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  1. Mik Griffiths
    Mik Griffiths August 22, 2013 at 1:15 PM | | Reply

    I represent three quarters of the traditional ‘targets’ and could identify with a fair share of other minority groups – but lets start with I’m a woman, I’m Indigenous, and I’m young(ish!). I’m also incredibly proud to be a part of TEDxCanberra this year sharing an important story of humanity – and it’s not because I have ovaries! Forgive me, but I thought the ethos of TED (and TEDx) was Ideas Worth Spreading – sharing the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. I didn’t see a gender bias attached to this. Ideas worth sharing in this type of forum come from humans – from all walks of life. I personally have ‘target fatigue’ and think that if we keep labelling part of our society and demanding equal splits of their representation we are going to dilute the power of sharing and more importantly, listening and acting on ideas worth spreading. The TEDxCanberra organisers have been an absolutely professional, inspiring and a fun team to work with. And believe me, they work incredibly hard and very long hours for free to bring this event to our city. So, instead of criticising, why don’t we all just enjoy the collection of people this event has pulled together, speakers and audience, for a day of inspiration and thought provocation, while embracing what we all have in common – being human. See you on September 7 :)

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  3. Linh Le
    Linh Le September 15, 2013 at 9:50 PM | | Reply

    Great post, TEDxCanberra (and thanks for a great event!)

    On a similar vein, I recently came across this article in my reading list.

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