TEDxExeter will return in 2022

It is with great regret that we have taken the decision to postpone our next live TEDxExeter event until 2022. The continuing uncertainty over when we will be able to gather again in large numbers has affected many planned events, and has had an impact on the availability of the venues we would normally use in Exeter.

TEDxExeter organiser, Claire Kennedy, said: ‘As a volunteer-led, non-profit collaborative, we rely on ticket sales and the generosity of our partners and sponsors to make TEDxExeter a success. It is also a huge commitment for our speakers, who give up their time voluntarily to prepare over many months.

‘TEDxExeter is all about human connection and stimulating conversations. Alongside our 900+ audience in Exeter, groups of people come together across the world to livestream and share in our event, and this just isn’t possible to plan for at the moment. This has been a very difficult decision, but we are determined to come back stronger than ever next year.’

While TEDxExeter will return to the city in 2022, we have already held several online events, including a powerful talk from human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC on racism in the justice system. We are also encouraging people to join the global TED Countdown campaign focusing on climate change, with a series of online TEDxExeter events this year. Our next event will be on 26 January, which will feature a conversation with Roman Krznaric on what it takes to be ‘a good ancestor’ and a ‘time rebel’. Find out more below.

All ticket holders will be contacted individually with details of how they will receive a refund. We hope to be able to announce firm dates for 2022 later this year.

TEDxExeter Countdown
How can we be good ancestors?

The TEDxExeter Climate Change Countdown 2021 series got off to a flying start on 25 January, when we gathered on Zoom to cast our minds into the distant future and talked with public philosopher and renowned author, Roman Krznaric about how to be ‘A Good Ancestor’.

Our next TEDxExeter Countdown conversation will be on 16 March.

Details to follow

#JoinTheCountdown to a zero-carbon world with TEDxExeter

On the evening October 13th we were joined by our special guest Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director at Exeter City Council, to launch TEDxExeter Countdown, our series of events focussing on the climate crisis and the race to net zero.

Countdown is a global, year-long initiative to champion and accelerate solutions to the climate crisis, turning ideas into action. The goal: To build a better future by cutting emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner and fairer for everyone.

We know that to make progress on climate action we need to collaborate on a global scale, and to act wherever we can. And our community has an important role to play. Exeter City Council has set an ambitious goal for our city – to become carbon neutral by 2030. To succeed, it will take all of us.

In the coming months we’ll announce our 2021 Countdown events when we’ll explore some of the biggest challenges we and the city face to make the transition to net-zero. We’ll share stirring examples from global TED speakers and from here in Exeter which shine a light on what a healthy, abundant, zero-emission future can look like.

TEDxExeter has always been about sharing powerful ideas, fostering meaningful connections and inspiring positive action, and we need all of that more than ever now.

Our world is divided like never before in our living memory by this thing called “race”. As a human rights lawyer I’ve represented families who have been torn apart by it. But what if I told you race is a myth? I gave this TED Talk because I wanted to decode and debunk one of the most powerful and pernicious forces on earth – and suggest what we can do to change it.”  Dexter Dias QC

We are beyond proud to announce that TEDxExeter’s talk with human rights lawyer Dexter Dias QC –  Racism thrives on silence – speak up! – is now live on TED.com and has had over 1.25 million views!

This is a huge moment for the TEDxExeter team. In the midst of a global pandemic and UK lockdown, we were compelled to respond to the death of George Floyd, and to join the vital conversation around the Black Lives Matter movement. We wrote, curated and filmed this talk remotely from our homes in five days. 500 people joined us via a Zoom webinar to watch it. 

By watching this talk, you are keeping Black Lives Matter current and crucial; ensuring that nobody will forget the unlawful killings, not just of George Floyd, but as Dexter explains, of so many other black people in police custody each year.

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Ideas worth spreading

TEDxExeter is Exeter’s Festival of Ideas, a local festival with global reach. Our talks are filmed, released freely on the TEDxYouTube channel and translated into up to 34 languages. They have been viewed over 24 million times by a truly global audience. TEDxExeter has been ranked the 4th TEDx in the world for talks with 1m+ views on TED.com.

TEDxExeter is organised by volunteers from the community, for the community. People who believe ideas can change the world. We organise one main, annual conference and additional, smaller events throughout the year.

We provide a unique platform in Exeter which brings together influential thinkers, policy makers and a diverse audience from across the city and beyond. We work hard to create stimulating and thought-provoking events – but our ultimate aim and greatest hope is that through them we can galvanise positive action

Find out more about TEDxExeter

“TEDxExeter offers us the chance to lift our gaze above the day to day, to step back, to reflect, to be challenged, and to go out at the end of the day inspired to make a positive difference” Claire Kennedy, licensee and curator of TEDxExeter

“One of Exeter’s best exports” Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director of Exeter City Council

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

“TEDxExeter provides a launchpad for new ideas, supporting speakers from all walks of life to share their worlds, experiences and dreams. ” Steve Simpson – TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker

“TEDx is stimulation and inspiration, different ways of looking at the world, it shows the world through other peoples’ eyes.” Chris Turner -TEDxExeter 2019 Speaker