Making Waves – TEDx Glasgow

June 8, 2014 — 52 Comments


The other day I decided to try my hand at BIG CURLS 🙂 I had seen the look on several pictures and wanted to experiment with a softer look. So my day started really well. Whilst my hair was drying I spent some time catching up with some of my friends on their blogs and reading what they were getting up to.

I started to read an article about creativity and inventiveness and I caught sight of this picture 🙂


This was originally a Mercedes Benz Advert

I guess this is what the inside of my head looks like 🙂 I am sure that most of you already thought that anyway.  I love the idea of someone’s creativity simply just bursting out and engulfing those around them.

Then this morning I took a walk down to the RCS to see what was going on. I found myself in the foyer and there was certainly a bit of a buzz going on.  I found out that there was a TEDx conference being held there and although I had seen some TED videos on-line I had never attended such an event before.  I asked if there were any tickets left and the staff arranged an amazing deal for me allowing me to get hold one of the few remaining tickets, with lunch included 🙂

From one of my earlier blog posts in which I wrote about inspirational speakers I knew that TED was an organisation devoted to sharing and developing ideas to enable a deeper understanding of the world around us.  So for a creative dreamer on a Sunday morning who loves to explore new things this seemed too good to miss.

The Stage was set up with a projection screen, a red carpeted circle on the floor to show the speakers where to stand and two small screens on the floor, one was the dreaded timer for the speakers so they could see how they were using their 15 minutes. And the other was a screen with their presentation so they could see what was being projected behind them.

There were so many incredible speakers and I wrote lots of notes!

It was actually a great day and I found it very enriching to listen to the speakers and take on-board some of their ideas and suggestions.


Alex Willcock

Is a musician, craftsmen, furniture-maker and father of five, Alex still finds time to work closely with his business team to build the world’s largest psychographic database with over 300 million profiles.

Alex’s talk brought me to the subject of what makes us who we are and how technology can be used to help us communicate effectively.  He explained why we communicate the way that we do and the importance of this communication in building a better understanding of our societies.

Alex helped me understand a little better why I love to share my experiences with my friends on the internet and how in turn these friends provide me with help and support at each fork in the road.

Alex was a lovely man who took time after his speech to talk with me, very memorable.



William Mitchell

Is a Design Director of 4C Design Ltd, Will graduated from The Glasgow School of Art and has spent 15 years working in a wide range of industries as a specialist engineer.

William sparked my interest with his approach to learning through questioning.  He explained that in order to move forward and achieve your goals you have to constantly question everything that you encounter.  He explained that no matter how much you think that you understand about your chosen subject there is always something new that you can learn   His approach of being super curious reminded me of my younger brother Tom, as he constantly questions everything until he thoroughly understands it.




Josh Littlejohn

Entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn is the business brain behind Social Bite, a sandwich shop in which 100% of profits are given to good causes and 1 in 4 of the team has been homeless until offered a fresh start and job.

It was great to listen to his views on social enterprise and get a feel for what drives him.  I understand his drive and his utter belief in what he is doing.

I know that moving forward I have to positively ooze belief in what I want to achieve as I know I am going to face loads of obstacles in the year to come.

Josh’s talk helped to put a little perspective on what you can achieve if you set your heart on a goal and then focus all your energy on achieving that goal.

The other speakers were :

Mark Shephard, Corinne Hutton, Remzjie Sherifi, Katherine Trebeck, David Sibbald, Colin Birchenhall, Laura Montgomery, Martin Hendry, Talat Yaqoob, Paul Stallan, Cam Donaldson and Sir Harry Burns.  Who each delivered splendid speeches and gave me loads to think about .

So the weekend started great and finished even better, which just goes to show that sometimes it is the unplanned things in our lives that provide some of the best experiences.

This is the link to the TED site if you want to take a look and this is the link to the TEDx Glasgow site. 

In closing I am posting a picture for George Todica to help promote his forthcoming recital in London this coming Thursday 12th June.  George has been a tremendous help this year providing beautiful piano accompaniment for me and inspiring my performances.  If you can catch his performance I am sure that you will have a wonderful afternoon.

This is George playing Enescu “Pavane” op. 10

52 responses to Making Waves – TEDx Glasgow


    Love your curls! Sorry I missed the TED talks 🙁


    After all that, it is amazing your curls didn’t all drop out as a result of overload!


      I had my hair up in a ponytail, there was such a full program of entertainment with Indian dancers, singers it was jam packed with sights, sounds and tastes (yummy lunch) what’s not to like 🙂

      Best wishes


    Wouaw, very interesting, good. You’re at the good place at the good time ! Very happy for you !!!
    All the best for you Charlotte !

    Annette Rochelle Aben June 8, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    the curls are adorable… and I love TED talks so I will surely be catching these.. thank you so MUCH


    Curls look fun and bright.


    Girl, you are some kind of charmed! You got into the TED talks at the last minute- that is amazing. And your hair looks FAB!!!


