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TEDxWarrington “one of the best events Warrington has ever seen”

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Friday 12 August 2022

When a global brand such as TEDx comes to town, there is inevitably going to be both curiosity and expectation. The inaugural TEDxWarrington event took place on Thursday 23 June at Pyramid Parr Hall, Warrington, and has been heralded a triumph of community spirit and one of the best events Warrington has ever seen.

High praise indeed; but why was the event such a success and did it really do justice to the organiser’s chosen event theme ‘Build Connection, Strengthen Communities’?

At a time of post-pandemic recovery, cost of living crisis and global political and environmental challenge, there’s no doubt that Warrington, and indeed the world beyond, deserved an injection of positivity.

Years of planning by the organising team, led by TEDxWarrington licensee and event curator Kirsty James, eventually saw the infamous TEDx brand come to town with an event showcasing the best of humanity and triumph over challenge.

11 speakers hit the stage, expertly hosted by three-time TEDx speaker and storytelling coach Andrew Thorp and supported by speaker coach Catherine Sandland plus Kirsty and a 30-strong support team.

A TEDx event is effectively an event of two components:

There is a live event which for Warrington was limited by licence to 100 lucky ticket-holders. The second event is the production of the official TEDx talks, which were filmed and edited by Paul Chadwick of Prism Studios, for submission to TED for compliance checks and approval.

The team are delighted to confirm that all talks have now been approved to feature on the official TEDx Talks YouTube channel. Another 11 happy speakers have claimed the ‘official TEDx speaker’ title.

The event was opened by Pete Donnelly, founder of The Wheelchair Skills College, who shared his adventurous tales from coffee shops to cargo ships crossing the Caspian Sea using a wheelchair. He described and demonstrated the difference wheelchair skills have made for him ‘Finding freedom in using a wheelchair’.

Next, Kate Trafford, Master Coach and leadership consultant asked us to consider a more sustainable and enjoyable route map to success, one that allows you to ‘get there’ and love here to ‘Connect with Authentic Success’.

Charlotte Smith, Director of Conservation Education at Chester Zoo, then explained ‘Why Conservation Education Matters’ and discussed the role that schools could play in helping solve the climate and ecological crises.

Kerry Lockyer of Oomph Learning took us on a behavioural science journey in her enlightening talk ‘From Frustration to Fascination: Embracing Cognitive Diversity’.

Next, Ali Davenport wowed the audience with a powerful high kick and animated presentation ‘Everything is connected, Connection is everything’. Her poetry of words explored connection at an individual, community and planetary level and challenged us to stop fixing each other and plug in to the creative power of connection to spark ideas, inspire change and help people and communities to evolve.

The final speaker before the interval was Ben Dunne of the River Reeves Foundation (RRF) who ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in the room as he shared his personal tragedy and how, over time, it had led him to ‘Building an alternate future through grief’.

After he’d closed with a hugely powerful message, the audience were invited to turn to the back of the room where musicians Louis Campbell, Sean Rogan and Nat Martin had been secretly positioned. As students of the Royal Northern College of Music in receipt of a bursary from the RRF, it was the perfect example of how alternate futures were being created. They delivered a spine-chilling acoustic cover of Viola Beach’s Swings and Waterslides in tribute to the band, and Ben’s son, who had been due to play at that exact venue just weeks after they were killed.

An emotional audience were given a short interval to recompose themselves and enjoy refreshments on a hot summer’s evening before returning to the exhibition hall for the second part. This was opened by Kate Jenkinson of Next Step HR. In her creative talk ‘Poetry never abandons us’, she shared her rollercoaster relationship with poetry and invited us to embrace poetry as a tool for inspiring connection, community and hope.

Russell Treasure of Fretus Group was next on stage and announced ‘There is nothing wrong in your life right now’. He went on to exemplify why he was fondly named by the team as ‘Relax-man’ by explaining how practising mindfulness could create moments of peace in your life.

Next to the stage was neurodiversity consultant Rachel Morgan-Trimmer who combined wit, emotion and practicality in her talk ‘Inclusion is selfish’. Using personal stories about what inclusion is - and is not - she encouraged us to be a little bit selfish when it comes to inclusivity and stated that by getting it wrong, we can then get it right.

