Nathaniel Cole

Writer, facilitator and co-founder of Swim Dem Crew

Nathaniel Cole is a researcher, workshop facilitator and writer, who explores masculinity, mental health and sex education. In 2013, he co-founded the inner city swimming club, Swim Dem Crew, which holds weekly sessions for people to become better swimmers. Swim Dem Crew uses swimming as a medium to bring people together, cultivate a strong community and make the sport more inclusive.

As a workshop facilitator, Nathaniel works with The Good Lad Initiative to talk to boys and young men about masculinity and what they think “being a man” is. Empowering them to think more widely about masculinity and gender, Nathaniel offers guidance about the type of men they can actually be, and encouraging them to create and enjoy more gender equal relationships.

Nathaniel also works with Sexplain UK to educate young people about their bodies, consent, gender and sexuality, healthy relationships and pornography. He is determined to help young people have an opportunity to talk about these topics with impartial adults – something many young people do not have access to. He has written and spoken for platforms such as AFROPUNK, the Guardian, Huffington Post and the National Theatre.

Favourite TED Talk:

Rodney Mullen
On getting up again

Meet the TEDxLondonWomen 2019 speakers

  • The Curry Shack

    Offering 3 delicious chicken curries; a mild Mauritian, a medium spiced Caribbean and a hot and spicy Cajun. Served white or yellow pilau rice and a complimentary salad bar.
  • Vidhya Ramalingam

    Specialist in far-right extremism and co-founder of Moonshot CVE
  • Choco Fruit

    London's favourite dessert; fresh fruit skewers, covered in the finest Belgian chocolates, garnished with an array of yummy toppings.
  • Bread Tree

    Top artisan Italian Bruschetta, Peperoncino Chilli, Nduja and Colourful Pastas!
  • Maria Sabina

    Maria Sabina started as a small market stall in Brixton back in 2013. It's a product of passion for everything Mexican. Our mission is to bring you the best of Mexican flavours.
  • Anaïs

    Singer and musician
  • 28 Well Hung

    28 Well Hung serves up gorgeous pasture-raised, native breed meats, skin on chips and banging sauces.    We work in partnership with farmers and growers who manage grazing and growing in ways that support s and regenerates the soil, increases biodiversity and is kind to the planet. 
  • Horn OK Please

    Taking you on a journey beyond curry! Serving a delicious range of veggie treats inspired by signature Indian street food dishes, dosas, chaats, bhel and more. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options