Almost all of the 21-strong team attended the final rehearsal for TEDxWarrington 2023 which takes place Thursday 16 November 2023 at the Trust Alliance Group conference facility on the Daresbury Park business complex, Warrington.
As team and speakers enter the final stages of event preparation, excitement has been building in the region which has rallied to support this non-commercial event.
The event theme is ‘Tackling Adversity, Embracing Change’ aimed at presenting ideas that reflect diversity, innovative spirit and strength of character.
Once again, tickets sold out very quickly this year. For the lucky 100 who attend the live event (a condition set by the TEDx licence), the line up of nine speakers, many of them based in and around Warrington, seems set to entertain, educate and inspire. Talks this year include topics as diverse as: young onset Parkinson’s (YOPD), generative AI, breast cancer prevention, hair loss, stress management, intersectionality, life and death, invisible disability and children’s literacy.
All talks will be filmed and submitted to TED for approval for eventual display on the official TEDx YouTube Channel where they will spark curiosity, start conversations and challenge beliefs and behaviour.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading and they are possibly the most famous speaker conference brand globally with TEDx events being local, self-organised events.
The Warrington event, unlike some TEDx events, offers its speakers a dedicated support programme over 4 months, encompassing speaker coaching as well as wellbeing and promotional support.
Speakers have revealed how hard it was to keep the secret of their selection but have commended the organising team on the unbelievable support during an emotional and life-changing experience. An accolade indeed for all involved.
TEDxWarrington Licensee and Organiser, Kirsty James, commented,
‘Running a TEDx event is all about showcasing talented speakers with ‘Ideas worth Spreading’. Training them to turn a talk into a TED-style talk is only one part of the recipe for TEDx success. We’ve found that speakers flourish further when they are supported personally, particularly if there are any additional needs to accommodate. I’m so proud of the whole team for the way they have embraced the volume of work and the requirement to support this year’s cohort”.
Bringing a global brand such as TEDx to Warrington is no small achievement. An event of this magnitude cannot of course occur without significant support. Along with the team, who work tirelessly and voluntarily on this event, there is a long list of Warrington event partners and sponsors. Their financial support and shared values exemplify the collaborative spirit of the town.
Thanks are extended to Rebecca Wray Coaching Consultancy, Pro Business Consulting, Employee Management Limited, Bell Lamb & Joynson Solicitors, Warrington Business Exchange and MKM Building Supplies.
The event has also had huge support from several local partners including Bubble Customised Clothing, Cheshire’s Mix56, and Warrington & Vale Royal College who will be obtaining invaluable work experience by supporting the videography team at Prism Studios.
It is an exciting time for the town and one that generates huge amounts of positive feedback and social engagement. It’s an event that enhances the cultural fabric of the town and shines the spotlight on the town, its venues, businesses and people.
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.)
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, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organised TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to 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; Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TED Translators Program, which crowdsources the subtitling of TED Talks so that big ideas can spread across languages and borders;
and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also offers TED@Work a program that reimagines TED Talks for workplace learning. TED also has a growing library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, WorkLife with Adam Grant, Far Flung with Saleem Reshamwala and How to Be a Better Human.
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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxWarrington, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxWarrington event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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Lymm Business Centre,
Lymm, WA13 0QW
This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.