The pace and style then changed direction as John Cooper - performer, illustrator and writer – entertained us with his talk ‘Improvisation can change your life’ and a challenge to adopt improvisation as a tool to navigate life using better conversations.

Emma Baylin of Shared Harmonies CIC was last on stage. With interactive examples of how she champions connection, confidence and well-being through music, Emma’s talk explored the impact creative practices can have on your mindset. It was the perfect finale and left the audience upbeat and unexpectedly ‘Connecting with harmony’.

The event closed to rapturous applause and photo opportunities before the team, speakers and sponsors went on to celebrate at the VIP after-show party at The Terrace rooftop bar within San Lorenzo.

Reflecting on TEDxWarrington, Licensee and Organiser, Kirsty James, commented,

“My team and I are over the moon. It has been a challenging – yet rewarding - process for both the team and speakers during months of secret planning and rehearsals”.

“We wanted to create an event open to ordinary people to share their ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ and where the audience could really connect”.

“The feedback about how authentic and emotional the talks were makes me extremely proud of what we created in Warrington. I genuinely feel that some something special took place that night and a new community involving speakers, team, sponsors and partners, created”.

As one speaker commented,

“I love the approach Kirsty adopted with TEDx to support local people. Despite the professional risks attached to that, she was brave, bold and pushed the boundaries to achieve her TEDx vision and clearly delivered an awesome event for Warrington!. The attention to detail in how we were looked after was also second to none – from the speaker coaching and marketing advice right through to emotional support and backstage styling and catering”.

An event of this magnitude cannot of course occur without significant investment of time and money. Along with the team, who worked tirelessly and voluntarily on this event, there was an exhaustive list of partners and sponsors who shared our TEDx values and supported the event financially. Thanks goes to: Pyramid Parr Hall, MKM Building Supplies Warrington, Rebecca Wray Coaching Consultancy, AND Digital, Joanna Williams Psychology & Wellbeing, Warrington & Co, EML, Democracy Counts, Show the Light Ltd, Adele Carr Recruitment, DATS, Warrington Worldwide, Beech Web Design, Just Headshots, The Odd Thing, San Lorenzo, Bubble Customised Clothing, Mamars at the Old Hall, Pure Hair & Beauty and Smart Furnishings.

View the official TEDxWarrington photo gallery by Andrew Collier Photography and Jane Burkinshaw. View the official TEDxWarrington talk playlist For information about future TEDxWarrington plans, visit www.tedxwarrington.com

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TEDxWarrington and Andrew Collier Photography

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDxWarrington attracts business and community support as speaker are announced

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Thuesday 16 June 2022

In case you missed the news, TEDx is making its debut in Warrington this June.

As organisers enter the final stages of event preparation and speaker rehearsals, excitement has been building in the region and particularly in the local business community which has rallied to support this non-commercial event.

When tickets for the inaugural event were released mid-May, they sold out in 39 minutes; the surge in demand resulted in a momentary website crash causing the team at Beech Web Services to invoke their back up plan and switch server. The sell-out resulted in the rapid release of further tickets that day and a waitlist system was put in place to give those signed up advance notice of further tickets and future events.

You’d be forgiven for viewing the ticket rush as being akin to the hype of a large festival. The enthusiasm for the arrival of the TEDx brand into Warrington has certainly been significant and just days later led to reports of fake ticket sales* which the organisers swiftly dealt with.

TEDxWarrington licensee and Organiser, Kirsty James, commented,

“We’ve been astounded by how the event has been received in the town and the unprecedented demand for tickets. We’d love to have said yes to everyone but, alas, the conditions of this town-based TEDx licence restrict attendee numbers at the live event”.

For the lucky 100 who have tickets, the programme seems set to entertain, educate and inspire based on the profiles and commentary being written by Lucy Jackman of Comma Sense Ltd on the official TEDxWarrington website and by Becs Bate of Social Media Executive on the social channels. With talks on topics as diverse as mental health, conservation, neurodiversity, wheelchair skills, music and comedy, the evening promises an enriched programme dedicated to its theme ‘Build Connection and Strengthen Communities’.

