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TEDx London Business School 2018

TEDxLondonBusinessSchool 2018 will take place on May 4 at the Royal Geographical Society. Book your tickets here.

What is TEDxLondonBusinessSchool?

In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TED created a program called TEDx, featuring local, self-organized events. Every year, TEDxLondonBusinessSchool welcomes world leaders in business, technology, science, and the arts to share their ideas around a central theme.

This year’s theme is Resilience – the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. Through their stories, our speakers will help us understand what Resilience means, how they and others have developed it, and how it can help us navigate the challenges of the 21st century.


TEDxFactor is a program allowing LBS students to compete to speak at the conference. After a grueling set of auditions, our judges carefully selected Abdullah Al-Shakarchi, Lucy Choi, and Jennifer Lynch. These three wowed us with their tales of Resilience; Abdullah spoke about growing up in Iraq during the sanctions, Lucy about bridging modern society and opera, and Jennifer about harnessing creativity in relationships. We are thrilled to welcome them on stage on May 4.

The Speakers  

The conference plays host to up to 16 speakers, the first four of which we are proud to announce: 

Jonathan Aitken | Resilience in Political Disaster and Prison 

Former UK Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament and the author of 18 books, Jonathan Aitken will tell us his extraordinary journey from the Houses of Parliament to prison following his conviction for perjury in 1999. Jonathan will share his lessons on resilience and rebuilding a successful career when all seems lost.

Steve Barron | From Film to Farming

BAFTA and Emmy-nominated director and producer Steve Barron will describe his transition from film to farming to create a cleaner and more sustainable world. In conjunction with the University of Cambridge, Steve has established Margent Farm to explore the ability of industrial hemp to revolutionise construction with its adaptable and highly efficient properties. From film cameras to houses, Steve will reveal the enormous opportunity for hemp to redefine our environment.

Dan Cable | Alive at Work

What is a “best self” and can it be turned on and made chronically accessible? Dan Cable, Professor of Organizational Behaviour at LBS, will explore the notions of best self-activation and signature strengths, examining how both people’s lives and organizational performance can be improved when people’s best selves are activated at work. Dan will introduce the seeking system, the part of the brain that urges us to explore what is possible based on our personal strengths, and explain how leaders can tap into enthusiasm and energy when they activate the best self.  

Ann Cairns | Lessons from Lehman Brothers

Ann Cairns, President of International Markets for MasterCard and Chair of ICE Clear Europe, will reflect on her time as acting CEO of Lehman Brothers in the aftermath of the 2008 crash. She will tell us what she learned of Resilience from the employees of Lehman, and offer thoughts on how to ensure the Resilience of the financial system in years to come.

Book your tickets and keep up-to-date through the website as the TEDxLondonBusinessSchool Team announces its full line-up of speakers. 

The team is working hard to give you the very best experience on May 4 and cannot wait to welcome you at the conference. 

The TEDxLondonBusiness School Team would like to thank their platinum sponsor: