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Theme: Define Possible

This event occurred on
May 3, 2013
7:00pm - 11:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Thames Ditton, SRY
United Kingdom

After attending a Tedx event at the houses of Parliament, Fiona was inspired to hold a TEDX event at Esher. Shai and Heather, who have also been inspired by the talks given at TED conferences, freely available at the website, became involved in this. The aim was to encourage students from Esher to share their experiences on stage with adult speakers.
The theme “Define possible” was taken from an individual who was severely disabled yet managed to reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. This was his message when he reached the summit. It is a phrase that embodies so many of the achievements of students at Esher as they stretch themselves in the two years that they spend here.

Esher College
Esher College
Thames Ditton, SRY, KT70JB
United Kingdom
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Alexander March

Alex is a philosopher. He likes to question everything and believes that Philosophy is something that everyone can do and should do as part of their daily lives.

Fahris Mansour

Fahris is an historian. His video looks at our relationship with time.

Timothy Everest

Two decades ago, Timothy Everest had a hunch that it was time to introduce a new generation to the joys of handmade clothing. His hunch proved right and twenty years later, Everest presides over a tailoring business with clients ranging from art dealers to stars from the world of film, music and sport. He has created costumes for movies including Atonement, Mission Impossible, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. He has dressed celebrities for the Oscars, and styled Mick Jagger for his performance at the Grammy Awards in 2011.

Jessica Edwards

Jessica is interested by the idea of growing up and wonders if we really have to. She draws on her personal experiences to share her reflections on childhood, youth and old age and ponders the eternal question, what does it mean to grow up?

Andrew Hanson

Andrew was a Senior Research Scientist at the National Physical Laboratory measuring colour for 22 years until he added skills developed to cope with amateur theatre and rock band management to enable his current job of running NPL’s Outreach Programme. He was Chairman of the Colour Group of Great Britain 2009-2011, has served on numerous international committees and built a machine to measure the shininess of cats.

Sophie Sherrard

Sophie is a student at Esher College. She has been on an extraordinary journey in the last few years and is going to share this with you.

Kieran Daly and Charlie Richardson

Kieran and Charlie are musicians. They have created a song called “October” and a video that they are going to share with you.

Francesca Ross

Francesca is an artist who prefers drawing to talking to people. Her video will explore the personal possible.

Joris Van Hulzen

Joris van Hulzen is an Animation Director and Animator. He has worked on many animated commercials, feature films and TV series including Peppa Pig for which he won a BAFTA in 2012. His talk will be about how an animated TV show is made and how collaboration contributes to its success.

Shayan Ali

Shayan is a physicist and engineer. He believes that making interdisciplinary connections is essential to all kinds of learning and that everything, even science, can be made understandable for everyone.

Adam Ray

Adam's main area of interest is 'fandoms' (fanatic domains) and he has co-authored a book on the personal experiences of Dr Who enthusiasts. His talk will look at the impact fandoms can have on an individual and society.

Adam Ockelford and Derek Paravicini

Professor Adam Ockelford is a professor of music at the University of Roehampton and specialises in working with children with special needs. He has worked with many children with severe learning disabilities and explored how music can be used as a form of therapy. His talk will explore the link between children with special needs and musical talent. He will be joined by Derek Paravicini who, despite his severe learning difficulties, has performed concerts across the world demonstrating his unique musical talents.

Hannah Bennett

A self-confested 'social media addict' Hannah became interested in the link between the online world and the human brain during work on her Extended Project. Next year she is off to York to study Politics, Philosophy and Economics.

Organizing team


Esher, United Kingdom
  • Fiona Henderson
    History teacher
  • Shaista Moghul
    Maths teacher
  • Heather Fear
    English Teacher