TEDxAthens is organized by a team of people that share a common passion — spreading ideas that could change peoples’ perspectives. Ideas that could conduct to small or great innovations, ideas that could affect every person in a different but significant way.
TEDxAthens 2010 was “starting from scratch” in an effort to indicate how important it is to trust our dreams and beat our own fears to lead ourselves and society to thought-provoking ideas and world-changing dialogues.
Our 15 speakers did a great job on this theme, and the audience’s response was outstanding. During and after the event, we had more than 4500 tweets.
Here is a glimpse of what people tweeted about their experience on TEDxAthens:
@kardamylian: Really loved being here at #TEDxAth 2010 - can’t wait till next year! Big thanks to the organisers!
@iasonasn: Amazing how a conference, a speech, can inspire you so much. We need hope, we need Leadership. Thank you #TEDxAthens
@aspaonline: #TEDxAth thank u 4 a wonderful event. Lots of inspiration, wonderful people, an amazing experience. Congratulations 2 all(+1)
@ckotso: #TEDxAth was well worth going. Especially the 2nd part was breathtaking. Well done, congrats to the organizers and the speakers!
It is very important for an event like TEDxAthens to receive comments like the ones above that indicate the inspirational impact the event had.
Amie Newman is a Communications Officer with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In the spirit behind TEDxChange, she shares Bill Gates’ small farmers challenge:
Can one person change the world? Of course! As Melinda Gates says, “The future is not fixed. We all have a hand in how it plays out.” If there is an idea worth spreading, there’s an idea worth doing, right? This is especially true when it comes to ideas about how to change people’s lives for the better in developing countries.
It’s exactly why TEDx is so important. How better to turn ideas worth spreading into ideas worth doing than by connecting person to person, community to community, delving deep into the possibilities?
Last year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, in partnership with TEDx, launched TEDxChange in fact, to explore those ideas which would potentially transform lives in the developing world! And when we talk about the developing world’s challenges, two of the biggest are hunger and poverty.
The first of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – a set of 8 target goals agreed upon by world governments to change the world – addresses the eradication of hunger and poverty in the developing world. Conversations are happening around the globe about this. But TEDx events are clearly one of the best spaces to bring together some of the most concerned, caring and engaged people on the planet to exchange ideas about how to confront these issues.
In the spirit of coming together to exchange good ideas worth spreading – and doing – Bill Gates has issued a challenge. Help the small farmers of the developing world by raising awareness of just how important it is to provide them with better tools and opportunities to grow their own food and make money from their own land.
Here’s the basics:
Let’s help the world understand how helping small farmers in the developing world grow more and sell more is the solution to reducing hunger and poverty.
On May 24th, Bill Gates gave a speech in Washington, D.C. to draw attention to farming families in the developing world, and emphasize the critical role they play in reducing hunger and poverty.
Did you know that most of the world’s poorest people are small farmers who grow their own food and make money from their plots of land? They often lack important tools and resources that enable them to grow more, and have more crops to take to market. One key to reducing hunger and poverty is to invest in farming families. This is already happening – and we are seeing successes around the world from these investments.
To support this, you can: Create a compelling message—using your design, filmmaking, or writing skills—that shows why investing in small farmers is good for the world. Give a shout-out for small farmers!
For more information, visit the “Join the Challenge” page on the web site of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
I came back from a trip in 2010 with a sure: I must do “The Revolution”. But I had a problem: I hadn’t known how. So, I’d begin to search the way to do that and one of my ultra-revolutionary-attitude was…to search Google. Between the results of my research there was a blog of a guy called Denis Russo that had written some interesting things. I’d began to read his posts weekly and he talked about the TEDxSaoPaulo — where he were a speaker — and then TEDxAmazonia. Since that day I’d decided: I would be in TEDxAmazonia.
To be in TEDxAmazonia were an amazing experience — I only paid for plane tickets and enjoy 50 incredible talks.
After the event, I traveled around the north of my country, meeting places that I’d never knew and thinking a way to use the TEDx energy to help me in my great objective.
I arrived in Minas Gerais, my state, and with my cousin, Rafael Costa, we’d decided to organize a TEDx event in Raposos. Raposos is a small city 30km near to Belo Horizonte, the capital of the state, that had suffered a lot with many years of forgetfulness. My parents were born there and I’d grown up play in that streets. We’d organized the TEDxRaposos with the aim of discuss “which city we want”.
In January 29th, with a small sponsorship and much energy of the team — we did an event for 100 people with 13 speakers.
I would like to move a group of people that would think the city: and it worked out!
