Exeter college student wins opportunity to do a TEDxExeter talk

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A long-term fan of TED Talks has won a place on the Northcott stage at next month’s TEDxExeter Conference. In the face of tough competition from fellow members of the College debating society, Abbie McGregor (16) who is in her first year at Exeter College wowed the judges from TEDxExeter with her talk Remember to DREAM.

Abbie was introduced to TED Talks by an inspiring teacher at primary school when she was 10 or 11. “I really liked the idea that people stood there telling us what they thought,” she says. “I watched as many as I could. Through TED Talks I learned about the inequalities in the world. I love the ones about justice. They  made me want to be a lawyer, to stand up for justice, to stand up for people who are misrepresented.”

She lives in Torquay and attended Torquay Girls Grammar before moving to Exeter College for A levels. A keen singer, dancer and actor, Abbie is now also an active member of the Exeter College debating society.

“The idea of joining it came out of critical thinking classes. It’s like drama, but more meaningful as it’s changing something. It’s so entertaining to watch and to be part of it. Exeter College puts a lot of effort into it, and we enter into lots of competitions.

“I’ve always loved English: interested in books, poetry and drama – just saying what you think. Now I’m studying English literature and language. I can’t get enough of it.” She hopes to study law at university.  

Abbie follows Beth Barnes onto the TEDxExeter stage. Beth won the Exeter College competition last year. Her talk on Effective altruism has been watched by nearly 11,000 people.

“We are tremendously proud as a college to have one of our exceptional young people speaking at TEDxExeter 2016,” says Exeter College assistant principal Emma Fielding. “I have no doubt that Abbie’s thought provoking and insightful reflections will challenge those listening to reflect on  how we can best support future generations to turn their dreams into realities.”

TEDxExeter is keen to reach as wide an audience as possible, and that includes young people. This year, as well as filling the Exeter Northcott Theatre (tickets sold out in just 22 minutes), it is livestreaming to Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium where groups from local schools and colleges will be in the audience. Tickets are now available for livestreams at Exeter Central Library and the Pavillions, Teignmouth. Seats at RAMM are available on a first come basis.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of the following local companies who support the event.

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont Group
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC
Websites Ahoy
Dacors Design
Stormpress
Chromatrope
First Sight Media
Luscombe Drinks
Saks
Exeter College
MailChimp
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter City Council
Matt Round Photography

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker‘s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com where you can also sign up to receive our newsletter.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Free tickets to TEDxExeter livestreams are available now

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More people will be able to watch TEDxExeter and discuss the talks they are hearing, thanks to three new public livestreams. The main event, which takes place at the Northcott Theatre on 15 April, sold out in a record 22 minutes in December last year, and tickets for a simultaneous broadcast to Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium sold in a day. There is a now a chance to watch the Livestream at Exeter Library, Exeter’s Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM) and The Pavilions, Teignmouth.

An additional 80 people who missed out on tickets can watch it free of charge in Exeter Library’s Rougemont Room. Tickets, with unreserved seating, are available via Eventbrite from Thursday 24 March. Food is available from the café during lunch and the morning and afternoon breaks. Doors open at 8.45am.

The Livestream will also be showing in Gallery 21 at RAMM on a drop-in, first-come first-served basis. Staff will click visitors in and out, so if you don’t get a ticket first thing, it may be worth trying again later. Refreshments will be available from the Museum’s café. Doors open at 9am.

Councillor Rosie Denham, lead Councillor for economy and culture at Exeter City Council, said: “We are delighted to be streaming the TEDxExeter talks into RAMM. This will allow the museum to showcase the talks to people who haven’t yet come across them as well as bringing in new audiences. It’s a real coup to be part of such an exceptional event and to allow people, unable to get a ticket, to connect to the inspirational TEDx Talks.”

The newly-refurbished Pavilions Teignmouth will show the TEDxExeter Livestream as one of its first performances in its new guise. It is also one of its first livestream events. Tickets will be sold for two sessions, morning and afternoon. The theatre will charge £5 for each session to cover its costs. Contact the box office by email: boxoffice@pavilionsteignmouth.org.uk or ring 01626 249049 for tickets.

