Fast Five with Natalie Wadwell

TEDxParramatta is an independently licensed event run by volunteers. To help you get more familiar with the team, we asked them some quick questions. Next in our Fast Five series is co-curator, Natalie Wadwell. 

Why did you agree to collaborate on TEDxParramatta?

I want to help shape the conversation about Western Sydney to be by people who live/work or play across the region. These aren’t just local or national ideas; we’re talking innovation by global standards marinating across the suburbs. TEDxParramatta is a great way to start profiling these ideas in a global archive.

What is your favourite TED/TEDx talk?

I am one of those people who annoyingly pipe up in conversation, ‘there’s a TED talk for that.’ I find myself leaning on different talks at different times. I have two lists of my favourite TED/TEDx talks here and here

If I had to pick one for right now, I really relate to Luvvie Ajayi’s talk ‘Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable.’ Just watch it. Then choose to be a domino.

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

I’m envisioning some of the recognised names across Western Sydney speaking alongside the everyday heroes the wider community are yet to meet. In the audience will be more individuals either at the start of finding their purpose or with their sleeves rolled up having already started the hard work shaping the future. 

What are you reading at the moment?

I have a few books going at the moment. On top of the pile is Walkaway by Cory Doctorow. It’s my first time dipping in to science fiction and is about possible futures. It was discounted at the bookshop because someone marked it with a sharpie.

What is your favourite local hang out in Parramatta?

I am not a big coffee drinker, so when I do I head for Darcy St Project. They are a social enterprise providing opportunities for young people – you could say it is my double shot. I especially love when my iced coffee comes out with a brain-shaped ice cube. That truly is brain juice. (Lame puns intended). 

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