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Don’t Panic, Avoid Stress and Whatever You Do, Don’t Burnout

What is burnout? And how do culture, stress, and emotional exhaustion play a role in the lead up to experiencing burnout?
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5 quick reads that de-mystify the current state of asylum and migration in the UK

TEDxLondonWomen speaker and human rights barrister, Sangeetha Iengar, has collated a list of quick reads to help you get up to speed on the key developments around asylum and migration in the UK.
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Supporting trans and non-binary people in the workplace – there’s still work to do

With the International Trans Day of Visibility coming up on Wednesday 31st March, we wanted to check in with one of our past speakers, Leng Montgomery, on what this day means to him.
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TEDxLondon Recommends…Books By Women

With International Women’s Day and TEDxLondonWomen recently taking place, we wanted to share our latest favourite books by women.
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9 things you can do NOW to support women on International Women’s Day

How can I help? What can I do? I’m only one person – can I really make a difference?
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Climate Curious: Why what you wear is about more than fashion

Episode eight of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Baroness Lola Young.
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Climate Curious: Why the law can save the planet

Episode seven of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, James Thornton.
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Climate Curious: Why you feel anxious about climate change (and what to do about it)

Episode six of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Clover Hogan.
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Climate Curious: Why climate justice can’t happen without racial justice

Episode five of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Rt Hon. David Lammy MP.
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Climate Curious: Why there’s much more to climate action than reducing your carbon footprint

Episode four of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Dr Kris De Meyer.
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Climate Curious: Why our cities must ditch the exhaust pipe

Episode Three of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Monica Araya.
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New research on the economic power of educating girls

A new report from TEDxLondon Headline Partner Citi and Plan International reveals the impact of girls’ education on both their own lives and the economic welfare of the wider society they live in.
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Black History Month Watch and Play

We compiled such a longlist of recommendations for Black History Month  that we had to split them into three parts: what to read, listen and watch. Our final installment is our top things to watch and play on screen. 
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Climate Curious: Why your gas stove has to go

Episode Two of Climate Curious podcast is now live with our special guest, Bruce Nilles.
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Black History Month Podcasts

We are celebrating Black History Month and compiled such a longlist of recommendations that we’ve had to split it into three parts: what to read, listen and watch. Part two is our top podcasts to listen to now!
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Climate Curious: Why climate change is everyone’s business

Episode One of Climate Curious is now live with special guest Charmian Love!
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Black History Month Reads

In celebration of Black History Month, we’ve compiled a longlist of recommendations! So long, in fact, we’ve had to split it into three parts: what to read, listen and watch.
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TED Circles: How change happens

“We can’t unsee what we’ve seen”, Sarah Sibai, organiser of TEDxHamra, based in Beirut, told us at our most recent TED Circles event.
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Beyond Borders: Has the ship sailed on tourism?

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this edition, we ask whether the pandemic will lead to a travel revolution…
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TEDxLondon Recommends…. Speaker Books

We love our speakers and are so proud of all the work they do. They are an incredibly talented bunch who have written books, manifestos, poems, campaigns and calls for change on all manner of important issues. Here are some of their latest works (in no particular order) for your next set of must-read books:
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Beyond Borders: Should we cancel ‘cancel culture’?

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this edition, we ask: is ‘cancel culture’ cancelling free speech?
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TED Circles: what’s the story?

Find out more about the latest initiative sharing ‘ideas worth spreading’ from TED.
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Beyond Borders: A Pride Month to remember

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this edition, our guest curator for Pride Month Jamie Windust, reflects on why Pride 2020 is one we’ll never forget.
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Pride Edition

Happy Pride Month! Here’s what we’ve been reading and listening to at TEDxLondon in celebration of our LGBTQIA community this month.
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Beyond Borders: The revolution must be resilient

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this edition, we examine the role of resilience as we fight for a fairer, greener future.
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Resources to become actively antiracist

TEDxLondon is an inclusive community. We welcome people from all backgrounds and ages, genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities and people with visible and invisible disabilities. We are passionate and proud to reflect diversity both in our community and on our stage.
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Books

Escape your daily reality, delve into imaginary worlds and jump into founts of knowledge with our list of 10 recommended reads to enjoy.
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Beyond Borders: How will we remember our time in lockdown?

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this special lockdown edition, we ask memory scientist Dr Julia Shaw for her perspective on life in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Lists from a life in lockdown

Hello you.  I’m Flo: Islington local, TEDxLondon team member and the voice behind the Beyond Borders newsletter. Time is measured differently in lockdown: have you noticed?
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TED Circles: The new ‘book club’ for TED talks

Described as a “book club for TED talks”, TED Circles is a new TED initiative where small groups of people come together to discuss ideas proposed by various TED and TEDx speakers. 
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We’re here for you during COVID-19

Hello You. As the situation with the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to evolve on a daily basis in the UK and beyond, it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed looking for accurate information and anxious about those closest to you. 
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Beyond Borders: Visionary Womxn Changing the World

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. To mark International Women’s Day this weekend, we’re sharing the work of some of the incredible womxn in the TEDxLondon community. It’s no secret that the world’s greatest issues disproportionately affect womxn. From war to natural disasters, womxn and girls are bearing the...
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Climate justice and social justice are two sides of the same coin

For #TEDxLondonWomen, we spoke to leading international environmental lawyer and Extinction Rebellion activist Farhana Yamin, who has spent her career advising leaders and countries about #ShowingUp for our planet. As a leading international environmental lawyer, you’ve spent your career advising leaders and countries. Have you always had an activist side? I was an activist as a...
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Ideas into action: the campaign to end UK child marriage

