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2016 Talks

Introducing some of the most fascinating people on the planet – our 2016 line up!

Frank Gardner OBE

Frank Gardner OBE


Why would Frank Gardner want to return to the region where he so nearly lost his life? In this talk, Frank describes why the Middle East is so interesting and vibrant, and why he had to go back.

Now BBC Security Correspondent, Frank talks about his connection to the Middle East, why he loves this misunderstood and much-maligned region, and why young people should take up languages and travel the world. A fluent Arabic speaker, Frank Gardner chose Arabic & Islamic Studies and went on to live with the Bedouin in Jordan. His fascination with the region continues today.

In 2004 Frank and his cameraman Simon were ambushed by terrorists while filming in Saudi Arabia. Simon was killed and Frank survived with extensive injuries. Returning to work, he was awarded the OBE by HM The Queen in 2005 for services to journalism, awarded Honorary Doctorates of Laws by six British universities and voted Journalist of the Year in the European Diversity Awards.

Charlie McDonnell

Charlie McDonnell


Charlie McDonnell is a Vlogger, Filmmaker and Musician from Bath, who currently resides in London. His Youtube channel, charlieissocoollike, currently has 2.3m subscribers. Charlie has 686k twitter followers, as well as 201k on Instagram and 313k on Facebook.

Charlie, who started posting YouTube videos in 2007, became the first Video Blogger in the UK to reach one million YouTube subscribers. Beyond his own channel, Charlie has worked on many online video projects, notably “Science of Attraction,” hosted by Derren Brown, and a vlog series from behind the scenes of Doctor Who for the BBC. He’s also worked with many brands to produce videos for his own channel, including Microsoft, Pixar and Disney, and is a regular participant in Radio 1’s Internet Takeover show. In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his girlfriend and their cat, Gideon.

Col. John Blashford-Snell OBE

Col. John Blashford-Snell OBE

Having organised and led over 100 expeditions, John Blashford-Snell has built up a reputation as one of the world’s most renowned and highly respected explorers. In 1968 Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia invited the British Army to send a team to explore and make the first descent of the infamous Blue Nile. Captain John Blashford-Snell of the Royal Engineers was invited to select, train and lead the 60-strong party.

The success of this immense expedition led to even tougher assignments, such as the first vehicle crossing of the complete Darien Gap in 1971-2 and in 1974-5, navigating almost all the 2,700 miles of the great Zaire River. Both these ventures had strong environmental, medical and scientific objectives, which led to JBS and his colleagues forming the Scientific Exploration Society in 1969, their aim being to ‘foster and encourage scientific exploration worldwide’.

In 1978, with the support of Prince Charles, JBS launched Operation Raleigh. By 1992 over 10,000 young men and women from 50 nations had taken part in challenges and worthwhile expeditions all over the world, returning home as true young pioneers intent on putting something back into their own communities.

Steven Appleby

Steven Appleby


Steven Appleby is an absurdist creator of comic strips for many newspapers, including The Guardian, The Observer, The Times and Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. His other works include animated television series Captain Star, the musical play Crocs In Frocks, and over 25 books, including Normal Sex and Miserable Families.

The BBC Radio 4 series, Steven Appleby’s Normal Life, was based on his series of cartoons of the same name, and his paintings and drawings have been shown at numerous exhibitions. He contributed drawings to the sleeve of Pixies album Tromp Le Monde and illustrated The Good Inn, by Black Francis and Josh Frank. Steven lives, works, and daydreams in London.

Aimee Ansari

Aimee Ansari


Aimee brings 20 years of experience in leadership positions in large humanitarian and development organisations.  She has worked in several humanitarian crises from the Tajik civil war to the earthquake in Haiti, the conflicts in the Balkans to the Syrian refugee crisis and the conflict in South Sudan.

Previous roles that Aimee has worked in include Country Director for Care in South Sudan, Humanitarian Policy Representative for Oxfam in Geneva and Middle East Director for Save the Children in Egypt. Aimee holds a BA in Political Science from Emory University and an MA in Political Science from Ohio State University.

Sarah Corbett

Sarah Corbett


Sarah Corbett grew up in an activist family. She has worked as a professional campaigner for six years, most recently with Oxfam. She started doing craftivism (craft + activism) in 2008 as a reaction to what she saw as the aggressive, quick-fix traditions of activism.