After the TEDx, inspired in some talk we’d began our actions with the transformation of a small part of the city: a public staircase. Until yesterday, all the vase of flower that we’d putted there are in the same place. I think this small measure provokes some change in the people that every time comment positively our intervention.
Others actions keep arising from TEDxRaposos like a history teacher that have asking his students which they want their city to look like, or even a group of people that start to construct a small garden in another part of the city.
Tomorrow we’re going to meet again to plan the city. To plan changes.
I think the world need a revolution. And I believe it is possible.
Zé Cláudio is a Brazil nut collector who lives in Pará, in the Amazon forest. His talk at TEDxAmazonia was the one that moved me the most. He is a simple man who spoke in a simple way, maybe the English speaking viewers will lose this in the translation. Collecting nuts is all he has ever done for a living, since he was seven years old. He did not have the opportunity of going to school, studying and drinking from the immense source of knowledge we have today.
But Zé Cláudio has the wisdom of the forest people.
”—TED Fellow Juliana Ferreira on Zé Cláudio Ribeiro, a speaker at TEDxAmazonia, and a fighter of the illegal timber industry in Brazil. Ribeiro was murdered —along with his wife — this morning in his home in Para, Brazil. Her blog about his death, and what he was fighting for, can be found on the TEDFellows blog.
Hey, Why isn't Kenya nor Tanzania or rather "East Africa" on the region tab?
We only currently have tags for blog posts about events in these regions that have already been written. I just updated to include the posts tagged Kenya, but there are no posts tagged “Tanzania” yet — please feel free to write one!
The preparations finally pay off. The music begins and the ball rolls. From the keen eye of a curator, I bring my entire experience in organising my first TEDx Event which has been, mark my words, truly wonderful.
THE BACKDROP In late september 2010, just a month after the college had actually started, we had this idea of re-incarnating our insti’s technical festival which used to be a low-sheen affair. Working upon the idea to hold as many events but productive and enriching at the same time, I and my friends worked upon crystallising the idea of organising our own TEDx event. At that time the TED brand had grown virally, thanks to the Internet from the suburbs of California to far-off countries like Mozambique. India was not left untouched. The authorities at TED provided us with the license to host an independently organised TED event. The process of selection was entirely online. So after a month long ordeal, we obtained an official license for hosting a TEDx under the name TEDxPECCHD.
THE THEME We at TEDxPECCHD, were interested in the power of ideas to bring a positive change in the lives of individual which scales itself to the level of society. With this very purpose in our mind, we chose the theme to be Living the Change.
SPEAKERS I wanted the profile-set of the event to be cross-disciplinary. So we invited names from the fields of social entrepreneurship, citizen activism, journalism, open source, philosophy, entertainment, grass-root education and many more. The entire list of speakers is here.
D-DAY So on the foundations of a supposedly sound (at least according to us) preparation, we proceeded to 26th March. As envisioned, the plan went fine and the attendees enjoyed the talks. The confiscation of humour in the preceding talk to the following technical talk kept the audience gripped to their seats :) We had participations coming from as far as Amritsar to Rajasthan. Well, it would not be wrong to say that, it worked almost the similar way as we had proposed it on paper! We received appreciation for our work from the speakers as well as the faculty which normally doesn’t happen in case of geek-ish prof’s.
I would like to say that it has been a wonderful experience and I wish to continue with the TED and TEDx family in various other ways.
I would like to thank my friends Aman, Harsimran, Mahesh, Preet, Jinesh, Sahil and our host Siddhant and Harsheen for their commendable coordination.
See photos from the event here. Talks from the event can be found here.
The TEDxDubai 2010 REBOOT opening sequence won two gold awards at the recent Promax Arabia. We won best Opening Sequence and best Audio. A big thank you to Andrea Dionisio and all the staff at Metaphrenie. You guys rock. As Gold winner the sequence will compete in other Promax conferences around the globe. Opening Sequences Worth Spreading, from Dubai to the world.
I’ve been asked to write a blog in English though so far my focus has been centered on the Arabic version of the website, and will remain…
I have been asked to talk about that beautiful evening of Thursday last, December 9th, 2010 in Awkar Lebanon, about that insightful lecture by Micheal Sandel entitled “Justice-The Right Thing To Do or The Freedom to choose” and about the discussions that ensued.
But I won’t do that. What I will write about here revolves around the thoughts, impressions and feelings that grew inside me whilst sitting there, in this new apartment, for two and a half hours contemplating, listening and debating.
What drives two people to host “TEDxSKE salons” every week, non-stop for the past two years and open up their house to complete strangers?
