TEDx Brixton Blog

6
Oct

In Conversation with TEDxBrixton 2015 speakers

So we’ve announced the speaker line-up for TEDxBrixton 2015, but you essentially only know their names. To redress that, we talked to some of our speakers and asked them a few questions about themselves, their interests, and the things that inspire them. Enjoy getting to know more about the speakers before the big day on Saturday 10th October!


 

IMG_1568Roi Cohen Kadosh

  1. What does the word Kaleidoscope mean to you?

Seeing the world in a way you have never seen it before.

  1. Who inspires you?

My parents and my PhD supervisor.

  1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

What everyone is doing is not necessarily the right thing.

  1. If you could be joined on the TED stage by anyone in the world, who would it be?

G-d. I’m sure it will be very successful, but s/he might not have the time for me.


 

 Sam Hall

Sam Hall

  1. What does the word Kaleidoscope mean to you?

Things aren’t always as they seem, your perceived notion of life, reality, love, art, beauty can always evolve and be malleable. When you change your view point, practically or philosophically, you often experience people and the world in a completely different light.

  1. What is your favourite TED talk?

It’s a new one but a classic in the making. Emma Barnett ‘The secret snails can teach women about success”. She speaks with warmth and humour, but her warning is firm and urgent. As women we must not lose custody of our own ambition and it is our duty to society to continue to strive for equal opportunities.

  1. Who or what inspires you?

My late grandfather, Ernest Hall – an adventurer, philanthropist and a patient, gentle soul.

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in Brixton?

Just strolling along the streets on a hot summer afternoon. This is when Brixton comes alive. Sound systems pounding rhythms with heavy bass on each street corner, the smell of spicy cooking in the air. Brixton has a marvellous electric energy. It’s a great place for people-watching.

  1. What latest technology excites you most?

Kiyoshi Nakajima from Japan has invented a machine that turns waste plastic into oil to make gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. You could power a car, a heater, or a stove. It’s phenomenal. This could drastically reduce the earth’s CO2 emissions.


 

Sabah Choudrey

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in Brixton?

Eat! There is so much good food around, with lovely family-run restaurants and fresh food markets. They satisfy every craving.

  1. What does the word Kaleidoscope mean to you?Sabah Choudrey

Kaleidoscope is all about reflections for me, and those sudden special moments during which colours explode and the reflections change suddenly. It’s a new way of looking at things, almost as though we are looking at a new world. The world is constantly evolving, changing.

  1. What is your favourite TED talk?

Brene Brown’s talk titled The Power of Vulnerability. Wow.

  1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

My dad once said to me, “For the human, hair is a crown.” I think he wanted me to get a haircut.

  1. What latest technology excites you most?

An app called Pocket – it stores my favourite web pages offline, which means I can read any article I want, anytime, anywhere! It’s the only app I use on my phone.

  1. If you could be joined on the TED stage by anyone in the world, who would it be?

Binaohan – their writing on decolonising trans/gender is incredible and life-changing.

    7.  What is your favourite book?

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock


 

Helen Wright and Hugh Lewis

  1. What are your favourite locations in Brixton?

There are many! The Hub, Pop Brixton, Ritzy, Rosie’s, Fed Coffee, and Parissi, to name a few.Helen_Wright_600x431_BW

  1. What does Kaleidoscope mean to you?

A new way of seeing the world; something that reveals new shapes and patterns that have never been seen before.

  1. What is the most recent cool idea you heard?

There are several! Honey flow hive, bug proof bamboo that is as strong as steel, and hands-free parking.

  1. If you could be joined on the TED stage by anyone in the world, who would it be?

Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, Collapse, and The World until Yesterday.

  1. What is your favourite book, and which author would you recommend to the TED community?

The Next 100 Years, A Forecast for the 21st Century’ by George Friedman.


 


Pete the Temp performing
Pete the Temp 

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in Brixton?

Join demonstrations against gentrification and flash mob Foxtons.

  1. Who or what inspires you?

South London’s vocalist, beatboxer, and loop pedal sensation, Randolph Matthews.

  1. Do you have a motivational motto? If so, what is it?

Everything will be OK in the end. If it’s not OK, it’s not the end.

  1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Look at each new day as an opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of as many people as possible.

  1. If you could be joined on the TED stage by anyone in the world, who would it be?

The Minister of Education so I can challenge him to a rap battle.

  1. Name your favourite book and author that you would recommend to our TED community

What’s the Point of School? by Guy Claxton.


 

Alex Lambert

Alex Lambert

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in Brixton?

Getting off the tube and heading down Electric Avenue where you can hear the music and smell the food cooking.  Maybe buying some sugar cane too!  It reminds me of coming to Brixton as a child, although we took the bus!

  1. What does kaleidoscope mean to you?

It makes me think of those kaleidoscopic telescopes you have as a kid.  Reflection, revolution, and transformation.  If we don’t like what we see we can change it.

  1. Who or what inspires you?

Seeing what people around the world can achieve creatively with so few resources makes me think: “I’ve got all these tools at my fingertips so I better use them well!”

  1. What is your motivational motto?

It’s only impossible until someone figures out how to do it.  

Lots of the technology we take for granted are straight out of Star Trek!  Tell someone 30 years ago that they could have instant communication with anyone, anywhere on earth and they would have called you crazy.  I’m sure at the dawn of the space race people thought it impossible to travel to the moon. Then humans figured it out!

  1. What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?

Just start. With new projects and ideas, so much time can be wasted thinking about where to start and when to do it.  During this time we can also convince ourselves that our idea isn’t as great as we first thought. The whole idea can lose its electricity and in turn we can lose our enthusiasm for it.  Just start anywhere and you’ll be one step closer to realising it.


 

 Charlotte Knowles

Charlotte Knowles

  1. What is your favourite thing to do in Brixton?

Meet new people, talk, listen, eat, dance, drink, watch films, go to gigs and shows. There aren’t many things I don’t like to do in Brixton!

  1. What does the word Kaleidoscope mean to you?

A colourful, exciting mix of eclectic yet perfectly blended ideas.

  1. What is your favourite TED talk?

Brixton Soup Kitchen – Aspiring to Inspire by Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi

    4.  Who or what inspires you?

Frida Kahlo

  1. What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Fail, and fail fast, then move on.

  1. If you could be joined on the TED stage by anyone in the world, who would it be?

Michael Groce, because no-one knows this story better than him.  

  1. Which book would you recommend to the TED community?

The Second Sex by Simone De Beauvoir.


 

Watch previous TEDxBrixton talks here.