Darren to explore emotion

We’re 36 days away from the big event now and with TEDxGlasgow 2018 looming we’re speaking with our next speaker, Darren McGarvey, about his talk ‘Understanding anger in an age of outrage’.

Darren McGarvey is performing artist, columnist and author. He is well known for his position as a social commentator, particularly since the launch of his highly successful book ‘Poverty Safari: Understanding the anger of Britain’s underclass’. Going by the stage name Loki, you may also have seen Darren performing as a rapper or hip hop artist. But today, we¬†catch up with him about the topic of his TEDxGlasgow talk and what we can expect on 1st June.

Darren McGarvey, Loki

What is your idea worth doing?

My own experience tells me that while I often have every right to be angry about things, it doesn’t always lead to a good outcome. As well as the impact of anger on personal well-being, I’ve found it makes me less effective at listening and communicating. Anger is natural, but how do we wield it to our advantage?

How did you come up with your idea?

Understanding my own emotions has been a vital aspect of my recovery from alcoholism. It’s been fundamental and recently I find it’s also been changing the way I engage with political issues.

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

Hopefully, some people will develop an awareness of how emotions govern much of their thinking and behaviour.

If you’re interested in hearing more after my talk, I’m always around on social media. I’m not difficult to find.

Who has inspired you in your field of work?

Gabor Mate, Jonathan Haidt, Karyn McLuskey (a former TEDxGlasgow speaker coincidently), John Carnochan.

Who else are you excited to see at TEDxGlasgow 2018?

Victoria Heany’s talk on period poverty.

With a compelling personal story, we can’t wait to explore anger in a new light with Darren. Find out more about him and our 19 other speakers who are set to explore the theme Rethink… on 1st June.

Not got your ticket yet? Be quick before they all go – you can get yours here.

  • Written by Cat Leaver
  • Posted on April, 26 2018

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