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Theme: Life Finds a Way

This event occurred on
April 30, 2022
Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames
United Kingdom

"If there's one thing the history of evolution has taught us, it's that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories, and crashes through barriers painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh, well, there it is."

‘Life, uh, finds a way.’

Jeff Goldbloom was right, in Jurassic Park and his point is as relevant now as it was back in 1993.

The world has changed dramatically since our last event in January 2020. We’ve all had to evolve and find our way through life in different ways.

But life-changing events happen to people every single day. We’ve all been in situations where we can say to ourselves, ‘my life will never be the same again.’ Whether wonderful or devastating, by design or by accident, life finds a way to surprise, challenge and disrupt.

‘Life Finds a Way’ is the theme of our 2022 event. We can’t wait to share 12 incredible TEDx talks with you.

Rose Theatre Kingston
24-26 High Street
Kingston Upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1HL
United Kingdom
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Alex Hall

An adept multi-instrumentalist; his ambitious live show, incorporates VFX and a remarkable ‘one man band’ experience where alex unexpectedly roams between synths, guitars, drum pads, keyboards, pianos and trumpets.

Ali Hendry

Holistic Relationship Coach
Ali Hendry is a certified holistic relationship coach helping LGBTQ+ women build and sustain conscious relationships. She coaches individuals, couples, multi-partnered relationships and groups. She designs and runs large-scale training programmes. Ali is Director of Learning (Europe) at Radiant Coaches Academy, and the relationship columnist for DIVA Magazine. She is a sex mentor on Channel 5 series Lesbian Guide to Straight Sex. Her background in psychology, education and theatre blend into her core purpose of providing space to bring lasting change into people’s lives.

Brandy Bex

Brandy is sassy, as smart as a whip, and likes to call a spade a spade. Though she can sometimes be a tad unprofessional, Brandy is no less caring and always gets the job done – even if that does mean being a touch flexible with the Code of Conduct!

Chantel Emery

Rob and Chantel Emery are on a mission to positively impact the lives of those around them through sharing their story, navigating being parents to children with severe cerebral palsy and their super siblings, all while trying to juggle everyday life.

Charlie George

A talented and accomplished writer Charlie was chosen to feature in Charlie Brooker’s writers room for Cunk & Other Humans 2019, The BAFTA nominated AntiViral Wipe 2020 and Death to 2020 & 2021 for Netflix. She has written for the C4 Election night special, 8 out of 10 cats, Hypothetical, Newsjack, The Now Show, Have I Got News For You, Joe Lycett’s Got Your Back & Frankie Boyle’s New World Order.

Douglas Vakoch

Dr Douglas Vakoch is president of METI International, a San Francisco-based scientific organisation that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of eliciting a reply from extraterrestrial civilisations. As an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, he explores the scientific and societal dimensions of the search for life beyond Earth.

Hazel Thompson

Hazel Thompson is a seasoned and multi award-winning British photojournalist and filmmaker. In the last 20 years, she has taken up assignments and advertising campaigns worldwide in over 65 countries for media organisations,NGO’s and international companies such as The Guardian, The New York Times, Vogue, Channel 4 News, ABC News, The Body Shop, Turkish Airlines,The Observer Magazine, Women for Women International, M&C Saatchi, A21, Stern Magazine, Tesco’s,Tearfund,The Sunday Times,, Sony BMG and Bosch

Jamie Brown

Jamie is Head of Language Development & Localisation at what3words, where his mission is to ensure people across the world can use the product in a language that’s familiar to them. Quality, easy-to-use and carefully considered localisation is the key to unlocking a global audience.

Jamie Klingler

Jamie Klingler is a co founder of Reclaim These Streets, an activist, a writer, and has a famous elderly Cavalier King Charles named McNulty. She was named Number 9 in PR Week UK’s 2021 list of top Communicators of the Year.

Michael Maisey

Michael is the author of “Young Offender” which tells his story of going from armed robber to becoming a local hero. He has been sober for 14 years and founded the CIP Project, a non profit organisation that helps people become the person they want to be.

Natasha Donovan

Twitter: @gllp

Owen O'Kane

Owen is a Psychotherapist, Sunday Times Best Selling Author and former NHS Mental Health Lead. He is also a lover of dogs and cake.

Rob Emery

Rob and Chantel are on a mission to positively impact the lives of those around them through sharing their story, navigating being parents to children with severe cerebral palsy and their super siblings, all while trying to juggle everyday life.

Shelley Bridgman

Shelley is a Performance Coach, Psychotherapist and Hypnotherapist. She specialises in working with Thought Leaders and in the field of Diversity.

Simone Sistarelli

Join Simone Sistarelli, founder of Popping For Parkinson’s, as he unravels the potential that can be unlocked through movement.

Tanya Obeng

Tanya taught drama for over 15 years in schools, youth theatres, mental health and care homes.

Organizing team


London, United Kingdom