These public sessions are in addition to an ever expanding list of schools, businesses and other organisations holding private livestream events so their staff, pupils, customers and more can benefit from everything that TEDxExeter 2016 offers. Click here to find out how to organise a private viewing party.

“I am delighted that hundreds more people will be able to watch the speakers live and get together with others to discuss what they’ve heard,” said Claire Kennedy, TEDxExeter licensee and curator. “Even though all the talks are freely available online after the event, there’s something special about viewing them with like-minded people who are passionate and positive.

“We know that there is massive public demand for our event at the Northcott Theatre and that it continues to grow. Even though we added 450 more spaces for a simultaneous broadcast at Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium this year, it still hasn’t been sated. These additional livestream events will enable more people to be inspired, share their responses and feel the buzz.”

This year’s theme is Dreams to Reality and includes a packed lineup of international speakers and inspirational guests. Speakers will explore themes of identity and radicalisation, re-imagine the world using a new set of maps and challenge how data is used. Human rights runs as a theme behind many of the talks, and speakers will also examine compassion and communication.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of the following local companies who support the event.

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont Group
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC
Websites Ahoy
Dacors Design
Stormpress
Chromatrope
First Sight Media
Luscombe Drinks
Saks
Exeter College
MailChimp
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter City Council
Matt Round Photography

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker‘s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com where you can also sign up to receive our newsletter.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Refugee stories will come alive at TEDxExeter

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The reality of life for refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria will come vividly to life when award-winning photographer Giles Duley shows his pictures and tells the stories behind them at this year’s TEDxExeter.

Duley, who lost three limbs and nearly his life in 2011 when working in Afghanistan, is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He started out as a fashion and music photographer photographing such nineties icons as Oasis, The Prodigy and Pulp.  Disillusioned with celebrity culture, he discovered that he could use his craft to tell the stories of those without a voice, and that it was powerful and effective. 

He has worked with NGOs such as Médecins Sans Frontières, Emergency and UNHCR, documenting their work and telling the stories of those affected by conflict across the world. He was on foot patrol with US soldiers near Kandahar in February 2011 when he stepped on a pressure plate buried in the road, triggering an improvised explosive device. He lost both legs and an arm in the explosion. He spent 45 days in intensive care and on two occasions his family were told to say their goodbyes. Despite the odds, he has not just survived, but thrived and flourished.  He told his doctors “I am still a photographer”. His attitude was that the loss of three limbs “is going to give me greater insight and empathy into people’s suffering and hopefully put me in a better position to tell their stories. Because that’s all I am, a storyteller.”

Recently Duley has been documenting the refugee crisis caused by the ongoing conflict in Syria, documenting the lives of refugees in the Middle East and in Europe as part of a long-term project for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. He will tell some of their stories in his TEDxExeter talk. Writing in the Guardian he says that not since the Second World War have so many people been on the move: “I have never been so overwhelmed as by the human drama on the beaches of Lesbos. In its sheer scale, it is hard to comprehend; the lack of response impossible to explain or excuse”.

“We are delighted that Giles will be speaking at TEDxExeter,” says curator and licensee Claire Kennedy. “He is a world renowned humanitarian photographer who focuses his lens on individuals and families fleeing conflict, helping us connect to them through their stories. His 2012 talk at TEDxObserver, When a reporter becomes the story, was voted one of the top 10 TED talks of 2012, and we’re confident that his talk at TEDxExeter, so vital now, will also be a winner.”

TEDxExeter will be held at the Northcott Theatre on April 15th with a livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both sold out in December. However, there will also be public livestream events at RAMM (the Royal Albert Memorial Museum) and Exeter Central Library. It is also possible to watch the livestream (click the link on www.TEDxExeter.com on the day) or to hold your own private viewing party (find out how at  http://tedxexeter.com/events/host-a-private-viewing-party/).

For more information please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. A photograph of Giles Duley is attached.

Photographs of previous TEDxExeter events are available to download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of the following local companies who support the event.

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont Group
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC
Websites Ahoy
Dacors Design
Stormpress
Chromatrope
First Sight Media
Luscombe Drinks
Saks
Exeter College
MailChimp
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Exeter City Council
Matt Round Photography

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker‘s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com where you can also sign up to receive our newsletter.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Internationally renowned speakers come to Exeter to present their ideas worth spreading at TEDxExeter 2016

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Jihad, communication, human rights and inequality are just some of the challenging issues facing us all today. They are also all on the agenda for this year’s TEDxExeter conference, when experts from a wide range of fields will come to Exeter to share their ideas and solutions.

