Two mums tweeted fiesty comedian Shappi Khorsandi to ask if she would speak at their conference – and were gobsmacked when she said yes!
Devi Clark and Shelley Ghazi are organising the first ever TEDx event at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre’s Second Space and the Iranian-born funny woman is set to be the headline speaker.
Team leader Mrs Clark, who lives in Stone with her husband Matthew and their children Rosa, nine, and Ben, five, said: “We just went on Twitter and asked if she wanted to speak at our Misfits and Pioneers event and she said yes, because she was inspired by the name!
“She arrived in the UK speaking virtually no English so she knows what it feels like like an outsider and we feel like she truly embodies the spirit of TEDx.
“Aylesbury has a wide range of entertainment already but we wanted to bring something a bit different to the town.
As well as Shappi, the list of speakers includes Karen Blackett OBE, CEO of Mediacom, folk singer and Towersey Festival patron Roy Bailey and David Neita, a barrister and poet.
TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks lasting no longer than 18 minutes in total.
The American phenomenon dates back to 1984 where technology, entertainment and design came together but today it covers almost all topics in 100 different languages, from science to business to global issues.
The x on the end of TED means it is an independently organized TED event within the community.
Mrs Ghazi and Mrs Clark are both TEDx fans and have teamed up with other volunteers to bring it to Aylesbury this spring.
Event curator and mum-of-two Mrs Ghazi, who lives in Thame, said: “All the talks are recorded and shared on the internet.
“We wanted to bring something different to Aylesbury, and some of these TEDx events can be very radical.
“It’s become a really big phenomenon and there tends to be two categories of people – those who love TED talks, and those who have never heard of them.
“Those who know about TED talks, their eyes light up when they talk about them.
“We just went on Twitter and asked if she wanted to speak at our Misfits and Pioneers event and she said yes, because she was inspired by the name!Devi Clark, team leader
“It can be about anything as long as it’s an idea worth spreading and is spoken about in a very human and concise way.
“The thing about TED is that it makes you think and inspires you to look at things differently.”
The 100-ticket event runs from 2pm to 8pm on Saturday, May 9, and the team have already sold more than 70 spaces.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit the TEDx Aylesbury website here.