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TEDxBrighton 2018 | An interview with Holly Budge

British adventurer, conservationist and motivational speaker, Holly Budge, was quite literally on top of the world when she summited Mount Everest last year. Her passion for adventure is evident with two world records under her belt so far, including being the first woman to skydive Everest and race semi- wild horses 1000 kms across Mongolia in just nine days. Holly is not limited to adventure, she is also an acclaimed artist and passionate conservationist. She is the founder of ‘How Many Elephants’, an award winning campaign raising awareness of the plight of elephants in Africa and funds for anti- poaching projects.

Tell us a little bit about what you’ll be speaking about at TEDxBrighton this year?

My talk is entitled ‘Design For Wildlife’ and I will be sharing how my hard- hitting creative campaign, How Many Elephants, is inspiring and educating a global audience about the devastating impacts of the elephant ivory trade using design as a powerful communication tool. I will also be talking about recently immersing myself with the Black Mambas, an all female front line anti-poaching team in South Africa whom I had the privilege to spend several weeks with. Oh and I might mention a little bit about summiting Everest and raising £300k for various charities and initiatives through my adventures.

Why do you think it’s important for people to hear about this?

Few people know the sheer scale of the poaching crisis in Africa. 96 elephants are poached each day for their ivory and at this rate, they will be extinct in the wild in the next 10 years. Often a great challenge in addressing wildlife issues is bridging the gap between scientific data and human connection, in order to raise awareness, to inspire action and to seed change among diverse stakeholders.

Looking at the speaker line-up, who else are you interested in hearing talk this year?

It looks like a great line up and I’m excited to hear what each and every speaker has to share.

Why do you think Brighton has proven to be such a welcoming and receptive audience for stories like yours?

Brighton is a truly unique place; It’s creative, it’s open minded, it’s got a vibrant beating heart and I couldn’t think of a better stage to share the work I am doing on. Plus, it’s where my How Many Elephants campaign was created while I was studying for a masters in Sustainable Design at the University of Brighton. It’s a real privilege to be speaking here.

Finally, what’s the one change you’d like to see in the lives of our audience this year, following your talk?

To whole heartedly follow and nurture your passion(s) in life as I believe passion is contagious and collective passion has the power to make a change in the world. My message is simple: Think Big, Dream Bigger.