My name is Iain Botterill and I am a 2nd year Theology & Religious Studies student at the University of Nottingham. In March 2012, I co-organised and curated the first TEDxNottingham event in the city and since then have become heavily involved in spreading TED throughout the city. On the back of our first event, we were struck at how much passion there was for TED ideas and sharing in the city. We have license for a university specific event in December 2012 and were delighted to see 2 people who attended our event go on to start their own TEDx this November as well. Aside from TED, I am involved in a range of sporting and community activities. As a qualified football coach, I look working with children in the game and am a big supporter of the (terrible!) Barnet FC. My main interests include education, sharing privilege, sport and working on the small things to make the big things happen!
A lot of things! Mainly, education, football, journalism, the idea that people are a product of their genetics and environment (see below), and teaching
My idea is that people are fundamentally a product of their genetics and environment. Both of these are things that they have little control over individually and so this leads me to lots of questions over whether someone can be truly accountable for what they do/who they are. As a result, I believe the way to create positive change is not to try and "change people" but rather to try and change the environment which they are in.
Creating TED communities around the world and in the UK, changing education, changing peoples lives through sport.
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