Five Minutes With Kate Seselja [Momentum Speaker Profile]

Local Canberran Kate Seselja currently works as an advocate to the United Nations Association of Australia, has founded her own not for profit, and is a sought-after professional speaker and mentor. With a resume dotted in impressive achievements, it’s easy to forget that Kate hasn’t always been the successful and brave role model she is today.

Accumulating more than $500,000 in debt from pokies, the mother of 6 struggled with a gambling addiction for more than a decade before she hit rock bottom. Turning her life around with self-determination, counseling and rebuilding her family relationships, Kate is now an advocate for helping gamblers battling addiction – and aiding in prevention so it never gets that far.

Here’s a sneak peek of what you can expect to hear from Kate at TEDxCanberra Momentum on Saturday 16th of September.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

I love everything about what I do and the change it is making. I love that the constructive use of my own story has helped people to connect effectively with their own journey and restore hope.

I’m involved in various consulting roles in advocacy for gambling reform as well as practical workshops across all sectors –  pain is universal.

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I currently have a new website in development which I’m really excited about.

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

It’s about moving forward and progressing together as a collective.

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)

A fresh perspective on a topic that impacts us all – yet most will never discuss.

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

My passion and insight and how it makes people think

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

I love that it is so easy to get around, and it’s pretty and easy to find uncrowded spaces

Q: Fun Fact. What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

Last year was the first time I had ever flown out Australia and it was to go to the International Gambling Conference in Auckland where I shared my story

 

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Five Minutes With Andrew Skeoch [Momentum Speaker Profile]

Have you ever stopped to listen to other worlds around you? Not the hustle and bustle of your everyday, but the rich ecosystems and places like the cloud forest of Papua New Guinea or the grasslands of the Kimberley. Andrew will be inviting us to explore places such as these and highlight the importance of appreciating the worlds we cannot see.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

I make and publish recordings of natural soundscapes. As an art form, where I place my microphones dictates the outcome. I enjoy the process of thinking about the optimal location, reading the landscape and anticipating the behaviour of wildlife.

I also supplement the audio with photographs and words to give listeners a sense of what they’re hearing, and the significance of it. I believe that listening can connect us personally with the living presence of the natural world. Hence it is a powerful way of communicating the values of conservation.

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I have just returned from 5 weeks in the Kimberley region of northern Australia, recording in a variety of habitats from savannah grasslands to rocky gorges and wetlands.

Next up is an expedition to the rainforests of Papua New Guinea. I’ll be in remote areas, requiring us to take all our food and supplies in for the duration, and working with local guides.

 

“Our human world is loud with activity and daily chatter. Listening to nature is a way of quietening oneself, and letting in the wider world of life all around you. Its not only important to wellbeing, it gives a richer perspective on life.”

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

In social terms, when a quantity of people think and act in a particular way, the momentum of the outcome becomes unstoppable. It is culture, ideas and beliefs that can change the impact we have on each other and nature.

Through making sound recordings of wild places that people do not normally have access to, I am hoping to inspire listeners to be aware and appreciate these environments and the creatures that live in them. It is my small way of contributing to the growing momentum toward changing the way we view ourselves, affirming the understanding that we are one species among many, living on this wondrous and fragile world.

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)

I’ll be encouraging the audience to listen to the natural world more deeply. In sharing how I hear it, and what I’ve learned, I’ll be giving insights into developing listening skills, what to listen for, and how to think about what we’re hearing.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

The audio recordings of birds and animals. They are what audiences enjoy and emotionally respond to.

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

There is so much nature in the city. It really is a model of how to build a human environment that makes space for other creatures to live too.

 

Fun Fact! What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

I grew up in the middle of Sydney, in a family with little interest in nature. I had no teachers or mentors who encouraged me when I was young. My mother was puzzled by my childhood enjoyment of bushwalking and birdwatching, and wondered where it came from. She’d often quip that “one look over the back fence was enough for her”.

 

Be sure to join Andrew and his recordings at Momentum on Saturday 16 September at The Canberra Theatre.

