TEDxQueenstown Next Adventure For Lonely Planet Founder
TEDxQueenstown Next Adventure For Lonely Planet Founder
Queenstown New Zealand, March 7, 2013: Lonely Planet founder and travel guru Tony Wheeler has today been named one of the speakers at the inaugural TEDxQueenstown, the NEXT adventure, to be held at Hilton Queenstown on April 5.
Born in India, raised in Pakistan, the Bahamas and the USA, Wheeler is a true traveller. His TEDxQueenstown talk will focus on travel in the Bad Lands and Dark Lands - as some Middle Eastern countries have been described.
Wheeler joins a line-up of equally exciting, if not such well known speakers.
Film-maker Mathurin Molgat will present a business case for the regeneration of Kauri forests in his talk Green Economics - between the devil and Aotearoa. Molgat too is a traveller and an adventurer - in 1992 he was voted among the top 20 big mountain skiers on the planet and has appeared in numerous TV commercials in adventure settings. Film-making and economics combine as he follows his next adventure.
Te Reo Maori teacher Jeromy van Riel has Dutch ancestry but has lived as Maori with Maori for 22 of his 34 years. In his talk ‘wearing our skin’ he observes that regardless of which country we look at, the indigenous people represent the poorest, sickest and most socially disadvantaged denomination. When the statement is made; ‘we are one people’, Jeromy asks, ‘which people are we?’
Scientist and PhD candidate Ella Lawton is fascinated in understanding the mechanics of systems. Ella looks at how natural, social and governance systems function and interact so she can figure out the leverage points that can be pushed to trigger positive change. Undergraduate degrees in law and ecology, a Masters in Strategic Leadership from Sweden and now a pending PhD, Ella is inspired by the importance of small-scale change through local governance and community initiatives. She’ll talk about her PhD subject; The New Zealand Footprint Project and reveal some surprising results.
Chuck Berry is well known to Queenstowners for his unassuming attitude to freakishly unusual adventure. He’s a professional skydiver, basejumper, stuntman, cameraman, test pilot, aircraft engineer, juggler, filmmaker & motivational speaker. A motorbike accident in 1997 left him with a broken neck and a renewed vigour for pursuing his dreams. Focusing as he recovered on all he wanted to do, he set about making it happen and went on to become a Red Bull athlete. He’ll talk about breaking down barriers, living life to the full, achieving dreams, and the importance of visualizing a positive outcome.
TEDxQueenstown Curator Cesar Piotto says Queenstown is synonymous with adventure for many, but not many are aware that there are many clear thinkers in the region adventuring beyond the physical as they explore amazing ideas.
“As our speaker line-up comes together, we realise that our speakers are in fact great adventurers. The ideas they want to share are highly adventurous - in some cases, leaps of faith as well as intellect.”
TEDxQueenstown is supported by several inspiring Queenstown businesses. Organisers thank Queenstown Resort College, Artbay Gallery, Hilton Queenstown, for their energy and efforts in helping to stage the inaugural TEDxQueenstown, The NEXT adventure. Also sincere thanks to our in-kind partners that are providing valuable services: Nemo Workroom, 1-night, Shipleys, LightSpeed Technologies, 3 Fold Print, Sign It Signs, Fetch NZ, Orange, Cup & Cake and Fluid.
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