Alex Holmes was bullied at school. In the sixth form he set up a peer mentoring scheme to tackle the problem, and received a Diana Award. Now head of the anti-bullying campaign at the Diana Award, he will speak about the power of peer and how kids can change the world with their energy, kindness and leadership.

Also set to inspire audiences is Anna Frost, who runs ultra marathons. If you don’t try to aim for what you believe in, she says, the doors will not open (and that’s not just about running!).

Danny Dorling is professor of geography at the University of Oxford and, with the help of some unfamiliar maps, he will ask us to imagine the world anew.

Concern about extremism and young people leaving the country for jihad is never far from the headlines. Manwar Ali fought in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Burma, and was an active recruiter for jihad. He will talk about what made him stop and his work to prevent the misunderstanding of Islam that leads people to jihad.

He was also one of the interviewees in Deeyah Khan’s recent film Jihad. The Emmy and Peabody award-winning film director’s work highlights human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. She will speak of how she creates social change through the arts.

We are almost drowning in data. 90% of the world’s data has been produced in the past two years and it means nothing to most of us. Alan Smith, data visualisation editor at the Financial Times will show how visualising number as graphs and charts can help the most innumerate of us to understand them.

As well as data, algorithm is a word that has recently risen to prominence. But who is responsible for what, how and where they ‘decide’? Usman Haque, an architect and digital thinker, asks whether we should be asking more questions about how we use smart technology.

The whole ethos of TED and TEDx is to share “ideas worth spreading,” says TEDxExeter licensee and curator, Claire Kennedy. “Our team works hard all year to identify people who are at the top of their game. Some of them have spent years working to solve seemingly intractable problems, others inspire by following their dream. Some amaze by their physical prowess.

“This is our fifth year of TEDxExeter and we continue to attract remarkable speakers to Exeter. Our aim is to inspire, challenge and entertain our audiences and to make them think. We make a point of having long breaks during the day, so people can come together to reflect on and discuss what they have heard, and we know that it can lead to people making changes in their life and work.” 

The day-long conference will take place in the Exeter Northcott Theatre on 15 April 2016. There is a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both of these events are now sold out. However there are other opportunities for people to take part. There will be public livestream events at Exeter Central Library and at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM). Individuals can watch the livestream, or organise a private livestream viewing party. Details of how to host a livestream event will be on the TEDxExeter website soon.

The full list of speakers and performers for TEDxExeter 2016

Abbie McGregor is a Exeter College student who, aged just 16, has wowed judges from TEDxExeter with her talk Remember to Dream. Alan Smith is data visualisation editor at the Financial Times. Alex Holmes is head of the anti-bullying campaign at The Diana Award. He was bullied himself at school and won a Diana Award for tackling bullying in his school. Anna Frost is an ultrarunner and an ambassador for SisuGirls. Cormac Russell is managing director of Nurture Development, the leading Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) organisation in Europe, and faculty member of the ABCD Institute in the US. He works with local communities, NGOs and governments in four continents. Danny Dorling is professor of geography at the University of Oxford. He was described in a Guardian editorial as “that rare university professor: expert, politically engaged and able to explain simply why his subject matters”. Deeyah Khan is a critically acclaimed music producer and Emmy and Peabody award-winning documentary film director, highlighting human rights, women’s voices and freedom of expression. Fi McNae is co-founder and CEO of Space Doctors, taking cultural and semiotic techniques into branding and corporate communications. Giles Duley lost both legs and his left arm after stepping on an improvised explosive device (IED) in Afghanistan, and is an award-winning photographer of conflicts across the world. Lindsay Levin is founder of Leaders’ Quest and Leaders’ Quest Foundation working with corporate management and NGOs to bridge divides – between cultures, perspectives and opposing voices. Muhammad Manwar Ali is chief executive of Muslim educational charity JIMAS and one of the few scholars in the UK who has been directly involved in Jihad. Marcus Lyon is a renowned British artist with an international outlook and reputation. He is also a committed social entrepreneur. Matt Harvey was first official poet-in-residence at the Wimbledon Championships, has been widely commissioned and is a familiar voice on Radio 4. Pragna Patel is a founding member and director of the Southall Black Sisters advocacy and campaigning centre, and has written extensively on race, gender and religion. Usman Haque trained as an architect and has created responsive environments, interactive installations and dozens of mass-participation initiatives worldwide. He is founding partner of Umbrellium. Zia Nath practises the sacred dances of ancient Indian and esoteric Sufi temples, and has presented her dance show Sufi Splendour at many festivals and events.