It was of paramount importance to the organising team that the speaker application process be open, impartial and fair to facilitate access by ordinary people with great ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’.

The Warrington event, unlike some TEDx events, also offered speaker candidates a dedicated support and coaching programme. Organisers purposefuly engaged the services of TEDx speaker coach and former TEDx speaker, Catherine Sandland, to lead the programme. Speakers have also had the ongoing support of core team member James Perryman, trainer at Momentus and vice president of the NW Professional Speaking Association, and Andrew Thorp, three-time TEDx speaker and storytelling coach who will also be the event host.

The final programme will be released just before the event runs live but speaker profiles now feature on the website. Speakers have revealed how hard it was to keep the secret of their selection in March but have commended the organising team on the unbelievable support during an emotional and life-changing experience. An accolade indeed for all involved.

All talks will be filmed by Paul Chadwick of local video production business Prism Studios. Talks will be submitted to TED for approval for eventual display on the official TEDx YouTube Channel.

An event of this magnitude cannot of course occur without significant support. Along with the core organising team and external support team, who have worked tirelessly and voluntarily on this event, there is an exhaustive list of event partners and sponsors, all of whom are active in the Warrington region.

From the infamous red spot carpet donated by Smart Furnishings through to the set design by The Odd Thing; the hosting of the planned reception event at San Lorenzo to the photography by Andrew Collier at Just Headshots and Jane Burkinshaw of Love your Lens; the event truly speaks volumes about collaboration, planning and organisation by organiser Kirsty, supported operationally by Gill Fletcher of Advanced VA.

Thanks must also be extended to sponsoring parties for sharing the TEDx passion and values and financially supporting this event. This extensive list so far includes: MKM Building Supplies, Rebecca Wray Coaching Consultancy, AND Digital, Joanna Williams Psychology & Wellbeing, Warrington & Co, EML, Show the Light, Adele Carr Recruitment, DATS and Warrington Worldwide as the official media partner.

For further information about the TEDxWarrington, the team, the speakers, event partners and sponsors visit www.tedxwarrington.com or email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk

* Fake Ticket Warning
Anyone in possession of a ticket has been emailed by the Parr Hall box office with specific instructions that allow for cross-checking of ticket details with the organisers door entry system. Anyone concerned about their ticket validity or who may have had a change of plan and now require a refund, should contact the organising team at organisingteam@tedxwarrngton.co.uk

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Behind the scenes shots from Matthew Jackman, furniture maker at Warrington-based The Odd Thing, who has produced the TEDxWarrington letters for the stage.

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx on track to promote growth, development and wellbeing in Warrington

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Friday 20 May 2022

TEDx-talks are coming to Warrington this June involving inspirational speakers from across the region and beyond. With talks on topics as diverse as mental health, conservation, neurodiversity, disability, music and comedy, the evening promises to be a learning smorgasbord and event highlight for 2022.

So, how well do you know the global TED and TEDx brands? And what will TEDx offer Warrington?

We asked organiser and Warrington business-owner Kirsty James to answer some key questions.

Why is TEDx good news for Warrington?

Obtaining the Warrington licence and bringing TEDx talks to Warrington is a huge cultural milestone for the town and one that has already generated huge amounts of positive feedback and social engagement.

This is a community event that will enhance the cultural fabric of the town. It brings a global brand to Warrington and shines the spotlight on the town, the Pyramid Parr Hall venue, local people and organisations.

The chosen theme ‘Build Connection and Strengthen Communities’ and talk categories ‘Embracing Change’ and ‘Diversity and Inclusion’, were chosen to complement Warrington’s independent thinking and collaborative spirit and reflect the challenges of 2020-21. They align perfectly with the exciting redevelopment and cultural priorities of a town that is asserting a strong position as a vibrant point of connectivity in the North.

What is TED?

Possibly one of the most famous speaker conferences globally, TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading that started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago.

What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.

What are the TEDxWarrington plans?

The event will run at the Pyramid Parr Hall, Warrington on Thursday 23 June and involve up to 10 speakers.