Due to demand Sarah set up the global Craftivist Collective in 2009; now, thousands of supporters across the world take part in her craftivism projects. Her hobby turned her into one of the leading spokespeople in the craftivism movement, speaking to the international media, contributing to six books and regularly giving talks and lectures around the world.

Sarah works with art institutions such as V&A,  Southbank & National Portrait Gallery as well as charities such as Save the Children and Unicef. She has also collaborated with cult jewellers Tatty Devine and Secret Cinema, amongst others. Her book “A Little Book of Craftivism” was released October 2013, and she has just completed her solo show, ‘Gentle Protest’, in Stockholm.

Ed Greig

Ed Greig


Ed Greig is the Disruptor at Deloitte Digital, his team’s job is to look at new technology and work out how it can deliver value for clients. Deloitte Digital do this by working collaboratively and iteratively to build proofs of concept and minimum viable products that demonstrate tangible benefits, that can then be scaled into enterprise solutions.

Virtual Reality is one of the most exciting and active areas that the team are investigating, with a number of projects underway and completed, addressing a variety of business uses. Ed’s current favourite things to do in VR are scaling Chinese cliffs in The Climb, landing at space ports in Elite Dangerous, spattering friends with paint in Rec Room and creating 3D musical paintings in TiltBrush.

Jess Ridgers

Jess Ridgers


Jess, originally from Midsomer Norton, returned to the west to work for Designability, the new name of the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering. Her passion for human-centred design makes her the perfect designer to research the unmet needs of people with illnesses or disabilities that limit their independence. She is currently working on a device to prompt people with dementia through everyday tasks, a medication reminder for children and the controls of an autonomous vehicle for older people.

Martin Bowman

Martin Bowman


Martin Bowman helps run Feedback Global’s Gleaning Network, coordinating volunteers around the UK to harvest fruit and vegetables that otherwise would have been wasted on farms, and redistribute them to charities like FareShare and FoodCycle. From 2012-15, the Gleaning Network saved over 2 million portions of fruit and veg for charity with over 1000 volunteers, and was featured on Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s primetime shows, as well as in the Guardian, Independent and BBC Radio 4. Over the next three years From Farm To Fork, run jointly by Feedback and Food Cycle, will train more than 4,000 young people (18-24) to reclaim unharvested fruits and vegetables through gleaning, and to turn surplus food into delicious, nutritious three-course meals to be shared with vulnerable people.

Anna Freeman

Anna Freeman


Anna Freeman is a novelist, a multiple poetry slam champion, a creative writing lecturer at Bath Spa University and a producer for Bristol Old Vic.

Her work is funny, slightly twisted and explores personal and social neuroses. It’s about the messy, ridiculous, glorious state of being human and the need to laugh at ourselves, often. Her first poetry collection, Gingering the World from the Inside, is published by Burning Eye Books. Anna’s first novel, The Fair Fight, is a pulsating historical adventure set within the world of female prize-fighters and their patrons in 18th century Bristol. The Fair Fight won The Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013, is published by W&N in the UK and by Riverhead in the USA, and has been optioned for TV drama by the BBC. More info at www.annafreemanwriter.com.

Immy Kaur

Immy Kaur


Immy is a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where the community work together to build a better, more fair city. Impact Hub Birmingham launched and successfully crowdfunded over £65,000 on Kickstarter, with more than 650 people backing the #EpicBrum campaign.

Immy is Director of Project 00 [zero zero], a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures include WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more. Immy was one of the original founding team members that produced Birmingham’s first ever TEDx. Over the last 5 years Immy has curated and produced TEDxBrum as licensee.

