TEDxFolkestone unveils its speakers

TEDxFolkestone has secured 11 thought-provoking speakers for its 2018 event ‘Courage to step beyond’.

Following its call for applications from potential speakers, the organisers received nearly 50 approaches and selected 11 national and local people who will take to the stage at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone on Saturday 23 June. 

They include Lucy Beresford, writer, psychotherapist and broadcaster on LBC Radio; Britt Whyatt, baker and author of the SheWhoBakes blog, and Cathy Sugden, the horseback heroine.

The event is designed to champion inspiration, innovation, collaboration and leadership across the community and Kent businesses. 

TEDxFolkestone is being organised by Liú Batchelor, the Folkestone-based coach and project leader, and a committee of like-minded professionals as part of the global TEDx event programme that highlights ideas worth spreading.

Liú Batchelor, said: “The response from potential speakers was excellent and we have been able to pull together what will be a thought-provoking, challenging and diverse programme covering a wide variety of courage-related issues.”

Themes for the talks include how individuals deal with situations requiring personal and collective courage, whether it’s saving a life, surviving infidelity, and broader issues such as globalisation, education, and the next big idea.

Tickets for TEDxFolkestone 2018 go on sale from 10am on Sunday 1st April from the Folkestone Quarterhouse booking office or via www.quarterhouse.co.uk

Further information on the event can be found at www.TEDxFolkestone.com.




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Notes to Editors

About TEDx, x = independently organised eventIn the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised 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-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx programme, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.