My friend Richard Hollingum is organising a TEDx event, taking place in Auckland in October.
TED is an annual event that gathers together a group of extraordinarily interesting, and deliberately diverse, speakers to talk, loosely, about the future. I’ve never had the good fortune to attend, but have, like many people, watched any number of presentations on YouTube (or, conveniently, on a free iPhone app). It’s the conference to which all others aspire.
TEDx is a locally-organised event that combines video of TED presentations and live speakers.
The TEDx website explains it much better. Attend if you can.