TEDxLondon is always keen to support the work of our speakers and take powerful ideas and put them into action. This year you have the opportunity to support Payzee Mahmod and the campaign to end child marriage in the UK. In 2019, Payzee became a Survivor Ambassador for the Safeguard Futures, Ban Child Marriage campaign....
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Beyond Borders: #ShowingUp for Accessibility

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. To mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities, we are sharing our commitment to creating inclusive spaces. Earlier this year, we worked with Citi to develop and launch an Accessibility Charter, bringing to life our commitment to creating inclusive spaces...
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Peeing Without Prejudice on World Toilet Day

Whether you call it the loo, the bog, the bathroom or the WC, the toilet is a strange kind of sanctuary: it’s a place to fix your makeup, share a secret with a friend, psych yourself up before a big meeting, soothe a panic attack, take refuge from a bad date or borrow a tampon...
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TEDxLondon Recommends… Podcasts

Are you even a self-respecting millennial if you’re not hooked on at least one podcast? Whether it’s learning something new on the commute or needing something to make you laugh while you’re making dinner, podcasts are the easiest and best form of entertainment – and, luckily, in no short supply. For your listening pleasure, we’ve...
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Are We Antiracist yet?

This Black History Month, we’re taking a closer look at how far we’ve really come as a society to be actively antiracist. Photo by Vlad Tchompalov on Unsplash Black History Month is a time of celebration but also of reflection. You may have noticed many articles, tweets and talks – including some of our past speakers – both...
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Creating change: putting ideas into action for International Day of the Girl Child

In 2016, Be Inspired Films’ filmmaker Ravinol Chambers, and friend of TEDxLondon, set out on a 1,800 km Tuk Tuk trip in India to raise money for a local girls’ education charity. What started out as a fundraising trip became a personal journey to understand the challenges of gender discrimination and attitudes towards girls’ education....
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Green is the new black – is sustainable fashion the latest trend?

In the aftermath of a London Fashion Week during which sustainability was the major focus, we take a look at what it will really take to create a fashion industry that’s good for the plan. With a flash of lightbulbs, a rustle of fabric and the stomp of heels down a catwalk, London Fashion Week kicked...
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Don’t worry, be happy

In 2019, genuine, uncomplicated happiness can feel like an impossibility. From Brexit uncertainty to millennial burnout, terrorist attacks to climate change, we’re under immense pressure to thrive in a world that seems increasingly stuck in a downward spiral. As mental health issues rise and overall wellbeing falls, it can sometimes seem that happiness is a...
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The Women Building the Future

“Alexa, what’s the weather like today?”. If you started your day by asking a chatbot for advice on whether or not to pack an umbrella, you’re one of the millions of us who have become reliant on AI (Artificial Intelligence) to get through your day-to-day. But while AI and high-tech devices have brought multiple benefits,...
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Beyond Borders: All you need is love?

As people all over the world prepare to wish those they love a Happy Valentine’s Day, we look at the stark reality that prevents so many from freely showing their affection. Today, all over London, teenagers are exchanging shy smiles and giant teddy bears; couples are sharing kisses over candlelit dinners; there are first dates...
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What’s so special about volunteering and why can’t we get enough of doing good stuff for free?

TEDxLondon is an organisation run entirely by volunteers. As we celebrate International Volunteer Day, we’re throwing the spotlight on some of the stories behind the magic that helps us build diverse and inclusive communities. 14.2 million people in the UK formally volunteer at least once a month. That’s close to double the population of London,...
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Why I’m excited to ‘Show Up’ for the first TEDxLondonWomen event

On the 1st December, people from across London and beyond will come to the first ever TEDxLondonWomen event, held as part of the Global TEDWomen programme. Maryam Pasha is the Director and Curator of TEDxLondon. Here’s why she is excited to be showing up and why we’ve turned the spotlight on women this year.  ...
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Spoken word artist, Emmanuel Speaks on why he’s proud to be tackling taboos

Emmanuel Speaks is a performance poet and musician from East London. He uses the stage to highlight an array of controversial subjects. Emmanuel moved to the UK from Nigeria at the age of five. He was inspired to produce his own poetry after stumbling across spoken word online as a teenager and says the creative...
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In conversation with the concert pianist revolutionising the way we view maths

With a passion for numbers and a love of food, Dr Eugenia Cheng is best known for sharing her love of numeracy through baking. She has combined well known recipes with complex mathematical theories to break down misunderstood concepts to the maths averse in her most well known book How to Bake Pi. Eugenia is...
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Meet the man who’s spearheading global collaboration to combat cardiac disease

As a cardiologist on a mission to share his knowledge with the world, Professor Martin Cowie answered some of our queries ahead of his talk at TEDxLondon. Cardiovascular disease is the world’s biggest killer, claiming close to 18 million deaths per year. More people die annually from cardiovascular diseases than from any other cause. The...
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Beyond Borders: World Refugee Day

Beyond Borders is TEDxLondon’s fortnightly exploration of different topics and ideas that inspire and intrigue us. In this special edition for World Refugee Day, we hear from social enterprise Better Shelter about their work with the Rohyingya people. “Every time I visit a refugee camp, the unimaginable resistance of humans amazes me. We all want...
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Karma Cola: where fashion, flavour and Fairtrade meet

Karma Cola is an ethically sourced organic soft drinks brand proving itself to be an ambassador for the Fairtrade business model. We met up with the head of the Karma Cola Foundation, Albert Tucker, to find out how they work. Conscious consumerism has been à la mode for some time, but with a plethora of...
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Reaching out in London to welcome in

A new team, a new vision. TEDxLondon is back on a larger scale and with more bite and vigour than ever before. With our Salon event kickstarting a line of exciting events we have planned for the year, we want to share an insight into some of the work we put in behind the scenes...
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