TEDxExeter 2012 – Sustainability and Our Interconnected World


The first ever TEDxExeter featured 13 outstanding speakers including Satish Kumar, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and TED curator Chris Anderson, and riveting performances from Kagemusha Taiko drummers and the Grand Bard of Exeter Jackie Juno. 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.

For those who joined us on 20 April, we hope that you enjoyed the day and were inspired, both by the sessions laid on for you and by the fellow attendees that you met along the way. Most of the talks and performances are available on video, so you can relive the day and continue the debate.

We are particularly proud that the talks by Scilla Elworthy and Bandi Mbubi have been featured on TED.com. Of 19,900 TEDxTalks, only 196, or fewer than 1 per cent, have been chosen by TED. So two out of thirteen is some going!

Our favourite feedback: “Hi Claire and Jeanie: TEDxEXETER was absolutely terrific! I filled in the official form right after the event giving you top scores. I also said based on having attended seven or eight full TED conferences, TEDxEXETER was one of very best TED days I’ve ever experienced. Congratulations to both of you on a brilliant job! Thank you so much for including me.”

Morning Session: The Big Picture

Welcome and Introduction to TEDx and TEDxExeter

Satish Kumar Soil, Soul and Society

Tony Juniper What has Nature ever done for us?

Kagemusha Taiko Performance

Peter Cox Climate Change: Thinking outside the Low Carbon Box

Antony Turner Making Greenhouse Gases Visible

Kevin Cotter Food: A local view

Morning Session: Connection

TED Talk Nic Marks The Happy Planet Index

Bandi Mbubi Congo Calling

Chloe Goodchild, Dhevdas Nair Performance

Scilla Elworthy How do I deal with a Bully, without becoming a Thug?

Mike Dickson What is Enough?

Alistair Macintosh Volunteering: A local view

Afternoon Session: Living Sustainably

TED Talk William Kamkwamba How I harnessed the Wind

Lily Lapenna It’s not all about Chicken and Chips

Andy Robertson Sustainable Perspectives on Video Games

Kagemusha Taiko Performance

Rob Hopkins My Town in Transition

Rebecca Mayes Performance

Afternoon Session: Sustainable Futures

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Little, Local and Often

Polly Higgins Ecocide: the 5th Crime Against Peace

Jackie Juno Performance

Chris Anderson The world in seven lenses