Wow! We did it – last Thursday 1,500 people attended TEDxYouth@Bath, and it was amazing. We want to say an enormous TEDx thank you to all our extraordinary speakers who gave us such an amazing day full of surprises, emotion, thoughtfulness, inspiration, challenges and ideas: thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity and your bravery. We can only pay you in gratitude and the extraordinary feedback we are getting: we will be passing all that along soon so watch this space!
Our biggest thank you is to everyone who came as a participant: you made the day what it was by opening yourselves to what you heard, by being engaged, by responding to our speakers, and by getting involved in the activities organised at lunchtime. We have so much fantastic feedback from you already on your bunting, in your poems and words, your vlogs and your messages – keep it coming, we’d love to hear from everyone.
As if this TEDx wasn’t exciting enough, we are thrilled to announce a performance from The Beatbox Collective as part of TEDxYouth@Bath 2016. If you don’t know what that is likely to entail, pay their site a visit here and watch some of their videos to whet your appetite.
Our competition was to invite 16-18 year olds to talk about their own ‘idea worth spreading’ in a 5 minute TEDtalk.
We thought maybe a few brave individuals would apply but we have been astonished by the number and quality of thoughtful, generous entries from the students on a diverse range of topics:-
why we need to teach philosophy in schools, why single sex schools don’t work in this age of gender fluidity, how having cerebral palsy doesn’t hold you back and several on how to be yourself and not succumb to peer pressure as well as entrepreneurs and activists.
Our event is called You Make A Difference and judging by these competition entries this generation of young people will do just that.
The winner will be announced next Monday and will be joining this illustrious lot!
Frank Gardner OBE BBC Security Correspondent
Stephanie Millward Paralympian Gold Medallist
Aimee Ansari (flying in from the refugee camps in Greece) Director of Translators without Borders
Steven Appleby Acclaimed author and Guardian cartoonist
Ashley Kolaya TEDEd Director (flying in from TED)
Sarah Corbett Craftivist Collective founder
Jacob Dunne One Punch Activist “Meeting My Enemy”
Anna Freeman fabulous slap poet and author
Col John Blashford-Snell OBE Founder of Raleigh International, 80 year old renowned explorer
Bath’s own Holly Tarquini and international vlogger charlieissocoollike (he of 685,000 followers on Twitter and counting!)
And the Beat Box Collective the UK’s Beat Box Champions!
1st – 9th October
Speaking of Young Adult fiction, Bath Festivals have pulled out all the stops to ensure there is a fantastic line-up of Young Adult authors over the nine-day Bath Children’s Literature Festival next month. Bestselling author Malorie Blackman returns to Bath for an exclusive in-conversation event with radio presenter Simon Mayo. YouTube star Oli White discusses his debut novel Generation Next. The prize-winning author of The Book of Dead Days, Marcus Sedgwick makes a rare UK appearance. And Cecelia Ahern joins Sophie Kinsella to introduce their YA debuts. Plus, celebrate our YA day on Saturday 8 October with a special ticket offer of five selected events for £20!
See the full programme and book tickets at www.bathfestivals.org.uk
Our speaker Jess Ridgers is a passionate human-centred designer. This means putting the user at the forefront of the design process: Jess is interested in understanding how people interact with products and how their behaviour and needs can be translated into product designs.
Jess discovered her passion for inclusive design when working with occupational therapists at the Evelina Children’s Hospital in London, seeing the opportunity to bridge the gap between insight and problem solving. Jess graduated with a degree in Product Design in 2013 and now works as a Product Designer for national, Bath-based charity, Designability. Her role is to research and design products for people living with various health conditions, focusing on unmet need. Her current work includes: a prompting device to support people with dementia through everyday tasks; the controls of an autonomous vehicle for older people; a reminder alarm for people with memory problems; and a medication reminder device for children with challenging health conditions.
