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Theme: Transformations

This event occurred on
July 13, 2013
10:00am - 7:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
London, LND
United Kingdom

TEDxBrixton was held on July 13 2013.

Our aim was to bring the TED experience to this unique and diverse area of London. We connected people across disciplines to create a local, national and international conversation around the theme of TRANSFORMATIONS.

Our Mission:
To put Brixton on the global map for positive reasons;
To spotlight the change that is happening in Brixton;
To share innovations and ideas coming out of the area, and
To make connections with like-minded people around the world.

Evelyn Grace Academy
255 Shakespeare Road
London, LND, SE24 0QN
United Kingdom
Event type:
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Indigo Williams

Indigo Williams is a published poet (2012 Liminal Animals anthology and The Africa Report) and a performance artist from Brixton. She is the 2012 New Generation poetry slam winner. Her work has been featured on television and radio. Currently studying a Writer/Teacher MA at Goldsmiths University, she is one of six poets selected to be part of the Spoken Word Educator trainee program led by Peter Khan, the world’s only spoken word educator.

Graham Hughes

Graham Hughes is an adventurer, filmmaker, television presenter and Guinness World Record holder from Liverpool, England. Between 2009 and 2012, he became the first (and only!) person to successfully visit every sovereign state in the world without flying – alone and on a shoestring budget. Along the way he was imprisoned in Africa (twice), got drunk with the Prime Minister of Tuvalu and was saved from Islamic fundamentalists by a ladyboy called Jenn.

Sarah Corbett

Sarah started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a hobby, in reaction to traditional forms of activism. In 2009, she founded Craftivist Collective, a global craftivism movement: “To expose the scandal of global poverty, and human rights injustices through the power of craft and public art; through provocative, non-violent creative actions.” She has worked with Tate, Tatty Devine, Secret Cinema and Save the Children. Follow her @craftivists.

Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock

Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock gained her Physics degree and PhD in Engineering from Imperial College. She works as a space scientist for Astrium Ltd, where she manages projects making instruments to monitor climate change. Maggie has a fellowship at UCL, enabling her work in the field of science communication. Through her own company, Guildford Science Innovation Ltd, Maggie now conducts “Tours of the Universe” to share the wonders of space.

Sam Coniff

Sam Conniff is co-founder of Livity, a ‘more-than-profit’ youth engagement agency which unlocks potential and changes young people’s lives in London. Sam is a RSA Fellow, one of Courvoisier’s Future 500, one of Striding Out’s Future 100, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, executive producer of the multiple-award-winning, multi-platform Dubplate Drama, a Cabinet Office Social Enterprise Ambassador, a school governor and a trained chef.

Paulette Randall

Paulette Randall is a playwright, theatre and television director and was the Associate Director for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. She is also the former Artistic Director of ‘Talawa Theatre Company’: the first Black theatre company in the UK. Paulette founded Theatre of Black Women with fellow students Bernadine Evaristo and Patricia St. Hilaire. She is the director of the highly acclaimed West End play, Fences starring Lenny Henry.

Mark Henderson

Herne Hill resident, Mark Henderson, is Head of Communications at the Wellcome Trust. Before joining the Welcome Trust in January 2012 he spent 15 years as Science Editor at The Times. He has won several awards for his journalism including: the Medical Journalists’ Association, the Royal Statistical Society’s prize, and the European Best Cancer Reporter prize from the European School of Oncology. His latest book, The Geek Manifesto: Why Science Matters, explores the relationship between science and politics.

Rob Forkan

Rob Forkan is co-founder of Gandys flip flops. At 13, his parents took him out of school to embark on a five-year family adventure across India and the sub-continent. They spent time in Goa, where he volunteered in Mango House, a local children’s home. In 2004, the Boxing Day tsunami struck. Rob narrowly survived, but his parents died. This tragedy inspired Rob and his brother Paul to create a social enterprise to support fellow orphans. Ten percent of Gandys profits are given to projects abroad funding education, shelter and nutrition.

Simon Woolf

Simon has worked in IT since 1996 for the Royal College of Music, TFL, EMI Music and Deutsche Bank. He implemented one of the earliest online music databases. He became interested in complementary currencies via the Lewes Pound. When two economists started a similar scheme in Brixton, he volunteered and since January 2012, has been managing director. When not working with technology, he DJs and writes

Robert Greene

Robert Greene is the internationally best-selling author of The 48 Laws of Power, The Art of Seduction, The 33 Strategies of War and The 50th Law (with rapper 50 Cent). His books have been translated into 17 languages. He has worked in New York as an editor and writer at several magazines; and in Hollywood as a story developer and writer.

Agamemnon Otero

The pioneering founder of the most exciting renewable energy co-operatives in Britain: Repowering. With a vision for the UK becoming a net-exporter of community owned renewable energy the ambition and aspiration of Repowering is transformative. Agamemnon is also co-founder of Brixton Energy, The Edible Bus Stop and The Edible Overground. He holds a Master’s degree in Architecture, Advanced Environment and Energy.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom
  • Stephanie Busari
    Founder and Creator
  • Sarah Ross
    Curator & Event Producer
  • Linnie Rawlinson
    Speakers Curator
  • Natalie Lambert
    Operations Director
  • Nuala Ginty
    Communications Director
  • Tonisha Tagoe
    Ops Co-ordinator/Video
  • Kami Tamara Peters
    Speakers Co-ordinator
  • Helen Busari
    Volunteers Co-ordinator
  • TJ Morgan
    Tech Support
  • Donna Burgess
    Webbie / Storyteller
  • Vanessa Vyaporee
    Partnerships and Sponsorships Director