Born and raised in Hobart, I completed my undergraduate degree at UTAS and then left the State in search of work. After living in Edinburgh and London I moved in Sydney where I met my beautiful wife and started a family. My professional background is diverse having worked in finance, local government and the Australian Army. These days I’m a Principal at Hill PDA, an urban economics and planning consultancy, where I advise clients across Australia on urban renewal and regional development I regularly guest lecture at Macquarie University and hold a Master of Public
Administration (USYD), Master of Environmental Planning (Macquarie) and Bachelor of Commerce (UTAS). I will shortly be commencing a PhD thesis at UTAS on the barriers impeding the adaptability of Tasmania’s export industries.
Angela Clark is one of Australia’s most successful pioneering media executives. As Director of Innovation at the ABC, Angela is responsible for bringing the national broadcaster into the digital age, driving new media projects and overseeing mobile and online strategy. She is passionate about what digital media can bring to local communities in a fragmenting media environment. Angela has an unrivalled track record as a media industry innovator, firstly bringing a revolution to the outdoor advertising industry with JCDecaux in Australia, then as CEO with Macquarie Radio Network, and recently as Founder and Director of Streetcorner. com.au and Everymap.com.au.
Cameron Hindrum lectures in literacy and arts education at the University of Tasmania’s Faculty of Education.
He has had a long involvement in Tasmania’s literary affairs, as Chairman of the Committee of Management for the
Tasmanian Writers Centre (2005-2008) and, since 2003, Director of the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival. His first novel, The Blue Cathedral, was published by Forty South Books in November 2011, and two collections of poetry were published in 2012: Private Conversations Volume 1 (Another Lost Shark Publications) and Volume 2 (Walleah Press). He recently completed a Master of Arts in Creative Writing, for which he commenced work on his second novel.
In order to fully realise her passion to teach to the totally engaged, or ‘awake’ learner, Dr Kerry Howells has developed a unique approach over the past two decades where traditional teaching and learning practices are enhanced by greater attention to practices of gratitude. Kerry is an academic and teacher educator in the Faculty of Education, University of Tasmania where she teaches in the areas of educational philosophy and professional studies. Her broad research areas are teacher identity and student engagement. Dr Howells’ recent book, Gratitude in Education: A Radical View, has been hailed by reviewers as “groundbreaking”. Kerry has introduced her approach in invited presentations at seven universities and ten schools, many of which have subsequently participated in her research. Since joining the University of Tasmania in 2006, she has received nine teaching awards, including three
national awards. Kerry’s aim in presenting at TEDx is to share her passion for generating this truly ‘awake’ state in learning and teaching.
Nathaniel Bott is a grade 10 student from Riverside High School who is enthusiastic about helping people to discover
and investigate new, innovative ways of learning. He co-runs a Minecraft Video Game subject at Riverside with his teacher and peers, hoping to foster a positive digital community for those who participate. This includes students not only from Riverside High School, but those from Riverside Primary and Westbury Primary as well. He enjoys participating in online courses and expanding his learning 24/7, at school and at home.
Derek is a child and family psychologist finishing his PhD on the topic of teacher dialogue that develops children’s thinking abilities at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education. He is also a casual lecturer and academic mentor in the Master of School Leadership degree training school principals in whole school positive culture change. He currently works in Victoria schools as a psychologist and previously worked in youth justice, specialist residential schools and with traumatised immigrant children. The common thread in his research and practice has been the use of a positive language of change optimizing capacities and hope.
Ben is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hobart. As a child, Ben received a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Looking back as a young adult, he feels that the needs of high-functioning adolescents are neglected, as they tend to be grouped with younger and less well-functioning students or given no support at all. Ben believes in the transformative power of stories and art, and for a student work, created a hybrid comic and learning resource drawing on his own experiences to address this problem. This concept is currently being redeveloped as a multimedia project by Crucible Australia.
Jon is a bit of a productivity geek often contemplating with how everything can work better. In business, information overload, late running projects or stressed workers are all areas that can be readily addressed with Systems Thinking. Jon consults, speaks and is on panels regarding the cross over of business and technology including Melbourne’s Ministerial Advisory Council, Telstra’s Industry Analyst Summit, and the National Speakers Association national conference. As part of his contribution back to society Jon volunteers on the board of Melbourne’s
largest adult education provider in the eastern suburbs responsible for Board Education and Social Enterprise.
