Join us at the Nuffield City Theatre on the 5th May 2018 for TEDxSouthampton 2018. An afternoon and evening event that will feature inspiring, creative, challenging ideas around our theme of Growth. Questions will include:

How can we grow inclusive communities? | What has driven the growth of human societies and perhaps even our species? | How did a single number come to dominate political discussions about growth? | What happens to us at the end of our lives? | How is cutting edge technology helping some of the poorest communities to thrive?

TEDxSouthampton is a showcase for local, national and international speakers and performers.




TEDxSouthampton has grown out of TEDxSouthamptonUniversity which ran from 2013-15.

Our team consists of:

Producers James Dyke, Rebecca Kinge, Kate Maple
Director Paul Maple
Marketing & Social Media Chris Allen
Digital Content Mandi Bissett
Logistics Alan W
Production crew Anna Caroline Carr, Elena Semenova, Helena Dragulova, Irene Sukkasem, John Eayrs, Lexi Sun, Maksim Vladimirov, Marina de Joslin, Nadezhda Stavreva, Nazira Albargothy, Nivedita Chanda, Satomi Oya, Twinkle Yang, Yulia Efimova, William Vine
Film crew Lucas Roberts, Nick Arbenz, Sam Palmer, George Allen, Jonathan Lynch, Ross Martin-pavitt, Adam Gonthier, Adam Beckett, Yoanna Petrova, Jack Pert

Curator’s Statement

Our aim is to put on a first class event with local people and local stories as central to the programme. Every week we meet inspirational people in our city and we want them to have a platform. We also find out about people from beyond Southampton who have fantastic knowledge or experience, and we encourage them to get involved with TEDxSouthampton because we feel that they have something that our city would like to hear about.

We want people to give ‘their’ talk. We value variety and authenticity, rather than a talks given by a set formula. Imposing rules or insisting there are specifics with regards content and how it is delivered is something that we avoid, although we work with speakers to support them in their journey towards the stage and their talk’s delivery.

We hope you enjoy the talks as much as we have enjoyed curating them for you.

TEDx = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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