Ronan Finnegan

Ronan Finnegan


At the age of just 21, Ronan Finnegan is creating charitable iPhone apps that incorporate donating into our daily lives. Ronan founded his company, orDonate, in October 2013 (whilst he was still a pupil at Beechen Cliff, Bath). He has grown up in Bath and lives in Marshfield just outside of the city. orDonate are creating iPhone apps that push users to donate when they usually would not.

orDonate’s first app, WAKEorDONATE is an iOS alarm clock app that makes users donate to their chosen charity if they decide to press ‘snooze’ rather than waking up on time in the morning! The app is live on Apple’s App Store, and has been very successful. Ronan has won TalkTalk’s fundraising digital hero award, and has been spoken about in media worldwide – he has even been the topic of conversation around Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me dining table!

orDonate’s second iPhone app, GYMorDONATE is an exercise routine app that makes its users stick to schedule by donating their money to charity if they miss a planned workout session. Location services on the iPhone tell the app whether the user is sticking to the workout regime that they have inputted. GYMorDONATE will be launching in late Autumn. Ronan works on orDonate as a digital nomad. Over the past couple of years he has travelled to 35 countries alongside developing and marketing his apps.

Jacob Dunne

Jacob Dunne


Jacob Dunne was sentenced to 30 months in custody in November 2011 for manslaughter, after a drunken assault on James Hodgkinson on a night out. Upon release Jacob was approached by James’s parents; this is when Jacob realised he needed to turn his life around.

He met James’s parents during a restorative justice meeting. Jacob now speaks about how his life spiralled out of control and how this meeting brought him back from the brink. In March 2016 James’s parents and Jacob also took part in the ITV programme “Meeting my Enemy” where they discussed the restorative justice meeting.

Jacob now studies criminology at University. He has volunteered and worked across both public and private sectors in the criminal justice sector and the wider community. Jacob and Joan (James’s mum) are setting up a campaign called One Punch to talk about the dangers of a single hit.

Holly Tarquini

Holly Tarquini


Holly Tarquini began her career in television, spending 10 years in London as an independent Producer/Director for documentaries and factual entertainment programmes. After a sojourn in India, setting up and running a guest house for yoga students, she moved to the West Country.

The multi-tasking skills learned in broadcast media, combined with haggling and negotiation talents honed in India, proved a winning combination for running a film festival; she has spent the last 5 years increasing the profile of Bath Film Festival, helping to achieve the organisation’s aim of becoming an ‘outstanding film festival’. In 2014, Holly founded the F-Rating, a new feminist film rating that aims to highlight films made by and featuring women, which is now rolling out across the UK.

The Event

On November the 16th, 2016, We were privileged to welcome 1,400 people to Bath’s beautiful Forum for TEDxYouth@Bath2016. Our thanks to students, teachers, and speakers for attending. We’ve left some of your wonderful comments below.

“I feel inspired by these people. I want to be in a generation that comes up with big ideas that can make a difference; that can solve big problems facing our planet. We can be a generation that unites the world and solves difficulties if we just listen to the small ideas that quiet people have.”
Student

“I can’t wait to see where life takes me, and I’m satisfied and content with the fact that the future is unknown to me – it makes it all the more exciting! I’m looking at all the 1,000s of people around me who are my age, and I’m in awe already of what we will all achieve. The future is bright!”
Student

I feel like, too often, our generation is cast off for our social activism and idealism. Today, our goals and dreams were confirmed as possibilities.
Student

Where to begin? What an amazing event TEDx Youth@Bath 2016 was.  All of the speakers were truly inspirational, and definitely had lots of good ideas worth sharing!
Teacher

We’re also delighted to share this piece of live art, drawn during the event by Alex Calkin.

tedx-live-drawing

The Venue

The_Forum_Bath
Bath has a vast trove of beautiful architecture, but there’s always a new old treasure to discover – The Forum isn’t part of the city’s heritage trail, but remains an incredible building. The former Art Deco cinema is administrated by Bath City Church.

Having opened its doors to the public as a cinema in 1934, this remarkable venue celebrated its 80th birthday in May 2014. The cinema remained in operation until 1969; the site was also a bingo hall and a dance school, but had fallen into disrepair before Bath City Church took the building over in 1989. The biggest venue in Bath, and third largest in the South West.

Today, The Forum represents a true reflection of typical Art Deco-era splendour including lacquered wood fixtures and fittings and gold-leafed flourishes all subtly vying for your attention. In the elegant auditorium, the iconic green cinema seats offer a spacious, luxurious audience experience.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support 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.