What drives a Master Student from Yemen to halt her evening class half an hour before it is scheduled to end just because she has a Ted meeting to go to?
What drives an Italian expatriate and his wife to leave their children every week at night in a foreign not always so safe country?
What drives a non-Palestinian, non-Lebanese very gifted architect to dedicate her full time to an event that has her flying around the Levant and the Gulf and organizing its live stream from countries that are not even her own?
And what drives two cities (and more) to host, organize and live stream the same TEDx event?
I’ll tell you what that driving force is called: PASSION,” SHAGHAF” in Arabic. A passion so deep, so intense, so rooted you would not be able to describe it. A passion for something new, different, for an inspiring idea, for a beginning, for a better world maybe. A passion for inner fulfillment and self satisfaction.
Is this passion exclusive to Beirut, Ramallah and TEDx? Certainly not!!! But you can be sure to find it there.
This exact passion is the reason why I wake up every morning with a smile. I smile because Lebanon and Palestine are closer now then they were a few decades back. I smile because TEDx is bringing people together, I smile because the first page in my “book” has been opened.
TEDxTokyo: All set to share ideas and inspiration on the way forward for Japan
TEDxTokyo takes place this weekend - join us live on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. JST (Friday, May 20, from 8 p.m. EDT)
In the wake of the devastating March 11 earthquake and subsequent tsunami and radiation menace, TEDxTokyo abruptly altered focus. Our third major event, TEDxTokyo 2011: Enter the Unknown, explores practical and inventive methods of rebuilding and renewing Japan, reveals ways to uplift the spirits of its people, and envisions Japan’s future through a bright, clear lens.
We’ll be beaming out three live-streamed simultaneous broadcasts in English and Japanese via our website, www.tedxtokyo.com, as well as offering a backstage live stream on Ustreamwhere we’ll be accepting questions for our speakers via Twitter (@tedxtokyo) from our web audience - as well as show you what’s going on behind the scenes. Please join us online live from Tokyo, as we Enter the Unknown.
We the event planners of this year’s TEDxOttawa event have a HUGE announcement. There is an event currently in the making to show Ottawa how amazing the hard working people of Ottawa really are. We don’t want to keep this quiet, we want to spread the word as much and as fast as we can. So be loud! Be crazy! Show your support with creative actions!
We plan on bringing in Ottawa’s silent warriors to share and inspire on how they have become successful in their own special way. We are hoping to bring together skills from all over Algonquin College’s students, alumni and the Ottawa community to help make this event the best it can be.
Keep an eye out as we are preparing to grease the social media wheel with updates on speakers, location, and much more using Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube. We have already nailed down two amazing speakers for the event but you will have to wait to find out who they are. We are also going to be providing awesome catering and great SWAG. Common, who doesn’t love some good SWAG??!!
Anyone interested in sponsoring this amazing event keep an eye out for our website that should be live shortly for information on sponsorship packages and ways to contact us. If there is anyone out there that would be interested in speaking at our event, please do not hesitate and contact us! We love to hear from you amazing people and would not miss out on the chance to meet you. We are going to have a section on our website devoted to nominating a speaker for the event so if there is someone that you would absolutely love to hear speak, please tell us and we will see what we can do.
We held our TEDxSKE salon on Thursday 21st of April, 2011. We left home as usual, at 8:30 pm. Our 11 years old boy was at his PC watching one of the exhilarating episodes of family guy. He had no desire to come with us. He already went twice and the first time, the novelty effect, he was really happy to participate and to be with adults and university students. He felt big. And He had the opportunity to talk a little bit. We were almost on the highway when the phone rang. “Please come home to pick me up, I have changed my mind, I really would like to come over with you.”
The session was introduced by the traditional question asked to each attendee at the beginning of each gathering, and this night’s question was “What do you feel when you are wrong”. After spending few minutes playing baby-foot, taking our drinks and getting ready, the session started with Kathryn Shulz’ TED talk. The talk was nice, well spoken, but unfortunately, without this spark that we usually get from TED talks. Not all of the TED talks are really “inspiring” but in any case, it generated reflective thinking and some points were well presented. I feel that the example of beep beep coyote was really to the point. We do not have any feeling when we are wrong, we feel all the time to be right and with no doubts, till we get evidence or we enter in a challenging exchange of different opinions and views. Normally, the weakest (intellectually or physically) will succumb, and the truth is the opinion of the stronger.
