When I ran for Tauranga City Council in 2016, I was invited to talk to several groups about how I had managed to lead a team of 24 volunteers to deliver TEDxTauranga to an audience of 1010 people.
That story began with an epiphany I had during a 3 day storm several years previous.
During that storm I was connected to the whole world through various technologies. But without face-to-face contact I felt isolated and alone.
I emerged from that storm with a list of 4 events to connect people together.
I knew this is what Tauranga (and I) needed.
After a brief period of waiting for them to happen, I realised that someone had to stand up and get started.
And that someone was me.
Here’s the 23 minute version of my story recorded at a breakfast event for 40 people in Sep 2016:
If you are desperately short on time today, here’s the 5 minute version which I told during the 2015 Priority One AGM: