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This event occurred on
March 26, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Saint Peter Port, Guernsey

The aim of TEDxStPeterPort is to inspire, engage and catalyse the Guernsey population to make positive, innovative steps to improving quality of life on the island.

TEDxStPeterPort seeks to raise the bar for the perception of what is possible to achieve and deliver the message to Guernsey that “Nothing Is Impossible.”

We will be leveraging the TEDx brand to deliver inspiring speakers from all over the world to answer challenging questions relevant to local problems and will be specifically focussed on speakers who have delivered community level innovation projects that have had a positive impact on quality of life.

St Pierre Park Hotel & Golf Resort
Saint Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 1FD
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Adam Russell

Dancer and Collaborator Adam Russell trained at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and Northern School of Contemporary Dance. He is a freelance dance artist based in the North of England and dances for Ballet LORENT based in Newcastle

Bjorgvin Saevarsson

Bjorgvin Saevarsson [Byorg–vin Sigh–ver–son] Socially conscious and green-minded, Bjorgvin Saevarsson, has been an ambassador for sustainability and holistic business practices for over 15 years. He has launched and managed green startup companies, worked in mergers & acquisitions as sustainability expert, and led numerous sustainability projects in the US and Europe. Bjorgvin is recognized for challenging the status quo and achieving exceptional rather than expected results. To that end, he has designed plans for Hydrogen Economies for governments internationally and nationally, developed groundbreaking strategies for water and energy resilience and created partnerships in technologies and finance to deliver the vision.

Carol Vivyan

Carol Vivyan is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapists and mental health nurse from Guernsey, Channel Islands. Together with Michelle Ayres they won the 2015 British Journal of Nursing's Mental Health Nurse of the Year for the Decider Life Skills they created. Carol is the author and creator of the CBT self help and therapy resource website: ( Michelle and Carol realised that mental health services are set up to treat problems too late. They imagined teaching fun and effective Life Skills to children and young people BEFORE any problems emerged. Teaching these Life Skills just the same way we teach about fire drill - to all children in all schools and reinforced often. Just a few hours teaching could have a massive impact on our future mental health and wellbeing. The central message of The Decider Life Skills is "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". It's time to change.

Darren Pritchard

Darren Pritchard is a Performer, Choreographer, Teacher, Producer and Director. He truly believes in the transformational power of the art. Darren has first hand seen how the art can impact people lives for the most at need to the most privileged in society. Marcel Lenormand is a Guernsey born, multi-disciplined, digital artist who has collaborated with Darren to create The Body of Light. He has a passion to see this show brought to audiences who would not usually choose to attend high-art performance venues. By leveraging everyday technology the desire is to present a beautiful visual experience and demonstrate that it doesn’t need to be unattainably technical or expensive.

David Orban

David Orban is an entrepreneur, who spoke about his experiences and passions to audiences in 38 countries. Advisor and Faculty of Singularity University, and Founder of Network Society Research, his ideas and actionable analyses inspires individuals, enterprises and governments to a strategic reevaluation and realignment compatible with a rapidly incoming exciting and challenging future.

James Maskell

James is a passionate advocate for the accelerating medical evolution towards a more effective chronic disease management system. His vision for American medicine is 100,000 integrative micropractices to replace the failing primary care network. Since he was a child he has been under the care of holistic medical providers. James was adjusted by a chiropractor at age 15 minutes and very little 'Western Medicine' in his childhood. He studied health economics in the UK and traded on the world's biggest trading floor for a year before deciding to follow his interest in healthcare, moving to America in July 2005. Since then he has worked with some great mentors and help build some excellent businesses in this emerging niche field, from medical spas to professionally-delivered supplements.

James Norris

James is a social entrepreneur and lifehacker. He believes if we first change ourselves, we can better change the world. He’s dedicating to leveraging the best behavioral science research and emerging technology to help individuals and organizations become happier, healthier, and more effective. He started as an entrepreneur at the age of 6 selling candy during recess. Since then he’s founded or helped establish 22 organizations, including a university for today’s Leonardo da Vinci, a civic innovation hackathon series, a sustainable fish farm, and a museum/theme park hybrid. James is currently the founder and CEO of Self Spark, a global platform for science-based lifehacking events. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin as a triple major/quadruple minor. He believes in living with intention, and has experienced 1,750 “firsts” in life.

Jo Lucas

Jo implements change within large and complex organisations, including HS2, UCL, London Underground, BAA, ODA and Network Rail. She is familiar operating in complex and ambiguous environments, being a catalyst for change within systems where no one person can control the whole. She is a connector of people and ideas, creating relationships that make things happen. She is currently exploring how social technology can help make this happen.

John Sweeney

John Sweeney of Cork, Ireland is a social entrepreneur and kindness coach, who strongly believes that society can be changed one act of kindness at a time. He is the founder of the world-wide social movement Suspended Coffees ( A true pioneer in the ‘gifting’ economy, John understands the human need to connect, support and pay it forward. He is a passionate storyteller and speaker, sharing heartfelt, personal and inspiring stories. John’s mission is to help bring communities together through acts of kindness, and create a real change that will have a global impact.

Josh Valman

Josh Valman is Managing Director of RPD International, a design and manufacturing company, operating a global supply chain of creative individuals, suppliers and factories. Josh began his engineering career at 10 years old, with a fascination in robotics. By aged 15 he was consulting on supply chain and engineering for some of the world’s largest manufacturing companies. RPD now provides product design, manufacturing and supply chain solutions to companies across Europe, Asia and America. Clients include airlines, hotels, manufacturers, retailers, brands and startups.