For more information about TEDxExeter or any of the speakers please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. Photographs of speakers are available on request.

Photographs of previous TEDxExeter events are available to download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event.

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker‘s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

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Local sponsors enable TEDxExeter to reach even more people

TEDxExeter aims to more than double its reach this year thanks to the loyal support of existing sponsors, and new organisations who have come on board. Their sponsorship means that many more people will be able to see some of the world’s best thinkers share their ground-breaking work and ideas.

Now in its fifth year, TEDxExeter will take place on Friday 15 April at the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both these events are now sold out, but there are still opportunities for people to get involved. Public viewing parties will take place at Exeter Central Library and at RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum). People who haven’t got tickets will still be able to participate: watching the livestream via their computer, or getting together with friends or colleagues to arrange a private viewing party.

Eighteen organisations now support TEDxExeter – some give financial support – others offer support in kind. New this year are Exeter University, Exeter City Council and LHC Architects.

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Claire Kennedy, TEDxExeter licensee and curator added: “We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors. Without their support this event wouldn’t happen, and it wouldn’t have been able to grow at such a rate.

“This year, we are bringing a stellar line up of speakers to Exeter, addressing many of the complex issues that face us all today. Without our sponsors, their ideas wouldn’t reach nearly so many people in Devon, from students in our schools and citizens going about their daily lives to civic leaders and change makers. They also have a national and global audience.”

This year’s theme for TEDxExeter is Dreams to Reality. The organisers hope that after hearing how the speakers have taken their dreams and ideas, and made them happen, audience members will be inspired to take action and innovate themselves.

The full list of sponsors of TEDxExeter 2016:

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont Group
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC Architects
Exeter City Council
Websites Ahoy
Chromatrope
Stormpress
Dacors Design
Exeter College
Saks
First Sight Media
Luscombe
Mailchimp
Exeter Northcott Theatre

For more information contact: Your name and contact details here

Or

Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129.

Photographs of sponsors from 2015 are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits. 2016 pictures will be available immediately after the launch on 21 January 2016. Please contact Cathy if you wish to be sent new pictures.

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TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event. TEDxExeter 2016 will take place in the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Friday 15 April, with a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both venues ar now sold out (the Northcott has a waiting list). Other livestream viewing parties will take place in venues around Exeter and beyond. Details will be announced nearer the event.

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker‘s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Local sponsors enable TEDxExeter to reach even more people

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TEDxExeter aims to more than double its reach this year thanks to the loyal support of existing sponsors, and new organisations that have come on board. Their sponsorship means that many more people will be able to see some of the world’s best thinkers share their ground-breaking work and ideas.

Now in its fifth year, TEDxExeter will take place on Friday 15 April at the Exeter Northcott Theatre with a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both these events are now sold out, but there are still opportunities for people to get involved. Public viewing parties will take place at Exeter Central Library and at RAMM (Royal Albert Memorial Museum). Individuals and private viewing parties will also be able to watch the livestream.

Eighteen organisations now support TEDxExeter: some giving financial support, others offering support in kind. New this year are Exeter University, Exeter City Council and LHC Architects.

“LHC is delighted to be a sponsor of TEDxExeter,” said marketing manager Andrea Veale. “What a fantastic opportunity to be involved in an event which sets out to inspire, challenge and inform, and one which has so captured the imagination of our city.”

Jane Chafer, the University’s director of communication and corporate affairs said: “TEDx has become a global presence, spreading new ideas and the University of Exeter is very pleased to host and sponsor TEDxExeter in its Diamond Jubilee year. The opportunity to hear speakers from many subjects and engage in debates that will shape our future is very exciting for the region and we look forward to welcoming people from across the city to the event.”

