TEDx Totnes

Author: Olivia Palmer

6 weeks already – TEDxTotnes talks are LIVE!

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It has been just over 6 weeks since TEDxTotnes took over The Barn Cinema. It was a truly inspirational day thanks to our fantastic speakers and a wonderfully engaged and responsive audience.

Since then a lot has been happening behind the scenes and we thought you’d enjoy an update.

TEDxTotnes now available online. If you haven’t seen them yet, find out what all the excitement was about.

Jon & Mat Price’s talk, How shame made us Proud2Be was shortlisted by TEDx. Every week TEDx pick their top selection of TEDx talks from around the Globe to circulate to their 3million+ YouTube subscribers. Last week it was Jon & Mat and their talk has now reached over 2000 views!

They’re in the 1000’s! Benjamin Mee’s talk and Claire and Ru Callender’s talk are proving a real hit on YouTube. If you haven’t seen them they are inspirational and both could have a profound effect on the way we do things now. Definitely worth watching!

Caspar Walsh’s TEDx talk was in the National Press! Many thanks to Caspar Walsh who wrote a piece, which was published in the Guardian and cited his TEDxTotnes talk. You can read it here.

As you can see, a lot has been going on and now it’s time to focus on the future. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of the next TEDxTotnes please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for your continued support.

Wow! Over 1050 people watched TEDxTotnes from 23 different countries!

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One week on and the team are still buzzing from what was an amazing TEDxTotnes.

I knew we were on to a winner as I stood up to introduce the ‘first ever TEDxTotnes’ and a wonderful whoop emerged from the audience so thank you, it was a feeling I will never forget.

The Barn was a wonderful venue, intimate and inclusive. As you may or may not know we are limited by TEDx to 100 attendees on the day and as you probably do know, we sold out in under 10 hours. BUT what you definitely won’t know until now is that on the day we were joined by 1067 other people via our livestream.

1067 people from 23 countries. This is truly amazing!!!

Countries included: UK, Ireland, United States, Germany, Spain, Japan, Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, UAE, Sri Lanka, Brazil, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Greece, Hong Kong, Poland, Austria, China, Lithuania and Sweden! Wow, simply WOW!

I think it’s safe to say that Totnes and it’s TEDx speakers are firmly hitting the Global map and to secure this Defacto Film are working hard to edit the content so we can get the talks online and live for you to watch again, circulate and help show the world what an amazing place we live in.

So what’s next?

We are now working hard with Defacto Film to edit the content and create our first TEDxTotnes online talks. We will let you know as soon as the talks go live so you can watch your favorites again. Please forward this email to anyone who you feel may be interested in watching the videos so they can sign up for updates.

Join the #30days challenge

If you haven’t started already you still have time to join our #30days challenge.

During TEDxTotnes we showed Matt Cutts TED talk. A wonderful 3 minute talk that demonstrates how by doing something in 30 days or for 30 days you can achieve more, feel better, live more vibrantly.

We challenged our TEDx audience and now we’d like to challenge you to do something. You still have 21 days left. What could you do in #30days? Write a book? A poem? Swim 10 miles? Run 20? Have a go and tweet us using #30days.

TEDxTotnes 2016…

Do you know any companies or organisations who would like to help us bring TEDxTotnes to you again in 2016? We are looking for sponsors for 2016 so please do forward this to anyone who would like to be associated with this exciting event.

Once again, thank you for showing an interest in TEDxTotnes. It was a huge success and it will be our pleasure to bring it to Totnes again in 2016.

Warm regards

The TEDxTotnes Team

#30days challenge….join in!

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At TEDxTotnes we showed Matt Cutts TED talk.

Matt spent a year doing something different for 30 days. He wrote a book in 30 days, gave up sugar for 30 days, did a triathlon in 30 days and many many more things. His suggestion is that if you do something for just 30 days (or in 30 days) you experience more of life. Whether you like it or not the next 30 days are going to pass so why not do something for that 30 days?

So, we challenged our audience to try something for 30 days. Either do one thing a day for 30 days, such as write a poem a day or watch a TED talk a day or achieve something in 30 days, run 20 miles, give up chocolate, write a selection of poems. Whatever you fancy but give it a go.

So do join us. What could you do for #30days? Tweet us pictures, updates, frustrations, inspirations and we’ll retweet and join in.

On the 8th November at 19:00 we’ll all gather together on twitter and see who did what.

Go on, give it a shot! There are still 21 days left!!

Good Luck.

BREAKING NEWS: We’re live-streaming!!!

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We are delighted to announce that we are going to be live-streaming this Friday via our TEDxTotnes website.

If you missed out on tickets or simply want to dip in and out of the talks please visit our website between 09:30 and 17:00 and you will be able to see our talks and performances all of which are taking place in the Barn Cinema, Dartington.

The programme can be seen here: http://www.tedxtotnes.com/about/programme-timings/

We hope you enjoy it!