We liked a lot the discussion that happened after this first TED talk and the different points of view…Every time we have to take in consideration that we could be wrong in our decision, in our forecast or in our relation with people. Most of the time we compromise: to be “right” with a partner, we are “wrong” with a colleague or friend…The discussion went on in a pleasant atmosphere; carrots and cucumbers on the table, soft drinks in our hands made it relaxing to talk about being “wrong”, when it is clear that nobody likes to be considered wrong or show weaknesses.The culture of listening and not criticizing but enlarging and building on the concept expressed by participants is the key to success of these unbelievable weekly TEDxSKE experiences.
In developed countries, cancer is the second leading cause of mortality AND one of three leading causes of mortality in developing countries. According the latest WHO statistics, cancer causes around 7.9 million deaths worldwide annually. Of these deaths, around 70% or 5.5 million now occur in the developing world. A disease once associated with affluence now places its heaviest burden on poor and disadvantaged populations.
Women are the cornerstone of society and family unit in Africa. They nurture and manage the family while being a source of additional income, providing order and stability. But breast and gynecological cancers are a threat to women in Madagascar and the African continent. The studies show that in more than 50% of the cases, about 28% tested positive for breast cancer and 24% for cervix cancer. These alarming statistics demonstrate that loosing women to cancer will be devastating to Malagasy and African society.
Jim Stolze is the Organizer of TEDxAmsterdam, a TEDx event in Amsterdam. He is also a recently-appointed TEDx Ambassador. This is his experience from TEDxMuscat, a TEDx event held in Oman on May 3rd:
I think by now most of us know how exciting it is to attend a TEDx event. Just imagine what it’s like to be in the Middle East right now AND be able to attend a TEDx. You’ve probably heard of TEDxDubai and TEDxCairo. But did you also know that there has been a TEDxRamallah? And a TEDxAjman? Later this year there will even be a TEDxBaghdad!
Last week I had the honor to visit the Sultanate of Oman where I was both a guest and the opening speaker for TEDxMuscat. In this blogpost I would like to share my experiences with you.TEDxMuscatThe event was held at the Millennium Resort. This is a beautiful resort that was built for the Asian Beach Games in 2010. The place was brand new and of very high quality. All speakers were accomodated in the same building which led to nice connections on the day before. The main venue had place for 200 guests and it was a full house. All attendees clearly thought it was worth a one hour drive from the city of Muscat. The theme of the day was Shades of Change. Clearly a reference to the historic changes that are taking place in the region, but more than that it was a perfect angle for all speakers to talk about which changes they were passionate about.
HH Sayyid Faisal bin Turki Al Said welcomed the audience and emphasized the importance of innovation and the sharing of knowledge.
Jim Stolze explained how TED is much more than a conference. It is a place where people share their dreams and find ways to turn them into a movement.
Firas Abouzeid took us on a journey of Digital Story Telling through his doodles
Tufool Abdullah Al Dhahab gave us her interpretation of the Facebook Revolution.
Hany Mwafy spoke about the Future of Business and the role of “I”.
Dr. Raymond H. Hamden surprised the audience by not only sharing psychological insights but also by showing his talent as a stand up comedian.
Mathias J. Holzmann took us by the hand and showed a bit of the future of technology.
Dr Evangelos Afendras is an expert on linguistics and gave us a personal story about his family in time.
Eman Bint Akbar Mohammed Rafay was the final speaker and filled the room with her beautiful story of hope and personal choices.
Giorgio Ungania gave some background on the many TEDx events in the Middle East and how they deal with sponsors.
Besides the “live” talks there were also some videos shown from the TED library. Amongst them were Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir, the 2010 talk from Adora Svitak and the incredible performance of the LXD.Until now all TEDx-events in the Middle East have been free of charge. TEDxMuscat served their guests a tremendous lunch and had fresh juices, tea and coffee throughout the whole day. This was made possible thanks to the help of sponsors. Just like the fact that the event was streamed live to several simulcast locations. Other TEDx-organizers could learn from TEDxMuscat as they had figured a nice way to thank their sponsors *outside* the main venue. In the lobby and in the corridors were nice red X-es with sponsors logos on it. This is a very smart way to thank your sponsors, other than mentioning them on stage. Looking backI’ve fallen in love with the country of Oman. Really impressed by the warm welcome and the hospitality. I congratulate Giorgio as he was the mentor of the organizers of TEDxMuscat. But more over I would like to salute Arun, Satyabrata, Roopesh and all the volunteers. Not only have they done wonderful things for the “country brand” of Oman, they have also proven to all the guests that a dream can turn into reality as long as you are surrounded by people who believe what you believe.
