TEDxLondonSalon: Tales from the Unexpected

29 April, 3-5pm
Piccadilly Theatre, W1D

TEDxLondon Salon: Tales from the Unexpected

29 April, 3-5pm
Piccadilly Theatre, W1D

At TEDxLondonSalon we heard about embodiment from Dr Jules Montague, that people with Alzheimer’s still have a sense of identity and Alzheimer’s is an important concept for them: they are here and we see them.

Dr Darren Schreiber talked us through his research into our brains’ reactions to politics, which has shown that we are hardwired not to be hardwired, that we have a tendency to help each other, to be nice to each other – old enemies can become new friends. It’s a potent message of hope for the future.

Shoshana Goldhill and Faraj Alnasser gave a hugely moving account of Faraj’s terrifying journey from Syria as a refugee and Shoshana’s humanity in opening her home and her life to him. Faraj’s reaction to his new home in the UK? ‘I can see my future. I’ve learned English. I’ve started work. I’ve got nice people around me.’

According to Kajal Odedra, society has a very limited view of power: it’s a wealthy white man. She showed how the internet has levelled out the playing field for anyone who feels they are different. It’s opened up a whole world of campaigning to people who never thought of themselves as campaigners, to allow them to gain power from their weakness. 

We can’t tell you enough about Adam All and his introduction to the Drag King scene. You’ll have to watch the video and try to work out just where he was hiding all those bras.

The speakers who joined us at TEDxLondonSalon

The speakers who joined us at TEDxLondonSalon

Dr Jules Montague

Consultant neurologist, author, journalist and storyteller

Kajal Odedra

UK Director at Change.org, STEM leader, creative writer and bookworm

Shoshana Goldhill and Faraj Alnasser

Family lawyer, mother and change maker; student, refugee and eternal optimist

Dr Darren Schreiber

Neuroscientist, lawyer, politics lecturer and rock climber

Adam All

Singer, dancer and Drag King extraordinaire
Dr Jules Montague
Alzheimer's doesn't mean losing your identity
Faraj Alnasser & Shoshana Goldhill
People like us
Kajal Odedra
Your difference is your superpower
Dr Darren Schreiber
Your brain is built for politics
Adam All
Using Drag to deconstruct, express and reclaim my gender identity

Food for thought

Great minds require fuel, so we’re grateful to the following restaurants, who gave attendees a 25% discount on their food on the day of the event. 

  • Stax

    Authentic home-style cooking of the American Deep South
  • Le Bab

    A gourmet kebab house serving free-range meats and seasonal British vegetables
  • Mele e Pere

    Independent trattoria and vermouth bar serving seasonal Italian cooking. Homemade bread, pasta, ice cream and vermouth
  • Brindisa Broadwick Street

    Sensational selection of tapas and traditional Spanish comfort food
  • Señor Ceviche

    Everything Peruvian, from street food snacks and fresh ceviches to fiery Peruvian barbecue and super salads.
  • Polpo

    Small, humble Venetian sharing plates complemented with classic spritz and cocktails
  • The Life Goddess

    An authentic Greek cuisine project that aims to be a reference of the new hellenic kitchen
  • KUA ‘AINA

    Hawaiian burgers and sandwiches made in homage to traditional, hearty surfer cuisine

A tale worth sharing

We teamed up with some generous publishers and authors to give our TEDxLondonSalon audience their very own tale from the unexpected to take away from the event. Let us know what ideas your book sparked on #TEDxLondon or how about starting your own book club?

Tell us – what was your tale from the unexpected?

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