TEDxExeter 2015 – Taking the Long View

… will be happening on 24 April 2015 in the Exeter Northcott Theatre. Tickets (£50 / £25 concessions) will be on sale via the Northcott Box Office from late November. Please sign up to the mailing list and follow on social media to keep up-to-date with the latest.

We aim to take the long view back into the past, and explore how it has shaped the world we now live in. We want to ask about what responsibilities the past places on us in the way we live now and how we innovate. Much current political, economic and personal decision-making is rife with short-termism. So we will also take the long view into the future, and ask how it can reveal and help us to understand the challenges that face us now, and shape the way we live and the decisions we make?

We very much look forward to seeing you there.

TEDxExeter 2014 – Ideas Without Frontiers

…connecting us with other worlds. Our talks exposed corruption in big business, shared effective approaches to tackling social inequality and gave a voice to those whose human rights are under threat. We explored the impact of fast changing technologies on all our lives. We journeyed through fire and forest to frozen landscapes. We were challenged to consider worlds of extremes, cutting edge controversies and risky opportunities. Relive the day…

TEDxExeter 2013 – Living the Questions

… facing us in all areas of life, including prosperity, sustainability, childhood and old age, community, society, science. Relive the day…

TEDxExeter 2012 – Sustainability and Our Interconnected World

The first ever TEDxExeter. Relive the day…


  • Ideas Worth Spreading

    Dignity not Dependence, Choice not Charity
    Vinay Nair, Acumen

    What if we were to acknowledge a basic human right of free movement? Song thrushes and robins have more freedom than we do. Militarised industrialised complexes of countries are not fit for purpose any more. We need to imagine a world without them.
    Peter Owen-Jones

    A brilliantly, genuinely sustainable way of life is still possible for all of us. There is still time. It is not too late, however many times you hear people say that. Technology lies at the heart of that potential.
    Jonathon Porritt

    Asking 'how old will you be in 2050?' makes people think differently about climate change. Living the questions creates a space to say we don’t know what the answers are, but if we - young and old - work together in that dark space, we might be able to work them out.
    Kirsty Schneeberger

    In campaigning, it’s critically important to appeal to intrinsic self-transcending values. For example, to argue care for the environment on the basis of saving money actually helps to reinforce extrinsic selfish values, and in the longer term it is likely to be counter-productive.
    Tom Crompton, Common Cause

    Suffering is difficult to see; we have to choose to look for it. But everywhere there are community philanthropists, also known as volunteers, who are acting, and building compassionate communities. What suffering are you walking past? And what are the gifts you would like to give?
    Martha Wilkinson, Devon Community Foundation

    Every time we demonise someone else we deny part of our humanity. There are times of wanting to blame, but there is always a choice. Try to see the humanity of everyone, and give dignity to all. Humanity heals together.
    Jo Berry, Forgiveness Project

    There is no cure, but we can still do something for people with dementia. All of us have a need to love and be loved, and we need to shift the focus from what people can’t do, onto what they can do and their strengths. Even in advanced dementia, the emotional and creative parts of the brain remain intact. This gives a way in – the freedom to imagine instead of the need to remember. Environment, senses and arts together can be transformative.
    Carrie Clarke