Co-curator of TEDxUCP, Student at University of Central Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
TEDxUCP proudly announces its very first event ever on the 18th of June 2011 (tentative) at the campus of University of Central Punjab. The event that would serve its audience with a cup of caffeine, we’re here to make a difference.
Dissatisfaction and helplessness have infected all our people. Every problem might not necessarily have a solution, however giving up doesn’t help either but, we don’t even try. The thought of not putting in effort on something that doesn’t guarantee a payback is absurd. For everyone who believes that perfection lies beyond reality, it’s time to rise and understand the pleasures of the uncertainty. Realize its morning already and get yourself back on the track before it’s too late. The world has got so much for everyone; we just need to look ahead. Impossibility is a mortal being, know it and it disappears.
No particular training is essential for a person to understand the significance of time. However none actually knows how to harvest the greatest from the brutal yet sophisticated matter such as time; if we did, life would’ve been a lot easier.
One would never want to miss work or make it pending due to the time wasted on sleep that brought nothing but a short time comfort, which would eventually be taken away with time. Yes, we always blame ‘it’ for our miserable lives.
Wait for a moment and listen to the silence, wake up and understand where the actual flaw lies. It’s neither the time nor the world, but YOU. Rather than criticizing the uncontrollable factors and complaining about the barricaded pathway towards success, dig in deeper. I am the hope and I alone am the influence for myself! Let us today widen our sight and visualize the heights that are, though far away, but achievable. Let us today wake ourselves up and make a difference.
After Dream|Do|Be in 2009 and REBOOT in 2010 we thought it would have been interesting to explore those little things in life that have a great impact on our society.
We are living in a city that is world renown for the massive scale of its projects and landmarks, but we are also aware that any vision starts with a small step, one initial sparkle that can change everything.
TEDxDubai 2011 will feature stories that discover the fascinating tiny details that can turn a simple idea in something extraordinary.
TEDxDubai 2011 will take place in late October 2011 in a venue TBC. Registration will be launched after the summer.
TEDxDubai 2011 will introduce a “Talent Search” for speakers, that was in the pipeline for the 2010 edition but that we could not implement because of time constraints: TEDx Dubai speakers are always selected by the organizers, but for the 2011 edition we will feature some speakers selected by theTEDx community.
We will organize a few TEDxDubai gatherings where we will ask people that want to be considered as speakers to pitch their TEDxDubai talk to a camera. All the videos will be posted on this website and the TEDxDubai community will be able to vote. The top 3 pitches will then become TEDxDubai 2011 talks. Details will be posted on this website soon.
Another innovation for 2011 will be the TEDxDubai community collaborating on the Inside Out Project initiated by TED Prize winner JR. For details please check out his talk here.
TEDxUIMP: Educational Challenges in the 21st Century - Isn't "Ideas Worth Spreading" what education is all about?
Through books, a conversation with your teacher, over internet, after making a mistake, through encyclopedias, a poem, your grandmas recipe diary, chess games, movies, traveling, in classrooms, coffee shops or in pijama parties, through an interactive presentation or playing videogames…Great ideas have been shared from generation to generation in many different ways. There are many ways of learning and we are all able to discover new ones, especially in today’s world, where technology and innovation play such a relevant role on how knowledge is shared around the globe.
Our University - International University Menéndez Pelayo (UIMP) - was founded as the first summer school in Spain in 1932, and, since then, it has been a meeting point where thinkers from around the world come to reflect, discuss and share knowledge. When we met TED, got to know its mission - “Ideas worth spreading” - and got inspired by Ken Robinson’s talks, we immediately came up the idea of debating this same matter within our local community and with our local experts: that’s how TEDxUIMP was born.
We truly hope that new TEDx events get to take place throughout the academic campuses in the country.
Will you join us in this challenge? You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter andUIMP2.0. We will be streaming the event at www.tedxuimp.es
Grateful Dead co-founder Bob Weir at TEDxAlcatraz’s December 2010 “A Suspension of Disbelief.” Bob plays Masters of War then takes us into the gentle Bird Song, a tribute to Janis Joplin. Following Bob was TEDFellow Teru Kuwayama, talking about his photos from embedding with the US troops in Iraq & Afganistan.
Our TEDxUlaanbaatar conference program has been finalized with more detailed on the four sessions that will make up the incredible day-long event.
After the team behind TEDxUlaanbaatar opens the event, featuring the TEDx Introductionvideo that has welcomed hundreds of thousands of people to TEDx events around the world,
Session 1 : “Exploring the Past” will feature an insightful look back into Mongolia’s rich and unique history. Speakers and presenters in this session will provide a glimpse of Mongolia’s colorful tapestry of culture, arts and spirituality.
