In this talk at TEDxMount Victoria, Dr. Elspeth Tilley shares seven ways art engages us and helps us create a better future. Dr. Elspeth Tilley is a Professor of Creative Communication at Massey University in New Zealand and a Research Associate of the Artistic Activism Research CoLab.

Recognized internationally as an expert in the power of art to transform the world, her research creatively and analytically explores art’s ability to build community, create dialogue, and shift culture.

Dr. Tilley is also an award-winning playwright and a passionate researcher in artistic activism. Having witnessed how art can change hearts and minds as a teenager, she now specializes in works that address environmental and social justice crises. Her plays have been published in the U.S., UK, Canada, and New Zealand and performed worldwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at