BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 23rd Sept '14

TEDxBrighton 2014 – CONNECTIVITY, CONVERGENCE AND COMMUNITY

TEDxBrighton is returning for its fourth consecutive year, and will take place on Friday 31 October 2014 at the Dome Concert Hall.

The title of this year’s TEDxBrighton is ‘Many Hands’, and the event will explore ideas around connectivity, convergence and community. The focus will be on the prevalence of technology in the networked age, how our social networks can leave us feeling more isolated than ever and how, in a world surrounded by screens, we are driven to desire the physical.

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Speakers will explore how intimacy looks in the modern age, along with ideas of connectivity across distance, flash mobs, subcultures, the maker movement and how skills once commonplace within our locale have become rarities akin to art.

This year’s TEDx will present innovative individuals whose work engages with that sweet spot between audience and performer: those who have brought ideas, theories and people together in unexpected places and those who are changing the face of technology to be more physical than ever.

The speakers

Karl MattinglyKarl Mattingly

Modern tragedies like the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and the global financial crisis highlight the costs to communities when decisions are biased. Karl will talk about using the web and social media to build more objective viewpoints. He will highlight how better information, transparency and greater accuracy can lead to better decision making in communities and new and innovative ways of sharing power and wealth.

Sam RoddickSam Roddick

Artist, radical activist, founder of Coco de Mer and a regular contributor to television and radio, Sam has been actively campaigning from an early age and has tackled issues including pornography, feminism, exploitation, human rights and raunch culture. Community is now at the forefront of her mind, specifically how individual voices within a community can be encouraged to permeate and bring about positive change.

Fox FisherFox Fisher

Artist, trans activist and gender documenter, Fox Fisher is co-founder of My Genderation documentary films. Since taking part in My Transsexual Summer 2011, which coincided with the beginning of his medical transition, Fox’s life has changed dramatically. Fox campaigns for transgender rights and the freedom to express your gender without prejudice, working closely with All About Trans to hold media interactions with the Observer, the BBC, the Daily Mail and The Sun. He is also proud co-chair of Trans Pride Brighton, and patron of Gendered Intelligence.

Other speakers include Peter James, Jacques Peretti, James Otter, Tom Lywood, Paul Bartholomew, Enrique Ardura, Ben Edmonds, Megan Leckie, Alan Pearce and Ju Row Farr, with many more to be announced.

‘Inspired by my parents business philosophy I would like to highlight community in the work place. So often when we enter our place of work we leave democracy at the door, but isn’t it now time to incorporate healthy behaviour and fair practices into every aspect of our lives? By bringing your own beliefs and moral compass into the professional environment and challenging the behaviour of colleagues and management as well the ethos and trade practices of the company you work for, you can become an agent of the greatest force for positive change.’

Sam Roddick

Connecting Brighton

The one-day conference will be held at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall. This year’s event is held on Friday, October 31st and will showcase influential speakers with connections to Brighton.

TEDxBrighton’s inspiring live speakers will represent a range of backgrounds, interests, disciplines and perspectives, combined with some classic TEDTalks. For more about the speakers, visit the TEDxBrighton website.

Outside of the conference hall, the Ideas Lab will offer the people of Brighton the chance to engage with a variety of interactive ideas, exhibitions and projects. It will run in the Dome foyer throughout the day, with the aim of offering a soap box for the very best ground-breaking inventions, designs and new technologies from the South East and beyond.

This year’s event will be moving to the Dome Concert Hall in order to cope with high demand for tickets, which are on sale for £30 (£20 concessions).

‘My creative partner Lewis Hancox and I are in such a unique position of trust and empathy, having been on either side of the camera, and being gender variant ourselves. After less than two years of creating content, we are contacted daily by people who have been touched by our films, or would like to contribute themselves. We present people accurately, authentically, and with the greatest respect. For this, we are rewarded with intimate insights on epic journeys of discovery. It’s been so easy to birth and nurture this project, right from the start, when I won the exact amount of money to pay for the equipment.’

Fox Fisher

If you are buying multiple tickets please ensure you enter the correct names as this will help personalise the experience on the day including ensuring everyone is given lanyards with the correct names. 10% discount for group bookings of over 10 people.

Please remember to print and bring along your tickets on the day – if you have a student concession ticket you MUST bring proof of student status with you.

About TED

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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, and has grown to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

For more information on TEDxBrighton 2014, including tickets and links to speakers’ biogs, visit tedxbrighton.com.