So yesterday Wolverhampton held it’s first ever TEDx talk!
TEDx Wolverhampton – Mind the Gap – Building Bridges.
I was fortunate enough to be included as a volunteer to help out with the TEDx Blog and the University of Wolverhampton’s social media pages, alongside two other brilliant writers: Chloe & Matt. We are all third year student’s on the Creative & Professional Writing degree. It was an unmissable opportunity.
The day was an early start, but the energy was high from the get-go. We got to experience every moment of the day, feeling welcomed with open arms from dancers, poets, scientists, academics, and many more from the local community. There was so much to do and see.
Sitting in the screen, I felt completely immersed in the moment, I had to remind myself that I was there to report too, I had to tell others how great it all was. I also have to say, as we sat listening to all of the wonderful talks, a pride washed over me. I kept thinking to myself, this – THIS is a reason to feel proud of being from the Black Country…. the community, the inclusion, the support.
For the first time, in a long time, I felt proud of our local community and the effort each group brought to the table. Each talk was inspiring, educational and left me wanting more. The hosts were charismatic, engaging with the audience and performers alike. The performers themselves were impressive, each constructing amazing work showcasing their individual talents.
From the time given in preparation and materials for the event, to the hosting and running of it throughout Saturday, everything was done with passion and commitment, to a professional standard. I was really impressed with every aspect and can’t wait to see if we get to do it all over again next year.
If you want to see for yourself what happened, who was speaking, what it was like – check out the website here TEDx Wolverhampton.
…and here’s to next year!
Have you been to a TEDx talk? What would you talk about?