Design for life talks coming to town

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Ideas worth spreading are once again coming to Bedford, as TEDxBedford hosts a day of thought-provoking lectures based on the theme “by design”.

Local and global speakers will be at the event, in a series of 16 live talks and four pre-recorded TED talks.

Among the speakers is Bedford-based Jamie Chalmers whose talk “Why Cross Stitch Is Important” seeks to prove it is not an out-dated pastime. Jamie, who curated a subversive cross stitch and embroidery exhibition in Bedford earlier this year, is one of the world’s best known male needleworkers and internationally exhibited textile artist.

Also speaking are Dragon Rouge Group COE Jean-Baptiste Danet on ‘Business is beautiful’, where he suggests it is time to look at value in a different way; artist Jo Atherton on ‘Flotsam weaving’, her tapestries made from flotsam found on the beach; and brand design consultancy Elmwood chairman Jonathan Sand OBE on ‘Decoding Creativity to Drive Growth’, which discusses why UK plc is ranked 152 in the GDP growth league table and has the western world lost its creative mojo?

One of the event organisers, Kayte Judge, says TEDxBedford is a chance to be inspired by a range of fantastic speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

“We are very excited about our line-up this year. We have encouraged our speakers to take a broad interpretation of our theme of ‘by design’ and as a result we have talks on everything from life in the Amazon Rainforest to business ethics.

“Speakers will tell stories of clever thinking behind objects, behaviours, businesses and services, and how they have been inspired by the higher ideals of beauty, nature and community.”

She added: “If last year is anything to go by then attendees are in for an inspirational day. The networking opportunity alone is phenomenal, it’s a great way to spend a day with amazing people.”

TEDx is an offshoot of the TED organisation, which started as a four-day conference in California, 25 years ago.

Tickets for the event on Saturday, November 15, are on sale now, and cost £35.

Included in the price is access to the talks, a buffet lunch and afternoon refreshments. The event is at Bedford College’s Southbank Arts Centre.

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TEDx Bedford can also be found on Twitter @TEDxBedford