The TEDxTotnes Team

That performance that blows your socks off…

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Today we had our first rehearsals for our speakers and performers in The Barn Cinema, Dartington. The speaker team, the tech team and our morning speakers and performers gathered to rehearse their talks.

It was wonderful and I’m not just talking about the content. The most humbling part of this event and I’m certain every TEDx event is that each and every speaker has put an enormous amount of time, energy and passion into their talks.

It reminds me that whether you agree or disagree with our speakers on friday we are lucky enough to live in a world where people are willing to share their ideas on an open platform. We are lucky enough to have freedom of speech!

At TEDx events speakers are willing to lay themselves and their ideas bare for others to listen, question and debate.

It is a risky position to place yourself in, it makes our speakers vulnerable, open to critique and also open to praise but regardless of what the outcome or response the fact is that they are doing it and I for one take my hat of to them.

If you can’t make it on Friday, watch live via our website: www.tedxtotnes.com

Guest Blog: Sima from The Kitchen Table

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Next month The Kitchen Table is catering the very first TEDx talks in Totnes. We’re so excited to have been invited to be a part of this fantastic event – some amazing speakers are coming to Dartington and in collaboration with the very best producers and suppliers in Totnes, we are making a sumptuous lunch for guests, speakers and performers on the day.

With fruit, veg, dairy and some larder ingredients from Riverford, bread from Seeds2Bakery, mayo and eggs from Laydilay and delicious mushrooms from GroCycle we are going to make soups, salads and cake. Tea and coffee is coming from Plymouth Tea and Owens Coffee and soft drinks from Luscombe’s so everyone attending will be well fed and watered.

The theme ‘In our Hands’ is an interesting one – for a small town in Devon, Totnes has a history of great entrepreneurial endeavour, small businesses thrive here and the legacy of the Elmhirsts at Dartington continues. Transition Town Totnes has put us on the map as a community focused on planning for the changes peak oil will present and there is a multitude of amazing projects and schemes that bring business, community and ecological awareness together. From eco-affordable housing, to edible public growing spaces, local grain growing to community owned breweries, we are a melting pot of great ideas, community development and cohesion, innovation and success. The Kitchen Table has benefitted greatly from this culture of mutual support – we source all our key ingredients from within 30 miles of Totnes and have some really wonderful suppliers providing us with delicious, seasonal produce.

The TEDxTotnes programme is packed and the speaker list is really incredible! Emily Stewart – Travel Writer, Samjhana Moon – Photographic Artist, Benjamin Mee – Author of We Bought Zoo, owner of Dartmoor Zoo, Claire and Rupert Callender – Ceremonial Undertakers, Rob Hopkins – Director of Totnes Community Development Society, Ryan Doyle – Chair of Local Heroes, Hugo Tagholm – Cheif Exec of Surfers Against Sewage, Kath Maguire – Public Engagement Champion, Padraic Flood – Science Communicator and FlameLab Winner 2014, Jon and Matt Price – Proud2Be Founders, Adam Saynor and Eric Jong – Urban Mushroom Farmers, Casper Walsh – Author, Journalist and founder of Write to Freedom. There’s also Matt Harvey, Jackie Juno, Kuki and The Bard and Billy Bottle and Martine performing! I hope I get to hear some of the speakers as well as serving food and drink to the 100 guests.

We look forward to meeting you there and hearing some inspiring and informative talks!

Sima Cutting – The Kitchen Table
www.thekitchentable.org.uk

Are you sleeping your way to the top?

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I wonder how many TEDxTotnes delegates are Type A? Quite a high percentage I imagine?

In this witty and refreshing TED talk Arianna Huffington urges us to shut-our-eyes and discover the power of sleep. Her big idea, an idea she claims can unlock billions of ideas, we need to get more sleep!

The way to a more productive, more inspired and more joyful life is getting more sleep. She urges women to lead the way and literally sleep their way to the top.

A funny and light-hearted talk that holds a lot of truth. I find it reassuring at night when worries surface (have I ordered enough Owens Coffee and Plymouth Tea for the wonderful TEDxTotnes delegates?) When I start to worry I remember Arianna’s talk and remember to relax and sleep.

I am going to shut my eyes and discover the power of sleep. Are you?

TEDxTotnes Tickets SOLD OUT in under 10 hours!

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Well…we knew demand was high but had no idea that that demand would present itself in under 10 hours.

Watching the orders fly in this morning was amazing. Knowing that our speakers are going to be speaking to a full auditorium is a wonderful feeling. They deserve it, they are dedicating a huge amount of time and energy to their talks and we expect great things on the 9th October.

CONGRATULATIONS to those of you who successfully bought a ticket and to those of you who didn’t we have a waiting list so please do <a href=”http://www.tedxtotnes.com/tickets”>sign-up for it.

We look forward to meeting you on 9th October 2015.

TEDxTotnes: Tickets on sale this week! Sign-up!

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Long awaited. Much anticipated. Hugely excited!

Tickets will go on sale this week so sign-up for updates. Email us with any questions and to top it all off, I’ll announce our people’s choice winner tomorrow.

Watch this space….

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