A group of enthusiastic Lower Fifth, Upper Fifth and Lower Sixth students went to TEDxExeter last Friday. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. The theme of the day was ‘Dreams to reality’ and we were privileged to hear talks on a variety of topics, from mapping the new world to presenting statistics visually, from anti-bullying to being an ex-jihadi, from helping local communities to fighting for women’s rights. We saw a total of 16 talks during the day, which were interspersed with vocal, dance or poetry performances. During the breaks, students were able to talks to the speakers (and even got some of their books signed!). We have been watching Pragma Patel on classroom film clips for several years and it was a great thrill to meet her. She kindly agreed to be photographed with us. We also had the pleasure of meeting Giles Duley and Manwar Ali in person.
It was an inspiring day and, for some, an emotional and life-changing experience. We would like to thank Jackie Bagnall and Miriam Gosling very much for organizing the event (and working so hard behind the scene, literally, at TEDx!)
See some student comments below.
Céline Potts, English & Languages Department and Charlotte House, Philosophy and Ethics