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All change – and for the good!

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The second TEDxTotnes is well and truly happening! Tickets all sold out on the day they went live last week without any mention of the speaker line-up, which proves the strength of the TED brand and the value placed on its events.

A selection of fascinating speakers will entertain, inspire and provoke deep discussions to the 100-strong audience at The Barn Cinema in Dartington, on the theme of ‘Change’ and what that means to them. And to us, the local community. For the first time, the event on May 12th will be streamed live to KEVICC and the wonderful, newly restored Totnes Cinema so that students, teachers, and all those people unlucky enough not to get a ticket, can share and connect with this exciting event.

Living in Totnes, we know that Change is a theme close to many hearts. There are some amazing people and businesses here working hard to bring positive change to the local economy, the wider community and hopefully the world through their connections and by sharing their experiences.

One such business is The Kitchen Table, who, for the second time, will be catering at the TEDxTotnes event. Based in Totnes, The Kitchen Table was established in 2011 and has catered for many weddings, business lunches, family feasts, celebrations, funerals and community events since. They focus on using the best of local ingredients, often bought directly from the producer or grower, cooked with imagination and flair. The Kitchen Table are excited to be working with us again, commenting: “We catered the first TEDxTotnes event using ingredients donated to us by local businesses – it was a hard slog and a huge success. We are looking forward to this next one!”

The Kitchen Table will be coordinating the catering along with Food in Community, a social enterprise that rescues surplus organic produce and distributes it to community groups and organisations.  Their ethos perfectly matches the ideology and principles of TEDxTotnes, bringing people together in a community to share and inspire each other.  They ingredients for the event will be donated by Riverford, Tideford Organics and The Almond Thief – another three successful and sustainable local businesses.

The staff and students of Schumacher College, Dartington will also be donating their time and energy to the day – again a perfect fit for TEDxTotnes 2017 and its theme of Change.

Schumacher College has an enviable reputation for cutting-edge learning and people from all over the world, of all ages and backgrounds, have been informed, inspired and encouraged to act, by their 25 years of transformative courses for sustainable living.

Just like we want to do on May 12, the college’s aims are, “to inspire, challenge and question ourselves as co-inhabitants of the world, to ask the questions we all struggle to find answers to and to find sound knowledge, intuition and wonder in our search for solutions.”

Things are changing fast and often incomprehensibly in our local and global worlds. A day spent thinking about how it affects us, what it means to us, and what we as individuals and a wider community can do, will be hugely valuable.