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TR14ers performance

TR14ers BW…. enter the TR14ers with a high-energy dance and music mix created specially for this event. I’ve included just two of their photos here, but Benjamin J Borley photographed all of the dancers during the rehearsals yesterday afternoon.

There are nine of them with three questions:

  • What… do you dance for? To push myself to the limits and surpass them.
  • Why… is dance important to you? It gives me a purpose and a future.
  • How… does dance affect your life? It gives me confidence to find myself and conquer my fears.

More cheers and a standing ovation. Their stories have really captured the heart.

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TR14ers on Youtube and Twitter.

Shanna Dawes talk

Shanna Dawes portraitWe can follow that! Shanna’s story is a direct result of what Hazel has achieved.

She’s a dance instructor and mentor throughout Cornwall. Her story began in Camborne, where it’s more common to smoke and cause destruction rather than go to school.

In her first dance workshop, she almost walked out again because the place was riddled with police. Her experience had previously just been to be told off. But she was hooked by the music, and her life changed. She was offered the role of mentor, given responsibility for the first time. She was given the role of dance instructor.

Children just want stability and the chance to be generic for cymbalta cost listened to. Make a space for young people in your community. The TR14ers have taken dance and transformed it into a passion for succeeding. Not all that wander are lost. The TR14ers are individuals, a team and dancers………………

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Shanna on Twitter

Chris Anderson talk

Chris Anderson BWCurator of TED and Jeanie’s brother, starting with a big hug – aaaah! He’s left the red spot and is shaking the hands of the front row. Staple-guns at the ready! But phew, he’s back on the spot.

He’s changed his talk from the City 2.0, and instead is looking at what he’s learnt from past TED talks about sustainability: the world in seven lenses. He firmly believes there is cause for optimism, so even though he starts with the message “we’re in trouble”…

Lens 1. The long view says that things have been getting better. Trade brought connections and drove innovation. In the past we had to work for 6 hours to afford one tallow candle. Now we work for 1 second for electric lighting. Despite what we see of the evidence, we are living in the most peaceful time in human existence. Snippet of Hans Rosling’s talk on life expectancy and family sizes.

Lens 2. Our brains are bugged, so we don’t recognise happiness and well-being. If we recognise it, we can navigate around it. Cartoon: “everything was better back when everything was worse.” Our genes are wired to want more. We need to take a moment to smell the roses.

Lens 3. Our media are fundamentally flawed, in the way they appeal to our lizard brains. We respond to drama and bad news for other people, We’re looking at shorter and shorter time periods, so we see the peaks and miss long-term trends. The actual News of the actual World should be “Global Health Shock: 1700 children saved from horrifying death”.

Lens 4. “Growth” does not have to mean “more”. Today we’ve heard about numerous ways of re-imagining the economy. Better experiences don’t have to mean more stuff, and the knowledge economy can help drive this.

Lens 5. Urbanization is humanity’s golden hope. TED speakers have changed Chris’ view of cities. The proximity of people, even in slums, drives innovation to make change. The carbon footprint per person is much lower within cities. The movement to the cities has released some pressure on the countryside. City mayors (often) can do what national governments can’t, because they can work within local communities.

Lens 5. Sustainability comes from knowledge, not just nature. Knowledge has given us a lot of tools, and choices that make our lives joyful.

Lens 6. Problems are inevitable. Problems are soluble. Stewart Brand: “We are as gods, and have to get good at it”, from a position of humility not arrogance.

Lens 7. People are not hungry mouths, but creative minds, not a burden, but an buy meridia online canada asset. Half the world’s population – girls and women – hasn’t had the possibility of reaching their potential, but things are changing.

In our connected world, knowledge can spread and humanity can get wiser.

Antony Turner talk

Antony Turner BWPeter’s story is the most important story in the world. Antony wants to add pictures, which help stories come alive.

The atmosphere is an ocean of air, weighing 5,140 trillion tonnes. Carbon dioxide and other gases are invisible. His work involves turning numbers into pictures, and mass (tonnes of carbon dioxide) into volume, displayed as spheres and cubes in context.

Argh! A blog post can’t possibly convey the pictures and videos he’s showing. We are emitting 80 million tonnes of CO2 every day, equivalent to filling the UN skyscraper in New York 7 times over in 4 seconds, or a sheet of 80gsm paper wrapping the planet. A tonne of potatoes next to a cube of emissions. An hour’s worth of TV production as columns of CO2. The annual carbon footprints of public buildings in Exeter, displayed on Google Earth, colour-coded by totals, height dependent on building efficiency – wow!

PS. Get the visualisation of public buildings here. Get Google Earth here. The Met Office column clearly shows the irony of using supercomputers to research climate change.