Famous Speech Friday: Sue Austin’s “most mobile person” at TEDMED

By Denise Graveline

This morning, I’ll be wrapping up a week of backstage speaker coaching at the TEDMED conference here in Washington. Last year at TEDMED 2013, British artist Sue Austin managed to bring the audience to silence before she ever got on stage. That’s because a short film was shown the day before she spoke at the conference, featuring Austin’s performance art: An underwater dive she took in a wheelchair off the coast of Egypt.

The video of that dive is mesmerizing. Only later do you learn that Austin, who lost her mobility after an …read more

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