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Dream big! Three generations of same family to give inspiring TEDxNorwichED talk message

PUBLISHED: 22:59 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 22:59 25 February 2018

From left, Richard Jackson, granddaughter Mia Perrin and daughter Kirsty Perrin. Picture: PERRIN FAMILY

From left, Richard Jackson, granddaughter Mia Perrin and daughter Kirsty Perrin. Picture: PERRIN FAMILY

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Three generations of the same family will share a platform at the famous TEDxNorwichED event to say what they think it means to “dream big”.

Millie Honour on stage at TEDxNorwichED 2017 with Matt Bagley from Camouflaged Learning and Fred Bate from Wayland Academy. Picture: Thetford AcademyMillie Honour on stage at TEDxNorwichED 2017 with Matt Bagley from Camouflaged Learning and Fred Bate from Wayland Academy. Picture: Thetford Academy

The conference will see educators from around the country visit The Space on Roundtree Way on Saturday, April 28 for a series of talks and presentations.

The event, which this year has the theme of “dream big”, is one of just two events of its kind in the world this year and the only one in Europe.

Grandfather Richard Jackson, mother Kirsty Perrin and 12-year-old Mia Perrin will deliver their unique idea at the event, which last year included speakers from the worlds of business, education and the media and saw 7,500 people watch through an online stream, as well as 250,000 people join the conversation on Twitter using the event hashtag. The trio are staying tight-lipped about the exact detail of their talk - but Mr Jackson, founder of Norwich-based personal development programme The Winning Edge, alluded to the subject.

“Dream Big is such a fantastic theme and gives broad scope to what can be covered,” he said.

“However, surely our biggest dream is to be happy but do we permit ourselves to be happy?”

Mrs Perrin, who works with her father, added: “The question is, do we feel worthy of happiness? This is something we explore and TEDxNorwichED is such a great community to share this idea with.”

Old Buckenham High School student Mia, who lives with her mother in Kenninghall, said: “It’s a big thing to stand on stage in front of all those people, plus it’s being live-streamed.

“It’s so exciting though and we’re talking about something which is so important for people my age and beyond.”

This year’s line-up of speakers also includes Emma Harwood, the co-founder of the award-winning outdoor nursery Dandelion Education, which is based in Marsham.

It also includes Tom Warrender, who is also known as the Human Guinea Pig for the medical experiments he undertakes in the name of science, and Jonathan Drane, who retired from visually impaired judo last October after competing in the 2016 Paralympics.

Sarah Brownsword, one of the organisers of the event, said: “We are really pleased with the speakers, who were selected from around 150 applicants and represent teachers and leaders from Norfolk schools as well as national leaders of education and people from other walks of life, who represent education in the wider sense.

“Our speakers will be exploring our Dream Big theme from different perspectives and we are excited to include children and young people in the line-up again this year because after all, they are what education is all about.”

A limited number of tickets are still on sale at www.tedxnorwiched.com/tickets

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