Session 2 : “Honoring Tradition” will linking us to the present day, with a mix of speakers and artists who will explore the ways in which Mongolia reveres the past through science, music, photography and lifestyle.
Session 3 : “Empowering Progress” is filled with inspirational stories of change and the changemakers behind them in Mongolia today. From the streets of Ulaanbaatar to the peaks of the Altai mountains, amazing people positively impacting the world around them.
Session 4 : “Designing the Future” will close the event with visionaries and thought-leaders who will share their aspirations for realizing Mongolia’s potential and shaping the country’s legacy for generations to come.
To be part of this event, and to learn more, please visit TEDxUlaanbaatar.com!
TEDx Africa Organizer Interviews: Bernelle Verster and Justin Beswick, TEDxCapeTown
Kelo Kubu, Organizer of TEDxSoweto, is a TEDx Ambassador in Africa. In this interview series, she’ll be talking with TEDx Organizers in Africa on what inspires them to host TEDx events in their community.
She starts in Cape Town, South Africa with TEDxCapeTown organisers Bernelle Verster and Justin Beswick.
Kelo Kubu: How did you get involved with TEDx and what inspired you to host TEDxCapeTown?
Bernelle Verster: I decided to do a TEDx event because I was faced with a very specific challenge - how to get people outside of the water industry interested in the water industry - how to make innovation happen outside of the boundaries of any specific (e.g. the water) industry. My close friends are very excited by TEDx events, and wanted to organize one. We evaluated what TED stands for, and the ‘Ideas worth spreading’ made sense. The TED and TEDx brands would help me to achieve this awareness, TEDx guidelines forced us to make sure the event is of a high standard and my team made sure the event was not too heavy on the water theme, to ensure general interest.
Following this event, TEDxCapeTown has now become a platform for unheard change-makers, individuals with profound and BIG ideas, to gain exposure and support from our audience who have the networks, passion and knowledge that can help stimulate and drive these ideas to the market. This will encourage tangible impact to our innovation and entrepreneurial landscape here in South Africa.
We want to use innovation and entrepreneurship to make a difference in all areas including service delivery and human health. Attending this event is not a ticket, but a vision, and a shared belief and commitment that big ideas are achievable and in our grasp.
Justin Beswick: TEDxCapeTown served as a tool/platform to showcase how we believe businesses/initiatives should be run in the future, with a focus on multi-discipline engagement, constructive co-operative relationships and being locally attuned and responsive.
Kelo Kubu: What inspired the theme of your event and how did your audience relate to it?
Bernelle Verster: The theme ‘Be Water My Friend’ - a quote from Bruce Lee - pulled water slightly out of context and drew in the qualities of water, especially with regards to entrepreneurship. Making it work in life means give and take. Never giving up, but going with the flow; being adaptable. In celebration of Water, TEDxCapeTown took its inspiration of technology, entertainment and design from water. Water is life. Life adapts and evolves, and Life creates conditions conducive to life. To have a successful business, lifestyle or philosophy, we need to create conditions conducive to our own efforts, without compromising those around us. This is what TEDxCapeTown is about.
The speakers took this challenge on well, and incorporated some aspect of water into their talk, even if they did not talk about water related matters as such. The audience seems to like this, and I believe that we could do a similar approach next time - that we have the trust of the audience that the theme will not be limiting. From the feedback, we received a range of responses, but overall the feedback is very good.
Kelo Kubu: What stood out for on the day of the event?
Bernelle Verster: What struck me was the sense of community we felt at the event. Everyone felt part of the team, there was this spirit of camaraderie which was amazing. For a first event I was blown away by how well it went - and this was a result of everyone, team, volunteers, sponsors, speakers and audience coming together and making it work. We already know of people who found opportunities during the networking at the event that they are pursuing. This inspires us because great ideas without implementation is nothing. Overall, there were some hiccups, we learnt a lot, and can’t wait to improve for next year!
Justin Beswick: It felt as though we had gone into another ‘world’, composed of inspiration and positive energy - it felt surreal!
How many delegates and speakers did you have at your event?
Bernelle Verster: We had close to 400 delegates and 28 speakers. We would reduce the number of speakers for future events.
Last week Carmen Bustos, TEDxMoncloa speaker, ran a workshop about Design Thinking. Some of the future attendees at TEDxMoncloa participated in such an event. During the day we could learn and enjoy with a methodology which involves all the activities related to innovation, from a creative perspective and where everything is based on the person himself.
