TEDx Brixton Blog

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TEDXBRIXTON TEAMS: Meet the speaker dream team!

Our Speaker Team select and prepare the speakers who will share their “ideas worth spreading.” Their strengths in project management, design, consultancy and content editing ensure our speakers feel supported and empowered every step of the way. From crafting a script and creating slides to coaching and working with the speakers every week, giving up their time for free! Some even pay home visits to the speakers just to give them that extra boost of support! It’s clear that a lot of time and effort goes into speaker preparation and this dream team are exceptional at bringing out the best in them!

 


 

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  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I am a freelance Content Editor and Copywriter. I’m also the Speaker Team Leader at TEDxBrixton.
  2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? People-watching, exploring and meeting interesting people.
  3. What’s your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? A multifaceted perspective, changing and moving form with colourful patterns.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I am re-reading/listening to Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell, which examines success and the exceptional circumstances that are key components of success stories. I am also re-reading The Thing around Your Neck and Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
  5. What’s your favourite TED talk? I have three current favourites: Every kid needs a champion by Rita Pierson, How One Tweet Can Ruin Your Life by Jon Ronson and How I Hacked Online Dating by Amy Webb.

Rob

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a story development consultant working for my own agency. I help entrepreneurs get investment and show people how to tell compelling brand stories. At TEDxBrixton, I help the speakers to get their talks TED ready. Rob Grundel CroppedThis year I am assisting four speakers – all incredible accomplished individuals. I spend time listening, asking questions and imagining myself as an audience member.
  2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Catching the vibes in Windrush Square.
  3. What’s your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? You can keep turning something over and you’ll always see something new. So, you can read that as we can never fully understand anything. Or that we will never stop discovering, providing we’re curious.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? Sense of Style by Steven Pinker. It’s about how to write. I’ve read a lot of books about writing but this one suggests a timeless sense of style rather than listing endless rules. How you can transfer the web of ideas from your mind onto a page so that the reader is awed.
  5. What’s your favourite TED talk? Gotta be Brene Brown talks. The fact she came back to do more talks – that’s huge.
  6. What’s your highlight from last year’s event? Poet Toby Thompson closed the event last year. Somebody took a photo of the whole Speaker Team leaning against the wall listening to him. His performance was so beautiful. In that moment too, I was celebrating, ‘we did it!’ There was a lot going on in that moment.

 Criney

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I am Brand and Business Consultant by day. By night, I am a brand advisor to the emerging Start UP community in London.criney
  2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I love the Brixton Vibe especially the colours and atmosphere. I love going to the market and the vintage stalls under the arches. I am also loving the food revolution taking place and the creative hubs that seem to be sprouting!
  3. What’s your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? I have to say, my interpretation of Kaleidoscope is about challenging the normal perceptions or accepted norms and getting people to question the status quo.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I am almost certifiable when it comes to books. Right now, I am into reading very old magazine articles from the 1920s. I am currently reading THE LONDON MERCURY volumes from 1928. It is a bit like reading a more intellectual version of the society magazine Tatler. They have lovely stories and poems that captured the essence and mood of the day. It’s surprising how some issues are still present today.
  5. What are your favourite TED talks? Go With your Gut Feeling by Magnus Walker, Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson and How I Hacked Online Dating by Amy Webb.

Follow Criney on Twitter: @CrineyInsalata

Natasha

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I am a Speakers Curator working within the Speaker Team. My role is to evaluate and develop ideas from speaker submissions and directly mentor the selected speakers. My background is also includes account and project management. 
  2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I love going to the Ritzy Cinema. Brixton is also a vibrant food hub! I love Senzala, Conrercopia, Pizza at Franco Manca and cocktails at Three Eight Four. Brixton is an exciting design centre and I’m proud to be one of the co-founders launching Brixton Design Week.
  3. What’s your interpretation of the theme Kaleidoscope? I’m a very visual person, so I always think bright luminous shapes and colours, but then mixing this with the sounds of Brixton.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I’m currently reading No One Understands You – and What to Do About It by Heidi Grant Halvorson. This book explains how commonly we misunderstand each other and helps you to find your own individual authenticity in your work and life.
  5. What’s your favourite TED talk? I love the talk by Hugh Herr on Bionics.
  6. What’s your highlight from last year’s event? Working directly with David Hughes. He just fizzed with so many ideas and his research into visualisation is pioneering. David’s work reveals so many more stories about the history of artefacts from ancient mummies to Martian meteorites.

Follow Natasha on Twitter: @Natasha_M_LDN

Charlotte

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a project manager by day. Speaking confidently and clearly are a large part of my job. I’m also a Speaker Curator for TEDxBrixton. There are two parts to this role – selecting the final speakers and then providing one on one support to help build a clear, engaging and TEDxBrixton worthy speech. Charlotte
  2. What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I love to explore the hustle and bustle of Brixton Market but at the weekend, you’ll also find me enjoying the sun in Brockwell Park.
  3. What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? A catch all – anything and everything.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I’ve just finished Girl at War by Sara Novic. It’s a book about a Croatian girl growing up during the Yugoslavian conflict and escaping to the US. It’s pretty harrowing in places but amazingly written.
  5. What’s your favourite TED talk? My favourite TED talks are those that I find myself referring to in everyday life. Two that stand out to me at the moment are Amy Cuddy’s Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are and Emma Barnett’s The Secrets that Snails Can Teach Women About Success.
  6. What’s your highlight from last year’s event? I loved the video of Caroline Goyder’s talk on public speaking – she was effortless!

Follow Charlotte on Twitter: @mydamnblog

Mia

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I am a Programmer on the TEDxBrixton Speaker Team and Head of Speaker Liaison.Mia
  2. Whats your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Buy the best peanut butter in the world from the Ghanaian shop in the food market and talk to anyone I may meet whilst doing so.
  3. Whats your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Diverse, ever-changing, beautiful unpredictability.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? Whats it about? Bad Behaviour by Mary Gaitskill – it’s a collection of short stories about women whose lives and desires aren’t quite as palatable as society demands them to be.
  5. Whats your favourite TED talk? Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity? Totally relatable, so inspiring and still so relevant to education worldwide..

 

Susan

  1. Tell us a bit about your background? I’m an Interior Designer and a Speaker Team Liaison at TEDxBrixton. image2013
  2. Whats your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Dinner in Brixton Market eating two favourites – Franco Manco and Honest Burgers.
  3. Whats your interpretation of this years’ theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Fragments of shapes and colour that can relate into many aspects of life.
  4. What book(s) are you currently reading? Whats it about? It’s a travel and adventure book called The Land Where Lemons Grow by Helena Attlee. The history of lemons in Italy.
  5. Whats your favourite TED talk? How To Be A Confident Speaker by Caroline Goyder.

Follow Susan on Twitter: Twitter: @susanp_house

Watch previous TEDxBrixton talks here.