The first person to source $1,000,000 on Kickstarter

The first person to source $1,000,000 on Kickstarter

Amanda Palmer was the first person to source $1,000,000 on Kickstarter to fund the production of an album and tour. She pioneered a new approach to getting funding: “Just ask for help!” In this TED talk she explains how in her early years as a performing artist she learned how to ask for help and…

My favourite TED talk, where do I start?

My favourite TED talk, where do I start?

At the start I’ve got to confess I’m a big fan of TED and have watched a lot of them. There’s loads that I really love, from the very famous ones from Simon Sinek and Ken Robinson, the funny How to sound smart in your Tedx Talk by Will Stephen to the scary (and brilliant)…

The Power of Introverts – My Favourite Ted Talk

The Power of Introverts – My Favourite Ted Talk

I have a strong suspicion that most of us have felt like an outsider at some point in our lives.  I certainly do, and as an introvert, that is how Susan Cain has felt throughout much of her life. Susan talks about how Western Society today values extroverts to the extent that both schools and…

Are you attending TEDxWhitehaven?

Are you attending TEDxWhitehaven?

Can you believe, at the time of posting this message, TEDxWhitehaven 2016 will take place in 3 weeks? I can’t! This years’ event is taking place at the Gaiety Cinema in Whitehaven on 7th September. As part of our goal to become more sustainable we have chosen to sell tickets to this year’s event. The…

TEDxWhitehaven – one year on

TEDxWhitehaven – one year on

I am wondering whether I am the only person in the world to start their TEDx experience by getting a ticket to be in the audience, only to end up on stage as a speaker? As I said, I had booked a ticket and was really looking forward to the “ideas worth spreading” that would…

Teach girls bravery, not perfection – my favourite TED talk

Teach girls bravery, not perfection – my favourite TED talk

I have to confess, I’ve not watched hundreds of TED talks, not even dozens, but most that I have watched have stayed with me for a long time – Simon Sinek, Ken Robinson, Rita F Pierson – to name but three. My favourite TED talk by a long way is from 2016 “Teach girls bravery,…

My favourite TED talk

My favourite TED talk

I have been a huge fan of TED talks for many years – for as long as I’ve made my living as a freelance writer in fact. These talks are often my first port of call when writing on some scientific or sociological issue to find out the latest, most important research and then I…

My TEDx Talk… One Year On

My TEDx Talk… One Year On

Standing on the famous red dot at Haig Pit in Whitehaven in March 2015 was a pivotal moment for me. An element of what I do for a living involves speaking to audiences, so I didn’t have the usual speaking in public nerves a lot of people worry about. My worry was “What if my…

Do ordinary people need a brand guru?

Do ordinary people need a brand guru?

Tara’s talk will look at how each one of us is a brand in the sense that we all have a story to tell. She’ll talk about how the way we look, what we say and what we do all come together to create an image of who we are. She’ll explore the idea that,…

A cure for Black Friday

A cure for Black Friday

Not a person to shy away from big challenges, and as somebody who believes individuals can collaborate to change the world, Steve decided to create Rainbow Saturday. Rainbow Saturday is still in its infancy. However, the early feedback Steve has had, is that it is a concept / organisation of and for its time. Steve…