TEDxRoyalTunbridgeWells 2016

Creating The Conditions For Originality by Glenn Smith

Creating The Conditions For Originality | Glenn Smith

Can one small town in England reignite the one export that truly drives the British economy? This provocative and uplifting talk uses humour, surprising statistics and an emotional personal story to unlock the secret of building a more creative society.

Glenn has achieved success by creating what he calls the conditions for originality within his various creative departments. He believes strongly that these conditions should be principles we apply to all levels of society, from how we educate our kids to how we support our economy.

My Approach to Education by Emily Raj

My Approach to Education | Emily Raj

Education is something we all go through, this is Emily's first hand experience of the difficulties she faced; from the 11+ to the decisions of Sixth Form.

Emily is seventeen years old, grew up in Royal Tunbridge Wells in a middle class family with each grandparent from a different country and has had Sri Lankan, German, Welsh and English influences. She has experienced a variety of schooling systems in the area she grew up in and thinks it's important to give a voice to the students.

The Surprising Truth About Freedom by Natalie Sisson

The Surprising Truth About Freedom | Natalie Sisson

In a day and age where we are more connected than ever, and the gap between the wealthy and poor is ever expanding, who really has the most personal freedom of all? And how do we actually define freedom and what it means? Natalie Sisson, founder of the SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com and Right2Freedom.com took a leap of faith, leaving behind a secure job and home, and has the ultimate freedom experience to share. She is on a mission to help others discover what the definition of freedom truly is, and why it may be closer to your grasp than you ever imagined.

Natalie Sisson is an Amazon No #1 bestselling author of the Suitcase Entrepreneur, podcaster, speaker and adventurer who believes everybody has the right to choose freedom in business and adventure in life. She’s on a mission to ensure 1,000,000+ entrepreneurs do just that by 2020 over at the SuitcaseEntrepreneur.com

Born in New Zealand Natalie’s built her multiple six-figure business from her laptop over the last 6 years while living out of her suitcase, traveling to 69 countries and she’s dedicated to teaching others how to build a profitable online business by selling their knowledge, skills and expertise in a way that supports their ideal lifestyle and gives them true freedom through her Freedom Plan program.

What Really Makes Someone a Hero? by Ringpullman

What Really Makes Someone a Hero? | Ringpullman

If you’ve ever seen something in the media that makes you want to take action but it seems too far away, insurmountable or beyond your ability to help. Ringpullman shows how through creative nonconformity you can make a difference. If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. 

Ringpullman will take you to New York, The Domincan Republic, Romania, Africa and Royal Tunbridge Wells to show you that anyone regardless of their location can help and serve others.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s Ringpullman. The Caped Crusader of Tunbridge Wells on an electric unicycle trying to make a difference. His identity is a mystery but his mission isn’t.

Making Music for Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters by Graham Hadfield

Making Music for Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters | Graham Hadfield

Graham offers a rare glimpse into the working process of a film and TV composer, using language aimed at everyone, with stunning, revealing visuals and, in this instance, an orchestral score. He uncovers some of the creative decisions made in composing the music to the IMAX 3D family film “Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters”, and how the score contributes to the story-telling, how it amplifies the emotion, and how it helps transform tiny creatures into epic monsters with super-hero powers. 

Amazing Mighty Micro Monsters 3D is produced by Atlantic Productions for Sky 3D, written and directed by Mike Davis, produced by Anthony Geffen, and narrated by Mark Bonnar. 

Graham Hadfield is an award-winning composer for film and TV, with broad experience in both drama and documentary series. His credits include BAFTA and Emmy-nominated productions, and global broadcast credits including series and specials for BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, ABC. For more information, visit his website.

What it Takes to be a Migrant Entrepreneur by Rafael dos Santos

What it Takes to be a Migrant Entrepreneur | Rafael dos Santos

Overcoming barriers such as language and integrating to the culture are the first steps but the endless battles with your inner voice to defeat you are part of every day life of a migrant. Rafael's talk is powerful, moving and emotional. It shares the reality of million of migrants around the world. 

Rafael is a multi award-winning entrepreneur who has been helping migrants for over 10 years. Rafael's passion and dedication has led him to be listed on the Sunday Times list 'Top 100 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the UK' due to his work helping migrants improve their lives through entrepreneurship in the UK.

