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  • Unbroken – speaking the unspeakable

    Madeleine Black

    “I remember wishing they would kill me to make it all end.”
    It takes courage to speak the unspeakable. But for many years, Madeleine Black felt too afraid and too ashamed to utter a word of what happened to her.
    Violently attacked at the age of thirteen, her story is one of pain – but also of recovery, strength, and forgiveness.

  • Kicking the plastic habit

    Laura Young

    When you throw something away, where is ‘away’?
    From straws and takeaway forks to coffee cups and cling film, around 40% of the plastics we use are single-use and a mammoth 91% of all plastic isn’t recycled.
    It’s no wonder the world is choking on it.
    Alarmed by the scale of the problem, Laura Young decided to kick her plastic habit and work towards a zero-waste lifestyle. In this entertaining talk, she shares how she went from plastic abuser to conscious consumer.

  • Global Feminism: Leaving no one behind in the Women’s Movement

    Annie Lennox

    Over the last 100 years, despite the fact that women’s rights have come a long way, there are still massive inequalities experienced by millions of girls and women across the globe. The facts are that 1 in 3 women have suffered physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. 603 million women live in countries where domestic violence is not considered a crime. The list is much longer…

    Women and girls endure injustice, disempowerment, misogyny, rape, violence and human rights abuses on an appalling scale everywhere.

    To challenge and change these deep-rooted injustices, Annie Lennox believes we need to stand as a community of Global Feminists.

  • The male identity crisis

    Fraser Smith

    When you hear the expression ‘man up’, what does it make you think?
    Is it about being tougher? More dominant? Or putting on a brave face?
    There’s continued pressure on men to live up to a masculine ideal portrayed by the entertainment industry and on social media. In response, new initiatives call for men to acknowledge their vulnerabilities and ask for help, rather than play the hero. On the flip side, other social movements stigmatise men as being wired for aggressive and predatory behaviour.

  • Are we being played?

    Laurence Dodds

    Facebook’s a videogame, and Mark Zuckerberg is hogging the controller.
    This is how US tech reporter, Laurence Dodds, thinks of social networks
    – as giant videogames which we are all living inside. And like games, social networks manipulate our behaviour by prescribing the choices they offer to us. From how we eat, to how we find love, to how we do politics.

  • Demographic Disruption

    Sarbjit Nahal

    We have two choices. Adapt or die.

    Sarbjit Nahal believes we are living in the midst of the most remarkable demographic transitions in human history. But to survive it, we’ll need low-hanging and innovative solutions in immigration, social welfare, technology, training, and work-life balance.

  • The world’s best kept secret to saving humanity

    Jude Ower

    How do we solve humanity’s biggest challenges? Jude Ower has a game-changing idea.

    Gaming gets a bit of a bad rep. Critics see it as addictive, a drain on time, and a cause of our sedentary lifestyles. But what if Pokemon Go could end ocean pollution? Or Angry Birds could ensure all children have access to education?

  • AI minus EQ equals Zero

    David Allfrey

    As we pass the anniversary of Alan Turin’s death (7 June 1954) and with artificial intelligence, machine-learning and affective computing poised to recognise, interpret, process and simulate human affects, the need for emotional intelligence has never been greater.

  • Democracy VS The people?

    Anand Menon

    Are democracies rigged?
    From mass demonstrations in France to Brexit in Britain, and the election of Trump in the US, peoples’ anger over the current state of democracy is fuelling protest and anti-establishment movements around the world.

  • Why can’t women lead?

    Mark Logan

    Only 15% of leadership positions are filled by women.
    Despite corporate and educational initiatives to boost this figure, it remains stubbornly low. Why haven’t we made more progress?
    Mark is the first male ambassador of Women’s Enterprise Scotland and has mentored many men and women towards executive leadership roles. In his talk, he reflects on his experience in the tech industry to address the tough question: what single change can each of us make to address this imbalance?

  • The law is male

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

    Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is putting the law on trial. The charge? Failing to deliver justice for women.

  • The strength in weakness

    Richard Shotton

    Are you afraid of failure? Do you struggle to accept your imperfections? Does criticism leave you feeling discouraged? If the answer is yes, Richard Shotton has a simple idea that could help turn your weaknesses into strengths.

  • Pioneering precision medicine in Scotland

    Anna Dominiczak

    The one-size-fits-all approach to healthcare isn’t working. With an ageing population and the spiralling cost of patient care, Scotland urgently needs to find progressive ways to create a sustainable NHS for the future.

    The solution may, surprisingly, lie within each of us.

  • Being limitless

    Amar Latif

    “If you want something that doesn’t exist, you have two choices. Either you do without, or you build it yourself.”

    This is Amar Latif’s ethos in life. And one that’s paid off.

    Losing his sight at the age of 18 was not going to stop Amar from living the life he dreamed of. He believes that no matter what personal challenges you are facing, through small actions and being aware of who you are, you can live a life without limitations. If you’re looking for a dose of motivation, this is it.

  • Sleepwalking into a Surveillance State

    Pippa King

    Everything, from our music tastes and shopping habits to our faces and fingerprints, is up for grabs in the business of big data. But who exactly owns this data? How will it be used? And what impact will this ever-increasing digital footprint have on our lives? These are questions that privacy campaigner, Pippa King, began to ask when she discovered that biometric data from her children was being collected by their school. As it turns out, this isn’t uncommon. Around 80% of schoolchildren will have had their fingerprint scanned by the time they leave school.