Most people may not know the TED series of events began all the way back in 1984. But it’s only since 2006 that we’ve had online access to the TED talks. Now they’re a global phenomenon. It seems every single day someone sends me a TED talk that’s thrilled them. We’re hearing extraordinary ideas from extraordinary people. We’re having conversations about subjects we might never have heard of.

So I was really excited to read about TED auditions held in Australia this May. I’m thinking about people I know who’d be suitable. Will any Eureka Prize scientists, authors, innovators or artists I’ve worked with be contenders? I want to share the TED suggestion list with you – it’s absolutely inspiring. You might know somebody. Or you might be that person! Please send it to anyone who inspires you and tell them to put their hand up.

  • The inventor – sharing an innovation with world-changing potential
  • The teacher – sharing valuable knowledge in a memorable way, to teenagers or adults
  • The prodigy – young talent ready to break out
  • The artist – who can showcase their work in a compelling, new way
  • The performer – music, dance, comedy, drama… or something entirely different
  • The sage – wisdom the world needs from those who have learned it the hard way
  • The enthusiast – with an infectious passion about a topic they can share
  • The change agent – helping shape the world’s future with work that matters
  • The story teller – vivid, original, meaningful … with a talent for connection
  • The spark – with a powerful idea worth spreading

I’m putting on my thinking cap. Send this to anyone you know who fits the bill and tell them to go and apply.