      I’m was most certainly charmed yesterday 🙂 the speeches were so ridiculously good, it taught me a great deal about planning and timing your presentations too. You’d have loved it. I need to find a mobile hairdresser in Glasgow who can come and show me once-and-for-all at home how to get the big hair curl look when doing it myself lol.

      Best wishes


    Looking great in curls, Charlotte! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed yourself at the TED talks, and you’re so awesome to write notes on every speaker you listened too! Have a wonderful week! ^^


      I should show you my note book on-line but someone might review my doodles around all my notes 🙂 I wish I’d taken my dictation machine so that I could record and watch, if I ever went again I would but I’ve heard the speeches go on-line but at least I noted the key points. You have a wonderful week too.

      Best wishes

    Mafalda Martins da Silva June 9, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Gostei dos cachos, do post e da sua expressão radiante, é toda alegria, me encanta! Muito sucesso, sempre!


    It’s always a delight to read your posts.


    I love your new curls! And the TED Talks sound amazing and inspirational! So glad you were able to get a ticket at the last minutes like that. Sounds like you were meant to attend!


      It’s a bit crazy but as I’m a bit crazy…lol. Super lucky that day someone was shining good luck down on me. I’m a big believer in serendipity.

      Best wishes


    Can I have some of what you are on Missy H?? 😀


    Oh charlotte I wrote you the nicest comment and it got lost, like how your curls r beautiful like fits your face and fits your interior on your quest to change and modify an ordinary brain into one for the great creator u r .
    Charlotte please read and help this artistic sister of ours.


      Thanks Barb, I used to go to the local zoo in Chester every year as a child, they seemed to really care after their animals and I never thought of it as cruel before. Hmmm something for me to ponder… good luck to you anyway.

      Best wishes


    Just love your curls, Charlotte, you look really radiant. Life is suiting you, isn’t it?


      I just can’t believe another year has flown by, so fabulous, if it wasn’t for my parents I couldn’t do what I do so I make each moment count.

      Best wishes


    Super cute, madam!



    What a great experience to attend a TEDx event. Last month I was able to attend the TEDx here at the TEDx PiscataquaRiver in Portsmouth, NH. You may like this video of Visual Jazz from our TEDx.

    Thanks for keeping all of us posted on your amazing journey!



      Thanks for your link Carl, I enjoyed the concept in your link of mixing both painting and music together on stage and I wish I had more time so that I could explore some Jazz singing further. I am having an amazing journey, loving it.

      Best wishes


    I love your curls!


    What brain crunching wonderful delights. Thanks for sharing their knowledge!


      The theme was to ‘explore the Common Wealth of Glasgow’ and we certainly did that. I should give a shout out to all the volunteers who helped on the day too it was very well organised.

      Best wishes


    Very unexpected event and thank you for sharing!


    Love the music, love the posts, BUT I hate to be the odd person here because I don’t like the curls. Sorry Charlotte but since I seem to be the only one who does not like the curls, you can just say I’m odd and dismiss the comment :o)


      Hi Edgar, i love experimenting so challenging myself to try a different hairstyle seemed like the right thing to do, especially with my College summer ball approaching. Here is a picture of the hairstyle with the rollers out so let me know if this sways your opinion 🙂
      What do you think ?
      Best wishes


    Wish I could be there to listen to the inspiring playing of George, and your making waves with your singing. 😉


      Thanks Arti, I wish you could listen to us live too. You Tube videos just don’t do justice, I wish I was in London to watch him live tomorrow. There is a big piano competition on from Friday at the conservatoire in Glasgow so I’ll try to go to watch a few of the performances, so much fabulous music 🙂
      Best wishes




    Love your curls! How wonderful you were able to attend the Ted talks. I’ve watched a lot of them on YouTube and, for the most part, have found them so interesting and informative! What a beautiful performance by your friend, Mr. Todica.


      My Dad told me yesterday that Ted have sponsored WordPress to keep the site independent and free of corporate control so that’s refreshing too.
      I believe the concert went well for George today in London, he practises every day and I thought I practised a lot.
      Best wishes


    Hi Char, I’m gonna roll with Edgar and say the curls are purdy down and softer looking. And…that guy can really play the piano. I like…whatever song that was…he killed it. (I mean in a good way) 🙂


      Cheers Eric, I ended up wearing it down as usual but I was so hot dancing.
      George is a very talented pianist, he’s been playing since he was six and hails from Romania. I love working with people who are dedicated to their art they push me to do better.
      Best wishes


    I often read about TED but have never attended a conference. I am quite jealous!
    Your big curls look fantastic 🙂


      Thanks Rhys I can recommend getting along to a TED conference the day was so full and energetic and left me very invigorated. I got home and immediately started to write out some of my aims and goals for next year.
      Best wishes


    Thank you for introducing me to classical piano, I can’t say I have listened to it before .Tell George I am very impressed with his playing.xx

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