Climbing Mountains by Funke Abimbola

Climbing Mountains | Funke Abimbola

Funke Abimbola is a multi award winning lawyer, leader and diversity campaigner. As the most senior black lawyer working within the UK's pharmaceutical industry, her path to becoming a top lawyer has not been a smooth one. She bucked the family trend, choosing law over medicine and has been climbing mountains ever since. This talk highlights both the challenges along the way and how she has overcome them.

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats by Hanna Sorrell

A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats | Hanna Sorrell

Hanna Sorrell found herself in a position where she wanted to start her own networking group in Royal Tunbridge Wells. 

Nothing could have prepared her for what happened next. 

Hanna is the founder of Wells Angels Women's Institute, a group of 100 of the finest women of Royal Tunbridge Wells, who pool their collective energy and voices to make a difference for women everywhere, whilst nurturing the unique relationships that only happen when women get together.

I Try to Live My Life as a Thank You by Simon Harmer

I Try to Live My Life as a Thank You | Simon Harmer

Simon explains why he lives his life as a Thank You. Simon draws upon experiences many of us could not imagine and delivers them with a rare humour. 

He received a standing ovation, and deservedly so. 

Simon Harmer was a medic in the British Army and suffered life changing injuries on 26th October 2009. Whilst out on a patrol as the medic for the Coldstream Guards Simon activated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) which resulted in life threatening damage to both his legs and his right arm. As a result he lost his legs and endured five years of rehabilitation and surgery. Despite this, Simon's positive outlook and sense of humour has allowed him to lead his life from trauma to triumph. He has participated in numerous physical endurance challenges and since leaving the Armed Forces has worked hard to reinvent himself and his career.

What Would You Do if You Knew You Would Succeed? by Caner Veli

What Would You Do if You Knew You Would Succeed? | Caner Veli

He tells us how he got there and finishes with a brilliant demonstration of his product.

Liquiproof success

Founder of award-winning product Liquiproof, Caner Veli has spent the last 2 years growing a successful business with the aim of filling a gap in the market for a reliable, long lasting and eco-friendly footwear and fabric protective spray.

Liquiproof has already made a huge impact on the footwear and fashion sector and is enjoying massive growth with many high profile fashion and hospitality brands. As a non-toxic, water-based formula packaged in a non-aerosol bottle that is completely odourless there are many benefits to this unique product.

A Radical Consensus by Danny Kruger

A Radical Consensus | Danny Kruger

What matters to any of us? Our relationships. That's what politics should be about: how to make families, communities, and economic relationships stronger and better. There is an emerging consensus across left and right that this is what is needed, and a set of ideas to make it happen - which seriously challenge our current social and economic models. The radical consensus offers a gentle revolution - and an alternative to the radical division, leading to violent revolution, which is opening up in the politics of the West.

Danny Kruger has spent the last 8 years running front-line charities supporting ex-offenders and young people in London. Before that he was special adviser to David Cameron - when he wrote the famous 'hug a hoodie' speech - and a comment writer at the Daily Telegraph.

How Street Wisdom Changed My Life by Nick Hammond

How Street Wisdom Changed My Life | Nick Hammond

Street Wisdom is a social enterprise with a mission to bring inspiration to every street on earth.

Led by volunteer facilitators, free Street Wisdom workshops give participants the skills to see the urban environment in a new way, ask a question and use the answers they discover to move forwards in life. Why wait for escape to exotic destinations when inspiration can be found on your own doorstep? Street Wisdom shows you how. Join this global movement and discover that Answers Are Everywhere.

Saving Lives Through Social Media by Jaz O'Hara

Saving Lives Through Social Media | Jaz O'Hara

Not to be underestimated as a tool for procrastination, Jaz O'Hara demonstrates the power of Facebook and Instagram (and other channels), not just through her own crazy story, but through several inspiring examples of the refugees she works with in camps across Europe and the Middle East and how they have been impacted by this amazing resource we all have at our fingertips!

Royal Tunbridge Wells RFC to Twickenham - Hear Our Story by Alex Nicholson

Royal Tunbridge Wells RFC to Twickenham - Hear Our Story | Alex Nicholson

An Amateur rugby club based in the heart of West Kent overlooking the Sussex countryside, hear our remarkable story in reaching our first Twickenham final in 85 years of existence. A club that came together to achieve results through hard work, dedication and passion not only for Tunbridge Wells Rugby Club but for the reward of playing and winning at the home of Rugby Union. A community rugby club achieving it’s dream and working hard to achieve it’s goal.