Global phenomenon TEDx comes to Cornwall for first time

Inspired by the TED conference, where some of the world’s best thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives, Cornwall will play host to its first TEDx event this September.

TEDxTruro - photo by Verity Westcott
Some of the TEDxTruro team of volunteers

Taking place on Friday, 9 September 2016 at Truro’s Burrell Theatre, the inaugural TEDxTruro event has the theme ‘Time and Tide’ and will see inspiring talks from speakers who have spent their lives creating change: some through researching and educating; others by facing and rising above adversity.

TED began in the USA in 1984 and is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks of 18 minutes or less. Today TED covers almost all topics, from science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages. TED has become a viral video phenomenon and global community, with millions of people around the world watching and sharing TED talks online.

Inspired by TED but organised independently, TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. Successful events are held across the UK, with TEDxExeter and TEDxTotnes running sell out events in Devon for the last few years. Demonstrating the potential reach of TEDx, talks from TEDxExeter have been viewed 5.25 million times online.

TEDxTruro will be the first TEDx event in Cornwall. It is an independent event, organised locally by a team of volunteers, but dedicated to TED’s aims of spreading ideas worth sharing. Mandy Reynolds, TEDxTruro Curator and Licensee, explains: “TEDx events are now taking place around the world and we felt it was time to bring TEDx to Cornwall. TEDxTruro will give us a chance to promote Cornwall globally, as many of the talks at TEDx events are shared and viewed by hundreds of thousands of people through social media.”

Mandy added: “Our theme ’Time and Tide’ reminds us of our mortality and the need to make the most of the time we have. I hope that great speakers from our local communities and further afield, will inspire people to make a positive change. Our team of volunteers are working hard to ensure that Cornwall’s first TEDx event is a memorable one.”


“Such a valuable day. Very well organised, great communication from the team before and during the event. Inspiring talks. Great refreshments throughout the day.”