OUR Philosophy

The theme of 2017’s TEDxEton, the first ever TEDx event to be held at Eton College, was Anticipate. Eton College is an institution deeply rooted in tradition. Etonians are, for example, famous for their Victorian uniforms and unusual sports which no other schools play. However, it is the balance between commitment to tradition and eagerness for reinvention that has allowed the school to not only survive for 577 years, but thrive and become one of the best academic institutions in the world. The ability to anticipate developments in the wider world - from globalisation, allowing millions of students all over the world to study abroad, to the rise of technology, increasing demand for completely new and different skill sets - has allowed Eton to adapt, evolve and improve. We believe this ability to anticipate the future is more relevant now than ever before. The world is changing at a pace unimaginable only a decade ago: look no further than the extraordinary political changes happening all across the Western world. The countries, the organisations and the people who will not be able to adapt to this world will not be able to succeed in it. We believe that by bringing TEDx, a collection of independently organised events that is building the largest modern repository of human vision, to Eton, we can help our school and its students and teachers, as well as all our attendees and viewers worldwide, to anticipate the world's future and, as a result, shape their own future and the futures of people around them. We believe that through our speakers sharing their perspective on the future of their field, they helped us establish TEDxEton as the symbol of Eton’s anticipation of the future - this is our philosophy.


TEDxEton is an independently organised TEDx event held at Eton College, a boys boarding school of 1,300 pupils. Eton College was founded in 1440 and throughout its history has been one of the leading independent schools in the UK. Eton is an alma mater to 19 of the last 50 Prime Ministers of Great Britain, not to mention countless ministers, top civil servants and diplomats. 
Every year, around 40% of the graduates go on to study at Cambridge or Oxford. Despite Eton’s reputation for academic excellence, the school is also committed to developing its pupils holistically. On account of this, our alumni also include world famous sportsmen, writers and actors; such as Damian Lewis, Eddie Redmayne, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell and Hugh Laurie.


TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organised TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

x = independently organiSEd event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Our curation team has chosen speakers from a wide range of fields, from wildlife conservation to advanced automobile design.


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