TEDxExeter 2013 – Living the Questions


In Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote: “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.”

In TEDxExeter 2013, we explored how to live the important questions facing us in all areas of life, including money, business, prosperity, sustainability, the environment, childhood and old age, community, society, science.

To help us, we gathered a group of outstanding innovators, activists and performers who are changing the world through their ground breaking work and ideas. But the opportunity to engage with and be inspired by other attendees was as at TEDxExeter 2012 a major part of the day.

Morning Session: The Big Picture

Welcome and Introduction to TEDx and TEDxExeter

Peter Owen-Jones What Future?

Stewart Wallis Our Big Bang – The Need for a Great Transition

Matt Harvey Performance

Kirsty Schneeberger Intergenerational Questions

Tom Crompton The Conscience Industry

Martha Wilkinson The Power of Giving

Morning Session: The Power of Connection

Jo Berry Disarming with Empathy

Robert Gupta TED Talk : Between Music and Medicine

Carrie Clarke Sparking Connections – Ways to Find Beauty, Joy and Meaning in Dementia *

Hazel Stuteley From Isolation to Transformation

Shanna Dawes The Power of Dance

TR14ers Performance

Pam Warhurst Beyond Business as Usual

Tobit Emmens The Power of a Smile

* Simon Ripley is an abstract artist working alongside Carrie Clarke. He offers art workshops to patients living with dementia, then creates his own art work in response to the experience. His screen prints were hanging in the auditorium during the day.

Afternoon Session: Transformation

Alberto Arribas A Future Climate

Allan Savory TED Talk : How to Green the Desert and Reverse Climate Change

Declan Bates Systems Medicine

Rebecca Maze Performance

Camilla Hampshire The Royal Albert Memorial Museum: Home to a Million Thoughts

Kester Brewin Mutiny! What Our Love of Pirates Tells Us About Renewing the Commons

Afternoon Session: What Future?

Patrick Holden Making Our Food Safe and Sustainable

Jo Royle Designing Our Way out of Plastic Seas

Jonathon Porritt Sustainability for All

Matt Harvey Performance