From TEDxNottingham organizer, Iain Botteril: TEDxNottingham was our first event and we were working under a very tight budget, as a result we had to maximise everything that we had.
Whilst we were planning, we thought that we had 100 people in the audience who wanted to be more involved and integrated with the event. So we began to see them not as statues to sit and take on information but rather as an active part of the event’s fabric.
Before the day, we put up 10 boards (one for each speaker) with pins on the side. Then, as part of our audience’s welcome pack, we put in 10 mini red cards and a pen. In between each speaker’s talk, we asked the audience to jot down a few thoughts from the talk on a red card and then stick them up accordingly at the break.
TEDxNottingham by Flickr user, pcmcreative
This helped the audience to remain stimulated during the talks, and also was a great point of discussion and interaction at our breaks and intervals.
It also helped the speakers get a lot of feedback and helped boost the confidence of the other speakers as they saw what was happening with everyone else’s talks and feedback.
Next year, we hope to turn the feedback into gifts for our speakers. We want to purchase a frame for each speaker, and fill it with a selection of photos of their talk, as well as a selection of the red feedback cards. This would give each speaker a really unique and genuine gift for their time. We like the idea of involving the audience and creating genuine gifts.
Last month 570 great new talks were added to our library. Below, more stats on TEDxTalks in September and of all time:
TEDxTalks by the numbers: September
570 new talks added to the TEDxTalks library
2.9 million views of the TEDxTalks YouTube channel and the TEDxTalks website
5 talks featured on TED.com
800,000 views of those TEDxTalks featured on TED.com in September
TEDxTalks by the numbers: All time
54.7 million views of the TEDxTalks on the YouTube channel and the TEDxTalks website
196 talks featured on TED.com
97 million views of the TEDxTalks featured on TED.com
The huge number of talks in our library can be overwhelming, but if you focus on just a few, you can uncover surprising connections. Here are two that were featured on TED.com in September:
Bandi Mbubi: Demand a fair trade cell phone
Your mobile phone, computer and game console have a bloody past — tied to tantalum mining, which funds the war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Drawing on his personal story, activist and refugee Bandi Mbubi gives a stirring call to action. (Filmed at TEDxExeter.)
Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?
Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at TEDxBoston.)