Last week, the fifth TEDx Brighton was launched and amongst a black and red wrist-band-wearing crowd, I was there. It was incredibly well-organised event with a surprise highlight for me – silent disco! Especially after a boozy Carluccio's lunch. Honestly, Fridays should be like that more often.
Dancing aside, there were a couple of speakers who really stood out. One was James Thompson who runs Black Badger Advanced Composites – a name that rolls off the tongue (his words). It wasn't just that he is an innovative jewellery designer, it was his story and his story-telling that was so captivating. He was the awkward kid with the speech impediment. Then overcame his obstacles. Then he was faced with more. And he might still have a bit of a chip on his shoulder, but here he is, creating rings not out of gold but out of stealth bombers – or the stuff stealth bombers are made of. After all, nearly everyone in the audience had something made of gold, only one person had a carbon fibre ring.
The second speaker was truly inspirational. Mark Shayler, visionary and co-founder of the Do Lectures, is the sort of speaker that really rouses the audience. Shucks, I was ready to go to a political rally and hold some placards after his talk. He was funny and engaging with a darn good point to make: it's not enough to do things better, but that we need to do better things. Right on!