Five Minutes With Dr. Kal Ientile [Momentum Speaker Profile]        

Although self proclaimed research nerd Dr. Kal Ientile enjoys creating momentum by throwing himself out a perfectly good plane, there may be more to the conversation than meets the eye. Here’s a sneak peek into what makes this Acupuncturist get excited about movement.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

When people come to me after being told ‘You’ll just have to live with it’ or ‘we can’t find anything wrong’, I love being able to turn that around and make a real difference in their lives. To help someone who is losing hope is an amazing feeling.

Because acupuncture works stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms, we can work with a very wide range of health concerns, and get people back to doing the things they love in life.

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I work with a number of partially paralyzed patients following strokes and acquired brain injuries. The return to being able to grab a glass or walk up stairs is so important for self reliance and self esteem.

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?
We’re supposed to move. Our bodies need movement to maintain health. I am enjoying watching that idea gain momentum.

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)
Our bad habits can shape us over time, but so too can our good habits.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?
Spoon. [Hmmm, cryptic…]

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?
How welcoming the Canberra community is.

 

Fun Fact! What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?
I’ll happily throw myself out of a perfectly functional plane.

 

To find out more about Kal and ‘Spoon’ be sure to join us at Momentum on Saturday 16 September at The Canberra Theatre.

 

Five Minutes With Kerstin Oberprieler [Momentum Speaker Profile]  

       

 

Gamification is part of our everyday life whether we realise it or not. But instead of seeing it as a way to coerce, Kerstin shares with us how we can apply fun and games to improve our work and life.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.
I work as a gamification and design thinking consultant, and am doing my PhD in gamification. Gamification is about bringing play into our lives to achieve great things together.

 

I love gamification because it helps us nudge behaviour to be healthier, work better together, achieve goals, all while having more fun!

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?
I’m working with several teams to apply gamification in their workplaces. We are working on how to share knowledge, collaborate, and celebrating collective achievement. It’s very exciting to be part of transforming teams through the power of fun.

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?
Momentum is about being active in creating the future we want. It’s about bringing people together to work toward something. It’s about energy and future.

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? 
I’m going to talk about how gamification can be used to help us work together towards collective goals, and change the way you think about games and play. You’ll leave excited excited about the potential of gamification.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?
I want to share my passion for gamification, and show people how we can meaningfully integrate fun and play into more aspects of our lives.

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?
I love Canberra’s people, the blending of nature and city, and how proud we are to live here.

 

Fun Fact! What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?
I’m a black belt in 3 martial arts, and am studying 2 more!

 

To find out how gamification can enhance your work and play, join us at Momentum on Saturday 16 September at The Canberra Theatre.

 

Five Minutes With Darren Bradley [Momentum Speaker Profile]

Darren Bradley is an award-winning photographer who utilizes his passion for Modernist architecture to portray Canberra in a nostalgic and striking light.

Speaking at TEDxCanberra Momentum on Saturday 16 September, Darren will explore Canberra’s untapped Modernist architectural heritage and share his most inspired photos of the nation’s capital.

We were lucky enough to have a quick chat with photographer extraordinaire. Here’s what he has to say.

 

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

I love architecture, and my work allows me to connect with our built environment in a unique way. …Most people live, work, and pass by these buildings every day without a second thought. My hope is that my photography will enable people to stop and notice – and maybe even appreciate – their surroundings.

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I am currently working on a travel guide for mid-century modern architecture on the east coast of the USA. The first volume of the series, on the west coast, came out last year.

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

Canberra has so much untapped creative potential and energy. So for me, it’s about tapping into that energy to foster the city’s innovative spirit – and also build recognition and appreciation for what we have here.

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? 

Canberra’s Modernist architectural heritage is unique – not only in Australia but throughout the world. The city was built at a unique time in history when optimism for our future was the dominating design principle. Canberra was meant to demonstrate to the world that Australia was a modern country – and the architecture here represented this young country’s willingness to embrace progressive ideals. This Modernist heritage creates a sense of place and identity that should be embraced and preserved, because it’s the soul of the city. It also makes financial sense, as people increasingly crave authenticity in their built environments, and architectural tourism is on the rise.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

My photos of Canberra.

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

The people, who are highly educated and also very open to the world and new ideas. I also love the unique built environment and its Modernist character, of course.