Julian Hanford

Julian Hanford is a Conceptual Artist and Photographer who lives and works in London. His work is primarily concerned with the ironies of human perception and mankind's limited understanding of it's place in the universe. He has exhibited widely over the past few years, including solo shows and group exhibitions. He turned to art after a successful and awarded career in Advertising, six years of which were based in Guernsey, whilst he was Creative Director of Specsavers Optical Group. He currently resides in Wimbledon with his wife and two children, cats and leopard geckos.

Martin Bjergegaard

Martin Bjergegaard is a serial entrepreneur and an international bestselling author. In 2006 Martin and three friends launched the “company factory” Rainmaking, that today runs 10 start-ups with a total of 200 employees, and offices in London, Copenhagen and Berlin. Startupbootcamp, Europe’s leading accelerator with permanent programs in 11 cities, was launched by Rainmaking in 2010. Martin has been the lead founder and CEO of that today has revenues of more than 20m USD, and that works with 150 charities in 10 countries. Today, Martin works across Rainmaking’s portfolio to harvest synergies and launch new initiatives. His book, Winning Without Losing, has been translated into 13 languages and is available in more than 30 countries. It is a bestseller in the UK, Russia, South Korea and on Amazon. The book has won the prestigious “Management Book of the Year” award by Chartered Management Institute and The British Library.

Martyn Dorey

As a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Ozoris, Martyn is creating ambitious technology to enable machines to interact with the law; an approach that could improve access to the law for billions around the globe. Martyn is an investment actuary, financial technology entrepreneur, and he has been a specialist in algorithm development for “big data” since 1996. In addition to his role as Chief Technology Officer for Ozoris he is also managing director of Dorey Financial Modelling, and a partner of Lima Insights, a big data business for the construction sector.

Michelle Ayres

Michelle Ayres is a Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist who has worked in mental health for over thirty years Michelle together with Carol Vivyan won the 2015 British Journal of Nursing's Mental Health Nurse of the Year for the Decider Life skills they created.. They developed The Decider Life Skills, a new, proactive approach, which develops a common language for us all to manage our emotions. The skills benefit everyone - adults and children: personally, socially, and emotionally and there are also financial benefits for society. The central message of The Decider Life Skills is "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". It's time to change.

Mike Dickson

Hugely respected and experienced within the charitable sector, Mike spent 11 years as the co-founder of the successful children’s charity Whizz-Kidz, which has raised over £100 million pounds to provide mobility equipment for disabled children in the UK. After passing on the baton at Whizz-Kidz, Mike has advised numerous philanthropists and organisations on their charitable giving. He is the Founder and CEO of Rainmaker Foundation and the author of two thought-leadership books on generosity: The More You Give; Please Take One Step Towards a More Generous Life.

Philip Smith

Philip Smith is the Managing Director of CBO Projects and also one of the founders of This Is EPIC, a Guernsey based charity that empowers people to overcome extreme poverty. Their work focuses on empowering community driven change and providing a help up rather than a handout through informal financial services called Village Savings and Loans Projects. In 2014 Philip took on a challenge of running 7 Marathons in 7 Days, having never run a marathon before this ended up being a life-changing experience, not only for the people that benefitted from the money raised from the 2014 challenge but also for Philip on a personal level. It was a realisation that each and every one of us can do more both physically and mentally than we think we can. "When you create a cocktail of purpose and challenge you begin to discover what each and everyone of us can achieve in our lives and how much of a positive impact we can have on people around us."

Sean Wood

Seán Dagan Wood is the editor-in-chief of Positive News and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. His vision is for a media that informs, inspires and empowers people.

Sean Dagan Wood

Seán Dagan Wood is the editor-in-chief of Positive News and co-founder of the Constructive Journalism Project. His vision is for a media that informs, inspires and empowers people.

Stephen Ozanne

Stephen is a corporate and commercial lawyer with extensive experience in innovative financial services and technology. He was awarded the Harmsworth Scholarship by the Middle Temple before being called to the Bar of England and Wales and he now regularly advises many businesses that are household names at the specialist firm, AO Hall. As the Chief Legal Officer and a co-founder of Ozoris, Stephen’s vision is to enable machines to interpret laws and contracts so that everyone can have equal access to the legal information that they need.

Tim Lucas

Tim Lucas is a structural engineer who has worked with some of the world’s leading artists and architects on the design of buildings, bridges and sculptures. Recent projects include the 78m long sculpture,Slipstream in Heathrow Terminal 2 with artist Richard Wilson RA and his own corten steel house near Kew Gardens with architect Stuart Piercy. Many of his projects have pioneered structurally innovative systems and digitally crafted manufacturing methods. He is a Partner of Price & Myers where he founded the Geometrics team of engineers and architects in 2001 and is Lecturer in Structural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Organizing team


  • Jock Pettitt
    Conductor of Proceedings
  • Claire Allen
    Ground Force
  • Genevieve Langford
    Media Operations
  • Jayne Packer
  • Jock Pettitt
    Chief of Proceedings
  • Claire Allen
    Groundforce Guru
  • Genevieve Langford
    Media Guru
  • Jayne Packer
    Communications Guru
  • Warren Mauger
    Video Edit