Who is behind TEDxWarrington?

There are several groups of people involved in this event.
The Team – both a core organising team and an external support team.
The Event Partners – offer services, products and support to the event.
The Sponsors – ensure the event is financially viable (along with ticket sales).
The Speakers – our rising stars with their great Ideas Worth Spreading.

I’d invite you to visit the website www.tedxwarrington.com to read more about the people behind TEDxWarrington. You might even pick up a top TED-talk recommendation too as everyone has shared their favourite.

Why is TEDx so valuable as an event format

Let me quote our TEDx speaker coach, Catherine Sandland, “TEDx speakers present ideas that spark curiosity, start conversations and challenge beliefs and behaviour”.

Will there only be talks?

You’ll have to attend to find out but let’s say we’re keen to introduce variety.

What will the programme involve?

This hasn’t yet been shared yet. 12 speaker candidates have been in secret rehearsals and the final line up will be announced in June. What I can say is that there are some hidden gems about to hit the stage in June.

Can you share 3 TED / TEDx facts?

1. TED has over 14.7 million subscribers & had over 2.6 billion views as of Sept 2021
2. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment & Design converged.
3. More than 13,000 TEDx events have been held in 150 countries.

Why should people support it?

To hear ideas worth spreading that spark curiosity and conversation and change behaviour; and to be part of something special and support Warrington take its place as a TEDx event location.

Are tickets available?

Tickets were released by the Pyramid Parr Hall Box Office on 18 May and sold out in hours. A waitlist system is now in operation via the www.tedxwarrington.com website for any subsequent releases of tickets. Tickets have also been ringfenced for our event sponsors.

Are there ways to support this event?

As a non-commercial event, the organising team are reliant on the goodwill of Warrington people and organisations to cover event costs by way of ticket and sponsor revenue. Organisers will be announcing confirmed sponsors very shortly but there is still chance to support something special and give back to the Warrington community plus benefit from some promotional exposure and a ticket. Get in touch to find out more.

For further information visit www.tedxwarrington.com or email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk

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Left to right, confirmed event host and three-time TEDx speaker, Andrew Thorp; Organiser and licensee Kirsty James; and TEDx Speaker Coach and former TEDx speaker Catherine Sandland.

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx Warrington presents positive opportunities for the town

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Tuesday 12 April 2022

The countdown is well and truly on to the inaugural TEDx Warrington event. Saturday 23 April marks 60 days until the big night, which will take place at the Pyramid Parr Hall on Thursday 23 June.

TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged. It covers almostall topics, from science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages. TEDx Warrington will be no different, with applications received across 10 different category themes, ranging from environmental issues to diversity and inclusion.

Organiser Kirsty James said,

“TEDx is a chance to bring the renowned TED brand into our community and put Warrington on a global stage. TEDx Warrington brings an abundance of exciting, positive opportunities for our town, our speakers, volunteers, sponsors and attendees. The organising team are working hard to create a momentous andunforgettable event for our town with talks that could offer lasting local impact.”

Let’s take a closer look at those opportunities.

Speakers

A speaker selection panel shortlisted 12 people from 119 applicants. Up to 10 will go forward to the final line- up. Names and topics will be released nearer the event. For these speakers, TEDx is their chance to share their big idea with the local community and eventually, theworld! Every talk will be recorded and TED-approved talks will be uploaded to the TEDx Youtube channel, which has 34.5m subscribers (as at 8 April 2022).

Volunteers

To date, more than 13,000 TEDx events have been held in 150 countries. For our volunteers it’s not just alabour of love, it’s a chance to be involved in, and learn about, a global phenomenon.

Sponsors

The organising team are currently reviewing applications from local organisations to sponsor the event, withup to 6 sponsor opportunities available. For sponsors it’s a chance to support a milestone community event and those stepping up to share their big ideas.

