TEDxBrixton Teams: A Q&A with the comms All-Stars!
Events. Published at Saturday, September 26th 2015, 14:48:34 PM by Shelby G.
TEDxBrixton Teams: A Q&A with the comms All-Stars!
Our communications team are an experienced and enthusiastic bunch who are committed to raising the profile of TEDxBrixton. They have a considerable amount of experience in public and private sector roles and a range of skills and specialities, ensuring they can provide the right amount of promotion for the event at a regional, national and even an international level through our press, marketing campaigns and public engagement work.
Tell us a bit about your background? I’m the Digital and Communications Manager for a disability rights nonprofit working mostly throughout Africa and Asia. I’m also the Comms Lead forTEDxBrixton. In other words I try to make sure that all the communications bits, such as social media, PR and website, come together.What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Food, food, food. I love discovering new places and going for old ones.What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Not sure yet, only time will tell :)What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? The Global Minotaur, by Yanis Varoufakis former Minister of Finance of Greece and economist who believes that globalisation, capitalism and financialisation are myths, and the causes of the current economic crisis.What’s your favourite TED talk? Jill Bolte Taylor – Stroke of Insight. Jill is a brain researcher who had a stroke, and had the chance to observe it and study it as it happened. Fascinating stuff!
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Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a Creative Director at a global PR and integrated communications agency. I get to work across a broad range of industries; from sports to fashion, tech to travel. It’s always different, and there’s always a new challenge, which I love. I also lead the content team for TEDxBrixton.claire (1)What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Eating and drinking! Without a doubt. We’re spoilt for choice here – so many amazing places. There are too many to list all my recommendations, but some of my favourites are Bukowski, Made of Dough, Mama Lan, and Chicken Liquor. Outside of The Village and Pop Brixton, I also like ThreeEightFour and Effra Social (they do a good pub quiz on a Tuesday).What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? For me it’s about constant evolution. About retaining beauty, despite an always changing form.What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? Thrive by Arianna Huffington. She wrote the book after collapsing from exhaustion and severely injuring herself. It caused her to dramatically rethink her life, revaluating the choices she was making. Her book is neat summary of this reflection.What’s your favourite TED talk? I love a lot of the iconic talks such as Do Schools Kill Creativity? by Sir Ken Robinson and How I held my breath for 17 minutes by David Blaine. One of my personal favourites is How Sampling Transformed Music by Mark Ronson.
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Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a researcher and news writer for a legal magazine. I also write music and pursue other business ventures in my spare time. For TEDxBrixton, I write the blog/online content.image1What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? I’m not from Brixton but when I’m in the area, I buy music from the local music stores and there are loads of great places to eat which is awesome.What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Multifaceted people with interchanging experiences.What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I am currently reading ‘US’ by David Nicholls. It’s a funny, sad and tender tale of man trying to save his marriage. It details a thoughts, emotions, highs, lows, failures and disappointments of the journey of marriage and family life and includes brilliant observations about life, art and culture.What’s your favourite TED talk? I have a few faves but ‘Own your body’s Data’ by Talithia Williams was the very first TED talk I watched and I was hooked from then. It really opened my eyes about getting to really know the body that I’ve been living in all this time!
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Tell us a bit about your background? PR assistant for a food & drinks PR company and I’m the social media lead for TEDxBrixton.MarthaWhat’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Going to eat in Brixton village market or to the Ritzy cinema with my family.What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? A representation of all the different identities that exist in Brixton.What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? The Versions of Us by Laura Barnett – it’s about three different love stories that are intertwined.What’s your favourite TED talk? Why I stopped watching porn by Ran Gavrieli.
Follow Martha on Twitter: @marthalclarke
Tell us a bit about your background? I’m a private tutor and writer/editor. I am currently working on my first book, which will be self-published in September 2015. Within the team, I handle all the Twitter communication.IMG_7599What’s your favourite thing to do in Brixton? Observe the freedom and joy of the residents on a lovely summer day.What’s your interpretation of this year’s theme ‘Kaleidoscopes’? Complexity; difference(s) and inclusivity; adaptability. When I think of the word “kaleidoscope,?? I imagine prisms and colours, and the reflection of light.What book(s) are you currently reading? What’s it about? I am currently reading I Am Your Sister, which is a collection of essays by black feminist, lesbian, poet, Audre Lorde, and essays by other Black scholars who have been inspired by her. It’s a brilliant book that reminds me of my experience of reading her collection Sister Outsider.What’s your favourite TED talk? Oh, it has to be The Danger of a Single Story, by Chimamanda Adichie. This is important to me as a reader AND writer, especially one who is a bridge between two cultures. I was born and raised in Nigeria, and I moved to the UK in 2007.
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