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.