TEDxNewnham Videos

Here are all the videos from TEDxNewnham, grouped as they were on the day: we hope they inspire you! You can use these groupings to curate your own TEDxNewnham event, or choose your favourites to show. Whatever you do, let us know so we can add your event to our interactive map

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What can we learn from sheep?

Professor Jenny Morton


Did you know that sheep can suffer from depression and epilepsy? Sheep may have a reputation for being stupid, but Professor Jenny Morton knows better. Their brains are surprisingly similar to humans’ brains, and this might be the key to unlocking the secrets of a cruel degenerative condition, Huntington’s Disease.

Why it's rational to be emotional

Bella Heesom


Bella Heesom was proud of being in control of her emotions, and celebrated her rationality. In the face of devastating loss, she fought her feelings until she was unable to continue. What she found was that her emotions proved to be the key to a whole new way of approaching grief and, eventually, the rest of her life.

Why schools are old skool

Callie Vandewiele


Callie Vandewiele did not attend school until she was sixteen years old; now she is studying for a PhD. What happened? Callie was 'unschooled'; free to make her own choices about the interests she followed, and to pursue them in the way that interested her most.


Trusting the music within you

Monica Buckland


Music is within everyone, and we show it in everything we do. Monica Buckland shows that your physical presence can be translated into music, regardless of how 'musical' you think you are. If you know this, you can begin to recognise the power of your own body, and the way you 'conduct' the way you interact with the world.

Making sober less shameful

Clare Pooley


Clare Pooley gave up alcohol in March 2015; months later she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She told everyone about the breast cancer, but, ashamed, kept her decision to stop drinking secret. Now, three years later, she has given up anonymity, and is on a mission to make sobriety less shameful for everyone.

Retirement - a false goal?

Professor Dame Carol Black


'Rest'. 'Seclusion'. 'Removal from Action or Danger': this is what 'retirement' means. But in the UK in the twenty-first century we might live for 30 or 40 years beyond retirement. Are we, Professor Dame Carol Black asks, doomed to spend all that time in bed- or could it be the start of a new chapter?

Living with depression

Megan Beech


Megan Beech makes sense of her relationship with mental illness through a performance poem centred around the art of 'kintsugi'. This is the Japanese practice of repairing pottery so that cracks are filled with gold, making them more visible, rather than less, and a beautiful part of the overall piece.

Life after a broken neck - taking back control

Angela Heeley


Life is good: you have an exciting new job, you've achieved amazing feats with your Army Reserves unit. Then out of nowhere, an accident fractures all the bones in your face, breaks your back, breaks your neck, and causes a spinal cord injury and tetraplegia. How do you possibly regain control of your life?


Knowing when to quit

Sarah Weiler


Why are we proud of 'not quitting' when a job, activity or dream is actively causing us harm? Sarah Weiler believes that quitting when it's right for us, before we have no choice, allows us to do better: not just for our happiness, but for our mental and physical health, our loved ones, and our employers too.

Can online communities help physical neighbourhoods?

Rod Cantrill


In the digital age it can be easy to assume that online communities overtake physical interactions. But what if the communities we formed online could support, and even regenerate, the places where we live and work? Rod Cantrill is a Cambridge city councillor and local community leader.

Does gender diversity really matter?

Professor Sucheta Nadkarni


In business, 'gender diversity' is often touted as the key to a more equal workplace. But does diversity alone actually mean that women can flourish and thrive? If not, what can companies do to make gender diversity a profitable, as well as ethical, goal?

We need to talk about dying

Jo Withers


Getting care right at the end of life is so important: we only have one chance. So often, we don't talk about it, because we're too scared: we don't want to cause upset or pain. Yet having that conversation can be one of the most loving things you can do for those close to you.


Climate change, a hairstyler and me

Anne Miller


We all know that climate change is a problem, and we all know that we should be doing more to help. So why don't we? Anne Miller thinks that Schein's conditions for change might give us the answer, and uses her own story to suggest ways in which we can empower ourselves to change the world.

Can satellites help us predict the future?

Sakthy Selvakumaran


Bridges and other structures fall down relatively often, and every time it happens we wonder if we could have known earlier that there was a problem. What if we could use images from satellites to predict when (and what) might be at risk? Sakthy Selvakumaran is here to show us how.