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Exeter’s local ideas festival with global reach

A day of inspiring talks, connection and action

Friday 20 April 2018

Live at the Northcott Theatre

Sold out for live tickets, online livestream available




We’re living in an age of polarity where many communities are feeling more and more divided and the consequent insecurities are evident in so many areas of modern life.
Then there’s the paradox of digital hyperconnectivity – we can be ‘connected’ 24/7 yet loneliness is endemic.
All of this against a backdrop of increasingly populist politics which rather than seeking to bridge these polarities, risk dividing us even further.
But, as Jo Cox MP said in her maiden speech to Parliament, ‘We are far more united than the things that divide us.’
So this year we have chosen to focus on making connections and building bridges.

Exeter’s leading ideas festival is back for the seventh year, bringing you another exceptional line up of speakers who are changing the world through their groundbreaking work and ideas.

Vicki Culpin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Ashridge Executive Education, part of Hult International Business School. She is passionate More »
Farrah Storr is the award-winning editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine. She took over the brand in 2015 where she was tasked with reimagining it More »
Patrick Grant is a regular media commentator on fashion, clothing and textiles. After leaving a career in engineering, he took over as director of More »
Rebekah Afari was born profoundly deaf and comes from a hearing family. Her first language is British Sign Language. Rebekah is passionate about deaf More »

This sold out event will address worldwide issues from the economy, environment and business to human rights, mental health and communication, under the overarching theme ‘Connect’.  Their talks will inform, challenge and entertain and encourage the audience to connect with each other, reflect on the day and turn inspiration into action.

TEDxExeter 2018 will take place at the Northcott Theatre and will be simultaneously streamed to a live audience in the University of Exeter’s Alumni Auditorium. To meet exceptional demand to be part of the day, the talks will also be live streamed widely, including public screenings at the RAMM, Exeter Library and Exeter Phoenix and there are many more viewing parties already planned across the UK and around the world.

TEDxExeter talks have been 10 million times. Out of 400 TEDx talks picked since TED started, 9 of them are from Exeter. Here are a couple of them to watch.