Interview with TEDx Bath


Interview with Clem from TEDx Bath

Paula Kacprzak

TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of smart, powerful talks within 18 minutes. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today it covers almost all topics – from science to business to global issues – in more than 100 languages.

Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

Clem has worked for TEDxYouth@Bath for a few years, helping to schedule the speakers, organise the day and promote the event to local schools. She really enjoys her work. She got involved in the TEDx through her mother, Charlotte Calkin, who founded TEDxYouth@Bath in 2011 and has since curated four events.

Clem talks about TEDx.

“TEDx is an inspiring project. There is something interesting for everyone. All talks are professional but delivered in easy to understand language so anyone can understand them. Moreover, some of the feedback may change people lives. There are a lot of possibilities to use TED at school - for example with the new TED Education initiative. Schools can create TedEd classes if they are interested and link up with other schools around the world. This is a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world and speak with them via Skype.

 There are many ways to find speakers and volunteers. This year, TEDxYouth@Bath has 22 speakers speaking on a huge array of topics. These include Colonel John Blashford-Snell, an explorer who founded Operation Raleigh, Aimee Ansari, executive director of Translators Without Borders, and Charlie McDonnell, YouTube blogger, and many more.

Local Bath businessman Chris Anderson created the first ever TED event in the United States with his American colleague, Richard Saul Wurman. TED is very popular in America, especially in North America. Currently TED events are celebrated annually in Canada and TEDx events are hosted all over the world. Nowadays, TEDx is conquering Europe. TEDxYouth@Bath will be held on November 17th. This year there is an amazing competition and anyone can enter. TEDxYouth@Bath have reserved a 5 minute slot for one young person to share their “Idea Worth Spreading” - you only need to look around your community individually or globally and find something inspiring, something to share. No one has to be a professional speaker and TEDxYouth@Bath will help you develop your idea and public speaking skills. We suggest you film a two-minute video of your idea and send it to!

For more information, go to or follow the updates on Facebook - and Twitter - @tedxyouthbath.
Our sixth form will be attending TEDxYouth@Bath at the Forum from 9am - 4pm on Thursday 17th November. Thank you to Clem for coming to our school and telling us all about it!

Paula Kacprzak - Year 13 BTEC Creative Digital Media