Fast Five with Holly Kershaw

TEDxParramatta is back in 2018. Get to know the new team at the helm with our Fast Five series delivering quick insights. First up, get to know co-curator, Holly Kershaw.

Why did you want to bring back TEDxParramatta?Holly square

I’ve been thinking for a while that TEDxParramatta needs to be a thing – the region is full of anonymous extraordinary people that should have a stage to share their ideas. Then I realised that the best way to make sure it became a thing again was to do it, did some research and found out how to get a license.

What is your favourite TED/TEDx talk?

This changes weekly, daily, hourly depending on my mood. One that has caught my attention recently was Julie Lythcott-Haims: How to raise successful kids without over-parenting. She talks about how pushing kids to be perfect does more harm than good long term on so many levels – from stress and mental health to the linking of love with being perfect.

Can you tell us more about your vision for TEDxParramatta 2018?

I want to create an event full of people with ideas who love the region. There are so many great ideas in Western Sydney that should be celebrated.

What are you reading at the moment?

Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher. It’s a really interesting dissection of the tech world from a representation standpoint – the people who design most of the apps and tech we run our lives are not a diverse group and give us a skewed perception on how and why we should interact with our devices and each other.

What is your favourite local hang out in Parramatta?

Parramatta Park on a sunny day with a good book, Darcy St Project for when I need a caffeine hit and the Farmers Markets at lunchtime on a Friday for good food and great live musicians.



Get involved: Do you have skills in communications, event management and production and want to join our volunteer team? Reach out to Holly today by contacting us

Recommended read: next in our Fast Five series is co-curator, Natalie.