Attendees

For those lucky enough to get their hands on a ticket, you’re guaranteed to be wowed by the speakers andtheir ideas. Attendees will leave the event with at least one gem of an idea worth sharing with your friends, family and colleagues. Due to TED licensing restrictions, just 100 tickets will be made available for the event. Selling arrangements will be released on the TEDx Warrington social media channels and website www.tedxwarrington.com

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For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit www.tedxwarrington.com, email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx Final Call for Speakers

Final call for speakers with big ideas

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Friday 4 February 2022

Warrington’s inaugural TEDx event is set to debut at the Pyramid Parr Hall on the evening of Thursday 23 June and organiser Kirsty James has issued a final reminder call for speakers to submit their video entries with thoughts and ideas.

TEDx events take place around the world and the TED organisation has granted Warrington community champion and business networker Kirsty James a licence to hold an independently organised public TEDx event in her hometown, Warrington.

Kirsty James said, “The opportunity to speak at a TEDx is much coveted. It is a global phenomenon that seeks to uncover innovative ideas and inspirational and thought-provoking talks on all manner of topics relating to technology, entertainment and design – hence TED – as well as science, philosophy, music, religion, philanthropy, along with many others.

Warrington is known globally as a town of enterprise and innovation and so I cannot wait to hear our speakers presenting their big idea connected to our theme ‘Building Connection, Strengthen Communities’. We’ve also added two new talk categories this year – ‘Embracing Change’ and ‘Diversity and Inclusion’. There has been a great response so far but we know there will be further hidden gems yet to be revealed. We don’t want any budding speakers to miss out and urge readers to share this call out. The web application process closes at noon on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

You don’t have to be an experienced speaker. We are looking for ideas, enthusiasm and innovative thoughts. If shortlisted by the speaker selection panel, you will be offered a place on our Speaker Support Programme offering training and guidance and from which you may be selected as a final speaker for the final event”

To enter, speakers must submit a video of up to 5 minutes maximum describing their ‘idea worth spreading’ and the impact it could have.

Full details, including selection criteria, the commitment involved and how to submit an entry can be found on the TEDx Warrington website www.tedxwarrington.com

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For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit www.tedxwarrington.com, email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk or contact Mitch Poole or Jennifer Perry from Forty Communications 07919 541056 hello@fortycommunications.co.uk

TEDx Final Call for Speakers

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TEDx Warrington website

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx Warrington Team at Pyramid Parr Hall

Share your idea worth spreading at TEDx Warrington

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Monday 3 January 2022

The spotlight will shine on Pyramid Parr Hall on 23 June 2022 as the stage is set for Warrington’s inaugural TEDx event. Speakers from across the region are being given the opportunity to share their inspirational concept and, because of a two-year delay to the original 2020 date, the organisers have added two new categories and opened the application process again.

Despite the Covid disruptions, Warrington organiser and licencee Kirsty James hasn’t been deterred; if anything she says she’s even more excited about the event.

Kirsty James said,

“TEDx offers a world-renowned speaker platform as each presentation is watched by hundreds, if not thousands of people. It’s a really positive platform to share ideas and inspire others.

The overall theme for Warrington’s TEDx is ‘Build Connection, Strengthen Communities’, and it’s fair to say that over the last two years we’ve witnessed innumerable great examples of such acts so we have decided to add two new categories to the application process - ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Embracing Change’. These new categories will take account of the changed circumstances and stories that the world - and Warrington – has experienced.

The one thing I would say is that if you have an idea but are nervous, don’t worry – we have a speaker programme in place to support you leading up to the day, but your passion for ‘an idea worth sharing’ must shine through your video application to get you there!”

Applications for the two new categories will open at noon on Friday 7 January 2022 and will close at noon on Wednesday 9 February 2022.

So, for those of you that haven’t spent your additional free time clearing out the cupboards and binge-watching Netflix, there’s a potential world stage at your feet, right here in Warrington. Get your application in quickly!

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For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit www.tedxwarrington.com, email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk or contact Mitch Poole or Jennifer Perry from Forty Communications 07919 541056 hello@fortycommunications.co.uk

TEDx Warrington Team at Pyramid Parr Hall

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TEDx Warrington team

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx Warrington at Pyramid Parr Hall

TEDx Warrington is back in the diary

Click to download this press release.

