Living the questions

“Living the questions” is the TEDxExeter theme for 2013, and it has already struck a chord. In the best traditions of TEDx, it leaves room for many different perspectives. We aim to explore how to live the important questions facing us in areas including money, business, prosperity, sustainability, the environment, childhood and old age, community, society, science.

We’re already working to gather outstanding thinkers, innovators and performers who are changing the world through their ground breaking work and ideas. Now that we have agreed a date with the Northcott Theatre – 12 April 2013 – the next challenge is to have a good line-up to feature in their programme, which goes to press in October. I have to say that some very exciting names were being named at our planning meeting this week.

It’s been less than three months since TEDxExeter 2012. As we say on the home page, the day was packed full of inspirational ideas, hope for the future and challenges to actions which will lead to a more peaceful and sustainable world. Ideas, hope and actions.

“Living the questions” means more than just listening to and discussing ideas, however worth spreading. It means living them. So we are grateful to all of you who have followed up Bandi Mbubi’s talk on fairtrade mobile phones by signing petitions, or writing to manufacturers or MPs. And we are really happy to announce that the Congo Calling website is launched today, on Congo Day. The website has more information about how you can get involved and make a difference to thousands of people.

Newsflash – TEDxExeter 2013

We have a date for next year – 12 April 2013. The Northcott Theatre and the Great Hall are both booked for the day, and our theme is Living the Questions – a variation on a quote from Letters to a Young Poet by Rilke:

“I beg you, to have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and to try to love the questions themselves as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer.”