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Ted Talks Come to Glasgow

                                                   March 4, 2012, 12:30-19:30
                                      Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts


We need a new Enlightenment!
TEDxGlasgow explores inspiring ideas on education, economy, wellbeing

The inaugural TEDxGlasgow gathering, to be held at the Glasgow Centre of Contemporary Arts (CCA) on Sunday March 4, invites curious minds and active spirits to an eclectic afternoon of short talks, TEDTalks videos, musical performances and discussion from remarkable people brimming with ideas that challenge current orthodoxies in the fields of Education, Health & Wellbeing and Economy. The theme for the independently organized event, licensed by TED, is Enlightenment 2.0, and the aim is to both entertain and to inspire debate.

Innovative thinkers with fascinating tales to tell include;
    •    Carol Craig, CEO Centre for Confidence and Well-being, author of The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence, speaking on Enlightenment in the Age of Materialism
    •    David Erdal, businessman and author of Beyond the Corporation: Humanity Working, on why Employee-Owners do it Better
    •    Mick Jackson, founder of WildHearts charity funding micro-loans to the poor, Entrepreneur of the Year and Top Scot 2008
    •    Mike Small, activist, writer & founder of the Fife Diet, on The Local Food Revolution
    •    Donald Clark, e-learning entrepreneur, on More pedagogic change in 10 years than last 1000 years – all driven by technology
    •    Dr. Pauline Dixon, lecturer in International Development and Education, on How Private Schools Are Serving the Poorest
    •    Gary Wilson, physiology teacher and host of www.yourbrainonporn.com,  on The Great Porn Experiment
    •    Richard Weller, academic dermatologist, on Why are Scots so sick?

These and other speakers won’t be delivering formal lectures; they will be dynamic performances with thought-provoking commentary on some of the most pressing issues facing Scotland and the wider world. It should be an uplifting experience that sparks conversations during the breaks between sessions, when guests and speakers will mingle and discuss.
There will also be music from Sax Ecosse, a young, vibrant saxophone quartet that emerged from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, and a buffet reception for guests. Tickets for £25/£17 can be bought from the CCA box office at http://ccaglasgow.ticketsolve.com/shows/2012/3/4

TEDxGlasgow Sponsors and Partners include Baillie Gifford, The Scottish Informatics
And Computer Science Alliance, Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts and SeeGlasgow.

Additional information about TEDxGlasgow is available at www.tedxglasgow.com

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

 

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