Jess believes design thinking is a powerful tool which could help everyone be effective problem solvers. She not only represents Designability (formerly known as the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering and a great Bath success story), she also grew up in Midsomer Norton.
Home – Designability
Fiction written specifically for young adults is one of the fastest growing genres in publishing. This month’s Goodread’s newsletter is devoted to the latest young adult fiction, featuring writers as diverse as J.K.Rowling, with a book of short stories from Hogwarts, to James Dashner, with the latest in his Maze Runner series. Young adult fiction comes in all forms, but often has a protagonist in the age group of the target readers, someone to identify with. Is that what you look for in a novel? The newsletter features crime, a tale of growing up in North Korea, a story set in the aftermath of 9/11, sexual violence, and, of course, fantasy. You can view the Goodreads newsletter here and even sign up to be a member and receive monthly updates on the latest books to hit the shelves.
Not many people get to survive being shot 6 times at close range. Frank Gardner, a TV reporter for BBC News, is one of the few who have. In 2004 he and his cameraman Simon were ambushed by terrorists while filming in Saudi Arabia. Simon was killed and Frank survived with extensive injuries. He later returned to work, reporting for TV, radio and online on international security, terrorism and events in the Middle EasA fluent Arabic speaker, Frank chose Arabic & Islamic Studies for his degree at Exeter University, a course that included a memorable year in Cairo. He went on to live with the Bedouin in Jordan before running a bank in Bahrain then working in Dubai as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent. He says he has been lucky enough to visit every Arab country except Mauritania and his fascination with the region continues today.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. His Sunday Times bestseller ‘Blood and Sand’, describes his 25 years of Middle Eastern experiences. His second book ‘Far Horizons’ is all about exotic travel destinations like Socotra and Djibouti. ‘Crisis’, his first novel and a bestselling spy thriller, was published in summer 2016.
This year we have decided to give our student attendees the opportunity to get involved too! The lunch break will be an hour long and there will be loads of things to do. We are taking over the ballroom space in The Forum with a whole range of activities. The Dyson Foundation are bringing a selection of creative engineering challenges for you to try. Two of our speakers have inspired us – the Craftivist Collective have inspired us to give you all a crafty challenge & we can’t have charlieissocoollike without setting up a vlogging booth. Our poet speaker is going to help us hold a poetry slam. We will have our traditional TEDx bunting for you to decorate and we will then be hanging it around Bath. Send yourself a TEDx postcard to remind yourself how you intend to make a difference 🙂
LOADS to do – if you are a student we will give you lunch so that you don’t have to miss out on any of the activities!
Don’t forget that you will also get the opportunity to meet all our speakers during the lunch break. They will be in the upstairs foyer at The Forum.
12th August is International Youth Day, designated by the UN in 1989 to highlight its work to uphold the rights of young people and seek their engagement and leadership. Something we at TEDxYouth@Bath thoroughly approve of! We wouldn’t even be running our event if we didn’t recognise the challenges – good and bad – that young people face in determining their place in the world and how they might change it. As we announce our speakers this summer, we hope you will see that we are trying to put together the richest and most varied programme we can. So why not mark International Youth Day 2016 by following us on Twitter or liking our Facebook page to be sure of the most up-to-date news about our event on 17th November?
Charlie McDonnell is better known as charlieissocoollike. We are so delighted to welcome him to the TEDxYouth@Bath where he will be giving his first TEDx talk. Charlie McDonnell is a Vlogger, Filmmaker and Musician who hails from Bath, Charlie attended Beechen Cliff School.
Charlieissocoollike currently has 2.3m subscribers and Charlie has 686k twitter followers, 201k on Instagram and 313k Facebook followers. 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.
Charlie is publishing a new book in the Autumn entitled: Fun Science: A Guide To Life, The Universe And Why Science Is So Awesome as a follow on from his hugely popular vlogs on Science. His blog on sound has had over 3 million views.
We can’t wait to hear his talk and welcome Charlie back in his home city.