COVID put paid to a gap year in Europe for Zac Zinn so he decided to move to Rosebank and stage a global event in The Repentance Creek Hall.
It all started with the 19-year-old channelling his musical hero, Jim Morrison.
"I got thinking about how I should be spending this year and his childlike lyric: 'I am the Lizard King, I can do anything' came into my head'," says Zac.
"It inspired me to both listen to my own inner- child, ask the question 'why' and extend myself.
"I got thinking about the neuroplasticity of the child's brain, evolution and the concept of how cause and effect influences everything we do as humans."
He decided why not approach the US-based TEDx organization for a licence to host a gathering as a platform for his ideas.
The sold-out event took place at the village hall last weekend and will be available to watch via the worldwide TEDx website in two weeks.
TEDx events "are organized by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities".
Among the participants were Living School's conductor, John Stewart on The Awe-fulness of Learning and award-winning artist and filmmaker, Angus McDonald, on "What exactly are human rights?"
Caroline Campbell spoke on the authentic self, Mary O'Brien on fulfilling your potential through change and former Triple J producer and yoga instructor, Lissie Turner, on "How dissolving our patterns leads to quality living".
Volver a Soar, a Latin American-based group beamed in from Mexico and upcoming local band, Aunty Mary's Second Divorce, entertained the audience, who sat mesmerised despite the afternoon's humid conditions.
Zac endeared the audience with an anecodote of how having lost his shoes on the way to the gig was symptomatic of "not knowing what he was doing". Four presenters followed on barefoot.
"Organising a TEDx event in a rollercoaster of experiences and managing adults in fields they are far more qualified than I, has been 'interesting' to say the least."
Zac heads off the University of Melbourne this week to begin a Science degree. Watch out for what effect his cause has on what he does next.