Organisers

Sara Knowles

Licensee, Lead Organiser and Curator

Bio
I am curator and licensee of TEDxBollington. I delivered a TEDx Talk – ‘The Case for Cultural Fluency’ at TEDxNantwich 2016. I am a parent of two daughters and live in Bollington. My day job is as an International Trade Adviser at The Department for International Trade based in the North West. I am passionate about helping people, communities and organisations to redefine their potential. I also love to run, dance, write and adventures outdoors.

Languages
German, English, Slovenian

Areas of Expertise
Business internationalisation, Consultancy, Facilitation, Intercultural communication, Training

An idea worth spreading
Intercultural skills and improved foreign language education are crucial for economic prosperity and peace.
I explain why in my TEDx Talk, ‘The Case for Cultural Fluency’.

I’m passionate about…
Enabling people, communities and organisations to learn and grow

I am a…
Business adviser, Connector, Educator/Teacher, Producer, Project manager

Universities
Lancaster University, Manchester Business School, University of Wales

Talk to me about
Your big ideas. What you love. Your ambition. Your story. Languages. Running. Mountains. Trees.

People don’t know I’m good at
Building IKEA furniture. Speaking Slovene.

My TED story
I am delighted to be able to provide a platform in my community for people to share their passions, stories and ideas. I think this will add an interesting and empowering dimension to our community as we learn from each other and share the experience of TEDx as audience, speakers, sponsors or organisers.

I have been a fan of TED for many years after coming across Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ I have watched many talks over the years as a source of new ideas, inspiration and knowledge and admired the speakers and the TED style of performing talks and sharing ideas.

I aspired to delivering a TED talk one day, so when I was asked whether I’d be interested in delivering a TEDx Talk for TEDxNantwich (2016) I said ‘yes’ without hesitation, then worried later about how on earth I was going to do it. I have to say that the journey to delivering my TEDx Talk was one of the most challenging things I have done in my life, but amongst the most empowering. I learned so much about myself, my shortcomings, vulnerabilities and weaknesses along the way – but it was also incredibly exhilarating.

I would like to enable others to experience TEDx too and, importantly, to help them get there. It’s particularly important to me that I create this platform in my local community and in a way that enables us to share our ideas and connect with other individuals and communities internationally.

Organisers

Sara Knowles

Licensee, Lead Organiser and Curator

Bio
I am curator and licencee of TEDxBollington. I dellivered a TEDx Talk – ‘The Case for Cultural Fluency’ at TEDxNantwich 2016. I am a parent of two daughters and live in Bollington.My day job is as an International Trade Adviser at The Department for International Trade based in the North West. I am passionate about helping people, communities and organisations to redefine their potential.I also love to run, dance, write and adventures outdoors.

Languages
German, English, Slovenian

Areas of Expertise
Business internationalisation, Consultancy, Facilitation, Intercultural communication, Training

An idea worth spreading
Intercultural skills and improved foreign language education are crucial for economic prosperity and peace.
I explain why in my TEDx Talk, ‘The Case for Cultural Fluency’.

I’m passionate about…
Enabling people, communities and organisations to learn and grow

I am a…
Business adviser, Connector, Educator/Teacher, Producer, Project manager

Universities
Lancaster University, Manchester Business School, University of Wales

Talk to me about
Your big ideas. What you love. Your ambition. Your story. Languages. Running. Mountains. Trees.

People don’t know I’m good at
Building IKEA furniture. Speaking Slovene.

My TED story
I am delighted to be able to provide a platform in my community for people to share their passions, stories and ideas. I think this will add an interesting and empowering dimension to our community as we learn from each other and share the experience of TEDx as audience, speakers, sponsors or organisers.

I have been a fan of TED for many years after coming across Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 TED Talk, ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ I have watched many talks over the years as a source of new ideas, inspiration and knowledge and admired the speakers and the TED style of performing talks and sharing ideas.

I aspired to delivering a TED talk one day, so when I was asked whether I’d be interested in delivering a TEDx Talk for TEDxNantwich (2016) I said ‘yes’ without hesitation, then worried later about how on earth I was going to do it. I have to say that the journey to delivering my TEDx Talk was one of the most challenging things I have done in my life, but amongst the most empowering. I learned so much about myself, my shortcomings, vulnerabilities and weaknesses along the way – but it was also incredibly exhilarating.

I would like to enable others to experience TEDx too and, importantly, to help them get there. It’s particularly important to me that I create this platform in my local community and in a way that enables us to share our ideas and connect with other individuals and communities internationally.