Ten things from TEDxNewcastle

On Saturday October 6, TEDx came to Newcastle (well, Gateshead actually). I went along, keen to expand my mind and be inspired. Spoiler: it didn’t disappoint!

My usual approach to writing up my experience of events like this would be to summarise my best bits from each talk, but let’s try something a little different. Here are my ten takeaways from TEDxNewcastle.

1. A call to action from Alfie Joey to move out of the middle lane of life. To look for opportunities and follow your dreams. Don’t be afraid of starting something new, side-stepping or even making a U-turn

2. “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step” Martin Luther King

3. The UK was the leader in drugs policy before the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 came in. At that time doctors controlled the market, not gangsters. Neil Woods and LEAP UK are trying to make drugs a health issue once more, not a criminal issue.

4. Understanding our circadian rhythms and chronotype may be the key to a good night’s sleep says Nick Littlehales.

5. “We are all the same, human is our name.” Ladies of Midnight Blue

6. Everyone, no matter how young or old, loves bright lights, balloons and big bangs. Just watch Andrew Szydlo in action for proof.

7. According to Allana Collen, what we feed our gut microbes could have a bigger impact on our weight than diets or exercise.

8. There are only 150 heart transplants per year in the UK and artificial hearts cost more than a top of the range sports car. Stephen Westaby is working to change that; making mechanical hearts as prevalent as hip replacements or pacemakers.

9. Sugata Mitra‘s vision for the future of learning is to switch models from “just in case” to “just in time”.

10. Emer Maguire mixed music and science and showed us you don’t need to learn to play the guitar for greater sex appeal, just carry a guitar case.

If you want to find out more, all the talks from the day were filmed. I’ll share the link here when they are available online.

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