a dance teacher and the proud owner of Dance Domain – a dance studio situated in the Inner West that is all about ‘dance done different’. She has recently completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in the Sociology of Education where her study explores different practices being taught and valorised in children’s dance classes and how they are developed over time.

SHALISE LEESFIELD Shalise Leesfield'S Ocean Support' movement is inspiring change for her stance to protect marine life by ridding Australia's beaches of plastic debris and discarded fishing line. With an engaging use of visual props and compassionate storytelling, Shalise's campaign achieved nationwide coverage on Channel 10's 'The Project' as well as ABC's 'Behind the News'. Honored by the Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian for her commitment to the environment, she is the first school-aged person to receive this state honour.

NELL GREENWOOD Nell Greenwood is an educator, writer and creativity advocate with over 25 years of experience in screen education and international film and television production. Starting out in content development and screen writing , Nell currently is the Director of Curriculum at the Australian Film Television (AFTRS) and has completed a PhD at The University of Sydney on Creativity and Unconscious in the Screen Arts.





Kylee is a leadership trainer and performance coach who specialises in the facilitation of individual, group and organisational transformation.

Lynette Natasha describes herself as a “storyteller and nice person” who brings honesty, humour and heart to her work. She has spent most of her career in branding and advertising as a Creative Copywriter; and currently bosses herself around in her home studio. An advocate for mental health with a passion for personal growth, Lynette is constantly learning, trying and experimenting new ways in which we can approach life with a full heart and none of the BS.

Sukhjit Kaur Khalsa is a first generation Australian Sikh spoken word artist, educator, performer & human rights reformer. Her work predominantly provokes conversations around Australian identity, feminism, cultural confusions, and the power of uncomfortable conversations.

With over 23 years working for Australia’s most iconic brands, Kylee has a reputation for helping leaders navigate complexity and develop strategic solutions that deliver results.


Commune is a machine of collaboration within the creative industry that was founded on the beliefs of bringing people together to exchange ideas and experiences. It is where their spaces and events act as open platforms to learn, discover and engage with emerging thinkers and doers.

AV1 offer services across production management, audiovisual, digital media and event technology with a passion to design and produce events and experiences.


Coverhero's purpose is to enable our generation and future generations to live a balanced life by enabling mental, physical and financial wellbeing. They do this by designing financial (finsurtech) services and education powered by cutting edge technology to cater to the unique lifestyles of our generations in the gig economy.

Ensemble of Coffee Research and Education (ECRE), aims to become a community of coffee professionals seeking to create positive change within their industry. With a community of passionate individuals focused on creating a more sustainable industry for everyone, their transition from a roasting solution to an industry response helps to ensure a better future for coffee.

The Team Licencee & Lead Organiser Della Zhuang Co-organiser Sam Ali Project Management Angela Liu Vincent Candrawinata Speaker Coach Shani Raja Curation Renato Capasso Brian Bailey Emma Liu

Marketing Vivian Tran Elizma Liz van Zyl Anja Inic Jess Le Kimberly Cruz Operation Jessica Wang Najat Ibrahim Design & Production Leon Kannangara Maurice D. Valentine Partnership Heiron Chan Annie Chan

SEE YOU IN 2020!

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