Date: November 24, 2015

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Tickets are on sale for the second annual TEDxDouglas event, which takes place at the Youth Arts Centre in Kensington Road, Douglas on Sunday, December 6.

The line-up of speakers and performers has been announced for each of the two sessions, and tickets are available via the Villa Gaiety box office on 600555 or the website:

The TED ethos is ‘ideas worth spreading’, and this year’s line-up cover a diverse range of topics:

4.30pm session:

  • John Gregory – Music makes us human
  • Bridge Carter – Standing strong
  • Antony Alexander – A single world language via an international auxiliary language
  • Owen Cutajar – Doing it for the love of IT: The Isle of Man Code Club story
  • Stacey Astill – Poetry: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

7.00pm session:

  • Eleri Morgan Anything is possible
  • Karen Horncastle – Sustainable architecture creating a profitable working environment
  • Andrew Newton – The obesity pandemic: can we stomach a solution?
  • Andy North – How a 4-day working week would change the world
  • Lisa Meads – A mother/daughter bond increased by a journey in Taekwondo
  • Zakir Hoosen – topic to follow
  • Music from John Gregory and Tim Cass (Blue John and Papa Cass)

In addition to the speakers and performers, some of the most popular and inspiring videos of past TED talks from around the world will be screened during both sessions.

TED – which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design – is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short talks, normally no longer than 15 minutes. The movement has developed a worldwide following of millions since the first one-off event in 1984. TEDx events are independent from the main TED conferences, but operate under the same banner and follow similar principles and guidelines. There are more than 30,000 talks in the TEDx online library from presentations in 130+ countries.

The talks from TEDxDouglas 2015 will be uploaded to the main TED website afterwards for worldwide viewing.

The licence holder for TEDxDouglas is Chris Stott, CEO of Manx satellite company ManSat Ltd, and the event’s curator is Emma Quirk.

Emma said:  ‘We have had another great response from speakers interested in sharing some fascinating and inspirational ideas. The TED philosophy is about the power of ideas to change attitudes, to make people question the world around them and how they live their lives. There are so many people around the Isle of Man with wonderful stories and experiences to share, and the TEDx platform is the ideal platform to provoke conversations that really matter.’

If you would like to know more about TEDxDouglas 2015, please contact Emma on or call her on 07624 341823.

You can find out more about this year’s speakers and keep up to speed on the latest news at or via social media at and

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