TEDxHultAshridge - Provoking Change


TEDxHultAshridge showcased the diverse expertise and innovative research from Hult International Business School. Aligned with the two research challenges, Transforming Behavior and Creating Disruption, the theme of this event was Provoking Change.

Added on 22 September 2017 by Erika Lucas

Provoking change’ was the theme of our hugely successful TEDxHultAshridge event, held recently in the beautiful surroundings of the Hertfordshire countryside.

View our TEDx Playlist to see all of the inspiring talks from the day.

Speakers from Hult campuses around the world came together to deliver a range of talks on everything from sleep and slavery to philosophy and Artificial Intelligence. 

The event showcased the depth and breadth of the research and expertise from across Hult and challenged participants to think about what steps they needed to take to transform behaviour and create positive disruption in their organisations. 

Here are five highlights:

How your power silences truth

Leaders need their people to speak up and tell them sometimes uncomfortable ‘truths’ about what is really happening in their organisation. But getting others to speak up is as much about you as it is about them. In this thought-provoking talk, Megan Reitz brings you face-to-face with your own power and warns of the three traps we all fall into that have the effect of silencing others. Do you know how scary you really are?

Human power in a world of AI

Artificial Intelligence is already being applied to everything from elder-care and the environment to psychotherapy and peace-keeping. But although in many cases it is a force for good, there is also a potential ‘dark’ side. One of the key issues facing industry is the inability of robots to develop morals and apply human values to their decisions and interactions. Olaf Groth believes we need to bring global stakeholders together to develop a new Magna Carta, which will drive transparent governance of AI in the digital age. 

Success and Self Confidence Through Rejection

Professor of Entrepreneurship and former grizzly bear biologist Ted Ladd explores the role that rejection plays in designing successful startups. Entrepreneurs who scientifically evaluate their ideas are likely to be significantly more successful than those who rely on gut instinct and midnight epiphanies. But research shows that those who rejected ideas because their hypothesis didn’t stack up, had an even higher chance of eventually getting a successful venture off the ground. So why is rejection more important than confirmation when it comes to successful entrepreneurship? 

Do business schools develop leadership? Not often.

In this provocative talk, behavioural scientist Amanda Nimon-Peters suggests that business schools need to rethink the way they develop leadership behaviours in their students. Typical business school programmes are geared up to equipping students with knowledge and assessing them on their ability to demonstrate that knowledge. But knowing is not the same as doing, and there is now widespread acknowledgement that academic success is not necessarily a predictor of good performance in the workplace. Amanda shares insights from a major research study which looked at what it takes – and how long it takes – to get students to improve their leadership behaviours. The results are surprising – and have three key implications for the way business schools design their leadership programs. 

The business of sleep: The wake-up call

If all employees slept for 7-9 hours, every night, for a year, it could save the UK a staggering £38 billion. In this fascinating talk, Vicki Culpin highlights the cost to industry of a workforce where staff are under-performing because of the physical and emotional effects of sleep deprivation. She argues that this is a business issue as well as a personal one, and a situation that organisations ignore at their peril. Businesses need to examine their working practices, provide support and information for employees and employ the same ‘predictive maintenance’ techniques that are prevalent in manufacturing to the well-being of their people. 

You can watch all of the talks here.

If you'd like to get in touch with any of our faculty regarding their talks or subject area please email us.