Arthur C. Clarke famously observed that advanced technology is "indistinguishable from magic”. He also said that the only way to discover the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them, into the impossible.
Beyond technology, there is the magic that leaves us in states of marvel, such as in a work of art, a groundbreaking scientific discovery or a new business venture. And then there is the simple magic of humanity, when we witness individuals and groups who spark awe-inspiring change of not just people, but of entire societies and value systems.
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2014 is going to take you on a journey of discovering the impossible and unmasking all aspects of magic. Our full day of talks will look at the past, present and future of innovation in technology, business, media, music, science and more!
Join us at TEDxLBS 2014, where we will bring together some of the most adventurous, innovative and imaginative thinkers, makers and doers out there to uncover, explore and push the limits of the impossible and share new ideas on magic, in all its forms.
TED is a global phenomenon devoted to ideas worth spreading. TEDx is a network of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Our event, TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, is entirely organised by students from London Business School and aims to be a platform for debate and discussion on a range of issues. Our audience is made up of professionals from across London, as well as students and faculty. Join us and be inspired!
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Get to know our 2014 line-up of thought provoking speakers from diverse industries.
Rocket Scientist, Winner of FameLab, PhD Hypersonics
Leon is essentially a rocket scientist, he researches how air flows over things at several kilometres a second. This really only applies to rockets, re-entry vehicles, a few missiles and a plane or two.
English Entrepreneur and Adventurer
Justin is an entrepreneur and modern day adventurer. He has ridden horses across Mongolia in search of the Tsaatan reindeer tribes and motorbiked through East Africa. He won a 450 mile un-supported race to the Magnetic North Pole as well as summited Mount Everest.
Global Partner, Social Business at IBM
Andrew is an internationally renowned thought leader in the fields of social business and social media networks. Currently, he is a Global Partner at IBM with a remit to help drive understanding and deliver social business solutions.
CEO, Virgin Unite
Jean has long explored the overlap of the business and social sectors and has been involved in both, having worked for the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife in Australia, and in numerous volunteer roles.
Stewart’s sadhana led him towards an extensive yoga education with teachers from around the world who have had a profound effect on his unique style of teaching.
Assistant Professor - Organizational Behavior
Margaret's research examines the underlying psychological processes that influence team and organisational performance in small groups as well as top management teams.
MBA 2015 student, London Business School
Rami has worked with large telecos and holds patents in the fields of telecommunications, semiconductors and medical devices. In addition, he has designed and developed products awarded the Red Dot Design Award, Medical Design Excellence Award, and the Australian Design Award.
MBA 2015 student, London Business School
Manan has led several health awareness and education related initiatives at the grassroots level in India through a range of not for profit organizations. He is currently extensively involved with an early stage start-up aimed to enable wider and more convenient healthcare access in rural and urban India.
Dame Stephanie Shirley
IT entrepreneur and philanthropist
Dame Stephanie, known as Steve, is one of the 100 most powerful women in Britain. Her charitable Shirley Foundation has initiated and funded a number of projects that are pioneering by nature and strategic in impact.
Author, spiritual teacher, guide and inspirer
Radhanath Swami has been a Bhakti Yoga practitioner for more than 40 years, and is one of today’s most beloved and respected spiritual teachers. He is a guide, community builder, activist, and acclaimed author.
CEO, Formula E Holdings
Alejandro is determined to revolutionize the world of clean mobility on the racetrack, city streets and consumer markets. He has a passion for technological innovation and a proven skill for turning things around.
Director of Strategy, The Good Relations Group
Amelia is an advertising and digital veteran, witting extensively on her award-winning blog Life “Moves Pretty Fast” and several more publications! She gives regular talks, mentors, and is highly awarded. Her aim is to put technology and insights into the heart of the PR and CSR process.
Partner, Salomon Partners
Paul Craven is a coach, consultant and public speaker in the area of Behavioural Economics. He has 27 years of investment experience at Schroders, PIMCO and most recently Goldman Sachs and is a lover of history.
Dancer & Choreographer
Rachel makes dance for the magical context of the theatre, that communicates through the body human experiences that aren’t so easy to express verbally. She believes that anybody can understand the meaning of movement with surprising clarity.
Principle - Technology & Magic at Special Projects
Adrian uses technology to make magic. His backgrounds in Electronic Engineering and Industrial Design combined with the fact that he is a full member of the Magic Circle help him to understands how things work, and how they will work in the future.
