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Theme: Collaboration - Pursuit of Excellence

This event occurred on
June 30, 2014
11:00am - 4:45pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
London, LND
United Kingdom

The TEDxKCS event on Monday 30th June will be an exploration into the successful use of collaboration, particularly the pursuit of excellence across divides and through human learning and development. The day will run in two sections: firstly, we will look at how our natural disposition is to not collaborate and how we can and have in fact overcome this. We will then look at how we can use collaboration in order to foster the new generation and educate our children as best we can for a future that we have no idea of. The conference has attracted a wide range of influential speakers from the school’s own Nick d’Alosio who collaborated with one of the world’s biggest businesses to change the way we look at news; to Marissa Peer who has assisted Olympians and footballers on how to manage the conflicts they encounter in their high pressure lives and finally Lily Cole who has shown through her website ‘impossible.com’ how – if we are given a means – human nature wants to collaborate in order to benefit others. The team of staff and students who have organised the event hope that it will spark ideas amongst both the school and worldwide community as to how we can better collaborate to foster a sense of creative cohesiveness amongst the new 21st century generation so that we can truly get the best out of the new global generation.

Kings College School
London, LND, SW19 4TT
United Kingdom
Event type:
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Marisa Peer

Marisa Peer is a world renowned speaker, therapist, and best-selling author with nearly three decades of experience. Named named Best British Therapist by Men's Health magazine and featured in Tatler's Guide to Britain's 250 Best Doctors, she uses her experiences treating patients including rock stars, CEOs, Olympic athletes, and Oscar winning actors to inform her life-changing speeches and lectures. She has been voted best speaker at numerous conferences including The Yes Group London and the Women in Business Superconference.

Tori Flower

Tori Flower is Creative Director of the behaviour change organisation We Are What We Do. Since joining in 2009, she has defined the company’s strategic approach and designed of a series of award winning products and services that provide practical solutions to social and environmental issues. Tori has sat on the jury for both the RSA and D&AD Student Awards, been profiled in the book Design Transitions and her team has won a Webby and a Tech4Good award. Tori read Classics at Cambridge University, returned to art school to do postgraduate studies Art Direction and Copywriting for Advertising, and went on to work in the creative department of London advertising agency WCRS for a number of years, where she won D&AD, BTAA, and Creative Circle awards. Tori has taken her understanding of popular consumer products and now applies it to the social innovation sector. www.wearewhtwedo.org @wearewhatwedo

David Hemry CBE

David is best known for his days in sport, both as Olympic Champion & World Record holder in the 400m hurdles and later three times winner of Superstars. Since then he has been a coach, teacher, manager and writer, and is currently Vice Chairman of British Olympic Association. However David’s life has been in education, teaching ‘A’ level economic, commerce and moral education at Millfield. Head Track coach and teaching for seven years at Boston University. Then for twenty-five years he worked to bring Coaching into management in major blue chip companies. The follow-on was focused on Self-Managed Leadership. Five years ago he founded 21st Century Legacy to help to bring coaching and self-managed leadership to young people. The intent is to inspire, engage and empower them to become more aware and responsible for their life choices. David received his BSc in Business Administration from Boston University; his Certificate of Education in Economics & RE from Oxford University; his Masters in International Education from Harvard and his Educational Doctorate in Social Psychology from Boston University. He has written several books including his Autobiography - Another Hurdle; Sporting Excellence - What makes a Champion; Winning Without Drugs; How to help your Child find the Champion within themselves and most recently, the school course - ‘Be the Best you can Be!’ David holds a belief that there is a spark of greatness in everyone and that enhanced coaching/mentoring skills helps us to bring out more of that innate potential in ourselves and others.

Penny Hughes CBE

Penny Hughes joined the RBSG Board as a Non-executive Director in January 2010 and will take over as Chair of the Group Sustainability Committee with effect from 25 June 2014, having been the Chair of the Group Performance and Remuneration Committee for a number of years. She is also a Non-executive Director of WM Morrisons Supermarkets plc, a Trustee of the British Museum, and Chairman to the Governing Body at Kings College School, Wimbledon. She received a CBE for services to the media in the Queens Birthday Honours list in June 2011. Penny’s former non-executive directorships include Cable & Wireless Worldwide plc, Home Retail Group plc, Gap Inc, Vodafone plc, Reuters plc, and Skandinavixka Enskilda Banken AB (“SEB”). She is also former president of the Advertising Association. Penny spent the majority of her executive career at Coca-Cola where she held a number of leadership positions during the merger of Coca-Cola and Schweppes in the UK. In 1992 she was appointed as President, Coca-Cola Great Britain and Ireland.