Wednesday 22 December 2021

The organising team of TEDx Warrington is delighted to announce the re-launch of the TEDx Warrington planning process and confirm that the rescheduled event date will be: THURSDAY 23 JUNE 2022

The overall event theme - 'Build Connection, Strengthen Communities' - remains the same and is now more important than ever

In light of events in the past two years though and in the spirit of the TEDx concept, the team wants to make sure the best new “ideas worth sharing” are attracted to the stage. The organising team has therefore decided to open up speaker applications beyond the original topics to allow for talks in two new categories:

‘Diversity and Inclusion’ and ‘Embracing Change’

Kirsty James, TEDx Warrington licensee and curator, commented:

“2020 saw me announce excitement that I’d be bringing this global speaking conference phenomenon to my home-town of Warrington. It was followed weeks later by complete disappointment that it had to be postponed – both in 2020 and 2021! But a project doesn’t sit on your event wishlist for years for it not to be pursued”.

“A new year is on its way and with it comes a new TEDx event date and new categories that will take account of the changed circumstances and stories that the world - and Warrington – has experienced”

The speaker application process opens at 12 noon on Friday 7 January and will run until 12 noon on Wednesday 9 February.

All prior applicants who submitted before the original 8 March 2020 deadline have been emailed with the options open to them as the team stands by their promise to honour and review all previous video submissions.

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For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit www.tedxwarrington.com, email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk or Mitch Poole or Jennifer Perry from Forty Communications 07919 541056 hello@fortycommunications.co.uk

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TEDx Warrington at Pyramid Parr Hall

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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TEDx phenomenon rolls into Warrington

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Friday 4 February 2020

The TEDx phenomenon rolls into Warrington this June and seeks talented minds in the region

The TEDx phenomenon is coming to Warrington Pyramid Parr Hall, 6-9pm, Thursday 25 June 2020, and its organisers are seeking inspirational people with ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Founded in 1984, the TED movement has grown into a global phenomenon that seeks to uncover innovative new ideas and the latest research through inspirational and thought-provoking talks on all manner of topics relating to technology, entertainment and design – hence TED – and also science, philosophy, music, religion, philanthropy, along with many others.

TEDx events take place around the world and the TED organisation has granted Warrington community champion and business networker Kirsty James a licence to hold an independently organised public TEDx event in her hometown. Kirsty explained;

“Just being awarded a licence was a coup. It’s a tough process due to the prestige of the internationally recognised events, but it has been a dream of mine for several years to bring a TEDx event to Warrington and to profile the amazing talent and ideas I know exist in the region. I’m thrilled to have had my application approved”.

“I’m not on my own for the delivery though and have brought together a team of committed Warrington people to work with me, all of whom are equally as passionate about this amazing event concept”.

Each speaker will be filmed, and with people watching worldwide, the exposure for the speaker to share their idea is potentially huge. All talks are stored and kept open for view on the TED website forever.

The team has selected the theme ‘Build connection, Strengthen communities’ to complement Warrington’s independent thinking yet collaborative spirit, and speakers will be chosen based loosely on having a fresh and innovative idea that could have a positive impact on communities, particularly in the local area.

Applications to be one of up to only ten speakers on the night, delivering a talk of 3-12 minutes in length, are now welcomed. To enter, speakers must submit a 3–5 minute video describing their ‘idea worth spreading’ and the impact it could have.

Full details, including selection criteria, the commitment involved and how to submit an entry can be found on the TEDx Warrington website www.tedxwarrington.co.uk

Closing date for applications is 10pm 8 March 2020. Information about attendee tickets and opportunities to support the event with time, expertise and sponsorship are also detailed on the website.

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TEDx Warrington team, left to right.

TEDx Warrington Teams

Lucy Jackman, Becs Bate, Mitch Poole, Kirsty James, Jen Perry, Paul Chadwick.

For further information contact Kirsty James 07789 852892, visit www.tedxwarrington.com, email organisingteam@tedxwarrington.co.uk or Mitch Poole or Jennifer Perry from Forty Communications 07919 541056 hello@fortycommunications.co.uk

Editors Notes

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 are published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, TED en Español and Sincerely, X.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/ted-conferences.

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