TEDxClapham

TEDxClapham

Yesterday I went to my latest visit to the world of TED, this time in my own neighbourhood.

The day started in a brilliant way. The audience were all milling about in the foyer of the theatre, myself included. People were chatting. An enthusiastic woman came up to me and started talking to me. On the other side of the room some music started playing. “I wonder what that is” she said, and then continued with our conversation. After a couple of minutes, she then raised her voice “Ladies and Gentlemen…” Turns out that she was the leader of a flash mob gospel choir that had infiltrated themselves throughout the audience. They, the House Gospel Choir, then gave us a very upbeat selection of some gospel and club house songs. It really pumped up the crowd and when they had finished the actual event started. It was a brilliant way to start the show.

Sophie Henderson talked about the need for a Museum of Migration, arguing for how important migration had been to Britain and how integral it has been to its history for hundreds of years.

Amma Mensah runs workshops and mentoring for school age girls. One of who came up with the brilliant line “no-one ever died from not having sex”.

Matthew Youlden is a polyglot and know how to speak many languages. He gave his advice on how to learn. The best of which was do it regularly, preferable daily. Even if it just half an hour a day listen to that language.

Matt Celuszak talked about AI and how computers are now learning how to recognise the emotions on our faces. This could lead to technology where market researchers can tell what we think of their product, what mood we are in when we are entering their shop and how we react to different parts of a website.

Charlie Thuillier and his brother kite surfed 100’s of kilometres down the north east coast of Brazil. When he returned he started a company that produces delicious, low calorie icecream made from all natural ingredients. We all tried some and couldn’t believe that such a thing exists, but it does. Charlie’s message is that to break the rules. But more importantly don’t learn the rules, that way you don’t know that they are their to be broken. Knowing the rules will just hinder you. Think of what you want to do or where you want to be first. Don’t think of the how till later. Much later.

Sooz Kempner was talked about being trolled online, but in a very funny talk.

Stevyn Colgan is a QI elf, although looked more like Father Christmas (if you ask me). He gave his speech unprepared, and it showed. It was rambling and it went on for far to long. But it was also funny. Ultimately it was about community policing, and with some prior scripting could have been tightened up and made about half the length.

A great day all round.

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