Important update regarding TEDxBristol 2014

Having been involved in three TEDxBristol events, two TEDxYouth@Bath events and being a part of TED2012, it is with reluctance that I’ve decided not to curate next year’s TEDxBristol. There is so much more I wanted to do, but ultimately I’m under no illusion how much time and work it is to put these events together and other priorities mean that I know I wouldn’t be able to do it justice this year.

However, I will be remaining involved with the TEDx program as a mentor and will be providing support, resources and experience to a number of UK TEDx events including Bristol. Once the application window opens the TEDxBristol licence will be available, anyone wishing to apply will need to have attended a TED, TED Global or TED Active event. I encourage anyone with the vision, dedication and time to carry the baton for this year’s event. Should the position be left unfilled then TEDxBristol will use this year as a break and return in 2015.

My boundless gratitude go to my outstanding team, our generous partners and sponsors, and everyone who attended this year’s event. It has been one of the most worhtwhile things I’ve had the privilege to do for our city.


TEDxBristol 21013 took place on

Monday November 11th 2013
at Colston Hall


TEDxBristol was held on Monday 11th November 2013 at Bristol’s iconic Colston Hall, the event sold out with 1,000 delegates attending – the largest TEDxBristol ever and one of the largest in the UK. Our theme this year: Failure.

From science to circus acts, relationships to videogames, fitness to space – we invited our speakers to plumb the depths of their varied and extensive experiences, with each story and perspective shedding new light on one of the most powerful words in the world – ‘failure’.

But it wasn’t just the speakers, there was plenty of opportunity for our audience to explore their own failures and the failures of those around them at our Failure Swapshop and Photo Booth of Fail throughout the day.

Photos are now up!
Videos will be uploaded very soon.

What Twitter had to say:

“Lessons learned from #TEDxBRS ~ #fail fast, #fail often, but don’t #fail to learn from the experience @TEDxBristol” – @c0tt0n1

“Fantastic day @TEDxBristol yesterday – students haven’t stopped buzzing, definitely one going in the calendar as a regular date :) #TEDxBRS” – @budmthsociology

“Wonderful day of thoughts and thinking @TEDxBristol . If you’re not failing you aren’t trying. ;)” – @andymccarthyuk

“Inspired by our great time @TEDxBristol” – @c_vultures

“Back to work after a day of #failure @TEDxBristol. Brace yourselves colleagues!” – @danslinky

“@TEDxBristol thanks for a great day I’m still trying to digest all the info. #TEDxBRS” – @ajdsimpson

“Great day all about failure at @TEDxBristol yesterday.” – @bigideasuk

“Kudos to @NatAltDesign and her @TEDxBristol team – great event yesterday with a brilliant mix of speakers.” – @allyporwal

“@Paul_K_Archer Your talk was my highlight of an awesome day @TEDxBristol – loved your graphics too! Good luck with the mailbox!” – @lucyfullford

“Been an inspirational day at @TEDxBristol . Congratulations to the entire team who put up such an awesome event.” – @scubaholik

“Failure makes us stronger & It takes strength to admit your own failures. Thank you all @TEDxBristol for exposing your own #TEDxBRS” – @shazminj

“Brilliant day at @TEDxBristol, so much to take in! Feeling inspired to go out in to the world and fail! #tedxbrs” – @mattwillweb

“Thanks for the warm welcome, enthusiasm and very well organised event today. No mean feat! Am still reflecting on #failure :)” – @dosticen

“Fantastic event. My brain is now full!” – @inworkings

Excellent event today by @TEDxBristol – looking forward to next year already!!! #TEDxBRS” – @gl_cdmt

“There needs to be more people like Prof David Nutt in government not less. Inspiring #TEDxBRS @TEDxBristol today.  Thank you for trying Prof.” – @lyndseymayhew

“#TEDxBRS @TEDxBristol the most uplifting time I’ve had spending a day with failure as opposed to the usual bout of dejection” – @kaizenjournal

“Thoroughly enjoyed my day at #TEDxBRS ! Very interesting insights on #Failure from people in different industries @TEDxBristol” – @dijeshb

“I declare @TEDxBristol failure a success! #TEDxBRS” – @bazeboiee


About TED and TEDx:
TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. With two annual conferences where the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in eighteen minutes. The caliber and breadth of speakers and topics is unique, and talks are shared free with the world on TED.com. Created in the spirit of the ‘ideas worth spreading’ mission, the independent TEDx program is designed to give communities the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.