Sunday, 15 March 2015

Breaking Boundaries Live Blog!

Well, hi there folks! This is the live blog for the Breaking Boundaries event hosted by TEDxUoN on 15th March 2015! We worked really hard to get this event ready for you and we hope you enjoyed the day!  We've had so many positive comments in person and online and we can't thank you all enough. Thanks to all those who visited on the day, to those who gave us such inspirational talks and incredible performances and to those who made the event possible! 

If you want to see how we put together our event you can see our making of video by Ryan Jones below! We'll keep up all the live bloggings so that people can look back at what happened over this magical day! If you want to check out more of what happened over social media then check out our storify or go to our facebook page!




[17:10] Our final act is the Portland Underground Pandas Dance crew from UoN Breakdance society. Thank you so much for coming and making this day truly great! Thank you to all the speakers, the crew and volunteers, our hosts Elliott and Mary, all the societies that have helped us to make the event possible, crocus cafe and pulp friction for supplying us with delicious food and most importantly all of you for coming and joining us in Breaking Boundaries together. 

[16:55] Nick Little is our final speaker. He talks about how one simple idea completely changed his life, The Human Library, and all the mistakes he made along the way. The human library aims to break down boundaries and create dialogue in order to help combat the problems of prejudice. 




[16:45] Ed Yong's talk about how animals brains are controlled by parasites and questions whether we really make our own decisions. Watch it again here  and check out his blog here.  

[16:25] Shrouk-El-Attar gives us an emotional, truly moving and inspirational speech about gender roles, her love of technology, the separation of her family based on arbitrary borders and her fight to live in a country where she can express her sexuality without fearing for her life. Needless to say there was a full standing ovation. 

[16:05] Terence Lapidus gives us an excellent talk about breaking out of your comfort zone and how he did it himself; through Soup & Sandwiches, The Big Collaboration and other social enterprises he went from an accountant to a social entrepreneur! He reminded us of the power of collaboration and that "if you want to go far, go together". 


  

[15:50] We're ready to go for our final session! It's a shame that we're at the end of the day but all good things must end some time. We really hope you've enjoyed the day! 

[15:40] Capoeira Nottingham with a really engaging and energetic performance ahead of our final session! 





[15:15] Belly Dance society are putting us in the mood to dance through our next short break! So much so that our own host Elliott Denham couldn't resist joining in! 







[14:55] Herve Morvan has worked on a wide range of science projects within the Institute for Aerospace Technology from aerospace projects for Rolls Royce, to working with Rebecca Adlington in designing the swim suit that allowed her to compete at such a high level during the Olympic Games! He talked about the problems of "publish or perish", crossing the "valley of death" and breaking boundaries in academia to create collaboration, such as IAT's INNOVATE project! 

[14:40] Check out the video from Amanda Palmer about "the art of asking" and what it's like to be a living statue and a musician here. You can also check out her blog and music here too!

[14:25] David Mattison of the Nottingham Astronomical Society gives an amazing talk that shows us just how small we really are! It's amazing to think about the scale of astronomy and how incomprehensibly massive space really is! 




If you're interested in getting into astronomy, here's the advice from David. 


DON'T RUSH INTO BUYING A TELESCOPE !! 
START BY USING YOUR EYES TO IDENTIFY CONSTELLATIONS – THESE ARE CHANCE FORMATIONS OF STARS WHICH WE USE AS ROAD MAPS TO FIND OUR WAY AROUND THE NIGHT SKY 
DOWNLOAD STELLARIUM – A FREE PROGRAMME WHICH CAN BE DOWNLOADED TO DESKTOP/LAPTOP COMPUTER, ALSO AVAILABLE AS A MOBILE APP. THIS WILL SHOW A REAL TIME VIEW OF THE NIGHT SKY FOR N, S , E AND W.
START BY USING BINOCULARS, 10 X 50 ARE A GOOD CHOICE. CAN EASILY MOUNT ON TRIPOD TO REDUCE IMAGE SHAKE. BINOCULARS ARE PORTABLE, CAN BE USED ANYWHERE AND ENABLE US TO VIEW WITH BOTH EYES. 
'LIGHT GRASP' IS ALL IMPORTANT – BINOCULARS VASTLY IMPROVE THIS. FOR ME 10 x 50 BINOCULARS WILL IMPROVE MY LIGHT GRASP AT NIGHT BY ABOUT 100 TIMES. WE BREAK THROUGH THE BOUNDARIES OF UNAIDED VISION AND SEE THINGS WE COULD NOT IMAGINE WERE THERE !!



