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Theme: Together we CAN make a difference!

This event occurred on
November 30, 2012
9:00am - 5:00pm GMT
(UTC +0hrs)
Huddersfield, KIR
United Kingdom

Our event, TEDxRiverCalder, was a fantastic success and took place at the Odeon cinema in Huddersfield on the 30th November 2012. We aimed to bring together an exciting programme of speakers and up to 100 delegates to share ideas, prompt conversations and stimulate connections under the banner of 'Together, we can all make a difference'. Our focus was about being part of something bigger and generating community spirit to promote sustainability, efficiency, safety and, environmental, social and financial responsibility in a thought provoking and entertaining way.

We had an exciting programme of speakers from the worlds of science, engineering, technology, design and business and the event turned out to be a great opportunity for making connections and thinking differently.

There were also a small number of stimulating and thought provoking talks taken from previous TED conferences.

Follow us on Twitter: @TEDxRiverCalder. Hashtags: #TEDxRiverCalder and #TEDxRC

Odeon Cinema
Odeon Cinema
Bradley Mills Road
Huddersfield, KIR, HD1 6PG
United Kingdom
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Ryan Offutt

Ryan Offutt is a director at MB Improv, an improvisational comedy troupe in Sheffield, UK. He also works as an organisational consultant and trainer, where he designs and implements solutions for a broad variety of public and private sector organisations. Ryan is passionate about helping people and organisations apply the basic principles of improvisation to cultivate increased collaboration, creativity and innovation.

Graham Hartwell

Graham Hartwell has spent his career in the countryside supporting a sustainable agricultural industry, ensuring food production goes hand in hand with best practice environmental awareness and stewardship. Today he is the biodiversity champion for BASF (the world's largest chemicals and technology business) in northern Europe, currently driving their roll-out of a network of trial and biodiversity sites across Europe. He is well known within the industry and is recognised as bringing together a blend of technical, commercial and management experience to create pragmatic solutions for farmers and their stakeholders including NGOs, Government departments & agencies and the retail sector. From Washington to Milan and London to Brussels he shares his views...clearly. Outside work, Graham is frequently found on a golf course often surveying too much of the environment around him.

Mark Shayler

Mark hasn't decided what he wants to do when he grows up, but in the mean time he's made quite a good fist of working with companies to reduce the environmental impacts of their packaging and products through better design. He works with companies including Coca Cola, Dorset Cereals, Prett a Manger, Belkin, RS Components and was once the environmental manager at Asda. His talk today is concerned with developing products that define a new economy. A circular rather than a linear economy. He is going to take you on a journey that will question how you think about electronics, yourself, and society.

Greg Hadfield

Greg Hadfield Greg was the first national newspaper journalist to leave Fleet Street for the internet in the mid-1990s. A three-times winner in the British Press Awards and a former news editor of The Sunday Times, he and his son, Tom – then aged 12 – created Soccernet, the world’s most popular football website, in 1995. Four years later, after Soccernet was sold to ESPN for $40m, Greg created Schoolsnet, an education website, which he sold to a company co-owned by Jeremy Hunt, now Secretary of State for Health. Most recently, he was head of digital development and Telegraph Media Group, before moving to become director of strategic projects at Cogapp, a leading digital agency. Cogapp's clients included the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG), and Manchester United. After leaving Cogapp to organise the UK's first Open-data Cities Conference in April 2012, he is now raising funds for a new digital venture based on semantic web technologies. His interests include ancient Greece, travelling, and running marathons (and half-marathons). He is married with two grown-up children and lives in Brighton and Hove. Open-data cities: crucibles for concentrated change The internet has changed everything, everywhere. The profundity of the iimpact of the internet has yet to be felt, or even imagined. Technologies associated with the internet have the potential to usher in a new era of democratic engagement, especially in cities – and most of all in those cities bold enough and determined enough to be crucibles of concentrated change. The most successful and sustainable cities of the future will be founded on open platforms and driven by open data. A new generation of connected cities will self-consciously create, curate and share data to drive innovation, increase collaboration, and fuel more responsive applications and citizen-centred services.

Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker Charlie trained as an architect, spent 20 years in Hulme where he was a founder member and part designer of the Homes and Work for Change Co-operatives. He co-authored the Hulme Guide to Development and the Community Gateway Model for council housing transfer. He set up a sustainable design and fabrication co-op employing local people working on projects ranging from furniture to though housing to neighbourhood design. He has continued this for the last 18 years with urbed developing their Sustainable Urban Neighbourhood concept, working on masterplans all over the country as well community controlled intermediate housing market models and wider energy strategies. He is currently devoting most of his time to ‘low carbon retrofit’, starting with a pilot to take a Victorian semi as close to carbon neutrality as feasible. With urbed he devised retrofit standards, their management, supply chain and mutual finance models for the Midlands’ Sustainable Housing Action Partnership. It looks like he still holds the national record for the lowest cost of a retrofit, delivering 80% emissions reductions in 2 of the ‘Retrofit for the Future’ projects taking 10 Council semis to 80% of their previous emissions (and mostly bills). He co-wrote the Greater Manchester’s Domestic Retrofit Strategy. All of this has led to the Carbon Co-op with which he has created a detailed energy assessments method and building a vehicle to aggregate demand to make major CO2 emissions and bill reductions accessible to many more.

Dave McGlinchey

David McGlinchey has a BA (Hons) Environmental Studies and is Vice Chairman of WaterAid in Yorkshire. A strong, longstanding advocate and fund-raiser for the charity WaterAid, David firmly believes that everyone deserves access to a tap and a toilet. His drive and enthusiasm in raising money and awareness for the provision of clean water and sanitation for all has seen him organising all kinds of events over the last 20 years. Dave's TEDxTalk is entitled "Time Please Ladies & Gentleman - Water and Sanitation as essential building blocks to life!" The talk will focus on how time is so restricted without adequate water and sanitation and how simple some solutions are. David is also a cheesemaker,DJ and would be poet and sculptor.

David Symons

David Symons leads WSP’s sustainability advisory practice, helping companies develop clear strategies and deliver on these. He is a well respected thought leader and has provided recent commentary on environmental issues to BBC Radio 4, Radio 2, and 5Live, The Times, The Guardian, CNN and the New York Times. David has an MBA with distinction from Warwick University and a first degree in physical sciences from Southampton University. Outside work he’s a keen distance runner and a rather less accomplished photographer. David’s talk will cover Sustainability and Ecological Footprinting.

Mike Cohen

With a background in both law and marine biology, Mike Cohen became the first Chief Executive of the Holderness Fishing Industry Group in 2011. Fishermen, fish merchants and processors formed the Group to represent the interests of one of the UK’s most important fisheries in the face of the increasing industrial development of the sea. HFIG has grown rapidly into a significant force within the UK catching sector. In its first year it secured over £2million of financial support for its members and initiated several major projects on their behalf, including the construction of a commercial lobster hatchery and the operation of a dedicated scientific research boat. The latter has seen the development of a unique partnership between fishermen, industry regulators and academics. Mike regularly appears in local and national media, commenting on matters affecting the fishing industry and has been involved in discussions about fisheries and marine environmental policy at local, national and EU levels. He is a keen recreational and scientific diver, holding Divemaster certification. Alongside his work, Mike is pursuing a doctorate in fisheries science at the University of Hull’s Centre for Environmental and Marine Sciences. Mike’s talk will take in the importance of local economics, the dirty side of clean energy, and how individuals can regain power through collective action.

Nick Finnigan

Nick Finnigan, Environment, Health and Safety Manager , Molson Coors Brewing Company Nick is an experienced and successful environmental, health and safety manager with over 16 years involvement in heavy industry and the food and drink sector. Today he works for Molson Coors Brewing Company at the ‘Tower Brewery’ in Tadcaster, which brews the UK’s No1 selling lager; Carling. Outside of work Nick can be found outside playing or watching cricket and training junior cricket teams. Nick’s talk will take us through how bacon butties and a humble rubber duck can change community attitudes towards water stewardship.

