See below for videos of each of the talks from TEDxFulbrightGlasgow. Speaker biographies can be found here.
Serendipity: creativity through happy accidents | Sarah Rose Graber
Often in creative processes there is a moment when we are surprised by an accidental discovery which allows things to click differently than anticipated. In these moments, happy accidents can lead to surprising and innovative developments. Sarah Rose Graber discusses how serendipity has shaped her work as a theatre artist and how we can invite serendipity into our own lives.
Dignity at the end of life: caring for our caregivers | Christian Goodwin
Most of us will spend time in a nursing home during our life, as a caregiver, a visitor, or as a resident ourselves. Yet many people fear nursing homes more than death. Christian Goodwin explores how we can improve nursing home experience and outcome by improving conditions for nursing home staff. Taking lessons from Walt Disney World, Goodwin demonstrates how job crafting adds value and dignity to our caregivers, which in turn gives value and dignity to the end of life.
How to turn competitors into collaborators | Erica Ollmann Saphire
How do you convince 44 competing labs to share research, data and lab samples? Erica Ollmann Saphire did just that in 2012 when she founded an international, multidisciplinary research consortium against the Ebola virus. Flash forward to the Ebola epidemic of 2014 and their research was put to the test in real time. Ollmann Saphire recounts how the consortium set a precedent for international scientific collaboration, while preserving personal interests and intellectual property.
Who you should hire, fire & promote | Stephen Frost
Think of your 'in-group'- your closest friends, family and loved ones. How diverse are they? Stephen Frost demonstrates the value of a diverse in-group, and how a lack of diversity can cause real world problems. Frost challenges us to truly examine our workplaces and think carefully who we choose to hire, fire and promote.
Bright streams of consciousness | Karen McCarthy Woolf
Poetry can be transformative, recording the personal and political, the intimate and universal. In this touching and personal talk, Karen McCarthy Woolf recounts how she used poetry to process and memorialise the loss of her son in childbirth. This loss spurred McCarthy Woolf to seek comfort on the water, which led McCarthy Woolf to examine the themes of mourning and loss around larger societal issues such as climate catastrophe, which she explores through poetry in her talk.
I am sorry Dave, I can’t do that | Mark Hickey
In the worlds of academia and tech, many believe that computers may one day be able to replace the human mind, with technology becoming so advanced a computer would be indistinguishable from a human mind. But will computers replace us all? Mark Hickey argues that computers aren't as smart as we think, and explores recent research and experiments which suggest AI won't kill us all.
The dam dilemma: how to balance hydropower, rivers & people | Jessie Moravek
Hydropower is a renewable resource, but that does not make it sustainable. Jessie Moravek examines the downsides to river hydropower, including declining fish populations, poor water quality and damaged ecosystems. But hydropower can be made sustainable, and Moravek explains how. Advocating for conservation and rivers can ensure that our hydropower is not just renewable, but sustainable for generations to come.
Schools without classrooms | George Greenbury
Cavemen didn't teach their children how to hunt mammoths in a classroom, so why are classrooms necessary to education today? George Greenbury explores the future of education and ways we can use online education to address global educational inequalities. Adapting online education to be more engaging and social ensures a future where online learning can provide high quality education for all.
Stroke: the loss and recovery of familiarity | Mark Ware
Familiarity may sometimes breed contempt, but it can also lead to empathy and greater understanding. In this talk, Mark Ware argues that we are hard-wired to seek familiarity.
Since 2015 Mark has developed a series of art/science collaborations that have investigated how the natural environment can have a positive impact on wellbeing and health. Mark is the founder and CEO of The Wavelength Project, a charity that further investigates how exposure to the natural environment can be of health benefit to the public, including for those who find access to nature difficult due to disability, or because of socio-economic circumstances.