Barbican Centre, London, UK
The TEDxSquareMile programme has been running since 2012, focusing from its incipience on the City of London community.
The aim of our TEDxSquareMile events is to combine selected live speakers and TED Talk videos to promote reflection, discussion and connection amongst the audience i.e. members of our community, London’s Square Mile.
The theme for this sixth edition is ‘Surviving or Thriving’, a theme which addresses local challenges as well as world-wide issues with the aim of providing long-term ideas and techniques to thrive in the workplace and in our communities.
Our 2019 Speaker Line-up:
“After training originally as an engineer/designer, I got curious about how we humans work, and have built my career exploring what it takes for people to handle the challenges of doing new things well (e.g. digital business, innovation, change and mergers). I’ve worked directly for Ford, PwC, BP and AXA XL, and I now help people make practical sense of work and leadership for our digital age.”
Connected technology makes more things possible, and makes life more noisy, messy and fluid; we need simple, human tools to help us make useful new sense of work and life every day.
Dr. Andrea and Jon Taylor-Cummings
Dr. Andrea and Jon Taylor-Cummings are passionate about building strong relationships and stemming the tide of family breakdown. For the last 20+ years, alongside careers in professional services (Management Consulting and Investment Banking respectively), and being serial entrepreneurs, they have been running relationship building workshops and seminars to help people better manage home/work/life tensions. In 2016, Andrea and Jon established Soulmates Academy to help individuals and organisations achieve better wellbeing and emotional health through proactively equipping people with strong relationship skills as a natural part of personal and professional development. They both hold postgraduate Management Studies degrees from Oxford University. Andrea is also a Jamaican Rhodes Scholar.
Relationship breakdown is crippling us as individuals, as families and as a society. With the stats revealing that roughly half of all couples don’t “go the distance” and that family breakdown is an increasing cause of mental health concerns in our youth, this talk is a message of urgency around the need for proactively equipping people with strong relationship skills in order to stem the tide.
Helen Needham is the founder of Me.Decoded, a management consultant in financial services, and is part of a neurodiverse family. Helen and her son are autistic, and her mum is bipolar. Helen has experienced first hand the challenges that being neurodivergent can have, and has seen what is possible with the right understanding, environment and support. Recently Helen launched a Neurodiversity employee network, to bring about a change in her company. Through Me.Decoded, Helen hopes to bring about a greater change by sharing stories of Neurodivergent thinkers and promoting the value of Neurodivergent thinking.
Great things are possible when neurodivergent thinkers are viewed as different instead of difficult, and embracing this perspective can lead to changes where everyone is able to benefit from the power of neurodivergent thinking.
Jillian Kowalchuk is an award-winning woman in tech and is the Founder & CEO of Safe & The City, the AI street-smarts app to safely navigate while making your experience count. She sits on the Commonwealth Businesswomen Executive Team to empower 1B girls and women into business and was awarded ‘Most Inspiring Role Model’ by the 53 Commonwealth Governments. She is in the Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneurial Programme and sits on the Alumni Advisory Board. She has lived and traveled to over 50 countries and speaks on a breadth of topics to inspire and motivate others to take innovative action to solve meaningful problems. She holds an MSc in Public Health from London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and BA in Psychology.
How everyday technologies and entrepreneurial solutions are needed to solve epidemics, like sexual harassment and violence against women, to move from a society surviving through these realities to thriving as equals together.
Justas is a Lithuanian entrepreneur, co-founder of Monetha. A blockchain reputation platform with raised 37 million USD in 18 minutes with their ICO. Justas is elected to Forbes 30 under 30, Nominated for Innovator of the Year by Euronews and an influential voice in the blockchain/cryptocurrency industry.
Economical/technology bubbles come in repeatable cycles and the way to seize that inflation or protecting yourself from it lies in recognizing the pattern.
Mike Smith is an unusual combination of international businessman turned mentor who has worked with 250 executive clients to help them work out and attain a role in which they will feel happy and be effective. He is writing a book on work and well-being. Over a varied career – change manager, company doctor and then mentor – he is proudest of having told the World Bank how they should spend $300 million on environmental education in Indonesia in 1980.
His idea is worth spreading because he will tell you how to build and climb your own staircase to happiness – which the evidence says should help you live a decade longer and be healthier – and also be up to 47% more productive.
