TEDx Brixton Blog


TEDxBrixton: Why it matters

By: Stephanie Busari, producer for CNN International Digital and the founder and curator of TEDxBrixton – originally blogged at Below The River.

 One of my favourite TED talks is by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie where she speaks about the danger of a single story and in essence the danger of stereotypes.

Ever since I watched it a few years ago, it has stayed with me and it largely inspired me to consider organising a TEDx in Brixton.

As someone who grew up just off Acre Lane on the Clapham/Brixton border I have always lived in this area and for as long as I can remember Brixton’s story has been framed in the context of a single story of gangs, riots and crime.

Although this perception is changing, there are still those who will always associate Brixton with riots and crime, and the 2011 unrest certainly didn’t help to dispel that criminal image.

TEDxBrixton is the first of its kind to be held in Lambeth and the central idea behind it is to celebrate and highlight the creativity and innovation that has always been in the area.

The ethos of TED is ideas worth sharing and myself and the TEDxBrixton team are passionate believers in the ideas that are coming out of Brixton. There are around 16 volunteers from all walks of life working on the event, it’s all done in our spare time and it has been an amazing learning curve. Around 500 people will attend TEDxBrixton to take part in a day of talks around the theme of transformations, using Brixton’s constant state of flux as the backdrop.

We have been inundated with requests for a speaker slot and putting it together has been a lot of hard work but also a LOT of fun. We did a lot of outreach work in the community and tried to find some new voices that would perhaps not have the opportunity to present on a world stage like TED.

I think we’ve ended up with a strong list of speakers from Brixton…  Read the full post over at Below the River.