Steve Faulkner

Steve Faulkner is rapidly gaining a reputation of one of the funniest and skilled magicians in the Country. Spending twelve years as a professional street performer in London’s Covent Garden, perfecting his escapology and magic show for some of the toughest audiences in the world, Steve became a performer who truly understands the importance of entertainment, as well as astonishment. Steve was British Champion Street Performer in both 2005 and 2009. He recently won second place at the Magic Circle Close-Up Magician of the year 2010. He now performs his cabaret show and close-up, sleight-of-hand magic globally. Blending profound skill, with humour, to engage and astound his audience, Steve is just as comfortable performing in front of a table of two, as he is a theatre of two thousand. Steve’s magic needs to be experienced to understand why he is the most distinctive and unique magicians you will ever see. “It’s great to see someone with real talent. We loved you!” Emma Thompson. "As a fan of magic I can't help but try to work out how people do tricks. Even though I know the theory behind a few tricks, Steve managed to blow my mind and made me re-assess my knowledge of magic.” Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys. "His best trick is combining impressive magic with funny banter. Excellent!" Ian Hislop, Have I got News For You, Private Eye. “In a world of too many average entertainers, sold by marketing hype to a gullible public, what you bring is quite exceptional. And you have such a warm, unpretentious personality as well.” Allistair Nicholls, Managing and Marketing Consultant, Perry Nicholls. Have you ever wondered how magicians are able to make things disappear in front of your eyes? It may come as little surprise that these magical feats are carried out without supernatural powers. Instead magicians use a wide range of powerful psychological techniques to manipulate what you see. Interweaving high-energy live performance with scientific presentation, award- winning magician Steve Faulkner will demonstrate how magicians can distort your perception. http://stevefaulkner.com/

Dr Gustav Kuhn

Magic and the Mind: The Science behind misdirection: Have you ever wondered how magicians are able to make things disappear in front of your eyes? It may come as little surprise that these magical feats are carried out without supernatural powers. Instead magicians use a wide range of powerful psychological techniques to manipulate what you see. Dr. Gustav Kuhn, will illustrate some of the psychological principles involved in magic, and demonstrate how magic tricks can provide an insight into where the real magic happens - inside your mind. In this talk he will demonstrate how state of the art eye tracking technology can be used to investigate the mechanism behind some of these illusions, the results of which provide interesting insights into our visual experience. Gustav started his career as a magician, and is currently a senior lecturer in psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. His research explores our visual perception and the factor that determine our conscious experience of the world. Gustav Kuhn has been a pioneer in the science of magic, which uses the knowledge and experience of magicians to investigate human cognition. He utilizes a wide range of experimental techniques, ranging from eye tracking to neuroimaging to explore magic, deception and illusions.

Alan Bolton

Alan is Assistant Principal at David Young Community Academy in Seacroft, Leeds. Opened in 2006 to replace two struggling schools, the Academy is now designated a ‘National Support School’ and its Principal a ‘National Leader in Education’. An ex- senior police officer who changed the face of police promotion qualifications nationally and later with consultancy experience in the fields of marine accident investigation and oil tanker inspection (despite a seagoing record that only involved trips on the Mersey ferry as a young boy). Alan was recruited as part of the senior team that opened the school, with the brief to, “change the world starting with Seacroft”. Inspired by the writing of both Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett, Alan sees the world in general - and the world of education in particular - from a somewhat slanted but optimistic perspective and so, like his work on the police promotion system, he is tackling this brief using the principles of Zen Navigation. Alan's talk will focus on alternative education - creating aspiration and new perspectives.

Scott Schnaars

Scott Schnaars is the General Manager of EMEA for Badgeville, the global leader in gamification. His background includes sales & management roles at leading technology companies including WebEx, Motorola & Yahoo, the common ground being that these are all companies that had great technology, but adoption issues. His passion for gamification and reputation management stems from his previous dealings with enterprise and consumer technology companies that all faced adoption issues. He believes that game, reputation and social mechanics are the future of interaction and engagement helping technology companies to realize their vision and return on their investment for technology services. Scott lives in London with his family.

