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Most of you already know (because I tweeted about it yesterday) that I have submitted an audition tape for TEDTalks and it is available to view here.

Getting that all put together and submitted along with the never-ending move-in and hopefully completing part II of the most recent blog post before we hit this coming Sunday have all been part of the challenge of staying up on forum posts and direct messages lately. Thank you all for you patience.

I'll keep you posted on whether I make it to the next round! Best wishes, Gwyneth.

April 12, 2012 | Registered CommenterGwyneth

I love it! You've got my vote. :)

Fingers crossed and best of luck!! I can't wait for all of this to break into the mainstream. This stuff is life changing, world changing.....

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterkerrie

It looks really great!

April 12, 2012 | Registered Commenterfunkii

I love it too! Really hoping it makes it to TEDTalks - the world need to hear this! All the best!

April 13, 2012 | Registered Commenterduoinside

What you're doing is amazing Gwen. I wish you the best with it.

April 14, 2012 | Registered Commentermissrising

Good luck gwyneth! I would love to see that. It would be so helpful and eye opening to so many people. The media is so flooded/saturated with dieting advice, how to loose weight, how to exercise yourself to death, etc. No wonder there are so many sick people. Going through this myself, which is the last place I thought I would ever be by the way. I now believe that the majority of health and fitness experts have some form of an "eating disorder/exercise obsession"
If we think about our ancestors these people did not run miles everyday, lift weights for hours, eat diet food, sugar free food, count calories. They ate food, they worked normal jobs, farmed, etc and that is where their "exercise" came from. They ate bacon and eggs, butter, meat, cheese, milk. What has become of us. A society obsessed with looks, stick thin people and exercise and food obsessions.
I want out! It is a huge mountain to climb but one worth climbing.

Thank you for all you do to help people and make them understand.

April 18, 2012 | Registered Commenterlynn

This is great - my kids are constantly coming home from school having had 'healthy eating' classes - basically making kids fear 'bad' foods. The FIVE year old refused some chocolate buttons (they have a few as a treat after dinner in the evening) telling his 3 year old brother that chocolate would 'rot his teeth, make him fat, and stop him being able to run'. The toddler spat his chocolate button out and started to cry... my 10 year old wont eat bananas anymore, because one teacher says they have 'too much sugar'. He reads the nutritional content of every tin and packet, and, counting his (very normal sized) ribs in the bath the other day, said 'Mum, am I fat? X says I am' (interestingly, X's Mum is on a permanent diet, and talks about fat all the time)... His holiday home work was to record everything he ate, and his exercise to see which kids in his class are the 'healthiest'. Naturally, he hasn't eaten any Easter chocolate at all, and wouldn't have pizza and icecream as a holiday treat for fear of it looking bad on his report...

In that school of 330+ kids (aged 5-11), I'd say there are maybe 4-5 over weight kids, but about 15 scarily skinny 9-11 year old girls, with about another 150 now paranoid about what they eat.

Phew! Sorry!! Didn't mean to rant there, but suffice to say, I HOPE YOU WIN!!

April 19, 2012 | Registered Commenterdansmum99

Hi Dansmum,
Your experiences with your kids make me so sad. I hate to hear that the ED epidemic is imposed upon kids and toddlers and is framed as "the way to be". I don't have much to add, but it reminded me of an article that I find very worthwile reading. It's really hard to counter the societies impact on the children, but it's still worth tryin. This article is about a mom whose daughter told her that she's fat:

"Mom, I'm Fat": One Mother’s Inspired Response to Her 7 Year Old


April 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterImmi

LYNN: I agree 100% with your comment.

I sound foolish, but what is "TED talks"? A convention or something of that sort? Good luck anyway.

April 19, 2012 | Registered Commentersara-eats

TEDTalks stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. These were annual conferences started in Monterey California about 25 years ago that brought experts together to speak on and consider these topics.

Along the way, the original curator decided to make these 20 minute talks available on-line for free. The topics became broader and span much more than technology, entertainment and design today.

When the original curator decided to retire he brought Chris Anderson on board to continue supporting the conference. Chris is a Brit who formerly ran a He made the decision to shift the organization to non-profit status and has done many things to broaden the scope and penetration of TED. There is an affiliated TEDMED conference and there are also numerous special-topic TED conferences and a subset of TED programs called TEDx.

A colleague of mine introduced me to TEDTalks in 2008 and I fell in love.

Last year, for the first time, they chose to broaden their search for speakers and held auditions in the U.S. This year, they decided to expand their audition process and they are holding auditions in 14 cities across the globe and Vancouver happens to be one of them.

The chance that I will even make it to the first round (a 2-6 minute on-stage run-through held in Vancouver) is very slim (they will choose 30 individuals in each city to attend these in-person auditions).

From there the 30 individuals from each city have their filmed short audition placed up on the TED site where the public can vote on which ones they would like to see a longer talk from at TED 2013. As I said, the topics are on anything and everything and the chance I will make it is slim, but nothing ventured, nothing gained.

You will find a link on my site to a just a few of the many, many talks that are fascinating at TED: TED: Ideas Worth Spreading. Most talks are 20 minutes, some are shorter.


April 19, 2012 | Registered CommenterGwyneth