The world is constantly evolving, changing shape and presenting new opportunities and challenges to humankind.
One issue that’s very much risen to the forefront is, of course, climate change. Many of us are actively changing the way we interact with the environment – whether through mindful consumption, recycling or changing our diets. Whatever it may be, there’s a growing, collective understanding that we all have a role to play in order to influence the outcome.
Diversity and inclusion aims to advance groups and individuals that are traditionally under-represented due to their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability. Increasingly, industries and businesses are identifying the need to better represent wider society within their workforces, from entry-level to executive positions.
Over the past decade, the landscape of work has experienced rapid change, largely due to advances in technology. Significant parts of our lives are played out online as much as offline, and in many contexts we’re seeing automated systems reduce the need for human input.
TEDxOpenUniversity 2019 invited a global audience to broaden their minds and imagine what’s next for our future. It was The Open University’s first ever TEDx event, which brought together a community of curious thinkers spanning the entire globe. The event, hosted at the Berrill Lecture Theatre, was made especially memorable by the fact that it coincided with our 50th anniversary.
It’s October, the month of ghouls and ghosts, carved pumpkins, dark mornings, knitwear, woollen coats and icy windows. Most importantly, however, we are just two weeks away from the hotly-anticipated TEDxOpenUniversity, an event that promises to deliver inspiring talks on the world of today, and the future of tomorrow – and we could not be more excited!
1984 was a memorable year. Margaret Thatcher won a landslide victory and became the UK’s first female Prime Minister; the first Apple Macintosh computer went on sale, and two astronauts – Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart – made planetary strides as they performed NASA’s first untethered spacewalk.
If you’re not a natural public speaker, giving a talk can be daunting. We’ve enlisted help from some trusty Open University staff who have also given TEDx talks, to find out their top tips.