As we’ve done in previous years, the team is going to be posting here regularly in the lead up to TEDxCanberra 2012 so that you, our community, can get to know us a little better.
This year, we’ve chose to focus on each selecting a talk from a TEDx event somewhere in the world that we think illustrates all the things that make a great talk – local talent, local applicability, relevance to the attendees and, the kicker, true relevance on a global basis.
For my talk, I’ve chosen General Peter van Uhm’s Why I chose a gun, from TEDxAmsterdam 2011. For me, this talk brings forward several matters that don’t often get a run at TEDx events – the military, a person who ostensibly ought to be quite conservative, and yet expresses a view from the perspective of entering the military to preserve peace rather than to prosecute a war. I imagine this will be one of the TEDx talks we’ll all be discussing for a long time, as it raises issues that a TEDx audience don’t always get to look at in this way.
For your edification, General Peter van Uhm.