Participants came from several companies, Accor Hotels, Oracle, Yell, Compass Group, Altran and Steria. They had the chance to live Design Thinking as an approach of team working, collective observation and co-creation, Moreover, they realized thatbehaviour becomes in a key point during the process of innovation.
It is not far May 24th, when Carmen will show us at TEDxMoncloa new lines to drive innovation.
Last December, at their regular TEDxBrussels event, they asked “Who’s going to save the world?” and got some great answers, but later realized that if anyone can save the world, it’s today’s kids.
Their upcoming TEDxKids@Brussels event was conceived as a way to help kids do just that.
The event will host a combination of 48 10-year-old kids, and 400 attendees of both kids and adults. The 48 kids will be in workshops, getting their hands dirty, soldering, tinkering, hacking and composing. At the same time, the 400 attendees of the main event, will enjoy an all-day program of leading thinkers, experts and makers. They’ll get regular updates on the workshops from some leading child psychologists throughout the day.
The event is hosted by Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing and TEDxKids@Brussels speakers (many of whom have already spoken at TED) include:
Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of O’ Reilly’s Make Magazine Hackasaurus, hardcore Mozilla Foundation: Atul Varma, Mozilla’s executive director Mark Surman, Matt Thompson and Jessica Klein) Technology Will Save us, extreme hardware hackers Bethany Koby, Daniel Hirchmann and Evan Raskob The Tinkering School with Gever Tully himself Walter Bender, inventor of OLPC’s Sugar system Ed Baafi, MIT MediaLab who ‘makes almost anything’ Uncompromising Creative Commons blogger Cory Doctorow G-man, Gabe Zicherman, founder of Gamification Mysto & Pizzi, East Coast Black Eyed Peas remixers Jamie Oliver, cook of cooks Tan Le, maker of Emotiv’s brain computer interface Joris Peels of i-materialise, the global manufacturer of 3D printers Augmented reality researcher and founder of Layar Maarten Fitzgerald
They are also running a Twitter campaign to help build buzz about their event — winner gets a ticket to TEDActive 2012!
Anyone who tweets #tedxkids will be entered for the live drawing taking place on June 1st. And the more #tedxkids tweets attributed to you (retweets count) the higher your chances of winning — the winner will be announced at the end of the event.
Learn more about TEDxKids@Brussels at their website.
The TEDxUlaanbaatar conference is set for Saturday, August 20th, 2011 and our theme will be Legacy: Honoring Tradition, Designing the Future. This encompasses Mongolia’s unique and ancient past, its present transitioning economy and culture and its wide-open future. The TEDxUlaanbaatar program will be divided into four sessions, each with its own unique theme:
Exploring the Past
Designing the Future
Speakers and performers within each session will share their unique talents, stories and dreams with us and bring us on a journey through hundreds and thousands of years of Mongolian history and tradition, take us up to the present day and then leave us with their inspiring visions for the future. We look forward to seeing you alongside us throughout this adventure! If you want to get involved, or have a suggestion for a great speaker, please tell us (and hurry, spaces are filling up fast)!
Fearlessness is defined as “brave, bold, intrepid” and is a common trait amongst TED.com speakers. Is fearlessness innate? Is it a learned trait? What are the key ingredients to facing the world without fear?
The TEDxDU Salon (http://tedxdu.com/) event on April 14 offered several answers to these questions and more.The event opened with University of Denver (DU) graduate, Julie Markham, sharing her inspiration for recreating a life of meaning after injury derailed her career as a figure skater.
Honored by USA Today as on of the top-20 undergraduates of 2010, Markham left the ice and found her passion with socially and environmentally responsible companies. Not only did she buy their goods and share her finds with friends, but she also set out to create an online marketplace that offers consumer discounts and directs a percentage of profits to select community causes in the form of micro loans. Greenlighted (http://greenlighted.com/) will launch on June 15.
Markham’s intuition and resilience enabled her to shift gears quickly from the highlycompetitive world of figure skating to the realm of online entrepreneur. “Life is progressive, rather than linear, and I’ve found the key to successfully navigating life’s transitions is don’t be shy, ask the darn question and learn as you go,” Markham shared.
Markham was followed on the TEDxDU stage by current DU undergraduate Andrew Steward, whose life set out on a new path after his emotional health faltered and his family faced the stigma of mental illness. Steward is actively managing his illness and often carries his stress in his throat, which limits the volume of his speech. So, the packed house of more than 200 TEDsters were captivated as Steward struggled to relay his story of regaining control in his life and finding his voice (literally and figuratively).
By sharing his story, Steward hopes – one talk and one person at a time – to help initiate a shift in the way the public thinks about mental illness. He pointed out, “When someone breaks an arm, we rush to sign his or her cast. But when they’re diagnosed with a mental illness, we run away. We need to bring awareness tothis issue, we need to stop the stigma.”
