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TEDx Hackney Council Libraries (Stoke Newington) 2018

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Stoke Newington Library, 184 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JS

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TEDx Hackney Libraries is a wonderful opportunity for local residents to get together to listen to experts talk about subjects that matter to us all. These events aren’t just about listening; the open discussion at each session encourages conversation about how these topics affect our everyday lives, inspire us to see things from a different perspective and could even spark change!
The evening ‘Global to local’ sessions combine pre-recorded TED Talks as well as input from local inspirational contributors invited to take part in the conversation. Each session will feature several filmed talks from the TED archive with different viewpoints on universal topics including: nutrition, forgiveness, death, education and slowing down.

TEDx Hackney Council Libraries are inclusive events, ensuring that everyone has a voice, as we believe that personal stories and experiences are invaluable. We can learn from experts, but most of all we can learn from each other.

Thursday 22nd February, 2pm-4pm
Session 1: Speak up or listen up?
There are moments when finding your voice and speaking up can change lives, but there are also moments when it’s time to lean in and really listen. Clint Smith warns on The Danger of Silence, author Dalia Mogahed speaks up to fight negative perceptions in What it’s like to be a Muslim in America, Ernesto Sirolli stated Want to help someone? Shut up and Listen! and Julian Treasure gives us 5 ways to listen better.

Thursday 1st March, 6pm-8pm
Session 2: Global to local: Are we what we eat?
There’s been a big push to educate about food, with supermarket shelves now heaving with healthier options, yet obesity is still on the rise. What’s going on?
We look back at Jamie Oliver’s talk Teach every child about food Mick Cornett explains How an obese town lost a million pounds and local campaigner Sarah Bentley explains Why we need community kitchens.
What local initiatives are there to educate us about growing and preparing fresh and healthy food? Sarah Bentley from Made In Hackney and Steve Wilson from Make Kit join the conversation.

Thursday 8th March, 2pm-4pm
Session 3: On forgiveness

When the unthinkable happens, what are the benefits and challenges to forgiving others and our selves?
Wellness specialist Elizabeth Lesser describes the healing process of soul baring and truth telling in Say your truths and seek them in others; Thordis Elva and Tom Stranger personify ultimate forgiveness through Our story of rape and reconciliation; Phyllis Rodriguez and Aicha el-Wafi unite as The mothers who found forgiveness, friendship and after 10 years in jail Marlon Peterson asks Am I not Human? A call for criminal justice reform.

Thursday 15th March, 6pm-8pm
Session 4: Global to local: Let’s talk about death
In our culture death remains inevitable but taboo, so how can we be more open and prepared?
Philosopher Stephen Cave asks why we resist the inevitability of death through The 4 stories we tell ourselves about death; palliative care physician BJ Miller asks What really matters at the end of life and architect Alison Killing suggests There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help.
Talking about death can be challenging. Joy Kahumbu from the Compassionate Nieghbours project at St Jospeh’s Hospice (helping people through life and death since 1905) and undertaker Kate Brewer from Poppies Funerals will join the conversation.

Thursday 22 March, 2pm-4pm
Session 5: Time to slow down
In this fast paced world where being busy is a badge of honour, what can we learn from taking stock and slowing down?
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life, he explains via In praise of slowness; Tim Urban gets Inside the mind of a master procrastinator, Andy Puddicombe, co-founder of Headspace, urges us to take some time out to do absolutely nothing and suggests All it takes is 10 mindful minutes to refresh the mind and Paolo Cardini says Forget multitasking, try monotasking!

Thursday 29th March, 6pm-8pm
Session 6: Global to Local - Re-imagining school
Is the current education system bringing the best out of children who learn in such different ways?
We take a look at some alternatives. Education expert Ken Robinson explains How to escape education’s death valley, Rita Pierson suggests that Every kid needs a champion and Dave Eggers explains how the 826 Tutoring Centre has changed lives in My wish: Once Upon a School.
In Hackney initiatives inspired by Dave Eggers’ vision have been going strong for many years. What are they providing that the regular classroom isn’t?
Joining the discussion are representatives from local children’s literacy charities Hackney Pirates and Ministry of Stories.

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Stoke Newington Library, 184 Stoke Newington Church St, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JS

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