The build up is nearly over, but the mad panic running around is still in full swing. On Sunday I will host the second TEDxSouthamptonUniversity. This year we are in the beautiful Nuffield Theatre. I was there yesterday running through setup and filming details. At all times I had a huge grin on my face. It’s a fantastic venue and I was suitably over-excited about all the buttons, levers, curtains, ladders and lights that clutter up the backstage area. Not to mention the very, very large stage. We are going to be able to produce a very high quality show. And that’s not even mentioning the superb speaker line-up we have been very fortunate to secure for the day. Much still to do (in I’m the theater tomorrow sitting in on rehearsals and doing technical preparation). At 7pm on Sunday night I will rest. Until then it’s going to be a bit of a wild ride. Actually, I say rest, at 7:01 I will be at the theater bar!
The lighting is very poor (it’s quite a challenge to organise a seminar, film it and give the talk!) but the slides are clear and the sound is good. Not wanting to give any spoilers, but the answer to my question is something like: Thinking about the Earth as an organism can give us deeper insights into its function, how we interact with it, affect it and so help us continue to be a part of its future.