Companies continuing to support TEDxExeter include Stephens Scown and Egremont Group:

Robert Camp, Managing Partner of Stephens Scown, commented: “We first got involved in TEDxExeter last year based on the feedback from staff who attended the event. They were so enthused with the experience that we felt it would be a missed opportunity not to be involved.

“TEDxExeter is all about being inspired, sharing new ideas and how we can make a positive impact on our local communities. There are some strong brand synergies between TEDxExeter and Stephens Scown. We have found our involvement to be really worthwhile and are looking forward to this year’s event in anticipation!”

Egremont Group was TEDxExeter’s first sponsor, and continues into the firth year: “We support TEDxExeter to be part of an incredible learning experience that’s creative, stimulating, undpredictable and gets us to see the world in new ways so that we see and act differently,” says Sean Connolly. “As transformation consultants we work with businesses to see the world as it is and act differently.”

Claire Kennedy, TEDxExeter licensee and curator added: “We are extremely grateful to all our sponsors. Without their support this event wouldn’t happen, and it wouldn’t have been able to grow at such a rate.

“This year, we are bringing a stellar line up of speakers to Exeter, addressing many of the complex issues that face us all today. Without our sponsors, their ideas wouldn’t reach nearly so many people in Devon, from students in our schools and citizens going about their daily lives to civic leaders and change makers. They also have a national and global audience.”

This year’s theme for TEDxExeter is Dreams to Reality. The organisers hope that after hearing how the speakers have taken their dreams and ideas, and made them happen, audience members will be inspired to take action and innovate themselves.

The full list of sponsors of TEDxExeter 2016:

University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont Group
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC
Exeter City Council
Websites Ahoy
Chromatrope
Stormpress
Dacors Design
Exeter College
Saks
First Sight Media
Luscombe
Mailchimp
Exeter Northcott Theatre

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129.

Photographs of sponsors from 2015 are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits. 2016 pictures will be available immediately after the launch on 21 January 2016. Please contact Cathy if you wish to be sent new pictures.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event. TEDxExeter 2016 will take place in the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Friday 15 April, with a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both venues ar now sold out (the Northcott has a waiting list). Other livestream viewing parties will take place in venues around Exeter and beyond. Details will be announced nearer the event.

All TEDxExeter talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5.25 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker’s love poem for lonely prime numbers… Michelle Ryan’s talk on work-life balance tops a TEDx YouTube list on the way we work.

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

TEDxExeter talk by Exeter Professor tops TEDx YouTube Channel playlist: The Way We Work

Press release

Professor Michelle Ryans 2015 TEDxExeter talk has been viewed nearly 70,000 times in the past six months, and tops a recent compilation of TEDx talks on the way we work.

Michelle Ryan is Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at the University of Exeter. Her TEDxExeter talk examines work-life balanceasking whether it is about balancing time or balancing identity. Her research demonstrates that in male-dominated professions, such as surgery, science and the police force, men and women start out with the same ambition to succeed, but womens ambition erodes over time.

It was incredible to participate in the TEDxExeter event and be able to speak to so many engaged people about my research,” says Professor Ryan. “To see the talk reach out to a global online audience through the TEDx website is very rewarding. We really need to rethink what we mean by work-life balance and understand how issues of identity and belonging might feed into how we can strike a balance between who we are at home and who we are at work.”

The lack of women at the top is often put down to a ticking biological clock or the time constraints of having a family. Professor Ryan’s research has found other reasons why women dont make it. Fewer than 10 per cent of surgical consultants are women and yet their hours and demands on time are no less than those on nurses or midwives, both careers with many women in senior roles.

Ryan argues that how people feel about their workplace is important. You feel you have a good work-life balance if people like you have made it [to the top].Where people cant see anyone like them in senior roles they are more likely to stop aspiring to achieve them, and are less likely to make the sacrifices needed to succeed.

We are delighted that Michelles talk has got this recognition from TEDx,says TEDxExeter licensee and curator Claire Kennedy. It brings a new angle to why women are not as successful in the workplace as we know they can be, and that knowledge will help more people to break down barriers.

