What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxLoughborough, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxLoughborough event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

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TEDxLoughborough 2015 A Road Less Travelled

The quest for a multidiscplinary theme that can encompass a wide range of topics, be unique and tailored to the expectations of the dynamic community in Loughborough took multiple routes towards a final decision. Many questions have been asked along the way and this is the phrase that answered all of them. It represents the link between the remote past and the foreseeable future, within which we play an ultimate role: plant ideas in rich soil and make changes in people’s lives. And if they will aim high, the world will reap the benefits of their ambitious actions.

Sometimes, doing things in the same traditional way can be daunting for highly energetic individuals and limit the potential of specific ideas. At TEDxLoughborough, we therefore wish to explore innovation through alternative ways of thinking and acting about the present, and also become an active voice in the global TEDx movement.

David Roberts


Life after Death by PowerPoint
Developed an alternative way of using the world's number one teaching platform - PowerPoint - so it no longer causes dread and derision - or Death by PowerPoint. David's  method is to feed your ears with words and your eyes with art forms. He uses very large, very high quality images that talk to students and tell stories - because a picture's worth a thousand words. He then reduces text quantities to a bare minimum so slides aren't overwhelming and repetitive. He has turned PowerPoint into an award-winning communication tool that students really engage with, and he wants to share this development with the wider student body. There really can be Life after Death by PowerPoint.

Alex Bradley


Mind Your Language
A look into how the mainstream media negatively impacts disability and how this trickles down to employers and the general public’s view on the subject. Through examples of media coverage to case studies to twitter reactions, a worrying pattern starts to emerge. Can this be changed? Or is it something that has to be accepted as a part of society which we will never fully understand. In the talk I hope to challenge views held on the subject and why it is important for all of us to mind our language.

Patrick Jordan


Verve: The Key to Success in Life and Work
The most successful and happy people have ‘verve’. Verve is about living life with energy, enthusiasm and spirit. My research has shown that these are the qualities that lead to maximum effectiveness and wellbeing in all areas of life. People with verve take control of their lives, have a clear vision for what they want to achieve, and go after it with determination, intelligence and flexibility. They inspire those around them and make connections that enrich their own lives and those of others.

Is Verve something anyone can adopt in order to be successful and happy?

The answer is yes, and I will explain in my talk how living with verve involves adopting five guiding principles. I will show how they lead to achievement and wellbeing and how to apply them in your own lives.


Huw Edwards


A Road Less Traded
Trade – with our neighbours, as well as those further away – is a longstanding part of human activity. The desire to open up new trade routes and profit from exchanging goods and ideas, and sharing tasks between peoples with different skill sets, has been a major motivation for exploration and the development of transport connections. According to the media, we live in an era of ‘globalisation’, yet economic analysis shows that people trade far less with those outside their own national borders than we would expect based upon distance and transport costs alone. The question among policymakers (unlike the public and media) is why we are still so unglobalised, or why national borders still seem to matter so much. The policy response has been increasing moves to remove and overcome regulatory barriers to trade, in the process limiting more and more national freedom of action. Yet results have been generally undramatic. Why is this? Is more action required to bring global integration? The alternative view is that we have forgotten the role of time. Developing trading networks to take advantage of opportunities is not a quick process, and the effects of past integration may not have fully worked through as yet.

Karen Coopman


Mass Producing Stem Cells: It’s Manufacturing But Not As You Know It
Traditional drugs often don’t provide a cure but simply hide the symptoms of a disease or injury. Regenerative medicine overcomes this by replacing or regenerating cells, tissue or organs in order to help the body fix its self and regain normal function. In this way we have the potential to treat a wide range of different conditions from spinal cord injury through to diabetes. However, many of these treatments rely on us being able to grow large numbers of stem cells and that is easier said than done. Join Dr. Karen Coopman as she talks about how stem cell based therapies are actually made and some of the progress being made towards their mass productionTraditional drugs often don’t provide a cure but simply hide the symptoms of a disease or injury. Regenerative medicine overcomes this by replacing or regenerating cells, tissue or organs in order to help the body fix its self and regain normal function. In this way we have the potential to treat a wide range of different conditions from spinal cord injury through to diabetes. However, many of these treatments rely on us being able to grow large numbers of stem cells and that is easier said than done. Join Dr. Karen Coopman as she talks about how stem cell based therapies are actually made and some of the progress being made towards their mass production.

Uri Gordon


Collapse and Liberation: Politics at the Peak of the Anthropocene
What if the long-term prospect for industrial civilization is not stabilisation, but a drawn-out collapse? In this talk I argue that this scenario is widely accepted today, even if not vocally admitted. Global capitalism and its puppet governments will never abandon their path of growth and profit, and the pattern of inaction on climate change and habitat destruction is most likely to continue. Those who act for social justice should therefore abandon any naïve expectation that the world’s rich and powerful countries will turn away from the path towards ecological disaster. But this does not mean resignation and passivity. Instead, we must think of ways to turn collapse into a process of liberation, yielding more – rather than less – freedom and equality.

LSU Tuxedo Swing


Swing is not dead
LSU Tuxedo Swing is made up of Loughborough University students and regularly play in the Leicestershire area. We play a range of music from Big Band standards through to funky numbers like 'The Chicken'. To most people, these styles belong to a bygone era but we hope you will witness that they are still alive and relevant today

Jim Shields


Why the World Needs Professional Creatives Now
Give yourself permission to start. Be specific. Be good. In what seems like an explosion of creative businesses recently, Jim helps creative businesses and freelancers clarify what they need to get customers to part with large amounts of money for what seems to most people like colouring in for a living. He has a lot to say about handling clients, and when to take the idea off the table. The key is education – make sure you have a logical, robust process that solves problems and you’ll always be able to defend your creative decisions. In fact – he’d go one further than that, and encourage you to develop a cause. A crusade against the mediocre. Join him. If only because he looks a little silly in that ridiculous helmet all on his own…

Sam Ruddock


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FLIX Student Cinema
Cope Auditorium
Epinal Way
Loughborough
LE11 3TU

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02.05.2015
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TEDxLoughborough 2013

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  2. Alexandros Pamnani: What I Learned from the London Riots
  3. Rachel Hills: Understanding the Sex Myth
  4. Cheryl Travers: The Machiavellian’s Guide to Empathy
  5. Chris Butler-Stroud: Rights for Whales & Dolphins, Necessity or Exaggeration
  6. Alistair Gibb: Health and Safety on an Olympic Scale

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