“My names Oliver, I’m 25 and I was born with a disability that affects my left leg. About two years ago a doctor told me I would spend the rest of my life on crutches and never be an athlete. Life on crutches was a bitter pill to swallow, fortunately I had no plans on becoming an athlete, but I really don’t like being told what to do. A year and a half later I’m now I’m a Team GB Wheelchair fencer. Do what you can’t.”
“People perceptions of us are usually based on the first thing they see, for me that’s my disability, so they usually assume what I can’t do before they think about what I can. Whether you have a disability or not, whatever your adversity might be, it’s up to us to change these perceptions. Our biggest obstacles are not our disabilities or adversities, they are theses perceptions of what we are capable of.”
Dr. Ravina Kullar is an infectious diseases researcher and pharmacist that has been studying the impact of antibiotic resistance to society for over 10 years. She has published over 30 research papers, been invited as a previous TEDx speaker in the United States and has been invited to speak around the globe about this crisis to educate not only the public but also clinicians. She believes that if we all work together now to solve this global health issue, we can be thriving rather than just merely surviving.
“My talk is worth spreading because if we do not make a change right now with the overuse of antibiotics, the primary driver of resistance, we will be in the infection-driven apocalypse era where microbes will soon take over humans.”
“I am a consultant paediatric surgeon at St George’s Hospital in London. I am the youngest in my team and the first female general surgeon for many years in this department. I am also a performance poet and write about various themes including women empowerment, philosophy and social causes. I am a trustee of a charity that organises yearly medical camps in Nepal. I was also part of the team that helped the Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir get to UK Christmas No. 1 in 2016!”
Surgery is an art as well as a science, and being creative makes me a better surgeon by connecting with patients and their stories on a deeper human level.
Lisa Talia Moretti
Lisa Talia Moretti is an award-winning Digital Sociologist who for more than a decade, has studied and written about the relationship between technology, information and society. Lisa is also an Associate Lecturer at Goldsmiths and Cardiff University and a Visiting Teacher at Plymouth University and Sup De Pub in Paris. Her research has gained international coverage with CNN, BBC, Fast Company, Campaign, Techcrunch, Forbes and others.
We need to urgently reimagine technology as a system, not a series of products. If we don’t, our efforts to democratise AI will continue to feel like a struggle.
Felicia Williams is an internationally seasoned creative director and technologist. Working across multiple Fortune 500 companies, she brings more than 15 years of design leadership to game-changing products across AR and VR, including the Kinect, Microsoft’s HoloLens and the Oculus. Currently at Facebook London, she heads up product teams exploring AR and VR, investigating the possibilities at the intersection of utility, new technology and the Future of Work
When building the technology of the future, understanding key ways to be resilient in the face of rapid and unpredictable change can become your ultimate superpower.
An avid reader, writer and storyteller, Ishita Ranjan is the Co-Founder of Copy & Code – an online marketing and website development agency that enables social impact organisations to build their presence and share their impact.Ishita is passionate about understanding and sharing stories from marginalised voices in society, and the role this plays in our collective understanding of the world we live in. She is on a mission to explore the lesser told version of events, be they historial or happening in real time!
If we want to solve the problems we are seeing in the present and the ones we anticipate in the future, we must look back and listen to the voices that don’t get heard – only when we learn the lessons from the untold past, can we find the answers for moving forward.
Having lived and worked on five continents, Sayo considers herself a global citizen, and her experiences have fostered a love of international affairs, languages, and travel .She is the Founder of JourneyKind, a sustainable travel platform that helps individuals discover the world while making a positive impact. She is also a Partner at Leaders’ Quest, a social enterprise committed to building an inclusive and sustainable world.
My topic is worth spreading because it is all about how people, through their personal choices, can make a positive impact on the world.
Aadam Speaks is a former Young Mayor Of Newham, Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge winner and Monologue Slam UK performer. From performing across theatres in the UK he now wants to use his words to help change the world. One thing’s for sure, Aadam Speaks will make you laugh, smile, but most importantly think about reality! Think about issues! Think about making a change!
In a day and age where adversity is apart of our every step, rather than allowing it to hinder us, we can use it to help us strive, use it to help us achieve our goals and use it to help change this world.
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