TEDxGranta 2012: Alive & Kicking

March 22, 2012

After the success of our first event in 2011, Women Shaping The Future, and our salon with CamCreative on the theme of Telling Stories, with TEDxGranta 2012: Alive & Kicking we are really hitting our stride.

Held at celebrated arts venue The Junction in Cambridge, the day offered an inspirational mix of live speakers, TED Talks and Ads Worth Spreading. We also offered conversation breaks for people to talk through the ideas presented on stage, workshops in the foyer to get people moving, and the chance to get up close to the real Wallace & Gromit. People also got to see the new device that’s got the tech community in a whirl, a Raspberry Pi.

Themes that ran through the day:

Empowerment through the teaching of skill
David Constantine from charity Motivation talked about people in wheelchairs regaining a sense of purpose and worth when they are able to work again. The FLACK Cambridge team highlighted the fact that the homeless lose their social currency. By being involved in the creation of the magazine, FLACK members regain their sense of purpose and learn new skills.

After an incredible blindfold kung fu demonstration, Ross Sargent discussed mindful movement as a way of using physical exercise to shape our mental state.

Opening new doors to knowledge
Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton gave us the story of the creation of one of the tech world’s hottest properties. Tim Minshall explored engineering as a creative process, and left the audience with a call to action to help encourage school children to consider becoming engineers – and to understand the breadth of scope of engineering.

Bringing things to life
Tim Morley discussed how Esperanto helps bring languages to life for children. He drew a great analogy between language and music in that we use a recorder when we first learn music, rather than diving straight into mastering the bassoon. Esperanto is the language equivalent of the recorder – accessible and leads on to other more complex learning.

Musician Shelley Katz demonstrated his Symphonova project live on stage for the first time ever and we had beatboxing, loops and bass from Gil Karpas.

Tim Hayward spoke about saving beloved Cambridge cake shop Fitzbillies. And Aardman’s Merlin Crossingham brought the real Wallace & Gromit with him all the way from Bristol as static exhibits to enhance his talk on how animators bring characters to life on screen. True VIP guests, they even had their own seat in the auditorium…

What’s next?

We’re now planning for our next event. In the meantime, if you would like to get in touch with TEDxGranta please contact us. You can also join us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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Tom Windsor March 23, 2012 at 10:28 am

Esperanto has been bringing ordinary people of different nationalities together for 125 years. Yes, it can serve as an introduction to other languages, but can itself be used for travel and friendship. Surely Esperanto merits our continued support.

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