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Cut Through The Noise

Saturday 11th January 2020

Rose Theatre Kingston

12 talks plus performances

Speakers and talks to be confirmed

Avant-garde composer John Cage’s renowned 1952 work 4’33”, formed entirely of silence, challenges our assumptions on the differences between sound and noise.

In a distracted, relentless and cluttered world TEDxKingstonUponThames explores how we determine what is noise and what is truth, what is real and meaningful versus the illusory and negative. Without authenticity, can we truthfully participate, empathise and engage with others?

Talks include, a record breaking transatlantic adventure, a commercial pilot discussing human error, a dinner with Vladimir Putin, a student in the room with Google demanding change and a University Challenge star talking about the 'magic of numbers'.

We also have some questions. What does online dating look like when you're blind? Can an Instagram account change lives? Do we need to talk more openly about death?

Great storytelling enables us to ‘Cut Through The Noise’, connect with others and bridge differences. TEDx is a global programme of independently organised events based on the world-famous TED Talks model.

Through a day-long event of live talks and performances, TEDxKingstonUponThames – entirely not-for-profit and organised by volunteers – strives to bring our community together with unique stories, opinions and experiences to spark meaningful discussion.

Speakers and talks are subject to change. Timings are also subject to change however this is a full day event.

Talk details are in alphabetical order, not the running order of the day.

Fern Lulham

What Online Dating Looks Like When You're Blind

Two things taught Fern about insecurity - being blind and online dating. From denying her disability entirely to learning that she didn't have to fully accept being blind to reveal it to others. Fern challenges the idea that total acceptance of oneself is necessary for others to accept us and explains that self-acceptance is not a moment of enlightenment, but a lifelong rollercoaster ride.

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Bobby Seagull

THE MAGIC OF NUMBERS - WHY YOU DON’T NEED A ‘MATHS BRAIN’ TO LOVE NUMBERS