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      TEDxKingstonUponThames 'Cut Through The Noise' in Kingston upon Thames

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      January 11, 2020

      Saturday  11:00 AM

      24-26 High Street
      Kingston upon Thames, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HL

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      TEDxKingstonUponThames 'Cut Through The Noise'

      TEDxKingstonUponThames is back for 2020 with another full day of talks at the Rose Theatre in Kingston Upon Thames. Our theme for 2020 is 'Cut Through The Noise'. 12 talks plus performances. Avant-garde composer John Cage’s renowned 1952 work 4’33”, formed entirely of silence, challenges our assumptions on the differences between sound and noise. In a distracted, relentless and cluttered world TEDxKingstonUponThames explores how we determine what is noise and what is truth, what is real and meaningful versus the illusory and negative. Without authenticity, can we truthfully participate, empathise and engage with others? Talks include, a record breaking transatlantic adventure, a commercial pilot discussing human error, a dinner with Vladimir Putin, a student in the room with Google demanding change and a University Challenge star talking about the 'magic of numbers'. Great storytelling enables us to ‘Cut Through The Noise’, connect with others and bridge differences. TEDx is a global programme of independently organised events based on the world-famous TED Talks model.  Through a day-long event of live talks and performances, TEDxKingstonUponThames – entirely not-for-profit and organised by volunteers – strives to bring our community together with unique stories, opinions and experiences to spark meaningful discussion.  The full line up of talks and performances will be announced in due course. Speakers and talks are subject to change. Timings are also subject to change however this is a full day event. Meet the Speakers After selecting your seats, every ticket buyer has the opportunity to add-on a Meet the Speakers Drinks Reception ticket. Meet the speakers and organising committee over a drink and some nibbles immediately following the main event. Accessible Seats Wheelchair accessible seats are available. Please email for details. Speakers Debbie Deegan ‘MRS DEEGAN, PRESIDENT PUTIN WILL BE SEATED TO YOUR RIGHT’ Debbie Deegan refused to accept no for an answer and it took her from her kitchen table to dinner with President Putin in the Kremlin. Over the past 20 years, her search for one child lead to changing her own life and the lives of thousands of children. Debbie tells the story of how an ordinary person can effect great social change through passion, determination, resilience and empathy. Natasha Donovan THE PATIENT VOICE - A GOOD WAY TO DELIVER BAD NEWS Natasha Donovan has gone from multiple life support machine experiences when battling cancer to becoming a leading voice of NHS patient empowerment. An effervescent optimist fired by determination, she has channelled her negative experiences of poor doctor-patient communication into a force for good to help others. Now Natasha teaches consultants, nurses and students how to clearly and sensitively communicate with patients at one of the world’s leading university hospitals. Clemmie Stewart + Rebecca Glover DO SNOWPLOW PARENTS REMOVE ESSENTIAL GRIT? - RAISE SUCCESSFUL KIDS BY LETTING THEM FAIL In a modern culture of overprotective parenting, how do we equip our children to have the grit to flourish in an ever changing world. Or are we just setting them up for failure? Education experts Rebecca Glover and Clemmie Stewart believe “trampoline parenting” is the solution. Their view is that children can only learn resilience and ‘character’ through experiencing failure. It is what we learn from our mistakes that helps us bounce back from adversity and understand our fit within the wider world. Fern Lulham WHAT ONLINE DATING LOOKS LIKE WHEN YOU'RE BLIND Two things taught Fern about insecurity - being blind and online dating. From denying her disability entirely to learning that she didn't have to fully accept being blind to reveal it to others. Fern challenges the idea that total acceptance of oneself is necessary for others to accept us and explains that self-acceptance is not a moment of enlightenment, but a lifelong rollercoaster ride. Bobby Seagull THE MAGIC OF NUMBERS - WHY EVERYONE SHOULD LOVE MATHS University Challenge TV star Bobby Seagull has an infectiously enthusiastic passion for numbers. He is on a mission to encourage a love for maths and overcome the common assumption that you have to have a ‘maths brain’ to be any good at it. Bobby’s irresistible fascination with order and pattern in numbers reveals the incredible ways maths can help make sense of everyday life. Sharon Young LET'S TALK ABOUT DYING AND START LIVING Despite advances in medical science, 100% of people still die. A cultural reluctance to discuss death and dying means that many people die unprepared and leave things unsaid. Death as a taboo topic has been contested on a number of levels and Kingston Borough Councillor Sharon Young will talk about the rise in popularity of Death Cafes and the role they play in shaping perceptions of death and dying.  Sharon set up the first Death Cafe in Kingston Upon Thames, using real life examples taken from two years working as a facilitator to highlight the importance of discussion on end of life. More speakers announced every week.

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