TEDxLoughborough: An independently organized TED event




"Caring for Tomorrow Today" (2014)

Session 1: "A right to protest, a heart to help"

  • Benjamin Nwabueze
  • Jo Costello
  • Bharti Patel
  • "Why Knowledge is the Lifeblood of Growth"

    Benjamin Nwabueze

    It has been said that in the age of information, ignorance is a choice. Join student Ben Nwabueze, as he tells us why knowledge is the lifeblood of growth.

    Benjamin Hero is a professional speaker that is passionate about knowledge in all aspects of personal growth such as nutrition, motivation and human behaviour. His style of speaking is "Motivation Through Knowledge" by giving people the knowledge to progress further in their life. Knowledge is water and passion is oxygen for Benjamin, he views them both as fundamental necessities in life. With his vast insight into personal growth, Benjamin always leaves the audience knowing more. He is on twitter @TheBenHero » External Profile

  • Jo Costello

    Three years on from the year of the Protestor, the movement has more momentum than ever. At TEDxLoughborough hear from one of the people leading an online movement to bring change. Jo Costello is founder of Ending Victimisation and Blame, hear how her organisation is making a difference.

    Ending Victimisation & Blame is a dynamic organisation dedicated to challenging and breaking down victim-blaming language across public, professional and media spheres. Our Training Manager, Jo Costello, has over 10 years’ experience of supporting families, children and young people affected by domestic and sexual violence. Working closely with external campaigns and organisations, Jo is a respected advocacy specialist with a proven track record in designing interventions that improve service user outcomes.

  • Bharti Patel

    It’s time to examine what we tolerate, every year thousands of children are trafficked and exploited, it’s time we put a stop to it, hear from Bharti Patel at TEDxLoughborough, as she outlines how ECPAT-UK are working to consign trafficking to history.

    Ms Bharti Patel is CEO of ECPAT UK, a children’s rights charity campaigning against child sexual exploitation and child trafficking. She has more than fifteen years’ experience in human rights issues, leading high-profile research, campaigning and advocacy organisations in the UK and India. Bharti’s achievements include successfully lobbying for Britain’s first-ever national minimum wage legislation and helping secure basic employment rights for low-paid and part-time workers in the UK. In India, she oversaw the organisational transformation of Svaraj (formerly Oxfam India Society), raising the visibility and credibility of its work on sustainable development issues, and strengthening food, water and livelihood security for vulnerable communities. An accomplished speaker and writer, Bharti has featured widely in the British print and broadcast media, including BBC Question Time and Channel 4 News, and is regularly quoted in articles on poverty, inequality, injustice, child trafficking and child protection.

Session 2: "It’s always our choice"

  • Barton Mathews
  • Jay Lakhani
  • Dori Kirchmair
  • Barton Mathews

    Why in the age of information, as we make and witness history on a daily basis are we unhappy? Listen to Barton Mathews at TEDxLoughborough as he breaks down the paradox of our age.

    I’m a 23 year old International Business student, here at Loughborough University. I love to travel and spend time meeting new people from different cultures. When not hosting radio shows, I write, ski, surf and learn Japanese.

  • Jay Lakhani

    Science and spirituality have been at odds for years, Come to TEDxLoughborough as Jay Lakhani explains why this has been one big misunderstanding, perhaps science can explain why humans are more than matter, perhaps the unanswered questions on spirituality can be explained by science.

    Jay Lakhani qualified as a theoretical physicist specialising in Quantum Mechanics. He spends his retirement exploring the links between cutting edge discoveries of modern physics with esoteric teachings of Hinduism. He is the first Hindu tutor appointed at Eton College.

  • Dori Kirchmair

    Are we more than we think we are? Perhaps we need to put down our phones, turn off our computers and get in touch with our authentic selves. At TEDxLoughborough, Dori Kirchmair, uses resonance to explain how we can do just that.