Professor - Management Science and Operations
Kamalini is an expert in the area of innovation. Her recent work examines new ways to create value through innovation, including service innovation, operational innovation and business model innovation.
It's been a pleasure working with such great speakers! Check out a few of the talks below and the rest of them on our 2013, 2012 and 2011 playlists.
The Age of Artificial Intelligence
George currently manages Rocket Fuel and has married big data with artificial intelligence to create the leading programmatic media buying engine in digital advertising.
You've cheated, but are you cheater?
Gabrielle Adams shares the results of a social psychology study which shows how language can substantially curtail cheating.
Shoshana Clark Stewart
Why the secret to development is pride
Shoshana is the CEO of Turquoise Mountain, a non-profit in Afghanistan that has rebuilt the historic old city of Kabul and the traditional craft industry.
A new way of consuming information
Nick is a 16 year-old tech wizard who recently raised $250,000 from a Hong Kong billionaire to fund Summly. This app automatically summarises content from online searches and has had over 130,000 downloads.
The financial sector's role in rebuilding
Angela leads the British Bankers Association, the trade organization for the UK's banking and financial services sector. She served as a Conservative Party member of Parliament and as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. She holds several board positions.
The genomic revolution
James Lu is a MD/Ph.D. candidate at Baylor College of Medicine, Human Genome Sequencing Center in Houston, Texas and is visiting with the UCL Wellcome Trust Center for Neuroimaging. His work focuses on next generation sequencing and human decision making.
India's new entrepreneurs
Dr. Kumar is Professor of Marketing and Co-Director of Aditya Birla India Centre at London Business School. In 2011, he was awarded a place among the Thinkers50, the biannual listing of the top 50 management thinkers in the world.
What micro entrepreneurs taught me
Chris Coghlan founded Grow Movement, a non-profit that provides low-cost advice to small business entrepreneurs in Uganda through remote volunteer consultants in Africa and globally. Operations are expanding to Rwanda and Malawi later this year.
Rethinking the boundaries of painting and photography
Alexa’s pioneering artistic technique - shown in the Saatchi Gallery, London and worldwide - lies at the intersection of painting, photography, performance, and installation. Painting directly onto her subjects and then photographing them, Alexa blurs the line between reality and representation.
My Life as a Traveler
Nuno Mendes grew up in Portugal, worked on the family farm and gained a deep connection with the land and the importance of how food is produced. Today, he has been loaded with accolades. His restaurant -- Viajante -- won a coveted Michelin star within just 9 months of opening. Yet for Nuno, more important is seeing the excitement and enjoyment sparked by those who experience his singular, inspirational food. Food bloggers discuss every dish in minute detail and seats at the restaurant are booked out for weeks in advance.
How Disruptors are Designing for the Future
Tom is a Design Director at IDEO in London, where he uses the innovation and design process to develop new business opportunities. He regularly speaks on the topics of entrepreneurship, design thinking, open innovation and industry disruption. In December of 2009 he published an essay in The Future of Innovation, titled "The Future of Innovation is Holistic and Networked," and regularly posts to his blog www.weijiblog.com.
Rethinking Social Enterprise
As President, Brian Forde leads Llamadas, S.A. strategic efforts to bring low-cost phone service to rural Nicaragua through a series of innovative telephony projects specifically created for the developing world. Brian is widely recognized as one of the top Social Entrepreneurs in Central America and has been featured by many media outlets including CNN and NPR for his efforts to alleviate poverty by lowering the cost of telecommunication. Brian graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles.
Eduardo is a world walker. He likes to be surprised by encounters with communities that are experiencing change. He is passionate about enabling poor rural communities. Traveling is a passion, he seeks to discover life's aesthetics, silences, and, sights. Recently painting, Eduardo is working on a commissioned art show around Expression & Repression. A writer. A new entrant to all things meditation and in constant search for opportunities related to India, China, and Asia. Herman Hesse, Demian, sits atop his list of most influential reads. His heart pulsates most when soaked in ocean water.
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool is made possible through the support of our Partners
TEDxLBS 2014 is scheduled for the 25th of April! We hope you'll be able to join us but if you'd like to be more involved, then get in touch. We are looking for sponsors and are always on the lookout for engaging and interesting speakers.