x = independently organized TED event

Theme: The World Around Us

This event occurred on
September 8, 2011
10:00am - 6:00pm BST
(UTC +1hr)
United Kingdom

On the 8th September, 2011 TEDxBristol, an independently organized TED event, introduced some of Bristol's most fascinating thinkers and doers to a world stage at the newly opened M-Shed, Bristol.

TEDxBristol was organised around the theme of ‘the world around us’ with a particular focus on creativity, innovation & sustainability. The event featured a showcase of the region’s leading thinkers, innovators, artists, philosophers and social business leaders representing such diverse fields as social enterprise, sustainable food, green energy, engineering, education, visual and digital art and game design among others.

”The event was a great success,” said TEDxBristol Licencee and Curator Karl Hakeem Belizaire who applied and received the TEDx license. “TEDxBristol is a platform for sharing inspiration and is all about a passion for ideas. We believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world around us”

One hundred participants were selected to experience the TEDx revolution. The event was also webcast around the world, as viewed by over 4,000 people world-wide, from the United States, Russia, Poland, Japan and even Australia!

TEDxBristol would like to extend a serious amount of gratitude to all of the speakers, volunteers and partners who worked tirelessly to ensure TEDxBristol was a historic and exceptional event for the City and County of Bristol.

Sharing Ideas from Bristol with the World, and Ideas from the World with Bristol.

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Daniel Efergan & Gavin Strange

Daniel Efergan & Gavin Strange, a creative combo working in the digital depths of Aardman Animations, strive to create fun through building games, nurturing communities and telling stories. Aardman Digital was recently awarded a BAFTA for the Wallace & Gromit’s World of Invention website in the 2011 British Academy Television Awards.

Richard Noble

Richard Noble specialises in developing high risk ventures. Project Director of the BLOODHOUND Project, the engineering adventure for the 21st century, pushing the limits and inspiring young engineers and scientists with an incredible car capable of 1,000mph

Arthur Potts Dawson

Arthur Potts Dawson is a talented chef, restauranteur, cookery writer and social entrepreneur. His newest business venture, The People’s Supermarket, opened in June 2010 and is a not-for-profit co-operative social enterprise. Jamie Oliver recently described Arthur as “the original green chef”.

Dr Marie-Annick Gournet

Dr Marie-Annick Gournet is a Principal Lecturer in Intercultural Communication and Director of Widening Participation. main interest is in the notion of identity, its basis and its relationship to culture. I am particularly interested in exploring the ideas of positive diversity and the impact of cultural hegemony and homogeneity.

Tony Bury

Tony Bury has spent the past three decades founding and running start up companies across the world. Philanthropist and serial entrepreneur, Tony is founder and trustee of Bristol based international charity the Mowgli Foundation, providing mentors who inspire, support and empower entrepreneurs in achieving their business and personal potential.

Wendy Stephenson

Wendy Stephenson is a renewable energy engineer with 15 years experience in the environment and climate change sector. CEO of Converging World, a UK based charity that aims to address issues arising from social inequality, creating mechanisms which link communities in the developed and developing world.

Ciaran Mundy

Ciaran Mundy – Director of the Bristol and Bath Local Currency Scheme Community Interest Company. Ciaran is a long term resident of Bristol, a local business man and is involved in a range of projects focused on building a more resilient and sustainable economy in Bristol.

Tia Kansara

Tia Kansara is currently a business woman, Ph.D. researcher, and sustainability activist. She is the founder and director of Kansara Hackney Ltd., a partnership with Dr Rod Hackney (Past President: Royal Institute of British Architects).

Rob Mitchell

Co-founder of First Born Studios, Rob is a Creative Media Producer who works with audio visual and live media, in the television, community, arts and corporate sectors. Works include ‘Under the Bridge’ (HTV/Firstborn), ‘A Night to Remember’ (BBC/Available Light), ‘Rush’ (Brief Encounters/ Southmead Youth Centre) and ‘Is Nature Kind?’.

Ella Romanos

Ella Romanos is MD and co-owner of Remode, an interactive production and game development studio in the UK. Remode create their own original games and also work with clients and partners to deliver interactive content across web, mobile and gaming platforms.

David Glowacki

David Glowacki is a part-time resident at the Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol, where he is working on an EPSRC grant called ‘Danceroom Spectroscopy”, which is an attempt to fuse his interests in scientific instrument development, quantum and classical dynamics, digital technology, computers, art, and cultural theory, motivated by his desire to convey to others the beauty and subtlety of the microscopic world.

Roger Bamkin & Steve Virgin

Roger Bamkin – is currently Chair of Wikimedia UK and an admin on the English Wikipedia. Steve Virgin – is currently working on a series of iniatives designed to build up contact networks with the educational, business and governmental communities.

Professor Mervyn Miles

Professor Mervyn Miles FRS is head of the Nanophysics Group and Director of the Nanoscience & Quantum Information Centre at the University of Bristol

Tom Lawton

Tom is the epitome of the British inventor – living and breathing original & innovative ideas – he has honed the design skills, energy, passion, determination and business acumen necessary to make his ideas a reality.

Chris Chalkley

Chris Chalkley is Chairman and founding member of the community organisation, The People’s Republic of Stokes Croft (PRSC). The main aim of PRSC is to “provide benefit to The Community by promoting the interests of the area”,which include creativity, culture and the local economy.

Imogen Heap

Heap is a profoundly English artist whose songs transcend time and place to conjure captivating digital dreamscapes of love, loss and hopefulness. Her distinct, eclectronic-style – a brilliant kaleidoscopic symphony of voices, beats, sounds and emotions – mixing beautiful lyrics with breathtaking melodies, traditional instrumentation with computers, to create a sound that’s folk-hued and digital and sparks the imagination.

Atto Mul

Atto performs his music for a street audience and acoustic venues where he’s recognised for the unique percussive guitar style he’s developed, for the depth of his lyrics and the idealistic vision that runs irrepressibly through them.

Whitepatchboy AlphaSphere

Developed by Bristol based company, nu desine, for almost one year, the AlphaSphere is a brand new electronic musical instrument. It changes the way that musicians interact with music technology, through a revolutionary touch interface, and a unique spherical design.

Organizing team


Bristol, United Kingdom
  • Karl H Belizaire
    Organizer & Curator
  • Lynne Davis
    Event Logistics
  • Matt Wood
    Event Logistics
  • Dr Becky Sage
    Co-Host & Event Planning
  • Haidee Bell
    Speaker Management
  • Avinash Patil
    Social Media Co-ordinator
  • Nat Al-Tahhan
    Graphic Designer
  • Sam Downie
    Web Master
  • Mark Mapstone
    Media Production
  • Oliver Mochizuki
    Film Production
  • Sian Easton
    Community Art Co-Ordinator
  • Rehana Jaffer
    Community Art Co-Ordinator
  • Andy Corp
    Broadcast & Video Co-ordinator