Stephen Walkers talk at TEDxCanberra a few weeks ago was very challenging. He goes through some scary numbers that illustrate the paradox of living in a time of great wealth but at the same time there are so many living in poverty.
What do Australians give to charity? Only 34 cents in every $100 is given to charities.
He contrasted that with the A$7.9b on pets $A3b on pet food and so on.
Not sure what the NZ comparison would be but we do live in incredible times. Stephen quotes from Churchill at the end…
“We make a living from what we get, but we make a life from what we give. ( Winston Churchill)
“After a lengthy career working in the government aid sector, Stephen Walker decided it was time to do more to help those less fortunate than he. After much research and analysis, Stephen decided to create an Australian chapter of Giving What We Can, an unaffiliated, international society dedicated to eliminating poverty in the developing world.
Now, Stephen and his family give a significant portion of their net income to hand-selected poverty elimination projects”
Here is the TEDxCanberra video playlist over here
One of the other talks that absolutely blew me away was Hannah Coleman – the 16 year old who gave a talk from her wheelchair and at the end of that talk she stands up. Against enormous odds she is alive and thriving.
Pic by Nicholas Ellis
“Hannah Coleman suffers from Lyme Disease, and has spent most of her life being very ill, including being close to death several times.”
She says – towards the end
“Sometimes life may suck…but it’s what you make of it that counts…
And now for a completely different talk on the future of journalism.
“When you have an entire career working at senior levels in the mainstream media and your industry is facing a change-or-die choice, what do you do?
For Andrew Jaspan, former editor of leading newspapers in Australia and the UK, you turn to a new form of journalism.
The Conversation, now one of Australia’s (and increasingly, the globe’s) leading sources of deeply researched journalism, is openly funded and licensed, ad-free, fully disclosed, with long-form stories going deep on issues and written by the real experts in the field – working academics.”
In New Zealand journalism is ill served by the current main stream providers who have lost their way. Bernard Hickey over at Journalism is looking for a industry future / business model – perhaps the Conversation could be part of that answer.
Only 2 more sleeps till #TEDxAKL this saturday cant wait.