We’re back for 2022 with a full day of talks at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames.


Life Finds A Way

“If there’s one thing the history of evolution has taught us, it’s that life will not be contained. Life breaks free, it expands to new territories, and crashes through barriers painfully, maybe even dangerously, but, uh, well, there it is.”


Life, uh, finds a way.’


Jeff Goldblum was right, in Jurassic Park and his point is as relevant now as it was back in 1993.


The world has changed dramatically since our last event in January 2020. We’ve all had to evolve and find our way through life in different ways.


But life-changing events happen to people every single day. We’ve all been in situations where we can say to ourselves, ‘my life will never be the same again.’ Whether wonderful or devastating, by design or by accident, life finds a way to surprise, challenge and disrupt. 


‘Life Finds a Way’ is the theme of our 2022 event. We can’t wait to share 12 incredible TEDx talks with you.


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.

The full line up of talks and performances will be announced in due course.

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

Accessible Seats

Please contact us for details of available accessible seats.


Saturday 30th April 2022

11:00 – 20:00 GMT


Rose Theatre Kingston

Kingston upon Thames


If you purchased tickets to the original event date Sunday 30th January and are unable to make the new date, please contact us for a refund.

Ticket Types and Restricted View Information

Front Stalls – £69
Circle – £67
Rear Stalls – £66
Rear Stalls Side – £62 (Side View)
Circle Side – £58 (Side view. Seats may have a restricted view of the stage)
Upper Circle Centre – £56 (Seats may have a restricted view of the stage)
Upper Circle Side – £35/£25 (Seats have a restricted view of the stage)

All orders will be subject to a booking fee of £2.00

Ticket and Event Terms and Conditions

Confirmed Talks

Natasha Donovan

Breaking Bad News

Natasha Donovan has gone from multiple life support machine experiences when battling cancer to becoming a leading voice of NHS patient empowerment. 

An effervescent optimist fired by determination, she has channelled her negative experiences of poor doctor-patient communication into a force for good to help others. Now Natasha teaches consultants, nurses and students how to clearly and sensitively communicate with patients at one of the world’s leading university hospitals.

(Content and Trigger Warning: This talk will include true stories about cancer and cancer treatment.)


Rob and Chantel Emery

One Day At a Time

Rob and Chantel share their extraordinary journey from the birth of their quadruplets, to dealing with loss, gratitude and learning to live for each day. 

They are on a mission to positively impact the lives of those around them through sharing their story, navigating being parents to children with severe cerebral palsy and their super siblings, all while trying to juggle everyday life.

Ali Hendry

Survivor's Guide to Jealousy

Where does jealousy come from, and how can we work through it? Unique observations and solutions relating to one of the most complex emotions us humans experience.

Ali Hendry is a Holistic Relationship Coach and journalist. Her personal and professional experiences of relationship designs (monogamy, polyamory, open) generated a comprehensive guide to working through jealousy.

Michael Maisey

Uncaged: From Prison to Purpose

From growing up traumatised, abused and neglected and left in a cell for 23 hours everyday at the age of 16, Michael shares his story of transformation and what he believes needs to change in our criminal justice system.

He is the author of “Young Offender” which tells his story of going from armed robber to becoming a local hero. He has been sober for 14 years and founded the CIP Project, a non profit organisation that helps people become the person they want to be.

Owen O'Kane

Bombs, Bullets, Bullying and A Piano

Owen explores how a piano became his salvation whilst growing up in a war zone and dealing with bullying. His experiences of adversity taught him how life finds a way and he will share these lessons, alongside his piano.

Owen is a Psychotherapist, Sunday Times Best Selling Author and former NHS Mental Health Lead. He is also a lover of dogs and cake.

Simone Sistrelli

Turning a Symptom into a Superpower

In a world riddled with diseases that have no cure to date, it is necessary to find alternative methods of treatment and support for anyone going through challenging times. Dance can offer exactly that. 

What is science telling us about the power of dance? How does dance support people with Parkinson’s? How can you turn a symptom into a superpower? 

Join Simone Sistarelli, founder of Popping For Parkinson’s, as he unravels the potential that can be unlocked through movement. 


Dr Douglas Vakoch

Embracing Uncertainty: Searching for Life beyond Earth

Science isn’t just a dispassionate search for truth. It also provides lessons for living our daily lives in the face of uncertainty and the need for commitment.

Dr Douglas Vakoch is president of METI International, a San Francisco-based scientific organisation that transmits powerful, intentional radio signals to nearby stars, in the hope of eliciting a reply from extraterrestrial civilisations. As an elected member of the International Astronomical Union and the International Institute for Space Law, he explores the scientific and societal dimensions of the search for life beyond Earth.

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