Top 3 talks for 2023


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In 2023, TEDxUQ celebrated a decade of igniting brilliant ideas! TEDxUQ’s 2023 theme, “Small Ripples, Big Waves,” explored the power of seemingly insignificant actions to create lasting change. As we prepare for TEDxUQ 2024, join us as we revisit some of the most captivating talks that left our audience empowered and inspired to make a difference.

Why we need minerals to save our world | Daniel Franks | TEDxUQ

In his TEDxUQ talk titled “Why we need minerals to save our world,” Daniel Franks challenges the common perception of minerals as solely detrimental to the environment.  He argues that these very materials are fundamental to building a sustainable future.

Franks highlights the critical role minerals play in our daily lives, from the copper wiring our communication systems to the clay bricks forming our homes. He emphasises the importance of “development minerals,” mined locally for local needs, in poverty reduction and infrastructure development.

The conversation around minerals, Franks suggests, needs to shift. While acknowledging the environmental impact of mining, he underscores the necessity of responsible sourcing and innovative practices to minimise harm.  Franks emphasises that minerals are the foundation of renewable energy technologies like solar panels and wind turbines, making them crucial for the global transition to clean energy.

The talk concludes with a call for a more nuanced understanding of minerals.  Franks argues that responsible mining and  sustainable practices are the key to harnessing the power of minerals to create a better future for our planet.

Compassion: Lessons from my daughter | Stan Steindl | TEDxUQ

“My daughter’s medical emergency as a baby was a wake-up call. Witnessing her vulnerability opened my eyes to the power of compassion – that deep empathy for suffering, the desire to ease it, not just for others, but for ourselves too.”

In Stan’smy TEDxUQ talk, “Compassion: Lessons from my Daughter,” heI explores this often-overlooked concept of self-compassion. We readily offer kindness to others, but giving it to ourselves can feel counterintuitive.  Isn’t self-compassion just another word for letting ourselves off the hook?

Research actually shows the opposite. When we treat ourselves with the same understanding and care we extend to loved ones, it fuels motivation, not laziness.  The talk dives into practices that build self-compassion: acknowledging our emotions, offering ourselves reassurance, and celebrating our strengths. Stan also sets out how We even explore compassion-focused therapy can be, a powerful tool for overcoming challenges like body image issues or past trauma.

The message? Integrate compassion, for ourselves and others, into our daily lives.  Where will you begin your practice of compassion? Let’s start creating a world where kindness extends not just outwards, but inwards as well.

Ageism: the longevity thief | Nancy Pachana | TEDxUQ

Nancy Pachana’s powerful TEDxUQ talk, “Ageism: The Longevity Thief,” dismantles the pervasive stereotype of aging. She argues that ageism, prejudice and discrimination based on age, robs individuals of opportunities and even shortens lifespans.

Pachana, a proud alumna of the University of Queensland, the first age-friendly university in the Southern Hemisphere, highlights research showing that ageism can reduce life expectancy by a staggering 7.5 years!  She emphasiszes that these harmful attitudes affect people across the lifespan, andbut are particularly detrimental for those in the “second half of life.”

The talk exposes the insidious nature of ageism – . Iit’s often hidden in everyday comments about being “too young” or “too old” for certain activities or careers. Pachana emphasiszes the importance of dismantling these stereotypes and fostering a society that celebrates the contributions of people at all stages of life.

Pachana showcases inspiring examples that defy ageist limitations. From an 80-year-old woman picking up a paintbrush for the first time to a lifelong birdwatcher contributing to global citizen science projects, she demonstrates the boundless potential that persists throughout life.

The talk concludes with a call to action. Pachana urges us to challenge ageist assumptions and embrace the value of experience. By creating a more age-inclusive society, we can unlock the potential of everyone, regardless of age, and ultimately improve the quality of life for all.