Taking a well-earned rest in 2015

“We will be back in 2016 with more wonderful speakers.”

Thank you to all of our amazing speakers

Adventurers, entrepreneurs and freedom fighters

Fantastic day

“In 11yrs of teaching it was the most inspirational event I have ever been involved in.”

TEDx Youth@Bath

Our speakers from 2014 continue to light up the world: 
Nathan Filer’s talk hit 25,000 views after 6 months 
Yeonmi Park’s talk has had well over 10,000 views.

Yeonmi’s new book will be published in September, we can’t wait.

Our speaker from 2012, Margaret Heffernan, has just published a book for TED which we highly recommend entitled The Big Impact Of Small Changes. 
Links to these 3 talks can be found here.

Nathan Filer   
Yeonmi Park   
Margaret Heffernan

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

About TEDx, x = 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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)

TED Talks

We all need a little inspiration!

There are hundreds of amazing TEDTalks you can view online at TED.com. We’ve picked a couple of favourites to get you thinking, but of course its what you are really interested in and passionate about that makes the best material.

Sugata Mitra

Build a School in the Cloud

Shawn Achor

The happy secret to better work

Beeban Kidron

The shared wonder of film

The Event

We hosted a series of fantastic talks with wonderful speakers in the morning and in the afternoon we ran workshops in the style of a World Café for the students only. As usual we had speakers from all walks of life who discussed a wide range of subjects. 2014’s TEDx was entitled “Fireworks” and we looked at Retribution/Forgiveness, the Future of Digital, Local/Global Responsibility and Your Future with a focus on being an Entrepreneur.

2011 Event Speakers      2012 Event Speakers

Schedule of the day

5th NOVEMBER 2014

Talks: 9:00am to 1:15pm.
World Café: 2:00pm – 4:30 pm (for the 16-18 age group only)

SESSION 1 (9.30 – 11.15)
Dave Cornthwaite – Adventurer
Jackson Boxer – Chef
Craneworks Film
Emily Penn – Adventurer
Sharai Renton & Rob Gibbs – Green Vision
Ollie Middleton – Labour Party Candidate for Bath
Yeonmi Park – Freedom Fighter30 MIN BREAK

SESSION 2 (11.35 – 1.15)
Aral Balkan –
Sahar Hashemi OBE – Entrepreneur
Nathan Filer – Author and Lecturer
Bradley Edwards – Mentoring Plus
Charlotte Atkin & Emily Bettles – Young Human
Rights Songwriter Performance Winners
Iby Knill – Holocaust survivor45 MIN LUNCH

SESSION 3 (14:00 – 16:30)
Ripton Lindsay & Seneke Sillah – Dancer/choreographer & Drummer
World Café workshop

The Venue

tedx-youth-bath-03Leading arts and entertainment organisation Komedia opened in Bath in November 2008. Komedia Bath is the first Komedia-branded venue to launch outside of Brighton, Sussex. Presenting a large and diverse arts and entertainment programme over its 14 year history, the south coast venue has featured international and national performers.

Inspired by the European tradition of cabaret theatre where audiences can enjoy a meal while watching a show, Komedia has won many awards including the Chortle Award for Best Comedy Venue in the West & Wales 2010. Komedia is also active on the Edinburgh Fringe, producing venues and promoting its artists and resident shows, and is a producer of broadcast entertainment.


The Raby Charity Trust

The Raby Charity Trust

The Raby Charity Trust makes grants to registered charities in England and Wales with a particular interest in charities that support children and families.

Website: opencharities.org/charities/256205

Bath Digital Festival

Bath Digital Festival

Bath Digital Festival launched in 2012 when local tech evangelist Mike Ellis decided it was time Bath had a public-facing event that would show off all of the fantastic digital activity happening in the city.

And so the festival was born, with the aim of being ‘a collection of events celebrating the place of digital technology in all our lives, and the considerable impact that Bath has on the digital sector.’

Website: 2014.bathdigitalfestival.com

Suited & Booted

Suited & Booted

Suited & Booted Studios CIC is a highly successful, award-winning production company with a social conscience. We were founded in 1999 on the belief that we could marry the quality of commercial film-making with the people-centric ethos of a community project.

We feel that the increased access to the media and new technologies should be coupled with an understanding of its power and capability. By supporting and providing the opportunity for people to engage with moving image and digital media, we are promoting media literacy and the use of digital technology as a tool for creativity and information.

Website: www.suitedandbooted.org



Eduserv is a not-for-profit company that helps the public sector make better use of IT. We work with universities, colleges, government departments and charities to provide IT solutions that improve services for end users.

Based in the centre of Bath, we employ 130 staff in a range of technical roles.

Website: www.eduserv.org.uk



Over thirty years of experience and expertise in providing comprehensive, integrated and above all effortless production and management has resulted in a core client base of some of the most respected clients in the music industry.

Judgeday’s expertise and its track record of working alongside artists, management and businesses within the music industry is second to none.

Website: www.judgeday.co.uk



Komedia is Bath’s award-winning venue for comedy, music, cabaret and club nights and is home to the Krater Comedy Club.

It is a winner of Chortle’s ‘Best Comedy Venue in the South West and Wales 2010’, and Komedia Canteen’s fresh, local and organic food has been awarded the Soil Association Gold catering mark – a first for the City of Bath.

Website: www.komedia.com

City of Bath College

City of Bath College

We pride ourselves on providing training for the region’s future workforce by offering courses in both vocational and traditional academic subjects to students from across Bath, Bristol, Somerset, Wiltshire and beyond.

