Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Jolly Jacob


Did you know that children who grow up with family portraits on the wall exhibit stronger self-esteem and confidence?

Portraits are not just ink on paper. They have the power to reshape identity, self-image and relationships.

Join Jolly Jacob, a Canberra-based portrait photographer, at our flagship event in September as she explains why your portrait should be your legacy.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: John Sautelle


As individuals, our lives are our stories. But what would happen if we had the ability to change our stories?

Could we could change ourselves and the world for the better?

John Sautelle is passionate about supporting people live more connected lives, within themselves and in their relationships.

Learn more about his ideas at our flagship event in September.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Charles Massy


How can we significantly improve human health and save the planet?

The answer: Regenerative agriculture.

Charlie Massy has spent 36 years farming his family’s land. With a PHD in human ecology and a novel on regenerative agriculture, he has dedicated his life to learning how to produce nutrient-rich food through organic farming practices.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Tasneem Memon


Imagine a world where technology is smarter than humans. Right now, AI has the potential to help businesses and the community in more ways than ever before.

Tasneem Memon has spent 12 years working on an algorithm that can allowed biased human minds to develop unbiased AI systems, through cognitive computing.

How can that be? Find out in September at TEDxCanberra’s flagship event.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Antonio Mozqueira


The ACT government have promised to release zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Now that we’ve made this promise, how will we take control of climate change?

Antonio Mozqueira believes each of us can be a hero. As individuals, we can each make a difference.

Antonio will be sharing his ideas with you at our flagship event in September.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Tjanara Goreng Goreng


Unemployment is a never-ending problem in Australia, with 10 people looking for work for every job available. So how can Australia introduce social policy to reduce unemployment, and homelessness?

Ultimately, what is the solution to ending poverty?

Tjanara Goreng Goreng has the answer. She is an academic, a whistleblower, and a firm believer in closing the gap.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Catherine Rickwood


Australians current life expectancy is 82.5, that’s 10 years longer than in the 1970s. We’re all living longer, but do we really understand what that’s going to mean for us?

Do our traditional views of ageing stack up, or are we limiting ourselves based on an outdated understanding of what it means to get older?

Dr Catherine Rickwood will be speaking at our flagship event about how we can challenge our assumptions about ageing, and living a good life as we get older.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Kanesan Nathan


You’ve heard of the Embassy of the USA, of Finland, of Cambodia… but have you heard of the Embassy of Kindness?

Kanesan Nathan believes in defining the world by kindness. The transformative driving force of kindness. Which is why he’s half of the driving force behind Embassy of Kindness. An Embassy which has a lot to teach us about how kindness could start a revolution.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Gemma Thompson


Have you ever picked up after your dog, put the poo in the bin and thought – hang on, there’s got to be a better way than to send this to landfill?

Gemma Thomson has. Not only has she thought it, she’s come up with an idea to fix it.

Gemma will be sharing her idea with you at our flagship event in September.

Divergence 2018 | Introducing: Paul Buckley


Before age 24, Paul Buckley didn’t think he’d ever be in jail. But that’s exactly where he ended up.

Hear his unique story, and divergent ideas, about how Australian lives would change with a prison system that actually worked.

Paul is the first of our speakers at TEDxCanberra 2018. Stay tuned over the next few weeks as we release our full line up.