On 4 November in Lincoln UK, 10 extraordinary presenters introduced their visions and challenges at TEDxYouth@BrayfordPool under the topic ‘creating our future’.
Zach Jones asks ‘In today’s society, is it better to be a generalist or a specialist?’
Whether it means specialising in a single area or expanding into many, Zach explores the essential collaborative nature of a successful future.
Zach is an experimental artist who tries to push the boundaries of everything he works on. He’ll turn his hand to anything, but his main passions are philosophy, writing music and engaging with new people and cultures.After graduating from university just over a year ago Zach is hoping to be the ‘change that he wants to see in the world’. By motivating others to be the best that they can be, and reforming himself to be better every day,he hopes that we can all create a brighter future together.
Dan Boyden believes in the alchemy of groups. Often working with marginalised groups around the world, Dan delves into unlocking the power of community through the arts.Dan is a theatre practitioner and arts consultant who has spent the last 15 years passing through different airports on his way to meeting interesting people. Born in Bristol and now living in London, Dan designs and delivers creative projects, often with marginalised groups and communities, in the UK and internationally. He’s lived and worked in Brazil, New York, Bosnia, India and for 11 months with a small dog called Nigel, in Zambia. Dan is a Winston Churchill Fellow and Director of The Change Collective, an organisation that unites a group of arts practitioners from different disciplines, in an experiment to find out how change happens through the arts.
In this emotionally-charged duet performance, Hannah and Edd explore consumption and comfort, creativity and spirit, travel grounds between urban cityscapes and natural landscapes. Edd is a freelance dance artist, currently working with Balletboyz based in London. Edd was born in Bristol, where he began dancing through B-Boying at the age of 13 years old, under the guidance of Champloo Dance Company. In 2011 Edd began his training at Swindon Dance before joining Rambert School from 2014 – 2017, where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree. In 2012 – 2014 Edd joined the National Youth Dance Company, working with Jasmin Vardimon and Akram Khan. Alongside a performing career, Edd is very passionate about choreographing dance for theatre and film, as well as teaching dance in a variety of contexts. Hannah is currently in her third year at London Contemporary Dance School and an apprentice for Jane Hackett Projects. Her curiosity to explore creativity within the physical language of contemporary dance came after 9 years training as an Artistic Gymnast. Within the years of her vocational training, she has performed under Robert Cohan (Elixir Festival 2017, Sadlers Wells), Pascal Merighi from Pina Bausch company and has been exploring her own artistry with multiple collaborators including those within Siobhan Davies’s Next Choreography programme. Prior to this she was a member of the National Youth Dance Company 2015/16 with Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui as Artistic Director.
Liam O’Dell asks ‘Do we have a say in which identity labels attach themselves to us? How do we live with the ones we can’t shift?’
Liam is a deaf campaigner, blogger and video maker from Bedfordshire studying for a degree in journalism at the University of Lincoln. Since 2012, Liam has been writing about music, politics and disability on his blog, The Life of a Thinker, and has recently returned to making deaf awareness videos on YouTube. His latest project has been the launch of his own podcast, which sees him discuss the biggest disability news with special guests. Aside from studying and writing, Liam currently hosts a Saturday morning show on Lincoln’s community radio station, Siren Radio, and hopes to enter the radio news industry when he graduates in 2018.
Saffron Jackson says ‘My generation are time travellers’
The rate of change to our world is unprecedented; this has caused increased separation between generations of people. How can we make sure we stay connected to each other and the world? Saffron is currently in her last year of sixth form in Sleaford. She’s hoping to study history at university because she’s fascinated by how humanity shapes the world we live in. As an only child living very rurally she’s spent a lot of her time thinking and observing. She’d love to travel and meet different people and hopes to be able to have a positive impact on the lives of others. In her spare time Saffron enjoys art and live music… and generally getting ‘involved’. Saffron applied to be part of Creating Our Future because as well as having something important to say herself, she loves seeing others with the confidence to be themselves in front of an audience, and pursuing what they care most about.
Chloe Zuccaro works in the health and social care sector primarily focusing on areas of addiction and offending. Her drive for working in this sector grew from her personal experiences and voluntary roles at youth, mental health and drug services. She continues to volunteer while working, with the intent of encouraging and inspiring youngsters to overcome barriers to success while facing issues surrounding substance misuse and addiction.
Through language play and performance, poet Remi Graves gives us a glimpse into what a future of gender freedom could look like. Remi Graves is a London based poet and drummer. A Barbican Young Poet, her work which centres on themes of identity, un-belonging and our relationship to nature, can be found in publications such as Skin Deep, Orlando Zine and NON Quarterly. Her past projects include a residency at Croydon Library with Spine Festival and she most recently held the role of Digital Poet in Residence with 1215 Today and The Poetry School. Remi is a 2017 National Poetry Day Ambassador. She is also one half of Gertrude and Jemima, a poetry and music duo with South African poet and performer Toni Stuart, who presented their improvised piece What The Trees Know at Southbank’s Africa Utopia festival.
Kian Hearnshaw asks ‘Do we really understand democracy? How is our democracy different to other models around the world, and what can we do if we disagree with the one we have?’
As a hopeful law student currently studying economics, government and politics, and history at A-level Kian has begun his journey to understanding the nature of democracy; and as the former Member of Youth Parliament for Lincolnshire he has begun to understand how ‘people power’ is to an extent, in jeopardy in the UK. Kian is also the current Youth Executive Member for a political party as well as a pro-active youth rights campaigner; he will be standing for Lincoln City Council in May and attempting to succeed in his A-levels! The entire nature of TEDx inspired Kian to get involved with the bigger picture and look deep into the concept that affects all of society – democracy!
Mercy Ngulube believes change is there to be made, so how can we achieve it? Through her experience of growing up with HIV, social activist Mercy Ngulube advocates for campaigning for what you believe in. Mercy is a courageous social activist who has used her own experience of growing up with HIV to drive and pursue equality for all young people living with HIV both nationally and internationally. Mercy is the former Chair of the Children’s HIV Association’s Youth Committee and has used this role to mobilise campaigns on behalf of young people living with HIV. She is recognised for having represented CHIVA and the wider community of young people living with HIV with professionalism, realism, humour, passion and intelligence. This year, Mercy was awarded an inaugural Diana Legacy Award from Princes William and Harry. She is currently studying English as an undergraduate and is passionate about words, their impact on the world and using them to drive forward social change.
Lewis Smith asks ‘Are traditional education qualifications the only way to make our way in the world? How would we navigate the world without them?’
Lewis is a graduate in Education Studies with Special Educational Needs & Inclusion, from Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln. Following the completion of his degree, Lewis is now conducting a Schools Direct Placement at a Special Needs school in Lincolnshire – working towards
his formal teaching qualification. With an underlying passion for Special Educational Needs, as well as questioning conventional norms, Lewis consistently seeks to challenge expectations and traditions within the education system – and redefine the way we look at the purpose of education within the 21st Century.