[14:15] Gudrun Bielz  gives us an insight into her work exploring the human psychology of "arctificialism" and has some very interesting thoughts about the concept of breaking boundaries! 


Breaking boundaries sounds rather harsh, so I would like to suggest: Don’t break them, give them a little push and let them expand or become chewy and gooey. Let’s dance and communicate, interact and explore and enter new territory together!



[14:00] We're all nicely refreshed, revitalised, maybe even rejuvenated and definitely pumped for breaking even more boundaries in the second half! I can't wait to hear from our next speakers and performers! 

[13:30] Lunch has been going down a treat! i hope you've all broken boundaries with your food choices! Thanks so much to Crocus Cafe for feeding all these hungry mouths! Make sure you grab a smoothie if you have the chance! 







[12:55] Let's break for lunch! see you around the break-out space, be sure to come back for our afternoon session at 2pm! 

[12:45] Ash Beckham gives a fantastic talk about having hard conversations and that a closet is no place for a person to live. Watch it again here!

[12:31] Maddy Crowther of Waging Peace talks to us about the genocide in Darfur, the ongoing obstacles of "never forgetting", how genocide is not an image of the past but an ongoing reality and how the images drawn by children show us far more about the conflicts than the government of Sudan ever has. Be sure to support Waging Peace's cause by tweeting using the hashtag #wearedarfurious

[12:05] Sarah Kay's spoken word poems are phenomenal! You can rewatch it here. "You can be the star in starting over and over and over..."

[11:50] Terence Kong shows us the ultimate holiday slideshow and how he's been breaking personal and geographical boundaries as a student, explorer and photographic wizard! 





[11:45] the second session is getting underway, you might have seen us running around taking photographs! send us some of your own pics to @TEDxUoN! 















[11:40] It's great seeing you all enjoying the break-out space! Let's get pumped for the next session starting now! 





[11:18] Our friends Chordally invited are going to give you a truly beautiful performance before we have our first break! see you in the break out space and be sure to come back for the next session at 11:45! 

[11:00] Dr James Smith, founder of the Aegis Trust has taken the time before his flight to Rwanda today to talk to us about how it may be possible to eradicate the dangerous ideas that can lead to genocide. 

[10:50] Now we have a quick video from Adam Savage about scientific 
discoveries! If you want to watch it again here!

[10:40] Loving the term "Neurotypicals" to describe those who have normally developing brains! Robyn makes a very interesting point about having a hidden disability, the problem of "looking normal" and dealing with sensory overload. 




[10:35] Thank you Gaynor, that was a brilliant start to our Breaking Boundaries event! Next we have Robyn Steward, talking about her experience as a professional with autism and how she deals with the problems many autistic people have to cope with! 

[10:19] First up is Gaynor Nash, she'll be talking about her experience as a 
games maker, especially in terms of the legacy, here love for a big breaker of boundaries, Eddie Izzard! She's also talking about how more of us should 
getting involved in sports volunteering through Join In and Park Run!

[10:17] Enjoy... 



[10:14] Here are your hosts! Elliott and Mary! They'll be taking you 
through today's journey. 

[10:11] It's starting! we hope you enjoy! 

[9:57] The first people are entering the auditorium and the speakers 
for this morning's session are getting set up! This is happening guys!!! 
check out some of our photos so far below...











Say hi if you see us around!


[9:45] Crocus Cafe are setting up and it's smelling unbelievable! The first few guests have arrived, feel free to see what's going on around the maths building! 

[9:25] Our Acapella group Chordally invited are here and warming up, the goosebumps are out and everyone is in a state of near zen! You guys sound amazing!


[9:00]
As you come through from registration, take a few moments to take in the breakout space and talk to some of our friends from various societies. Come and grab a drink and have a chat with your fellow guests and take a look through all the goodies we have in store for you! Let us know what you think by tweeting @TEDxUoN using the hashtag #BreakingBoundaries or posting on our facebook page.

We'll be milling around finding stories and taking pictures during the break but here's a few pictures from the wonderful Will Turner of the "calm" before the storm…

















We really hope you enjoy your day! Be sure to get involved with all that we have in store for you! 

2 comments:

  1. I think Gudrun raises a very interesting notion about 'breaking boundaries' being too harsh, but I don't agree entirely with that.

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    1. As with everything, there always needs to be a balance. Some boundaries are there for a reason, some might only need to be pushed, and some need to be blown away!

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