TEDx (x = independently organised event)
The ‘x’ indicates that this is an event organised independently of TED, but in the same spirit. A TEDx is a local program of self organised events that bring people together in a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, speakers gather to spark deep discussion and connection within a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised (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 it is what interests and inspires you 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

Sponsors

Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Creativity, culture and enterprise – that’s what Bath Spa University is all about. Whether you want to study arts, humanities, sciences or social sciences, you’ll find a creative approach in what we teach and how we teach it. We are a connected and creative community where you’ll be inspired to learn!

Website: www.bathspa.ac.uk

University of Bath

University of Bath

“It still amazes me how much you have the chance to get involved with at Bath. Not only is at a world class university, it also offers you the opportunity to get involved in what it is you love doing” – Harry, School of Management

Website: www.bath.ac.uk

EDUSERV

EDUSERV

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

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

Website: www.eduserv.org.uk

Connell Guides

Connell Guides

Connell Guides is a small, independent publisher founded by Jolyon Connell – also founder of The Week magazine – that specialises in guide books to history and classic works of literature. Our guides are quite different from any other educational guides on the market; they are written by leading academics who have spent years studying the subject they cover. Concise, lively and accessible, Connell Guides give students the chance to benefit from the kind of expertise and knowledge usually only found in top academic circles.

Website: www.connellguides.com

Suited & Booted

Suited & Booted

We are a film and video production company founded in 1999 by Sara Strickland and Chris Kemp. Between us we have over 65 years experience in film, video production, animation, motion graphics and digital photography. We offer a wide range of services including corporate videos, event filming, product demos, charity filming, internal communications videos, documentaries and social drama. We are one of the UK’s leading producers of science and technology films. At Suited and Booted Studios we listen, offer ideas and creative solutions, bring in the right skills and expertise for your project and work within budgets and to deadlines.

Website: www.suitedandbooted.org

Bath College Academy of Business

Bath College Academy of Business

Bath College Academy of Business Students are delighted to be part of the TedxYouth@Bath Event Team. This opportunity gives our students vital exposure and experience in event management, business management and customer services. We are grateful to the TedxYouth@Bath Team for providing training and support to the Academy.

Website: www.bathcollege.ac.uk

Forward Space

Forward Space

Forward Space pioneered co-working and shared workspace outside London. They own and manage workspaces for independent doers, thinkers and creators. They have spaces in central Bristol (Boxworks), Frome (The Old Church School) and are in the process of setting up in Taunton (Collar Factory) and Bath (Cwork).

Website: www.forwardspace.co.uk

Bath & North East Somerset Council

Bath & North East Somerset Council

The B&NES Council Arts Development team works to increase the number and range of people able to experience high quality arts events and activities throughout Bath and North East Somerset. We work directly with arts organisations and the public to achieve the ambitions of the Economy & Culture Service Plan and the Cultural & Creative Strategy 2015 – 2020.

Website: www.bathnes.gov.uk

James Dyson Foundation

James Dyson Foundation

Come and be challenged!
Interactive Science and Engineering challenges to inspire the engineers of the future.

Website: www.jamesdysonfoundation.co.uk

Haydens Bakery

Haydens Bakery

‘Delivering Naughtiness’ is our promise and the wonderful world of Haydens Bakery has been whisking, mixing, baking and sharing our tantalisingly good treats since 1976. Haydens Bakery started as a family business and we’ve never lost that original ethos of passion, dedication and pride in what we do.

Website: www.haydensbakery.co.uk

TEDx Youth@Bath 2016

Team

Charlotte Calkin

Charlotte Calkin

Charlotte attended her first TED conference in 2009 and has since been involved in many TED and TEDx events. She has organised TEDxYouth@Bath events in 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 watching it grow from 120 young people to 1600. Alongside being the curator of TEDxYouth@Bath, Charlotte is an Executive Coach and Restorative Justice Practitioner. She has been CEO of her own design business for 18 years. Charlotte will be attending the TEDSummit in Banff in 2016.

Julian Hussey

Julian Hussey

Julian is a 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 she dedicates what little spare time she has to design and website work with Bath Bespoke Web Design.

Caroline Taraskevics

Caroline Taraskevics

Caro has had a lot of jobs which don’t really amount to a conventional career. She 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; this involves taking care of animals, and smiling a lot at strangers who have come to stay at the B&B. She has also produced four amazing children, who had nothing whatsoever to do with this sentence.