First Look: TEDx Stoke

“Ideas worth spreading.” That’s a strap line I can get on board with. TED Talks have been making great ideas accessible for over 30 years now and on Saturday 3rd December, TED comes to Stoke-on-Trent.

The day will be held at my own stomping ground, Stoke Sixth Form College, and has been organised by Dave Murray who teaches English at Stoke SFC. The conference line up features speakers on all sorts of topics, from local projects to broader arts and technology themes but all under the umbrella theme of ‘Facing the Future.’ Here are a couple of talks that have caught my eye so far…

James Adams. It was James that told me about TED talks coming to Stoke in the first place, although he failed to mention that he’d been shortlisted as a speaker himself. ‘Kickstart your dreams: 99 doors but you only need 1’ will focus on his “golden rule for launching projects.” [That is a quote straight from the horse’s mouth, as it were!]

Sally Smith. Sally heads up Sanctus, an incredible organisation working tirelessly to support asylum seekers and refugees within our city. In ‘The Wealth of Nations,’ she will be drawing on her own experiences of working with Sanctus and how this work fits in with transforming our city.

Stewart McNicol. Stewart teaches English at Stoke SFC and I think he may have even taught my first A Level English Language taster lesson. His talk, entitled ‘Future Englishes’ will be exploring the intricacies and quirks of the English Language and what constitutes ‘correct English.’

Stoke-on-Trent is becoming more exciting by the minute, whether it’s authentic new businesses opening up in the cultural quarter or grassroots arts movements in Stoke town; TEDx Stoke will undoubtedly be an ideal forum to discuss the future of our city and keep the great ideas flowing…

Find tickets at http://tedxstoke.com/tickets/ 

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More information at : http://tedxstoke.com/

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