We are delighted to bring you our next event, a special TEDxCanberraSalon on the theme ‘Empower.’
Empower is, arguably, a word that is overused, misused, and abused. Like any word that is overused, it loses meaning. But what does it mean to be truly empowered? Where does ‘empowerment’ come from? How do we empower ourselves? How do we empower others? And, what’s all this empowerment for anyway?
The core of the word is, of course, power. To empower others, or to be empowered oneself, implies some kind of transfer or exchange of power. Does that always mean winners and losers? Or is it more complex than that?
We are looking forward to exploring these questions, and more, through our Salon format. This will include exploration of topics such as the relationship between empowerment and personal agency, empowerment and the modern citizen, and power dynamics.
Many of us feel that our lives and our world are becoming increasingly complex and volatile. Our ability to influence events around us is sometimes difficult to appreciate or enact. We hope this first TEDxCanberraSalon event for 2017 will provide an opportunity for attendees to consider what empowerment means for them, and leave with deeper insights into how they can live an empowered life.
What you can expect
TEDxCanberraSalons are intimate events allowing you to mix with a smaller group of fellow attendees. Numbers at this event are limited to 100. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage more deeply with the ideas featured on stage, with the speakers, and other members of the TEDxCanberra community.
We are going to feature three local speakers; each with a unique perspective on what it means to empower, and be empowered, and what this means in contemporary life. Further details about our speakers will be released shortly. We’ll also screen two TED Talks which align with our theme.
You will also be able to choose between three concurrent workshops, each one exploring a different facet of empowerment. Full details will be announced shortly, but the workshops will include:
- How digital democracy will impact our notions of citizenship and how we can prepare for the future to come
- How learning empowers us to lead more rewarding lives, and how barriers to learning can hold us back.