TEDx Can­ber­ra Salon 2017 : Empower


TEDx Can­ber­ra Salon 2017 : Empower

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.

We look for­ward to wel­com­ing you to the Inspire Centre at the Uni­ver­sity of Can­ber­ra to exper­i­ence ‘Empower.’