The 2014 TEDx UCL has been themed Global Citizenship in step with the progressive efforts of UCL to groom a generation of leaders who are conscious of the potential impact and reach of their actions in an increasingly interconnected world.

As a world leading educational institution that constantly seeks to achieve global impact, UCL established the Global Citizenship program to boost the development of its students in preparation for a future of global leadership in their chosen fields.

UCL’s global citizenship program aims to foster six attributes in graduates who are set to become the new generation of world leaders. These include:

  • A critical and creative thinker
  • Ambitious – but also idealistic and committed to ethical and socially responsible behaviour
  • Aware of the intellectual and social value of cultural difference
  • An entrepreneur with the ability to innovate
  • Willing to assume leadership roles: in the family, the community and the workplace
  • Highly employable and ready to embrace professional mobility

It is against this background that TEDx UCL 2014 will entertain a range of “ideas worth spreading” as we explore this contemporary concept. Through the diverse talks scheduled for the day, we aim to highlight as best as possible, the meaning of the concept of global citizenship, as well as why it is relevant to imbibe this sense of being a global citizen.


What is TEDx?

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


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

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