It is also exciting that another TEDxExeter talk has been highlighted. Other talks have been selected to be on TED.com including Scilla Ellworthys talk on fighting win non-violence and Bandi Mbubis talk Congo Calling from 2012. Karima Bennounes when people of muslim heritage challenge fundamentalism and Harry Bakers love poem for lonely prime numbers were also chosen for TED.com in 2014. These four talks have been viewed over 4 million times, and talks from our first four conferences have been viewed more than 5 million times.

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. Photos of Michelle Ryan are attached. If you use them, please credit James Millar.

Photographs of past speakers and events are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event. TEDxExeter 2016 will take place in the Exeter Northcott Theatre on Friday 15 April, with a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium. Tickets for both venues ar now sold out (the Northcott has a waiting list). Other livestream viewing parties will take place in venues around Exeter and beyond. Details will be announced nearer the event.

Our sponsors are:
University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
Exeter City Council
LHC Architects
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Websites Ahoy
Southernhay House
Chromatrope
Stormpress
Dacors Design
Exeter College
Saks
First Sight Media
Luscombe
MailChimp

About TEDx x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information and to watch our talks visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

TEDxExeter: the hottest tickets in town sold out in a record 22 minutes

Press release

Massive demand meant that tickets to TEDxExeter 2016 sold out faster than ever before on Tuesday. Tickets for the live event at the Exeter Northcott Theatre sold out in 20 minutes, and tickets for the simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium all went before the end of the day.

TEDxExeter is Exeter’s leading festival of ideas, and next year’s conference will be the fifth held in the city. It is also streamed online so that everyone who could not get tickets can still watch it live. Videos of all the talk will also be free to watch online after the event.

“We are delighted at the enthusiasm for tickets for our event,” said Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter. “The hunger for it has grown exponentially over the five years we have been organising TEDxExeter, and this year’s unprecedented rush did cause some problems with the online booking system. Our apologies to those who had a frustrating time as a result, and our thanks to the staff at the Exeter Northcott Theatre for all their hard work getting the bookings through.

“We hope that all those who missed out on tickets will still take part and watch the livestream. It is a great opportunity to get a group of friends or colleagues together and start your own conversations in the breaks. Anyone who wants to run a viewing party can contact us for more information.”

A proportion of the tickets for the livestream to the Alumni Auditorium have been reserved for schools groups and there are still a small number available. Schools who want to bring students along should contact Jackie Bagnall, co-ordinator of educational experiences, on jackie@tedxexeter.com for more information and a booking form.

TEDxExeter 2016 takes place on Friday 15 April 2016 at the Exeter Northcott Theatre and the Alumni Auditorium at the University of Exeter.

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129.

Photographs of past speakers and events are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event.

Our sponsors are:
University of Exeter
Stephens Scown
Egremont
SunGift Energy
Wilkinson Grant
Antech
LHC Architects
Exeter Northcott Theatre
Websites Ahoy
Southernhay House
Chromatrope
Stormpress
Dacors Design
Exeter College
Saks
First Sight Media
Luscombe
MailChimp

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

TEDxExeter reserves space for school groups for the first time

Press release

School groups are being offered concessionary tickets at Exeter’s popular festival of ideas for the first time in 2016. The theme for next year’s event is Dreams to Reality.

The one day conference which brings together speakers with “ideas worth sharing” has been running at Exeter Northcott Theatre since 2012. This year it will have a simultaneous livestream to the nearby Alumni Auditorium, where some of the seats will be reserved for schools and colleges around Devon. Audiences from both venues will come together for breaks and lunch in the University’s Great Hall.

“This is an excellent opportunity for students to hear from people who are finding innovative ways to deal with many of the most challenging issues facing society today,” said Jackie / Claire. “While TEDxExeter’s speakers are experts in their subjects, they are also excellent at making them accessible to a general audience. Audiences come away inspired, entertained, provoked and often moved to take action themselves.

“We know how much work teachers have to do, so are keen for parents to point out this opportunity to the relevant person at their children’s schools and colleges. This offer is limited, and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so people need to act now if they want to secure tickets.”

More information about the event and how schools can reserve seats is available from Jackie Bagnall, jackie@tedxexeter.com.

