The aim of TEDxDubbo was to bring attention to FACETS – Food, Agriculture, Climate, Energy, Topsoil and Sustainability. These FACETS are actually potent ideas shared by everyday people with an interest in these disciplines. TEDxDubbo allowed the sharing of these ideas amongst 100+ inspirational thought leaders at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo.

There were three speakers associated with the US Studies Centre at the conference. Dr Susan Pond, Adjunct Professor in the Dow Sustainability Program at the US Studies Centre. She spoke on the topic "Small Farmers: Enabling Heroes". Professor John Crawford from the University of Sydney's faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources spoke on the topic of "The Complexity Imperative For A Sustainable Food System". Also from the same faculty at the University of Sydney is Ichsani Wheeler, who spoke on the topic: "The Good Carbon Story". Both Crawford and Wheeler have been key participants in the US Studies Centre's Soil Carbon Initiative.