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TEDxBrighton Friday 31st October 2014: Many Hands and a call to mics

In a nutshell if you are unfamiliar with TED, it is about Ideas Worth Spreading and started almost 30 years ago in California.  Now known and respected world wide, TED invites some of the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a mind-boggling mix of topics twice a year.

First alerted to this phenomenon by two of my big thinking friends Astro Al and my Cardiff Fella, I'm now keen to share their big thinking ways.  So it seems are a whole load of other people too.  Last year TEDxBrighton packed out the 300 capacity Corn Exchange, leading the organiser Sam Orams to re-locate a few steps to the 1,000 capacity Dome for this year to accommodate TEDx's growing popularity.

TEDx is an independently organized TED event, The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

Peter James TEDxBrighton
Taking place on Friday 31st October 2014, TEDxBrighton is titled ‘Many Hands’, and will explore ideas around connectivity, convergence and community.  It's aim is to celebrate how human beings make sense of a world in constant flux and will look at the prevalence of technology in a networked age.  New dilemmas have emerged, such as social networks creating a sense of isolation and the prevalence of display screens increasing a desire for the physical.  Meanwhile connectivity has narrowed distance; flash mobs, subcultures and the maker movement have emerged and once commonplace skills have been re-packaged as art. 

The speakers announced so far are Best-selling crime author Peter James who will explore how he formed his Brighton-based character, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace.  

Also speaking will be Karl Mattingly, founder of slowXchange a London based internet platform that crowd-sources forecasts on financial performance. He will take a look at how better transparency and greater accuracy in information can lead to innovative ways of sharing power and wealth.
Karl Mattingly TEDxBrighton

In the Dome foyer there will be a free Ideas Lab running throughout the day providing an interactive soap box with ground breaking inventions, designs and new technologies from the South East.

Tickets are now on sale at and are being allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A host of interesting talks and exhibitors are already taking shape, but there’s still room for more. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else to talk at the event then please visit to download a speaker form.

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