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Tedx talks put spotlight on Taunton School

Posted: 27th November 2017

Taunton School recently became part of the global TED community by hosting and arranging a TEDx event.

Students and staff took their place on the famous ‘red spot’ and delivered thought-provoking and diverse talks to a captivated audience in the school’s theatre, ranging from ‘The social awakening of shareholder value’ to ‘Why it matters how we kill’.

Taunton School, who is the only organisation in the area to have hosted such as event, began preparations nearly one year ago, meticulously adhering to brand requirements. The theme of the event was “The essence of a changing world” and speakers were invited to deliver a 10 minute presentation under the strict TED rules.

Nina Porter, a sixth form student who took on the arduous task of arranging the event and who delivered a talk on ‘Econome – why money can’t buy happiness’ commented that “All the talks were thoroughly enriching and full of passion”.

Students Anna Bray, Tia Hawkins, Sophie Bray and Abi Casson also delivered inspiring talks.

Ed Burnett, Taunton School’s Deputy Head of Academic was particularly impressed with the students: “An amazing experience… my hats off to these youngsters…. I could never have done what they did at their age: they are truly inspiring people”.

The Design and Technology department assisted in creating the legendary TED letters which were proudly displayed on stage.

TEDx, the ‘x’ meaning it is independently organised, is known world-wide for its unique, engaging and informative delivery of presentations.

TEDx: Tia Hawkins – The greatest threat to human existence

TEDx: Sophie Bray – How has the concept of power changed since the 16th Century

TEDx: Robert Gallimore – Why it matters how we kill

TEDx: Nina Porter – Econome Why Money can't buy happiness

TEDx: Kira Lewis – The unheard

TEDx: James Penny – A perspective on global warming

TEDx: Abbie Casson – In defence of presentism

TEDx: Ed Burnett – Success is as easy as ABC

TEDx: Anna Bray – The social awakening of shareholder value

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