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.
The ethics of the fashion industry – Brighton Fashion Week Debates: At what point does the cost of looking good become too much?
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.
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.
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.
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.’