TEDxFindhorn Saturday 1st October 2016 7.30pm

We are proud to announce the third in the series of TEDxFindhorn talks held in the Universal Hall, Findhorn Foundation. TEDx events are locally organised TED events, which have become world-renowned as the place to share inspiring ideas, heart-warming stories and exciting innovations.

Please be aware that in order to attend this event, you will first need to register online at tedxfindhorn.eventbrite.co.uk. It is free to register. The reason for this is that in order to comply with TED rules, we need to get the email address of everyone attending, so that TED can send a satisfaction survey to them after the event.

You don’t need to print out your ticket. It will be enough to say to the ushers on the door that you have registered online. If you do not do this, you will need to fill in a form on the door.


We have an exciting line up of 4 inspirational speakers:


TEDxFindhorn - Lisette SchuitemakerLisette Schuitemaker: How awareness of the birth order blindspot can help even Hillary

In our professional lives we hardly ever share where we come from, what family we grew up in and what our place in this constellation was. When we exchange our life stories, even if only for five minutes, we begin to see each other in context. The pervasive ‘birth order blindness’ is part of why eldest daughter Hillary systematically underestimates Donald, fourth of the five Trump children. You will see.

Bio: Lisette Schuitemaker has had a varied career in communications and initiatives for a better world, and now serves as chair of the Findhorn Foundation. As an author, she has immersed herself in the effects of the family birth order, concentrating on her own spot: the eldest daughter.




cameron-4Cameron Taylor: On the Trail of the Real Macbeth

William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Macbeth is one of the best known works of literature in the world, and the character Macbeth is the archetypal anti-hero. When, in Act Three, Banquo asks Macbeth how far it is to Forres, few of the audience know that Forres is a real place and Macbeth a real – and profoundly misunderstood – man. Cameron will introduce you to the real Macbeth and explore the reasons for the differences between fact and fiction.

Bio: Born in Orkney, ‘beside the oceans of time’ as the late George Mackay Brown so lyrically put it, Cameron Taylor is a writer, historian and consultant. His work on transmedia storytelling led him into a journey of discovery on the trail of the real Macbeth leading to a book, a documentary and almost to his arrest.




search-1May East: The Edge Effect… reflections on how to postpone the end of the world

In nature and ecological design the edge is known as the boundary or interface between two biological communities.  Just as it is possible, through the design of ecological systems, to increase diversity and life by maximizing the edges between neighboring biological communities, so it is possible to create a larger edge effect in community development enriching society as a whole.

Bio: May is a sustainability practitioner, educator and designer.  Serving as Chief Executive of Gaia Education, May has been leading a whole generation of sustainability educators delivering capacity building activities in 43 countries.  Awarded one of the 100 Global SustainAbility Leaders three years in a row by ABC Carbon and SustainAbility Showcase Asia, she works with National governments and international intergovernmental agencies, and businesses in the creation of policy guidance for sustainable development. May is a UNITAR Fellow and has contributed to the establishment of the UNITAR Global CIFAL Network while leading for a decade CIFAL Scotland- the Northern Europe UNITAR Associated training centre.



searchGalen Fulford: The Re-Integration of Nature

The re-integration of nature is an unfolding experiment. It is the process of integrating modern techniques and materials with natural processes to purify water and air and to grow food directly within our buildings, infrastructure, and cities.  It is the process of learning from these systems and discovering the experience, connection and solutions needed to understand and create places which are both modern, resilient and ecologically abundant. From the waterways to the rooftops this experiment is underway in thousands of places, and the flavour of the future is emerging.

Bio: Galen is an explorer, an inventor and a entrepreneur with an affinity for all things living. His work has lead him on a journey from deep wilderness guide, to sustainability educator to biomimicry focused designer. Galen has a passion for water and finds fulfilment in transforming degraded places into thriving ecosystems.  He applies his passion for water and living systems to his professional work developing and implementing new techniques for the restoration of degraded waterways.

Many thanks to our generous partners without whose help this event would not have happened.



TEDxFindhorn – Saturday 9th July 2016

On 9th July 2016 the Universal Hall hosted the second in the series of TEDx Findhorn events, which the Findhorn Foundation is proud to sponsor. It was a great evening with four inspiring talks and a wonderful piano performance. Click on the photos or links to see the talks/performances.




Mumta Ito: Say YES to the Rights of Nature. Say YES to LIFE!

Mumta Ito’s central theme is that by enshrining Rights of Nature in law, we protect the environment that we all need for our very existence. In her passionate talk she points out that although Humans have the Right to Life, Nature which provides all the materials for our lives has no such Rights.
Mumta Ito is the founder of the International Centre for Wholistic Law and Rights of Nature Europe, which aims to realign the application and methodology of law with the universal laws that govern all life. See Mumta’s talk here.





Lisa Shaw: From Wastewater to Deep Beauty:

Lisa Shaw, is a long term community member and artist working in the field of ecological design applied to restoration biology. She creates paintings and collaborative art projects as part of the team at Biomatrix Water combining art, nature, engineering & community involvement to transform polluted waterways.    www.lisashawart.com  and http://www.biomatrixwater.com/. See Lisa’s talk here






Alexander Chapman Campbell: Piano Solo

Alexander, a 28 year old Scottish composer and pianist. He performs 3 pieces from his album “Portraits of Earth” for solo piano. His music is largely inspired by nature, particularly the wild and beautiful Scottish Highlands. Hauntingly beautiful with rich, ethereal, emotive melodies that touch the heart. http://www.alexanderchapmancampbell.com/. See Alex play here





Alex Walker: Community Development: An Introduction to Spell Casting

Alex offers two or three helpful organisational development tools.

Alex Walker is a community activist and Sustainable development consultant. He is the chairman of Ekopia, which invests in various social enterprises in Moray, Scotland and is a director of Development Trusts Association Scotland. http://www.ekopia.org.uk/. See Alex’s talk here.



Alan searchWatson­-Featherstone: Reforesting the Ancient Caledonian Forest

Alan’s inspiring talk is about his involvement in restoring the Caledonian Forest and all its constituent species of flora and fauna to the Scottish Highlands.

Alan is the Founder and Visionary of the Scottish Charity, Trees for Life since 1989. He has overall responsibility for the charity and its strategic direction. His work includes a special focus on media and public relations, major donor fundraising and biodiversity research at Dundreggan Conservation Estate. http://treesforlife.org.uk/. See Alan’s talk here.

Many thanks to our generous partners without whose help this event would not have happened.



Videos all now available

Wonderful news! All the videos are now live on the TEDx YouTube channel. To view them click here

A wonderful time!

We has a wonderful time at the TEDxFindhorn and you will find links to all the videos here. Big thanks to the Findhorn Foundation who were the sponsor and even hosted our pages for a few weeks while we got this website organised.