Students of all ages choose City of Bath College for its diverse range of courses and student population along with the excellent facilities and supportive learning environment.

Website: www.citybathcoll.ac.uk

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Universities are inherently linked to their place, and Bath Spa University is no different. Bath city is a creative capital of the UK, filled with theatres, bars, museums, galleries and a fantastic array of independent coffee bars and retail outlets. All this set against its Roman history and heritage carefully blended with modern architecture.

We share this creative vibrancy, long heritage and progressive outlook, with our heritage buildings and landscaped gardens, our creatively-inspired courses, our innovative teaching methods and our cutting edge facilities.

Website: ife.bathspa.ac.uk


wide-WIP_020414_INSIGHT_DEPROGRAMMING_IMG_1_18223716_0-620x349Yeonmi Park

has recently been the subject of major articles in the Washington Post, The Independent & The Guardian. Her story is extraordinary. She defected from North Korea aged 13 and is a passionate advocate for freedom.

Click here to find out more about Yeonmi.

Jackson_2856772kJackson Boxer

is one of London’s most passionate and uber-cool restauranteurs; Jackson talks about food with huge passion and profound knowledge. This is what the Guardian say about his restaurant: The short and simple way of describing Brunswick House Cafe is to say it is perfect.

Click here to find out more about Jackson.

aralAral Balkan’s

talk for the RSA “Free is a Lie” went viral – he is an entrepreneur, digital wizard, creative technologist, a renaissance man with extraordinary plans for the future of digital.

Click here to find out more about Aral.

Sahar HashemiSahar Hashemi

brought the coffee cafe culture to the UK in the 90’s with her chain Coffee Republic. She sits on the Entrepreneurs Panel for the government and was voted one of the 10 most influential thinkers in the UK alongside Sir Tim Berners Lee, Sahar is also a fantastic speaker and we can’t wait to hear her.

Click here to find out more about Sahar.

Iby-KnillIby Knill

is 90 years old, she is an Auschwitz survivor who only began to share her story about 10 years ago. She is one of very few survivors in the UK and the author of a remarkable memoir “The Woman Without a Number”

Click here to find out more about Iby.

urlDave Cornthwaite

is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Since quitting his life as a couch potato in 2005 Dave got busy, so far completing ten non-motorised journeys each over 1000 miles, including skateboarding across Australia, paddleboarding the Mississippi and swimming the Lower Missouri. He has written 3 books, entertained audiences on 6 continents, broken 8 world records, made hundreds of short films, completed countless quirky projects and is the founder of potential-fulfilling brand SayYesMore.

Click here to find out more about Dave.

Nathan FilerNathan Filer

won the Costa Book Prize in 2013 with his debut novel, The Shock Of The Fall. It has been translated into 27 languages. Nathan worked part time as a mental health nurse in Bristol and his book’s narrator is a 19 year old boy with schizophrenia. He graduated from Bath Spa University in 2010 with an MA in Creative Writing and is now a lecturer in Creative Writing at the University.

Click here to find out more about Nathan.

Ollie-HomePageOllie Middleton

is 19 years old and is the Labour parliamentary candidate for Bath. He never anticipated a career in politics but first begun to get actively involved around 2 years ago after his experiences living under the Coalition government. Ollie will be addressing the issue of political apathy, he will discuss some of the reasons behind growing disinterest in politics among young people and why he feels so passionately about engaging in the political process.

Click here to find out more about Ollie.

avatar_707b03a44c6e_128Green Vision

is a youth movement aiming to make Bath and North East Somerset more sustainable and a more pleasant place to live. We create, explore, organise and act. Three of the members of Youth Vision will be joining us to talk about why they got involved.

Click here to find out more about Green Vision.

mentoring-plusMentoring Plus

works with young people in Bath and NE Somerset who can benefit from some extra adult support through their teenage years. We look forward to hearing Bradley Edwards talk about his experience of being mentored.

Click here to find out more about Mentoring Plus.

emilyEmily Penn

is an oceans advocate, skipper and artist. She has rounded the planet on the biofuelled Earthrace boat; organised the largest ever community-led clean-up; and discovered previously unknown oceanic gyres.

Click here to find out more about Emily Penn.

2011 Event Speakers      2012 Event Speakers


Charlotte Calkin

Charlotte Calkin

Charlotte has been attending TED conferences since 2009 and is delighted that by adding the x to TED, lots of people now have the opportunity to participate in this fantastic experience. Alongside running TEDxYouth@Bath she runs her own design business and is a Restorative Justice mediator.

Julian Hussey

Julian Hussey

Bath-based writer and consultant who has worked with the UN, international NGOs and multinational companies on communications, training and health.

Cathleen Lynott

Cathleen Lynott

Most of the time Cathleen is a mum of four small children. She was a nanny for many families for many years and has also worked on events with production company Judgeday. Nowadays in her spare time (what little there is) she does design and website work with Bath Bespoke Web Design.

Caroline Taraskevics

Caroline Taraskevics

Caro T has had a lot of jobs which don’t really amount to a career. Has done service washes in a launderette, worked in Fleet Street, the music business, a newsroom, on a filmset, as a legal secretary, as a PA, and now runs a small farm tending vegetables, taking care of animals, and smiling a lot at strangers who come for B & B. She has also produced 4 amazing children who had nothing to do with this sentence.

Stephen Howard

Stephen Howard

I started my career as a Junior Graphic Designer, 3 years later I was appointed as Group Creative Services Manager.

Now I work as a freelancer, working on projects from website to complete corporate identities, I provide a complete service from concept through to creation.