    Dori Kirchmair is trained in art & design, the environmental field, various complementary therapies and management coaching. She has worked for many years in project co-ordination, management & development in various fields in the private, public and voluntary sectors. A couple of years ago Dori followed a long held passion for writing and public speaking and has since shared her work across the UK - for more information please see her website: » External Profile

Session 3: "To wonder to discover"

  • Peter Codling
  • Gilbert Shama
  • Peter Codling

    Are the things that haven’t been changed in years the most challenging? Join Peter Codling at TEDxLoughborough as he reinvents one of the monuments of the Victorian age.

    A design professional, Peter Codling has worked on projects for Samsung, Ford and Hitachi and exhibited in Seoul, New Delhi and London. After acting as part of the team who designed the solution for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, he pursued a MA in Innovation Design Engineering at the RCA, winning the Panasonic silver medal for design and featuring in the national press for his major work ‘Le Penseur’. Peter Codling aims to disrupt traditional attitudes by reimagining products from first principles and is currently working in the New Product Innovation department at Dyson.

  • Gilbert Shama

    Forget swine flu, perhaps we need to spread more news about the most ignored and most important health fear. As our last bastion against infection falls, the need to find an alternative to antibiotics is more pressing than ever. Join renowned microbiologist Gilbert Shama at TEDxLoughborough as he outlines our best options in the fight against antibiotic resistance.

    Gilbert Shama is a lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University. He was educated at the universities of Manchester, Birmingham and London. His research interests lie at the interface of engineering and biology. These include investigations of physical methods for inactivating harmful microbes associated with foods and healthcare environments. In recent years he has been researching the history of the development of penicillin.

Session 4: "To predict the future, invent it"

  • Joy Carey
  • Robin de Jongh
  • "Reshaping the food system: what cities can do"

    Joy Carey

    We want to eat well and be well in the future, but the current food system is not fit for purpose. At TEDxLoughborough on the 22nd, Joy Carey explains how cities can reshape the food system to meet our needs.

    Joy Carey works as an independent Sustainable Food Systems consultant. She is author of ‘Who Feeds Bristol? Towards a resilient food plan’ (2011): a baseline report that has informed the development of the Bristol Good Food Plan. She has also co-produced a 35 min documentary film, ‘Local Food Roots’ (2013), about the emergence, achievements and challenges of the UK local food movement since 1990.

  • Robin de Jongh

    Something amazing has happened in the tech world. The Open Source philosophy has made the jump from digital to physical, and our world will never be the same again. Join Robin at TEDxLoughborough to know more about the future of manufacturing with 3D printing.

    Robin de Jongh is an observer of what is, so that he might sneak a peak at what might be. Like the Ent in Tolkien's story he believes that the world will be what it is, rather than what we assert it to be, and that by careful observation and dispassionate appraisal we can make sense of the present in order to learn the truth about our future. He writes a blog at robindejongh.com.» External Profile

"Painting Humanity" (2013)

Session 1: "Lessons from Past"

  • Dr Thomas F. Thornton
  • Jun Liu Quan
  • "Ecology Lessons from Indigenous Cultures"

    Dr Thomas F. Thornton

    Modern societies are aware of tribal communities that survive in nature away from industrial civilization, however what they often don’t question is HOW? Many tribes have strived to sustain their social-ecological worlds through intricate, locally-appropriate means of cultivation. The complex spiritual and philosophical relationships of tribal cultures have resulted in uniquely integrative relationships between humans and nature. Our first guest speaker Dr. Thomas Thornton will discuss this inspirational tribal attitude towards nature and will also provide an insight on how MODERN societies can learn from their models of engagement with nature.

