TEDxGlasgow announces roster of speakers as ‘leaders and followers’ from BBC, Facebook and Graven


By Naomi Taylor | Client Services Manager

May 16, 2017 | 3 min read

TEDxGlasgow has announced their speaker line up for the upcoming flagship event being held at the SEC Armadillo on 2 June.

The 20 speakers will take the stage to discuss their angle on the theme ‘lead or follow’, and inspire over 1800 attendees to think about how leading or following can result in innovation and positive development across all areas of society.

Speakers such as Quentin Somerville, Middle-East correspondent at the BBC, Jonah Jones of Facebook and Kerry Daynes, author and forensic psychologist, will be exploring how following can lead to extraordinary human experiences in war, journeys and murder.

Lee Craigie, former GB mountain bike racer and founder of The Adventure Syndicate, will be discussing why we shy away from leading ourselves into stressful situations, and how challenging situations rarely lead to regret.

Also included in the line-up is Janice Kirkpatrick, founder of Graven, who will be holding brands to account in the post-truth world we live in, and making sure the audience make a conscious decision when following these companies who have such a silent but massive impact on our day to day lives.

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Gurjit Singh Lalli, curator of TEDxGlasgow, comments on this year’s theme: “Our themes are always purposefully broad enough to capture ideas from across many sectors, not just technology, education and design (that’s where TED comes from for those of you new to it). This year’s theme aims to both challenge the speakers and the audience. We hope people will come with ideas but also an open mind, willing to take on new opinions and perspectives, whilst challenging the status quo. Our theme is there to help focus the speakers. From some of the early speaker applications we have already seen there’s an understanding that Lead or Follow is not binary and more contextual. Successful leaders know when to follow and both actions are interdependent on the other.”

As well as the impressive line-up, there will also be a variety of workshops and the inaugural pitch for the TEDxGlasgow Award on the day of the event.

The full line up of speakers can be found here.

Tickets to TEDxGlasgow on 2 June are still available here.


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