Search for big thinkers to share Great Southern stories with the world at TEDxKinjarling

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TEDx Kinjarling organiser Albany’s Kristen Pyrz-Brown.
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A grassroots community event is set to take Great Southern stories and ideas to the world — and organisers are on the lookout for inspirational locals.

Based on the success of TED Talks, TEDxKinjarling will be held at Albany Town Hall on January 29, with a diverse program exploring the topic, Evolve.

Live speakers will take to the stage, while webcast contributions will be streamed to the hall with the talks to be included in TED’s global online network.

TED Talks have taken the world by storm, featuring some of the world’s leading thinkers in short talks streamed all over the globe.

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Albany resident Kristen Pyrz-Brown and a group of local volunteers are bringing the event to the south coast. They are looking for expressions of interest from people across the Great Southern.

“We encourage and welcome you to help us make this an event which marks Albany’s place on the world map and shows the breadth of ideas and knowledge gathered here,” she said.

Mrs Pyrz-Brown said the process of planning a TEDx series required potential speakers to complete an audition with coaching available to get them ready.

“We know there are many ideas in the community that are worth sharing with a wider audience — even on the world stage,” she said.

“With coaching assistance available to help people master public speaking, there’s no reason why some of those really inspiring ideas from our region should not make an impact in a global sense.”

Information sessions will be held at Denmark Community Resource Centre on August 31, Mt Barker CRC on September 2 and Katanning CRC on September 3, with all of the sessions starting at 5.30pm.

Submissions close on September 12 at tedxkinjarling.com or tedxkinjarling@gmail.com.

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