    Dr Thornton is trained in social and cultural anthropology. He has worked as a consultant for the government as an environmental resource specialist, as well as for Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute as a director of MSc Environmental Change and Management. To know more about him please see the link to his profile below.» External Profile

  • "The Tao, Nature and Life"

    Jun Liu Quan

    Drawing upon his expertise and personal experiences, Shifu Quan Jun Liu investigates how people benefit from nature. As modern societies are becoming increasingly distant from nature, with some researchers correlating this distance to an increase in illness and stress-related diseases, Jun Liu Quan will talk about how MARTIAL ARTS and CHINESE MEDICINE can help maintain balance and harmony.

    Jun Liu Quan is the director of Taijicircle school, a twentieth generation teacher of the Chen Taiji and a practitioner of Chinese traditional medicine. Since 2001, Shifu has been teaching in UK a variety of martial arts and traditional Chinese healing. In China, Shifu participated in variety of competitions holding a gold medal for competitive kung fu and two gold medals for hand and sword form Chen Taiji. Jun Liu Quan has a wide experience of coaching as well as being an accredited Taiji competition judge.» External Profile

Session 2: "Groups and Individuals"

  • Claud Williams
  • Rachel Hills
  • Caleb Storkey
  • "Why I Make Friends with Strangers"

    Claud Williams

    Through out our life time we have the opportunity to form thousands of connections with the people around, but everyday we let those opportunities slip away. Claud will be sharing his experiences of life changing relationships which he formed with people he didn't know, how he did it and why you should do the same.

    A successful businessman that started his media company Starlight Imagery, when he was just an undergraduate at Loughborough University. Currently Claud and his team are working on a new business, The Creative Circle. The Creative Circle provides media services such as photography, video and graphic design for businesses.» External Profile

  • "Understanding the Sex Myth"

    Rachel Hills

    Turn on the TV or head to the Daily Mail online, and you could be forgiven for thinking we live in an age of unprecedented sexual hedonism, fuelled by teen sexting, pornography, and The Only Way Is Essex. But the reality of young people’s sex lives looks very different. In this engaging and thought-provoking talk, Rachel Hills introduces the Sex Myth: the modern Western philosophy of sexuality that ties our identity and value to what we do in the bedroom, with anxiety and inflated expectations as the result.

    Rachel Hills is an Australian writer living in the heart of England – London. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, The Spectator, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, NYmag.com and more, and her blog, Musings of An Inappropriate Woman, has more than 50,000 subscribers around the globe. Rachel’s book, The Sex Myth, will be published internationally in 2014.» External Profile

  • "How to Learn from Fear & Failure to Find Success"

    Caleb Storkey

    Failure is a subject people dislike talking about, but it is something that everyone experiences at some point in life. Those that learn to grow through their mistakes, and move away from unhealthy fears, find the greatest levels of success. In a passionate, engaging and refreshingly honest talk, Caleb Storkey shares from his personal experiences the key ingredients we all need to succeed.

    Caleb Storkey is a London based entrepreneur, speaker and writer. Initially Caleb had an 8 year career in the West End, afterwards setting up a gospel band and starting to tour the UK with his band. In the middle of the tour, Caleb accidentally stumbled on the idea of buying cheap houses in Manchester. As a result Caleb ended up being CEO of a £6m business with 50 staff. During the Credit Crunch, Caleb’s business was lost due to difficulties of funding. Caleb decided to take a positive attitude to failure and understand the causes of failing. This experience led Caleb into setting up another business of giving talks sharing his experience and using his insights to coach and consult.» External Profile

Session 3: "Human Environment"

  • Alistair Gibb
  • Dr Cheryl Travers
  • "Health & Safety on an Olympic Scale"

    Alistair Gibb

    Health and safety is an important effort to protect human health and life from unnecessary threats; even though it can be seen as boring and bureaucratic, it grows from a long struggle to protect human life. Professor Gibb, who has worked with the health and safety team at the London 2012 Olympics, talks about the practical side of health and safety showing how H&S can be vital and exciting(!).

