Five things we learned from Lauren Fox

Lauren Fox is a sculptor and art therapist, and a trained welder . Today, she brought TEDx Portobello to a close with her mesmerising, emotional talk, Where sea monsters roam. Here are 5 things we learned from Lauren today. Lauren trained as a welder in a steel yard in Leith – the first woman to have […]

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Five things we learned from Chris Hellawell

Chris came across his first Tool Library in Toronto when he lived there. Having seen how such a simple idea could create mobility and opportunity for people, he decided to start the first one of its kind in Edinburgh and the UK. Here are 5 things we learned from Chris today: Making is an act of faith; it is a […]

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Five things we learned from Alex Humphry-Baker

Alex Humphry-Baker was recently named Young UX Designer of the Year, and organises Creative Mornings/Edinburgh. Her talk – You are where you next click – encouraged us to challenge algorithms, to avoid slipping into a bubble and facilitate new experiences. Here are 5 things we learned from Alex today. It’s  become second nature for us […]

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Five things we learned from Thomas Lynch

Unable to find a community for dads and kids to learn together and share, Thomas started Dads Rock. He believes that for big ideas to become a reality you have to learn to trust. This is how you find him here. Here are 5 things we learned from Thomas today: His pivotal moment came as his own dad started […]

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Five things we learned from Mike Small

As Mike reflected on the politics of the last years and the process Scotland has been through as a nation, his blog, Bella Caledonia went from a hobby to becoming his full time job, with over a million visitors. Here are 5 things we learned from Mike today. In 2014, Scotland decided we would be a […]

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Five things we learned from Megan Davey

Megan Davey is one of Edinburgh’s most influential scientists, and a Porty local. She gave a fascinating TEDx talk today, entitled This is a golden age of science – grab it with both hands. Megan works on hands, which are fundamental to being a human, and she studies how patterns form in the developing embryonic hand. […]

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Five things we learned from Zakia Moulaoui

Zakia Moulaoui’s talk Invisible People was one of the most moving moments of the afternoon. Zaria formerly worked for the Edinburgh-based Homeless World Cup Foundation, which uses the power of football to help people without a home around the world. She is the founder of Invisible Edinburgh, which helps homeless people become tour guides of their own […]

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Five things we learned from Emma Jayne Park

Emma Jayne Park’s talk – Stuck in the middle with who?? – got this year’s TEDxPortobello off to a flying start. Emma is a dancer with a strong sense of socio-political activism in her work. She founded dance company Cultured Mongrel and, as she told us today, mongrel is a word that is integral to […]

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