Barbara Evans

Barbara Evans is a civil engineer and a development specialist who has spent the last 25 years trying to create the conditions under which poor people living in the crowded and chaotic conditions of informal areas and slums in the world’s fastest-growing cities can enjoy some of the basic freedoms of modern life; the freedom to defecate privately, the freedom to drink enough reasonably safe water and the freedom to raise their children in environments that are not full of pathogenic bacteria, viruses and worms. She has had the privilege to live for many years in Pakistan and India as well as working in many countries across Africa, Latin America and East Asia and has worked as a consultant, as a World Bank staff member and now as an academic. Her passion is harnessing knowledge and skills in ways which truly solve problems and she currently works in the multidisciplinary PACE/ Water@Leeds team at Leeds University which draws together expertise in health, engineering, anthropology, geography, environment and development. Her vision is of a world where cities and towns take the needs of poor people seriously and seek to build resilient sustainable sanitation and water infrastructure fit for all citizens in the twenty-first century.

Mark Smith

Mark Smith is a chemical engineer by profession, a sanitary engineer by career and a managing director of WRc plc by circumstance. He has been active in the UK water sector for the past 22 years and is proud to be part of an industry that produces and treats more than 17 billion litres of water per day and nobody dies from drinking it. He is also frustrated that the same industry is regulated to the point where it strives to achieve mediocrity-, no more and no less than the regulator demands. Mark believes that the water sector needs to move on from being just a public health-driven industry and embrace the challenges of the 21st Century. Climate change, population growth, floods, droughts and energy deficits are not going to be solved by diving for the lowest common denominator. We must ask the big questions, harness the intellects and deliver the solutions – in other words, do what the UK was doing 150 years ago, leading the world in environmental engineering. Let’s assume nothing, ask the customer what they want, what they expect, what they would like and then deliver better, faster, safer, cheaper! He wants an industry where talent strives to enter, not sneaks into because it couldn’t get a job in the city! Mark believes that collaboration is the solution to innovation and he does all that in his spare time when the kids let him and he’s not watching his beloved London Irish rugby team lose again.

Stef Kranendijk

Stef Kranendijk is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Desso, the European carpet and sports systems manufacturer. Previously, he served as CEO of Desso (2007-2012), during which time he developed the company’s Cradle to Cradle® Roadmap to 2020. Apart from Chairing the Supervisory Board, Stef will also take up a special role in driving the continuing Cradle to Cradle® implementation at Desso, enabling it to make the shift to the circular economy. Stef has had many years of experience in investing and running a variety of companies. In addition, he is a co-owner and partner of an asset management firm as well as being a co-owner of Desso, and was until 2009 a board member of the investment firm Sterling Strategic. Over the past ten years he has served on the boards of several other companies. Previously, Stef was President (Europe, Middle East & Africa) of Stanley Works, a US based S&P 500 Company (1998-2000) and spent two decades at Procter & Gamble in senior leadership positions, including regional Vice President, P&G Central & Eastern Europe (1997-1998), Vice President & General Manager, P&G Germany (1994-1997) and General Manager, P&G Netherlands (1991-1994). Stef’s talk will focus on ‘Reinventing Business Through Cradle to Cradle® Strategy - the Transition to the Circular Economy’. Billions of new middle class consumers will be buying goods and services in the decades to come, driving new growth in the global economy. But can the planet sustain this growth? There is a way, which is based on the Circular Economy. Ending the business as usual ‘take, make and waste’ linear model, Kranendijk will talk about how businesses can refashion their business models based on Cradle to Cradle concepts®, leading to greater resilience, competitive edge, sustainability and profits.

Organizing team


Brighouse, United Kingdom


Brighton, United Kingdom
  • Matthew Kettlewell
    Co-Organiser (Comms. and Branding)
  • Kare McBride
  • Sarah Gledhill
  • Mark Gregory
  • Liz Hibbett
  • Matt Hill
  • Josh Thackray
  • Carys Jones