    Since the Mid 1990s Professor Gibb has been closely involved with the European Construction Institute; mainly as Project Director of its Safety, Health and Environment task force. He has led many health and safety research projects funded both by Government and industry, served on the London 2012 health and safety legacy steering group and led several research projects on the Olympic Park construction. He also has an impressive research track record in technical innovation – particularly in offsite construction. He is a founding member of the influential UK industry body ‘Buildoffsite’, and has led a number of overseas trade missions.» External Profile

  • "Machiavellian's Guide to Empathy"

    Dr Cheryl Travers

    In the often cut throat, challenging and competive world of work, we often forget the human element. As well as buildings, equipment, structures and finances, organisations consist fundamentally of people with have an innate need to be understood. On the one hand, if we take the time and effort to care and be understanding, we can reap the rewards for others and ourselves, but on the other hand, it makes great business sense! Cheryl Travers investigates the nature, role and 'art' of this word that is increasingly on peoples' lips - empathy! With a special focus on empathy at work, she will outline ways that we can enhance our empathic potential in an frequently uncaring organisational arena.

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Session 4: "In Hope"

  • Joanna Bryson
  • Chris Butler-Stroud
  • Alexandros Pamnani
  • "Robots with Human Faces"

    Joanna Bryson

    Robots with human faces are being created right now. But should they be? Does a robot need a face? What are the consequences of human faces, animal faces, or human or animal emotional expressions on a robot? Dr. Bryson will explain what we are trying to achieve when we make robots appear human, and what the consequences might be for our society, how we treat each other, and how we treat the robots.

    Joanna Bryson heads the Intelligent Systems group at The University of Bath, where she is a Reader in Computer Science. She researches both Artificial and Natural Intelligence, with an emphasis on cognitive systems, particularly action selection, task learning, emotions, primate intelligence and the evolution of human culture. Her interests in artificial and natural intelligence have recently converged in the area of ethics, where she publishes both on the ethical role of robots in human society, and on the evolution of human social structure and our propensity to contribute to the public good.» External Profile

  • "Rights to Whales and Dolphins: Necessity or Exaggeration?"

    Chris Butler-Stroud

    Dolphins and whales are the MOST human-like creatures in the ocean. Like man, they have intelligence, language, self-awareness and complex bahaviours. Chris Butler-Stroud, says and we quote: “We advocate for treating dolphins and whales as 'non-human persons' and protecting them with law”. He will present a very alluring case to why dolphins should be accepted as sapient beings.

    Chris Butler-Stroud is the representative of WDCS, one of the few UK organisations that signed the Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans (i.e dolphins and whales. Whale and Dolphin Conversation Society (WDCS), the leading global charity established in 1987, has been striving and constantly advocating the importance of the protection of whales and dolphins for over 2 decades. Chris Butler-Stroud joined WDCS in 1992 as a researcher for the fledgling organisation, working particularly on whaling issues. In 1999 he became the CEO of WDCS. Since then, he has led the organisation in building capacity and competence in all aspects of cetacean conservation and protection around the world. Chris has responsibilities for the family of WDCS organisations across the globe and sits on the Boards of WDCS Germany, USA and Australia.» External Profile

  • "What I Learned from the London Riots"

    Alexandros Pamnani

    Why do we carry out the actions we do every day? Our achievements in technology have seen us being able to explore life forms on planets millions of miles away. Whilst we have advanced in science, have we developed the strengths of humanity? Alexandros will be discussing the powerful capacity of humanity through his unusual background, exploring why our future will be determined upon our ability to understand society as humans.

    Alex is a young and very ambitious Loughborough University student with an unusual life story. He has used his life experiences and insights to set up Future4all after the riots broke out in London and across the UK in the summer of 2011. He says: “I formed Future4all after the London riots to help the majority of innocent and hard-working youngsters in London as a positive reaction to quell all the negative headlines”. Alex is also the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) Young Engineer of 2012, the Vocational Qualification Learner of 2011 and has received the Spirit of London Achievement through Education 2012 from the Prime Minister himself, Mr. David Cameron.» External Profile