In 2018 we experienced a challenging climate. It seemed that more and more communities were feeling divided – and all against a backdrop of increasingly populist politics. So, in for this year’s theme, we chose to focus on making connections and building bridges.

Under the overarching theme ‘Connect’, TEDxExeter 2018 addressed worldwide issues from the economy, environment and business to human rights, mental health and communication.

As always the 900 tickets for the event sold out in minutes. We also organised free viewing events of our livestream and encouraged as diverse an audience as possible to watch the livestream: 34,000 people in 35 countries registered their interest to watch the day live including a cinema in India. Local livestream venues included Devon County Council, Devon & Cornwall Police HQ and the Met Office.

Our speakers

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Impacts of 2018

Amy and Ella Meek – the young founders of Kids Against Plastic ran a session with over 200 school students about how to be #PlasticClever

We gifted all our attendees reusable water bottles from Give Me Tap, saving 1500 plastic bottles at the event (a proportion of the GMT profits fund clean water in Ghana)

South West Water bought a water bowser; Water Aid came along and with ECC, DCC, the amazing Row for the Ocean team – they are SO amazing! – and plastic free Exeter, we galvanised our TEDx community around the #RefillDevon campaign

We printed our programmes on Extract, a new paper product made from used coffee cups. (Thanks to the generosity of our friends at Stormpress)

Anthony Painter (RSA) led a masterclass at RAMM for over 50 leaders from across the city on inclusive growth for Greater Exeter 

Patrick Grant and Lucy Clayton from Community Clothing ran a workshop on sustainable fashion and the circular economy for 50+ local business people, designers and Business School students

Building on Kate Garbers’ powerful talk on modern slavery – including her account of a police raid on a car wash here in Exeter – we worked with Unseen, the National Crime Agency and D&C Police to bring the powerful Invisible People exhibition portraying Modern Slavery to Exeter

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2018 Gallery

Dawn Faizey Webster speaking at TEDxExeter 2018 at Exeter Northcott Theatre