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Theme: How one person can make a difference

This event occurred on
May 5, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
Durham, DUR
United Kingdom

TEDxDurham will feature a mixture of inspiring live speakers and TEDtalks, all of which will focus on our theme for the day: 'How one person can make a difference'. We are currently in the process of confirming speakers but hope to have people representing a range of disciplines, from science to sport, from entrepreneurship to education. It looks set to be an interesting and stimulating day so make sure to check the website www.tedxdurham.com for information on speakers and ticket sales. We hope to see you there.

Durham Town Hall
30-31 Market Place
Durham, DUR, DH1 3NJ
United Kingdom
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Jean Barlow

Jean is a highly qualified and experienced teacher and trainer. Jean has worked with many school leadership teams and educational staff to promote social and emotional impetus to improve learning in a variety of settings. Jean has worked for several local authorities in the North West and has network links with many others throughout the UK. During the latter part of her career she has been invited to take part in conferences, workshops and training that feature nurture, emotional health and well being of children Jean strongly believes that the nurturing approach helps children build emotional resilience, promote autonomy and organisational skills, all of which facilitate learning. Jean is currently involved in taking her 'Peer Massage' training around the world and we look forward to hearing more about her ventures at TEDxDurham.

Tricia Stewart

Tricia launched the Alternative WI Calendar in April 1999 and since then has raised over £3 million for Leukaemia Research. In 2003 the story of her alternative WI Calendar was turned into the blockbuster film Calendar Girls and we are looking forward to hearing more about Tricia's journey at TEDxDurham.

Steve Radcliffe

Steve Radcliffe is one of Europe’s top leadership experts. In the last 20 years, he has provided leadership coaching to over 50 chief executives and heads of the Civil Service, the NHS and other government departments. He is most well known for his powerful leadership development approach, Future – Engage – Deliver, that The London Times describes as ‘the no-nonsense approach…. shaking up the world of leadership’. Steve has summarised his approach in one of the UK’s top leadership books, Leadership Plain and Simple, published by the Financial Times. With his colleagues in Steve Radcliffe Associates, Steve has designed and delivered leadership development, people engagement and culture-change programmes that have impacted tens of thousands of people in organisations of all kinds and on all continents. Steve is also an inspiring conference speaker having shared the stage with the likes of David Cameron, Seb Coe, Lord Gus O’Donnell, William Hague, General Sir Mike Jackson, Michael Johnson, David Walliams and more. He has written a book on 'How to make a Bigger Difference' which makes his absolutely perfect for our upcoming talk!

Alastair Macartney

World Record Setter. National Champion. Inspirational Speaker. Alastair Macartney is a global adventurer that leads a team of human flight specialists that defy conventional wisdom and achieve the unachievable while raising awareness for charity. From setting a World Record leaping from the KL Tower in Malaysia to leading a 3-man wingsuit human flight formation from the infamous north face of the Eiger in Switzerland his team create the catalyst to inspire and motivate others to push their boundaries while bridging the intersection to support others less fortunate than themselves.

Ilyas Kassam

Ilyas Kassam will be joining us at TEDxDurham to present on: "Why we ask why". A very easy question to ask but much more difficult to answer. A man of many talents, artist, philosopher, chef, Ilyas manages to create a felicitous marriage of his passions. Ilyas Kassam is a writer and poet of inclusional philosophy; an ecological and spiritual idea that examines the implications of Infinity. Most of his work stem from this body of thought but is not confined to it. One of his recent ventures is “The Thinkers Balcony”, a pop up restaurant that aims to reconcile philosophy and food. His most notable work is that of Reminiscence of the Present, a book released in 2011, which is a stream of consciousness project, that examines themes of Interconnectivity, symbiosis, balance, scale, divinity and conflict.

David Wilkinson

David Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. His background is research in theoretical astrophysics, where he gained a PhD in the study of star formation, the chemical evolution of galaxies and terrestrial mass extinctions. He is a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. After this, he trained for the Methodist ministry, serving in a variety of appointments. His current work involves the relationship of the Christian faith to contemporary culture, from science to pop-culture. He also holds a PhD in Systematic Theology where he explored the future of a physical universe.

Erika Rackley

Erika is a Professor in the Law School at Durham University. Her scholarship on judicial diversity has been at the forefront of debates about judicial appointments and has been widely cited by academics and senior judges in both the UK and overseas as well as in various governmental and policy reports. Erika has also debated and discussed her work in The Guardian and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action.

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Durham, United Kingdom


Durham, United Kingdom