Raising the Dunbar on humour and its impact

In the lead up to TEDxGlasgow 2018, we’re catching up with our speakers to hear a little more about what drove them to apply and what they hope to share with our audience on the 1st of June. In today’s blog, we hear from the wonderful and hilarious Karen Dunbar whose talk is titled ‘Use humour as a tool, not a weapon‘.

What is your idea worth doing?

Humour is a beautiful, vital part of human nature.

I want us to use it compassionately without harming others in the process: it can be done!

How did you come up with your idea?

Unfortunately, I found out the hard way that humour, when misused, can wound instead of heal. I’d like to share what I’ve learned from my former ignorant mistakes and how I hope we can all develop comedy into a vital emotionally intelligent tool.

How is your idea going to change the way we look at the world?

I believe the simplest ideas are often the most effective. We all need to laugh together: with each other, not at each other.

Karen Dunbar - TEDxGlasgow 2018

Who has inspired you in your field of work?

Billy Connolly, ‎Victoria Wood, ‎French & Saunders‎ and Robin Williams.

Where should we look if we want to find out more information about your idea?

The aforementioned performers. And Google my name on YouTube: lots of videos of me in various guises! They hopefully portray my desire to laugh together on a global scale.

Who else are you excited to see at TEDxGlasgow 2018?

Can I say everyone?! I believe when like-minded people come together, no matter who they are, the energy in the environment is excitingly electric!

We can’t wait to hear more at TEDxGlasgow 2018 when Karen and our 19 other speakers will come together to explore the theme Rethink…

  • Written by Cat Leaver
  • Posted on March, 27 2018

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