Talks shine a light on courage at sell-out TEDxFolkestone

The second TEDxFolkestone event on Saturday (June 23) has been hailed a great success.

The event held at The Quarterhouse saw a sell-out audience hear a series of talks on the theme of Courage to Step Beyond.

Liù Batchelor, Curator for TEDxFolkestone, said: “When you have 11 speakers launching new thinking on the world – and an audience that’s completely captivated by what they have to say – the energy in the auditorium is just amazing.

“Add to that the enthusiasm and commitment from our extensive team of volunteers and it feels like TEDxFolkestone is being propelled forward on its own steam. Our theme of Courage to Step Beyond clearly struck a chord with both the speakers and the audience.”

TEDxFolkestone featured talks including how individuals deal with situations requiring personal and collective courage, and broader issues such as globalisation, education, and the next big idea.

Among the speakers was Ben Chai, who talked about Cowardice, Courage and how Extreme Reading made me Fearless. He said: “The talk went better than I expected – the audience was fantastic.

“The organisation here has been absolutely wonderful. To get all our performance up they have been training and giving us suggestions, sending us emails just to help inspire us to get our talks right.”

Fellow speaker Julie Creffield, whose talk was titled Living a Bigger Life, said: “My goal for this talk is for it to be seen by a million women because I think if that happens then the consciousness around women’s bodies and body image could really shift.”

Liù Batchelor added: “In one month, videos of these talks will be online. They are important topics across business, emotional health, and self-development.

“They will influence people and organisations, and I believe they will play their part in helping to mould a better future for all of us.”

Videos from the event will be available at over the coming weeks.