Schools that don’t manage to get tickets can organise their own lifestream event. Last year the conference was streamed for the first time on the internet, and was watched by 1,500 people at viewing parties across Exeter. These included police leaders at Middlemoor and students at schools, Exeter College and the university. Groups also watched at the library, the City Council, St Loyes and the Met Office. Individuals from 38 countries including Iraq, Swaziland and Canada also tuned in. This year TEDxExeter aims to expand this audience too.

All the talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker’s love poem for lonely prime numbers…

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. An image of this year’s theme is attached.

Photographs of past speakers and events are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

Don’t miss TEDxExeter 2016: tickets expected to sell out in record time

Press release

People hoping to attend the TEDxExeter conference on 15 April 2016 will need to act fast when tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday 1 December 2015 from Exeter Northcott Theatre Box Office and online at https://exeternorthcott.co.uk/about-us/booking-tickets/. Each year, since the event began in 2012, tickets have sold out faster than the year before.

Last year tickets for the popular event at Exeter Northcott Theatre were all gone in two hours, with concessionary tickets sold in 20 minutes. This year there will be twice as many tickets available, with a simultaneous livestream from the Northcott Theatre to the adjacent Alumni Auditorium at Exeter University. However, tickets are still expected to sell out in less than a day.

“We hope to reach a wider range of people this year,” says TEDxExeter licensee and curator Claire Kennedy. “The expansion into the Alumni Auditorium enables us to offer many more tickets at a concessionary rate. Both audiences will join together in the breaks and at lunchtime to share reactions, reflections and ideas, as well as refreshments and the chance to talk with speakers.

“We are particularly keen to encourage more young people to attend. This year, schools and colleges from around Devon have been invited to bring groups of students to the Livestream event. This is a great opportunity to stimulate thought, inspire action and challenge preconceptions in all our audience.

“This year’s theme is Dreams to Reality. While having a dream is a good starting point, our speakers are people who have moved on to take concrete action: they are challenging mainstream beliefs, inventing both new products and new ways of doing things, inspiring people both by their actions and the beauty of their art, and helping people to find their own solutions to seemingly intractable problems. Speakers lined up for next year will continue to match the extremely high standards audiences have come to expect from TEDXExeter.”

The conference is not limited just to those with tickets. Last year it was streamed live on the internet for the first time, allowing anyone anywhere to watch. TEDxExeter was watched by about 1,500 people gathered in viewing parties across Exeter. These included police leaders at Middlemoor and students at schools, Exeter College and the university. Groups also watched at the library, the City Council, St Loyes and the Met Office. Individuals from 38 countries including Iraq, Swaziland and Canada also tuned in. This year TEDxExeter aims to expand this audience too.

All the talks are filmed and made freely available on the internet. The TED translation project means ideas from Exeter reach a truly global audience. So far TEDxExeter speakers’ talks have been viewed more than 5 million times. Four of them have been featured on TED.com: Karima Bennoune sharing stories of real people fighting against fundamentalism in their own communities; Scilla Elworthy speaking on non violence; Bandi Mbubi calling for fair trade phones; and slam poet Harry Baker’s love poem for lonely prime numbers…

Tickets for TEDxExeter 2016 will go on sale at the Exeter Northcott Theatre box office and online at 10am on 1 December 2015. Tickets to see the conference live in the theatre will cost £60. Tickets for the simultaneous livestream to Exeter University’s Alumni Auditorium will be £20.

The ticket price includes lunch and refreshments during the breaks. Registration will open at 8.30 on the day, the conference will start at 9.25 and finish at 5pm. There will be generous morning and afternoon breaks with refreshments in the University’s Great Hall and lunch will be sustainably sourced.

To keep up with speaker announcements and news about ticket sales or to watch last year’s talks, readers can join the TEDxExeter mailing list at tedxexeter.com.

For more information about TEDxExeter please contact Cathy Debenham, cathy@tedxexeter.com, 07786 440129. An image of this year’s theme is attached.

Photographs of past speakers and events are available for download from the TEDxExeter Flickr page. Click on individual pictures to see captions and picture credits.

Notes to editors

TEDxExeter is organised by a team of local volunteers. It is made possible by the generosity of local companies who support the event.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

Follow TEDxExeter on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDxExeter. For more information visit our website: www.tedxexeter.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.