Invicta Grammar School
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Theme: Voices for Change

This event occurred on
September 26, 2023
Maidstone, Kent
United Kingdom

Title: TEDx Event Summary - Voices for Change

Event Date: [26/09/23]
Location: [Invicta Grammar School Main Hall]

"Voices for Change" - A TEDx Event Inspiring Transformation

In a world grappling with unprecedented challenges and opportunities, the TEDx event "Voices for Change" brings together a diverse array of thought leaders, activists, and visionaries who boldly shared their perspectives on key issues that are shaping our society and the planet. Under the overarching theme of "Voices for Change," the event delves into topics ranging from human virtues and equality to climate change, redefining masculinity, and developing resilience and determination even in the absence of plenty.

Talk Highlights:

Embracing Human Virtues: Educator, youth mentor and Myers-Briggs practitioner Chris Parreno, who specialises in topics such as understanding personality types, positive thinking, character education and effective communication." illuminates how compassion, empathy, and integrity are not only essential for individual growth but also serve as powerful catalysts for positive change in the world.

Towards Equality: Breaking Barriers: Social justice advocate and school prefect Tijesunimi Femi-Adeniyi, shares a gripping talk on dismantling systemic inequalities. Drawing on her own experiences and research, Tijesunumi highlights the urgent need for collective efforts to challenge bias, promote inclusivity, and create a world where everyone can thrive regardless of their background or identity.

Climate Conversations: Healing Our Planet: Sixth form student and senior prefect Megan Hughes delivers a sobering yet compelling speech on climate change using data and real life examples, Megan underscores the critical role that individuals and communities play in mitigating environmental degradation, inspiring the audience to take meaningful action toward a more sustainable future.

Embracing Uniqueness: Navigating Conformity: Sixth form student and prefect Elisabeth Ervin, delves into the intricacies of human behaviour within the social landscape. With captivating insights and thought-provoking anecdotes, Elizabeth dissects the mechanisms of conformity, revealing its dual nature as a survival instinct and a potential barrier to progress. Prompting attendees to question their own predispositions toward conformity and consider the profound impact of embracing individuality in the pursuit of meaningful change.

Cultivating Resilience and Determination: Headteacher, Van Beales sheds light on the remarkable human capacity to thrive and flourish even in the absence of plenty. Van shares her experience of growing up in the post war Vietnam to give the audience some insight into into the transformative power of cultivating inner strength and unwavering determination in the face of challenging circumstances.

Endangering Masculinity: Redefining Identity: Upper school lead for Invicta Grammar school and masculinity redefinition advocate Emma Harrington challenges traditional stereotypes and encourages society to embrace vulnerability, empathy, and emotional intelligence as essential components of a healthier, more authentic masculinity.

Cave Dweller Brains in a Technological World: Head of faculty for Psychology at Invicta grammar school, Carl Taylor, unveils the captivating concept of "Cave Dweller Brains" and its implications in our rapidly evolving technological world. Carl masterfully illuminates the mismatch between the pace of technological advancements and our brain's evolutionary development, shedding light on the challenges and opportunities this disconnect presents, leaving us pondering on the delicate balance between leveraging technology for progress while preserving our innate human capacities and well-being.

Unleashing the power of leadership diversity: Head of A level physics and Trust wide lead facilitator on the VIAT leadership management program, Chris Waters, explores the powerful concept that is redefining leadership in our ever-evolving world. He dives deep into the transformative potential of diverse leadership, discovering how it not only celebrates our differences but also drives innovation, fosters inclusivity, and addresses the complex challenges of our time. This enlightening exploration of Leadership Diversity, highlights the advantages of strength in our differences and the unity in our shared purpose.

The "Voices for Change" event aims to foster a sense of unity among attendees, empowering them to be catalysts for transformation within their own spheres of influence.

To attend, you must:
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Invicta grammar school hall
Huntsman Lane
Maidstone, Kent, Me14 5ds
United Kingdom
Event type:
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Carl Taylor

Head of Psychology
Head of Psychology Invicta Grammar School

Chris Parreno

Chris is an educator, youth mentor and Myers-Briggs practitioner who specialises in topics such as understanding personality types, positive thinking, character education and effective communication."

Chris Waters

Head of Physics
Head of Level Physics and trust wide lead facilitator of the leadership and management program for Valley Invicta Academies Trust

Elisabeth Ervin

6th Form Student
School prefect, Interested in promoting individuality and increased self awareness

Emma Harrington

Head of Upper School
Head of Upper School for Invicta grammar school

Megan Hughes

6th form Student
School prefect and agent for change, Conservationist and earth Activist

Tijesunimi Femi-Adeniyi

6th Form student
Sixth form student and equality activist, agent for change and leader of Invicta Grammar School multicultural Society

Van Beales

Headteacher Invicta Grammar School

Organizing team