In May 2017, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, coming from all points of the southern sky, made the Uluru Statement From The Heart. Building on decades of activism in pursuit of constitutional reform and self-determination, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples reached out to the nation in a heartful effort to create a movement for a better future.

Dean Parkin was closely involved in the process leading to the Statement and will take you on a deeper exploration of the Statement and the invitation it gives to the Australian people.

Join Dean, at our flagship event in September as he shares his insights and experience as to what the Uluru Statement means for our nation.

Seven in ten Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia have scabies at any given time. What if we could use traditional Aboriginal bush medicine to treat it?

Dr Jackson Thomas is a pharmacist and academic scientist at the University of Canberra who studies child health in Indigenous Australian communities. Together with his research team, he has been testing an Aboriginal bush medicine-based treatment and healing practices. Jackson’s research saw him awarded the 2015 ACT Tall Poppy of the Year Award and most recently, the 2018 University of Canberra (Faculty of Health) Research impact award.

Can fairy tales be feminist? Erin Claire believes it’s time fairy tales were retold.

Can sharing a meal with a total stranger change the world? To Penny Elsley it can.

With her non-profit organisation joiningthedots, Penny started The Welcome Dinner Project, a wonderful initiative that gives newly arrived Australians a platform to connect with their communities and overcome isolation through shared potluck meals.

Join us at TEDxCanberra2018 – Divergence to learn more about how Penny’s work has inspired a social movement that turns strangers into friends over the dinner table.

Inspiring, brave, survivor – these are the words that come to mind when we think of Shanna Whan.

As a reformed alcoholic, Shanna has used her own journey and her social media platform ‘Sober in the Country’ to affect real change in what she calls rural Australia’s ‘casual alcoholism culture.’

Join us at TEDxCanberra2018 – Divergence to learn more about Shanna’s amazing road to recovery and how her work is challenging the way we deal with addiction in rural areas.

Schools are given the all important task of educating our children. But what happens when your child is seriously ill and unable to go to class?

Through leadership, unwavering commitment and a compelling personal journey, Megan Gilmour started MissingSchool, an organization that connects sick kids with their classrooms, teachers and peers using the power of technology.

Join Megan at TEDxCanberra2018 – Divergence and find out how MissingSchool is positively changing the lives of many children, families and school communities.

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.


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.

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 non-fiction book on regenerative agriculture, he has dedicated his life to learning how to produce nutrient-rich food through organic farming practices.

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.