Fred Gale is an academic based in the School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Launceston. He conducts
research on environmental certification and labelling, the political economy of forestry, global governance, and
sustainable consumption and production. His recent books include Global Commodity Governance: State Responses to Sustainable Forest and Fisheries Certification (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan 2011); and Pulp Friction in Tasmania: A Review of the Environmental Assessment of Gunns’ Proposed Bell Bay Pulp Mill (Launceston: Pencil Pine Press 2011).
Timothy was born and raised in Tasmania, where he was fed a healthy diet of James Taylor, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young, Jackson Browne and Elton John by his older brothers. He started playing solo gigs in smoky bars in the 80s, then went on to front local rock band ‘The Talk’ for the next decade, playing to packed houses and supporting touring bands like, Split Enz, Australian Crawl, The Divinyl’s, and sharing the stage with icons such as Jimmy Barnes, Noiseworks and Diesel. In 1991 he moved to Adelaide, then Melbourne, where he worked in bands and vocal groups, touring, recording and exploring roots, soul and gospel music. His passion for Gospel led him to tour America with Sydney Gospel music artist Tony Backhouse. In 2002 he started writing his first solo CD ‘Inside out’, working with Aria award winning producer Richard Pleasance to produce a collection of skilfully-crafted songs that are deeply personal, yet universal. In 2009 he released his second CD ‘Everything Falls’. Of late Timothy has collaborated with some of Melbourne’s finest musicians, performing at local venues in Melbourne and making guest appearances with a 90-voice gospel choir called the Melbourne Singers of Gospel. He has now returned to Tasmania to be closer to family and reconnect with his beloved home state.
Denis Giasli is a Facilitator for Tamar Natural Resource Management, an independent, not-for-profit organisation that
is engaged in on-ground community based; sustainability, environmental and agricultural initiatives. Denis spent several years climbing the ranks of Sydney’s Building Construction Industry, head-hunted at age 25 to work for one of Australia’s top tier Project Management Firms. After less than a year at ‘The Top’ Denis had a ‘quarter life crisis’; quit his job, re-trained in Horticulture and has since moved to rural Tasmania, where he practices sustainable living, lives in an eco-house and grows his own food.
Sara Redman is the owner and Director of Sara Redman & Associates, an organisation specialising in culture change, leadership and wellbeing. Sara has devoted the last ten years of her life to honing a unique approach to people development; with the aim of helping clients realise their full potential at home, at work, and at play. This approach is built on wisdom collected from thousands of years of human development and refined to ensure specific results for the way in which we live and work today. Sara’s approach encompasses the many facets of people development, but revolves primarily around personal accountability, self-awareness, and inspiration. Sara’s expertise is informed by her corporate career which spanned more than two decades in senior HR roles; by her academic background in psychology; by her 10+ years as an accredited Life Coach; and by her experience as a Pilates instructor. Sara’s purpose in life is to create happiness and positive change in people’s lives, and through her high-impact presentations and seminars, she lives this purpose. “My passion is working with individuals, and organisations who are ready for positive change.”
James is a Tasmanian entrepreneur who found his start as a teacher at the Human Interface Technology Laboratory
(HITLab) in Launceston. During his five years there, he taught courses in virtual reality, augmented reality, entrepreneurship and video game design. James has worked extensively with international lecturers, including the founder of the original HITLab in Seattle, Professor Thomas Furness. James also helped facilitate many guest lectures from international speakers, including staff from Microsoft, Valve Software and Gas Powered Games, as well as numerous independent video game developers. James left the HITLab in 2012 to establish Bitlink, a technology consultancy and software development house. As consultants, the Bitlink team help Tasmanian businesses get
the most out of technology and build success in the digital economy. As developers, the team build mixed reality and data visualisation applications for a variety of platforms. James serves as a director of Startup Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation and networking group for Tasmanian entrepreneurs. James is also one of the key proponents of the Macquarie House Innovation Hub, an initiative which aims to convert an iconic historic building in Launceston into a coworking space for Tasmanian innovators and entrepreneurs.