‘Truth & Dare’ was the theme for TEDxWandsworth 2017 as we throw the gauntlet to speakers, fans and followers to look at the status quo in their own lives, workplaces, and institutions to ask: Does this ‘Truth’ work? Dare I question my reality, let alone do something about it? Is this reality a truthful, authentic experience? And if not, has society ever succeeded when truth was deemed too powerful.
The theme – ‘Truth & Dare’ – aims to provoke us all to take a closer look at the world around us. At TEDxWandsworth 2017, we will give you access to new, thought-provoking ideas and thinking covering a wide array of topics. We want to overturn stones, shine a spotlight, and reveal hard truths about our world’s issues and problems, and dare us all to get more involved.
In the three years since the first TEDxWandsworth, there has been great upheaval in politics, public discourse, and the echo of the social media chamber is ever deafening. Which is why this year, after extensive research and curation, we have chosen TEDx speakers that are on the cusp of creating new ideas, forging new systems and activating projects that will allow others to greatly benefit, and in turn fine-tune and elevate those local ideas into global ones. They will confront the ‘Truth’, and ‘Dare’ to act, forging a path for others to follow, share and be inspired.
This year’s event covered topics including Food Poverty, Democracy the Juno Jupiter mission, dealing with death, how to clear up space junk and eating pizza the right way to improve cartography as well teaching children to spot financial scams And much much more. I left feeling mind blown! Mind blown by the fact you could rig up plants to communicate to each other and build sustainable renewable healthcare products from cardboard and in spite of personal injury walk across one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet. And face the traumas of abuse in childhood with courage and conviction to help empower other survivors.
I left feeling exhausted and inspired to do more to make the world a better place.
Here are a few of my favourite images of the day.