A Disruptive World

You can't tell from the photograph that accompanies this blog, but our heads were bursting with inspiration at this year's TEDx Glasgow and that was just by lunchtime.

The theme this year was 'A Disruptive World', with a wide range of speakers discussing why disruption is so important, how they are disrupting the status quo in their own fields or what external forces are disrupting them. Rather aptly the event enjoyed its own disruption with a fire alarm and evacuation during the registration process but a gorgeous Glasgow morning meant the mood remained buoyant while we waited to get back in to the 1,500 seat Theatre Royal.

What followed really was an amazingly varied programme of talks. Once again, we came away incredibly enthused, amazed, and itching to get back to our own worlds so we could put into practice what we'd learned.

So what did we learn? Too much to write about here - look out for the videos, but to capture the essence of the event:

- Never accept the status quo

- Challenge everything, especially your own thoughts.

- If you can't put your values on a T-shirt, they're wrong.

- Cyber crime - it's even scarier than you thought (no, really, it is)

- Don't spectate your way through life.

- When was the last time you did something for the first time?

- Everybody should listen to Ellis Watson of DC Thomson at least once in their lives.

- Look for the good in every day, even the bad ones.

- Laura Beveridge of Who Cares? Scotland is a hero and absolutely deserved her standing ovation.

- There is such a thing as electronic skin!

- There is nothing like a bit of jazz on a Friday afternoon.

- The spirit of innovation is alive and thriving in Scotland.

Add to the above that I think I ate one of the best doughnuts I've ever tasted and you can see that, once again, TEDx Glasgow delivered a superb event. Can't wait for 2017!

Posted by Kirsty McIntosh on Monday, June 6, 2016

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