Guin Batten

International Inspiration Collaboration through sport is an immensely powerful tool in helping young people to achieve their potential in life. The international inspiration programme was a London 2012 legacy programme, which aimed to touch the lives of over 12 MILLION young through PE and school sport. Through the lens of II, Olympic Medallist Guin Batten explores why sport is such an important global tool in young people lives.

Conor O'Shea

Conor O’Shea was appointed Director of Rugby at Harlequins in March 2010 in the latest step in what has been a distinguished playing and management career in professional sport. A graduate of University College Dublin, O’Shea joined London Irish in 1995 having played for both Lansdowne and Leinster. He made over 120 first team appearances for the Exiles and was also awarded 35 caps for Ireland. After his playing career ended in 2000 due to injury, he remained with the Exiles as Director of Rugby and Chief Executive. He guided London Irish to victory in the Powergen Cup in 2002. In 2005 Conor joined the Rugby Football Union as Director of Regional Academies and in 2008 became National Director of the English Institute of Sport. Returning to coaching in 2010, Conor arrived at the Twickenham Stoop. Since joining, he has directed the club to Amlin Challenge Cup, Aviva Premiership and LV= Cup honours in what has been the club’s most successful period in history.

Nick Poole

Nick Poole is the Chief Executive of the Collections Trust, a UK-based charitable organisation that works with more than 25,000 museums worldwide to open up their collections for discovery and enjoyment. He is also Chair of the Europeana Network, bringing together artists, makers, publishers, broadcasters and other Creative Industry partners across Europe. Nick is the UK representative for Culture & Technology at the European Commission. His work is inspired by a passion for cultural collections and the way they help people understand themselves, each other and the world around them. Before joining the Collections Trust, Nick worked for the Government body for museums and galleries in the UK. He studied languages at Cambridge University and studied for a Foundation in Fine Art at Central St Martins College of Art.

Nick D'Alosio

Nick D'Aloisio is the founder of Summly, an artificial intelligence company that created a summarization algorithm and mobile product in collaboration with the Stanford Research Institute. Summly was acquired by Yahoo in March, 2013 and its investors included Li Ka-Shing, Rupert Murdoch, Yoko Ono and others. Today, Nick is a member of the mobile group at Yahoo, where he is re-imagining Yahoo's core experiences for mobile and tablets. Nick is the Product Manager of "Yahoo News Digest", which launched at CES in January of this year and is an evolution of the work he did at Summly. Yahoo News Digest received the 2014 Apple Design Award at WWDC in June 2014 and has been critically acclaimed. D’Aloisio was awarded 'Innovator of the Year' by the Wall Street Journal for his work to date.

Hannah Dawson

Hannah is a Senior Lecturer for the History BA at New College of the Humanities. She was educated at the University of Cambridge, where she graduated with a double first in History, went on to take the MPhil in Political Thought and Intellectual History, and received her PhD for her thesis on John Locke and the problem of language in seventeenth century philosophy. She was elected to a Junior Research Fellowship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, from where she was appointed to a lectureship, and then a senior lectureship, in the history of ideas at the University of Edinburgh. She works on ancient and early-modern philosophy of language, as well as moral and political thought, and has published extensively in these fields. She is the author of Locke, language and early-modern philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2007). In 2009 she held the inaugural Balzan-Skinner lectureship at the University of Cambridge, developing the theme of ‘The Normativity of Nature in early-modern thought’, and in 2010-11 held a British Academy Research Development Award to edit Locke’s Disputations on the law of nature for the Clarendon Edition of the Works of John Locke.

Peter Worley

Peter Worley BA MA FRSA is a philosopher, author and educator. Peter is co-founder and CEO of award winning educational charity The Philosophy Foundation and President of SOPHIA, the European Foundation for the Advancement of Doing Philosophy with Children. He is the author of five books, all practical guides to doing philosophy in the classroom. Peter developed the method of Philosophical Enquiry that is at the heart of The Philosophy Foundation's work, as captured in his first book The If Machine: Philosophical Enquiry in the Classroom. His second and third books, The If Odyssey and The Philosophy Shop were both shortlisted for Educational Book of the Year, 2013, and The Philosophy Shop won this prize, as well as Best Anthology Prize 2012, and Best Philosophy Book 2012. In 2014 his fifth book Once Upon an If: The Storythinking Handbook was released and was shortlisted for Educational Book of the Year. As CEO he represents the charity worldwide, trains philosophy graduates and classroom teachers, whilst leading TPF in its mission to transform thinking in education. Peter is resident philosopher at 4 state primary schools in Lewisham, visiting philosopher at Wellington College and Eagle House School, and has been a visiting lecturer at St Mary's College, London. He has delivered training for philosophy departments across the UK, including Edinburgh, Warwick, Oxford Brookes and Birmingham Universities.

Organizing team


  • Ellie Collin