10 August, 2009

On Friday afternoon Richard and I went along to TEDx Liverpool. If you haven’t encountered these events before it’s all about ‘ideas worth spreading’. This is their slogan. TED stands for ‘technology’, ‘design’ and ‘education’ but as the events have gained momentum, the subject matter has become much wider.

Over the years TED has attracted a number of noteworthy speakers including Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Sir Richard Branson, Bono and many more. The format is a mixture of video footage and live speakers and the audience has the opportunity to ask questions.

Friday’s theme was creativity and it was fascinating. Talks ranged from the future of technology, the powerful relationship between creative thinking and play, social journalism and Arduino – a clever gadget that can help you create interactive objects. Perhaps the most thought provoking and surprising part was Sir Ken Robinson’s video on how schools kill creativity (see above). As an ex-teacher, it certainly made me think.

There are lots more TEDx events taking place in the north over the next couple of months. For the programmes visit www.tedxnorth.com. If you get the chance go along. You won’t be disappointed. Make sure you book in advance though as places are snapped up very quickly.

Further reading:

TED – www.ted.com
TEDx – www.tedx.com
TEDx Liverpool – www.tedxnorth.com/liverpool09/
Twitter Hashtag – #TEDxlp
Blog Post and Video by Sarah Hartley – http://sarahhartley.wordpress.com

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