‘Get Connected’ – 28 November 2015

TEDxSquareMile 2015 took place at the Cass Business School in the City of London on Saturday November 28th, 10AM -6PM.

Our world is more connected than ever before. From mobile phones and the internet to global air travel and satellite communications, connections can be found in all aspects of our daily existence.

But what does it really mean to ‘get connected’? Are we all equally connected, and if not what can be done to address this? What should we really be seeking connections to? How are our world and our lives being shaped by the ability to instantly connect with limitless new ideas and people?

TEDxSquareMile 2015 explored these questions and others relating to what it means to ‘get connected’.  We hope you’ll join us for an exciting day of talks by guest speakers from all walks of life.

Our Master of Ceremony (MC)

illyIlly Sebah

Meet our MC for the day, Illy Sebah. A qualified is a psychologist, PhD researcher, and presenter. She specialises in the field of psychological resilience and has a particular interest in understanding the mechanisms that enable people to bounce-back from adversity. Outside of academia, she is an established speaker and has delivered talks at various organisations and platforms, including her own TEDx talk in 2013. As a presenter, she has managed to build her own brand which has seen her grace corporate events, charities, start-up businesses as well as host 3 TEDx stages this year.

Our Speakers

John Dennis
Overcoming depression by getting connected
Adventurer John Dennis knows what it’s like to suffer from depression and post-traumatic disorder. But he also knows what it takes to recover, and how crucial it is to get connected with others.

Dr. Jamin Brahmbhatt
Fall in love with medicine again
A little over two years ago, despite being a successful urologist, Jamin Brahmbhatt was far from in love with his chosen field.

Craig Twyford
The power of People watching
‘People watching’ is a common activity in virtually all societies, and today technology
has given us more power to vicariously watch people than ever before.

Helen Morris-Brown
The psychology of communicating effectively in a digital world
In the past century, the study of psychology has had a profound impact on the way we think about how we communicate and connect with each other in our daily lives.

Octavius Black
Are you one of us? What behavioural science reveals on inclusion
Can the smallest details affect how we connect and communicate with other people?
Here Mind Gym CEO Octavius Black discusses how we subconsciously identify and empathise with people more when we can see something of ourselves in them.

Erik Fairbairn
Mission Driven, todays entrepreneurs need a social goal to succeed
Erik Fairbairn is the founder of POD Point, one of the UK’s largest electric vehicle charging networks.

Radhanath Swami
How to find a spiritual connection
In a world shrunken by digital connections are we still nourishing the right connections in our lives and in society?
How can we get better connected spiritually ,with ourselves and with each other? Spiritual leader Radhanath Swami addresses these questions in this insightful talk.

Tariq El Kashef
Connecting through disconnecting
Tariq El Kashef has guided hundreds of people on adventures through 25 countries and across five continents.

Lisa Lavia and Dr. Harry Witchel
Applied Soundscape: How Sound Connects Us
Sound is all around us, but how often do we think about the impact it has on us and how it connects us to our environment?
In this unique talk, Lisa Lavia of the Noise Abatement Society and Harry Witchel from the Brighton and Sussex Medical School illustrate through a series of auditory demonstrations the importance of sound quality (rather than simply decibel levels) in the built environment.

Irene Scopelliti 
Why do people brag? The psychology of bragging
Why do people brag online? Are they trying to make us jealous, or are they simply insecure?
Why do they seem oblivious to other people’s displeasure at their frequent bragging? Marketing lecturer and consumer psychology expert has an intriguing explanation…

Stephanie Bosset
Scepticism in an Ultra-Connected Age
In an age where information is shared globally and instantaneously at the touch of a few buttons, can we trust everything that is put in front of us?
Here, broadcast and photo journalist Stephanie Bosset examines the importance of healthy skepticism when consuming information via social networks and other digital channels.
Fine-tune your own ability to distinguish online fact from fiction by following Stephanie’s insightful demonstrations, covering everything from supposed images of WW2 refugees to what’s written on Paris Hilton’s T-shirt.

Arturs Laimigais
The unique power of connection through laughter
As children we laugh often and without restraint. But as we grow older, we generally laugh less and only at certain things and for limited duration.
In this talk, charismatic laughter yoga teacher Arturs Laimigais, the self-styled ‘Mr Happy’, takes us through the benefits of laughing ‘for no reason’ and how this can connect us with ourselves, each other and the present moment.

Pilgrim Beart
Connected Innovation
Tech entrepreneur Pilgrim Beart discusses the challenges and successes he has
experienced over the course of almost two decades and five companies.

Helen Astrid
Tell me the truth about opera
Through a combination of powerful demonstrations, emotive anecdotes and
audience participation, opera singer and voice coach Helen Astrid shares with us the transformative power of opera and singing.

Anna Shields and Emily Garsin
Why the World Needs to Sing
In the final talk of TEDx SquareMile 2015, Anna Shields and Emily Garsin (founders of performance company Starling Arts) explore the power of singing and how it can connect us with ourselves and with each other.

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