Innovative London conference aims to envision ‘more beautiful world’

TEDx event titled Visions for Transition will stimulate thought and discussion on the planet’s most pressing matters

Business, politics, science, spirituality and education are among topics set to be discussed at TEDxWhitechapel, a day-long conference, which organisers say will “challenge existing paradigms” and redefine the values needed to create “a more beautiful world.”

The event has been established in conjunction with the much-exalted TED programme, which exposes ‘ideas worth spreading’.

Taking place in Artsadmin’s Toynbee Studios in Whitechapel, London, on Saturday 12 January 2013, this independently organised event will see a range of passionate speakers present creative and innovative approaches on the theme Visions for Transition, addressing the challenges facing our planet. They will be helped by a group of inspirational artists that will stimulate discussion and understanding in an accessible and imaginative way.

Speakers include: Charles Eisenstein, author of Sacred Economics; international environmental lawyer Polly Higgins; Satish Kumar, editor-in-chief of Resurgence magazine; biologist Rupert Sheldrake; Graham Hancock, an investigator of historical mysteries; artist Raoul Martinez; sexual health educator Ella Lauser; Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney, founder of social enterprise Embercombe; social business expert Patrick Andrews; and Richard Burnett, co-founder of the Mindfulness in Schools Project.

The conference has been organised by students from New York’s Columbia University, Schumacher College and Sussex University who are keen to share their vision of a more responsible, sustainable future, gained from extensive travel and community work around the world.

The event is part of the TEDx initiative, a framework under which individuals and groups host local, self-organised events around the world that encourage thinking, creativity and debate, and benefit from using TED branding and promotional resources.

TED itself was born of a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, and is now an annual event where world-leading thinkers and doers converge to share ideas.

All TED talks are made available online for free, and presentations from TEDxWhitechapel will be shared on the TED website following the conference.