 

Q: Fun Fact. What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

Architectural photography is not my primary occupation. I’m also a director at a large, multi-national aerospace and defence company.

 

Don’t miss Darren’s talk this September 16 at the Canberra Theatre. Buy your tickets now here!

 

Written by: Sallie Rodriguez

Five Minutes With Grace Costa [Momentum Speaker Profile]

 

Being passionate, living with purpose and finding your true self is an extremely hard task, let alone making them all work in harmony. Grace has conquered her goals as she found her true calling as a photographer, coupled with her love for animals.

Grace says it’s time to make her art a reflection on the world and she’s doing just that. Here’s how…

 

Q. Tell us a bit about your work

I tell stories through photography. I’m a photographer both commercially and as a photographic artist. Photography continues to surprise me and challenge me. I think i’m addicted to the magic that’s created from photographic images.

 

Q. Has there been a moment that has shaped you as an artist?

I’m usually crafting my work through portraiture of people, now I’ve moved on to telling stories about horses through my conceptual photography. It’s where my artistic photographic career has led me since the successful launch of HORSE, and it is the most challenging work I’ve ever done but also the most rewarding because it comes from my heart.

 

..Why?

Horses are what I am willing to work hard for, what I am willing to go to extreme lengths for and I have so many crazy ideas that I can’t wait to bring to life! My work and visual interpretations connects me to my purpose and I know that my talk will allow the audience to connect to who they truly are as I have done so with my art.

 

Q. What are you working on right now that you can share with us?

My next horse series is underway and I just want to continue to share my imagination with the world. I have found my purpose as an artist and I’m so energised to start the next series!

 

Q. What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

It means the flow from one thing to the next, flowing through doubtful and challenging times in your life or career and coming out the other side feeling on top of the world. Riding the momentum is part of the journey to discovery.

 

Q. What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you?

I’m so excited to share stories about my journey and discovering what horses have taught me and how I made my personal story come to life. The audience can expect a true story full of passion, finding your purpose and being set free by connecting to who you truly are.

 

Q. What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

Sharing my story to inspire others to follow their ideas and to tell their own story.

 

“I knew that if anyone could do this type of work with horses it had to be me! I had the knowledge + passion for horses and skills in photography”

 

Q. What do you like most about Canberra?

I was born here, so I love seeing the city evolve into a much cooler place than it was when I was young. What I love most is the large areas of bushland throughout Canberra. Perfect for keeping horses and going on long trail rides.

 

Fun Fact! What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

The most famous person I’ve photographed is Her Majesty the Queen in her official visit to the Royal Military College Duntroon in 2011.

Don’t miss out on your TedXCanberra2017 Tickets, themed Momentum. Get them here before they all sell out!

Article by Emily-Rose Clark

Five Minutes With Melanie Greenhalgh [Momentum Speaker Profile]

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

“My story is a personal account of survival. Grief and loss of people and possessions has been a big part of my life. I have a comfort level talking about it that others can find confronting.”

I’ve worked with young homeless people and some of the most vulnerable in our community for decades. When my house burnt to the ground my appreciation for the lived experience of vulnerable people became louder and clearer.

I use honesty and humour to negotiate life.

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

I’m busy trying to find ways to spread the word about my personal experiences – knowing that they have commonality of the lived experience of many humans.

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

“Without Momentum would I even be alive? I rely on the energy of life to help me negotiate the challenges. What fuels my momentum is something that I continue to discover.”

This TEDxCanberra experience is contributing to my healing and I’m ready to share it with you the audience.

“My story isn’t unique, there’s nothing special about me. I’ve experienced the good, the bad and the ugly in life. Grief and loss has given me gifts for life.”

 

Q:What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)

I will take you on an emotional journey, my presence on the TEDxCanberra stage is proof I survived but how and why? That’s what I share.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

“This is the first time I will reveal parts of a very personal story. I’m sharing to tell people they are not alone and that where they are right now is ok.”

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

I was born here, I grew up here. Canberra is a place I feel I belong.

 

Q: What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

As a child I danced for 12 years. As a ballerina I was like a sack of potatoes but as a jazz performer I had rhythm and movement! To this day if there’s music or a beat I’m the one dancing!

 

Are you ready to travel on this journey with Melanie?

