The Running Man | Musa Okwonga | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Musa is a poet, sportswriter, broadcaster, muscian and communications adviser. His first book about football, A Cultured Left Foot, was nominated for the 2008 William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award, and his second book about football, Will You Manage?, was published in 2010.

TEDx in 10 minutes | George Hardwick | TEDxEastEnd 2012

George Hardwick is an inspiring performance poet and creativity expert, who has performed on 4 continents, to TV audiences of over 7 million, is a regular performer at Glastonbury Festival and has most recently shared the same stage as business greats James Caan and Sir Richard Branson.

The Olympics and cohesion | Rita Chadha | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Rita is the Chief Executive of the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London. With over 25 years of experience of working in the community and voluntary sector and equalities, Rita has a unique perspective that is both grounded and able to see the bigger picture.

The Idea Store | Judith St John | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Judith is the Head of Idea Store, based in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in London’s east end. Idea Store provides a modern library, lifelong learning and information services in comfortable and friendly surroundings that have transformed the area by attracting over two million visits per year.

London Moves, visualising 16 million cycle journeys across the UK capital | Jo Wood | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Jo is a Professor of Visual Analytics at City University London. His research and teaching interests are in the design and construction of visualization for exploring, analysing and communicating patterns in complex datasets. He has particular interests in visual analytics of data that have a geographic component. He is the course director of the postgraduate degree in Electronic Publishing that enables students to develop their skills in assembling data, stories and services for electronic media.

What is your passport? | Roy Ballentine | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Roy is a serial restaurateur having opened his fourth cafe in London a year ago. Originally from Ireland, Roy went straight into the food industry after studying at University of Ulster at Coleraine. Passionate about people and food, he believes a cafe is more than about just serving food but creating a community and enhancing interactions between people.

An exit strategy for poverty | John Bird | TEDxEastEnd 2012

John is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of the The Big Issue. He was born into poverty, brought up in care, and has lived through a lot. His life’s journey has included spells as a thief, prison inmate, artist and poet. Now an established iconoclast, activist and publisher, John Bird is the force behind The Big Issue, the world’s most successful street magazine. He is an inspirational business leader with an outstanding record of using business as a tool for social change.


How to Create a World Without Borders | JP Morgan Jr | TEDxEastEnd2012

JP Morgan Jr helps people to create a life that they truly love. Through helping you to find and follow your true purpose, you experience a deep passion for exploring, creating and living. A major focus of JP’s work is on human connection — the foundation of your growth and success — because he endeavours, by bringing us all a bit more together, to make the world a more understanding and peaceful place.

Hate Speech Beyond Borders | Nazila Ghanea | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Nazila lectures in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford. She has been a visiting academic at a number of institutions including Columbia and NYU, and previously taught at the University of London and Keele University, UK. Nazila’s publications include nine books, four UN publications and a number of journal articles and reports.

The UK’s DREAMers? Undocumented children in Britain | Nando Sigona | TEDxEastEnd 2012

Nando is a senior researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford, currently working on research on statelessness, immigration governance and citizenship in the EU, and on transitions to adulthood of former unaccompanied asylum seeking children. He recently completed a ground-breaking study on irregular migrant children in Britain (No way out, no way in: Irregular migrant children and families in the UK, 2012).

How the circus saved my life |Philippa Vafadari |TEDxEastEnd 2012

Philippa founded BandBazi an award winning, multicultural and inclusive performing arts company and charity in 2001. Philippa trained as an actress at the Scottish Royal Conservatoire. After working in regional repertory theatre including the Royal Court Theatre, London, she went on to train as an aerial artiste at The Circus Space, London. As Artistic Director of BandBazi she aims to integrate narrative theatre with aerial metaphors in what the company calls ‘Aerial Drama’.

How to be a wizard | Naji El-Arifi | TEDxEastEnd 2015

Magic is real. Naji El-Arifi argues that for the first time in history, we are living with true wizards: people who can code. Those who don’t teach themselves this skill will be left behind by programmers who can, in minutes, fix what is broken, make the world behave differently, or bring new concepts into existence before our eyes.


A banker, a worker and an immigrant walk into a bar… | Anna Chen | TEDxEastEnd 2015

Genetic science has definitively proved that all humans originate from the same group of East African ancestors. So why do people insist on trying to create divisions between races or nationalities? Anna Chen suggests this is more than instinctive racism – there are economic interests at stake. Political rhetoric about migrants exists to justify exploitation and create divisions. A better world is possible.

I wanna make you move | Samantha Moyo | TEDxEastEnd 2015

The perfect way to start your working day: get up at 6.30, have a fruit juice, get a bit of exercise..go to a rave? Sam tells us the story and vision behind Morning Gloryville, and takes the audience by surprise by getting them dancing with a troupe of unicorns, to a DJ set from Basement Jaxx.