x=Independently organised TED event
From May 2015 to February 2018, the Universal Hall hosted an amazing series of TEDxFindhorn events. On this page you can see the talks that were given at the inaugural TEDxFindhorn event which took place on 25th May 2015.
TEDxFindhorn events were independently coordinated and organised events, held under license from the TED organisation. TEDxFindhorn events generally took the form of an evening gathering with 4 inspiring speakers each holding a talk of about 20 minutes duration.
Unfortunately, the TEDxFindhorn license is not being renewed, but with a back catalogue of 33 TEDxFindhorn talks, there is a wide variety of subjects to dip into, ranging from “The Real Macbeth” to “Experiments in Communication with Morphogenetic Fields”.
The Challenge of Leading in the 21st CenturyAndrew turns our normal understanding of leadership on its head. We are often told that to be successful we need to stand for qualities such as belief (so that we can convince others), growth and making things come to life. However, in order to be truly effective we also need to understand and express three very unexpected qualities. The qualities Andrew suggests, which enable us to see the big picture and be successful in today’s business climate, may greatly surprise you.
BioAndrew’s expertise is innovation and the management of disruptive technologies and particularly in how companies can successfully manage innovation. Associate Dean for Executive Education at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, he is responsible for commissioning new research to support the work of leaders engaged in navigating their organisations through global challenges and opportunities. www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/about-us/people/andrew-white
Saying Yes to Life!‘Right from the very beginning I was lucky,’ Lesley Quilty tells us. But after the sudden, unexpected death of her father, her family and the happy life she had known fell apart.
In this compelling story of going from victim to survivor to thriver, she tells us how she overcame the damage that she experienced from sexual abuse and suggests a powerful method which anyone can use to transform how they handle the challenges of life.
BioLesley is a creative consultant, facilitator, coach and theatre artist, aiming to develop authentic leaders. She has worked in professional theatre in North America and the UK for over 20 years as a performer, director, teacher and producer. Her performing and teaching, however now take place almost exclusively in non-theatrical settings. She is the founder of Mythodrama Scotland.
From Apartheid to Ecovillages“Apartheid is not an old issue that died in the nineties”, Kosha tells us. “Apartheid means ‘to be in a state of separation’” and it is still with us as many live in a state of separation from nature.
When Nelson Mandela was released from prison and Apartheid was falling apart, Kosha started to transition from an activist against Apartheid to an Ecovillage activist and to a realization of the similarities between the two. This includes the need to be proactive, “If people do not design their own pathway to the future others will do it for them – and they may lose a lot of what is precious”.
BioKosha works as an organisational consultant, specialising in leadership development and gender issues, and has regularly organised and facilitated conferences, especially in multi-cultural settings in Europe and Africa. She is also a sustainability trainer and educator and leads courses in a wide range of skills. Kosha is president of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) which supports organisations and societies to transition into resilience. GEN has consultative status in the UN – ECOSOC. ecovillage.org
Activists Anonymous – A five-step recovery programme“What is at the centre of your life?” asks Robin Alfred, a self-confessed activism addict. In this enthusiastic, entertaining and highly engaging talk, he encourages us to pay attention to our deepest sense of wanting to make a contribution and encourages us to honour something bigger than ourselves.
BioRobin is an organisational consultant, executive coach, and international trainer and facilitator. Using his expertise in leadership, coaching and sustainability, Robin helps clients ranging from leading ecological organisations to well known companies reach their full potential. He writes for The Guardian Online sustainable development hub. findhornconsultancy.com/robin
Bringing the Classroom to Life‘It’s a wonderful time to be active in the field of Higher Education’, Jonathan tells us. ‘You can actually smell the revolution that is brewing.’ He shows us how the movement of student protest and sit-ins etc, are an exciting call for positive change in not only what we teach, but also in how we teach it.
Rather than by teaching students to stand separate from their subject with their intellect in problem-solving mode, we can introduce them to a source of intelligence and power which naturally arises through empathic identification with their subject. This is achieved through a whole-person approach, direct experience of topics and how language can limit, and ‘helping students weave themselves into the weft of life.’
BioHead of Economics at Schumacher College in Devon, UK, Jonathan has around 20 years’ experience as a researcher, author, consultant and project manager in the field of small enterprise development in Africa and South Asia. Jonathan is the principal author of the Gaia Education sustainable economy curriculum, endorsed by UNITAR and adopted by UNESCO as a valuable contribution to the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. www.schumachercollege.org.uk/about/jonathan-dawson