 

Hear her full story and that of many others at Momentum, September 16. Register here.

 

 

Article by Helen Roe

Five Minutes With Lynda Leigh [Momentum Speaker Profile]

When she’s not leaving skidmarks and a trail of smoke behind her, Lynda is fascinating to listen to. She squeezed in five minutes with the TEDxCanberra team. Here’s what she has to say. Although there is more, plenty more, which she brings to the stage at Momentum, 16 September.

Q: Tell us a bit about your work and why you love it.

“I enjoy being a “dido” – drive in drive out contractor, records management specialist, business speaker, all which fund my very expensive hobby, rallying. I really love when all these elements come together – talking about rallying or records. (Yes I have a gig talking about records management of a rally event.)”

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

“I spoke at a records and information conference last week…. who said that record managers are boring.”

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

“Learning how to drive faster without fear. My metaphor for life and rallying.

This middle aged profoundly deaf woman didn’t know how to drive a manual until two years ago now competes in international rally events.

Motor sport is the only sport where men and women compete against each other at the same time.”

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)

I am woman, hear the squeal of my wheels!

 

Q What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

Having a conversation with every single person at the event.

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

The National Portrait Galley – when I’m feeling small, lost and upset. It’s my safe place. Every portrait is someone who “lived their life”. Someone who probably felt exactly the same as I do, at sometime in their life and moved forward.

 

Q: What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

I wanted to be a horticulturist when I grew up….

 

Catch Lynda’s talk at Momentum this September 16, Canberra Theatre.

Article by Helen Roe

 

Five Minutes With Steve Jackson [Momentum Speaker Profile]

In the lead up to his TEDxCanberra talk, Steve Jackson takes time out to talk with the TEDxCanberra team. He gives us a sneak peak into what he’ll be covering in his Momentum talk on September 16. Without giving too much away, we promise.

 

Q: What’s your work all about?

“As the Chief of Security for the Qantas Group, I have overall accountability for the safety and security of Qantas employees, our facilities, aircraft and other assets around the world.

I spend much of my time working with Government departments and agencies in Australia and overseas and with Industry Associations to influence the direction of aviation security laws and policy so they are as practical and sustainable as possible.”

“What energises me most about my job is the unique contract

I have with the community to help keep people safe.”

I can think of no other important promise to another person than to do all I can to make sure they will be safe and secure when traveling on one of our aircraft.

 

Q: What’s something you are working on right now that you can share with us?

“Much of my work at the moment is focused on building national security strategies for the future where our cross sector relationships are good for today, but most importantly are institutionalised for the future.”

 

Q: What does MOMENTUM, our TEDxCanberra2017 theme, mean to you?

MOMENTUM for me means a wonderful opportunity to help people energise and give themselves a moment or two of reflection to consider ways in which they can in turn help others energise.

“We all have reservoirs of resilience. The challenge we have when dealing with adversity is to understand the ways in which you can unlock those reservoirs of resilience.

 

“Perseverance and tenacity when times are tough will get you through.

Look up. Aim up. And never give up!”

 

Q: What can our TEDxCanberra audience expect to hear from you? (without giving away too much!)

 

“The TEDxCanberra audience will hear my reflections on leadership in adversity over my 38 year career. I’ll provide examples of where I’ve found ‘golden rules of leadership’ to help me throughout my working life in the armed forces, police and most recently the private sector when dealing with adversity and indeed personal challenges.

 

Q: What are you most looking forward to sharing at the event?

I’m looking forward to sharing my story and what I’ve found works for me throughout my working life. Everyone has a story to tell and it’s important that we take the time to share our individual stories so that others can draw from them.

 

Q: What do you like most about Canberra?

Remembering the memories when I joined the Australian Federal Police in the early 80’s and the wonderful friends I made over the following 15 years.

 

Q: What’s one thing you can share that people don’t know about you?

 

I have a soft spot for building model ships. Well, I should say a soft spot for building one ship. In 1978, I was given a lovely timber model of a French trading schooner. It’s accompanied me around the world and I still haven’t finished building it!

Don’t miss out on Steve’s talk, join us September 16 for Momentum at the Canberra Theatre Centre. Tickets are available here.

 

 

Article by Helen Roe