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!