Family and friends showered Steward with support during the event and in online conversations about the TEDxDU Salon. It’s obvious that his speech was a milestone in his own personal therapy, but Andrew has his eyes on bigger achievements as he prepares to address the larger audience of TEDxDU fans during the annual conference on May 13.
The TEDxDU Salon wrapped up with a truly authentic jazz vocal performance from another DU undergrad, Molly Cottrell(http://mollycottrell.webstarts.com/). Cottrell is a senior at the Lamont School of Music, but she’s not waiting for graduation to make her voice known to the world.
With an EP on iTunes and plans to head west to Los Angeles after graduation, Cottrell knows the risks of her chosen career path, but also noted, “Music is my passion. I don’t have a Plan B.” Life without a Plan B enables her to dive headlong into her music and already her voice is turning heads with fellow musicians and critics.
Each of these students represents a new generation of TED speakers who are taking fearless action in their own lives and inspiring others to do the same.
The TEDxBrownUniversity team is gearing up for College Hill’s first ever TEDx event next Wednesday on May 4th, 2011. The buzz has been building on campus and we are very excited to share the brilliant thinkers and engaging content featured in our program.
The inaugural TEDxBrownUniversity will showcase five Brown University professors in a series of short talks and videos dedicated to the spirit of Brown University’s open curriculum: passion, variety, and self-directed inquiry. TEDxBrownUniversity is designed to reflect the unique spirit of academic excellence and diversity at Brown. Through several unique presentations, this event will demonstrate the truth that has united Brown’s students, faculty and administration as a liberal-arts educational institution since it’s founding in 1764: there are many degrees in excellence.
The 90 minute event will provide our public audience with an intimate glimpse into Brown’s Open Curriculum and demonstrate some of the ways we are connected through what we are most passionate about. For more information about speakers and the event, follow TEDxBrownUniversity on Twitter (@TEDxBrownU).
TEDxLondonBusinessSchool - 10 days to go, two lessons learnt
We’re prepping the speakers, discussing our delicious lunch and snack menus, selling tickets on and off-campus; we’re Tweeting (@TEDxLBS), blogging, Facebook-ing, marvelling at the loveliness of our website (www.tedxlbs.com) …
Little more than ten days to go until May 6th and London Business School’s first TEDx event, with speakers from design, fashion, healthcare, business (naturally) and many more tackling the theme of “Disruption”. (We would love to see any readers of this blog, engaged as you are with the TEDx world, out there in the audience! Tickets are now available on our website, and you can drop us a line at email@example.com.)
What lessons have we learnt so far?
1) face-to-face time makes a difference: the organising committee started off meeting once a week and communicating otherwise via email, telephone, Skype, text messages and any other ways modern technology allowed. It helped us avoid the difficulty of scheduling meetings for 8 students with vastly different schedules. It worked well enough … for a while. As we needed to start making decisions more quickly the meetings became bi-weekly and then, for some parts of the team, daily. Now, as the event approaches, we have a permanent on-campus “war room”, filled with laptops and energy drinks, where our intrepid chairpeople Tak and Kat (yes, their names are palindromic!) working tirelessly, including throughout the Easter long-weekend, finalising every detail for our on-the-day plan and our on-the-day backup plan … 2) even in a democracy, royalty takes precedence: after weeks of searching we found the perfect venue: Bloomberg Auditorium (in Moorgate, for those of you who know London). After some detailed talks with London Business School’s administration we finalised a date that would not clash with any other of the School’s events or conferences: 29 April 2011. But soon after … the British royal wedding was announced for just that date. We considered sticking to our date until we realised the seriousness of the occasion: road closures all over London, street parties, wall to wall media coverage. Our competitive instinct melted and we moved our date back into May …
At our weekly organising team meeting today someone asked: how we will cope with going back to our regular TEDx-less lives post-May 6th? … The comforting answer: with many ideas from the day, some to ponder, some to evangelise and some to put into action …
The 2011 TEDxFlushingMeadows is over. We ran at a frenetic pace, packed quite a lot in and was awed by the quality of TEDxTalks, Spoken Word, Videos, Comedy, Dancers, Drummers and the guided museum tour!
We must give Special Mention and thank you to:
Zac Shavrick who went above and beyond! Zac helped to review and curate the videos presented, he helped with set-up, registration, releases, running around and so much more.
Maria Torres did an exceptional job curating four performances including 13 Dancers and 2 Drummers.
Prerana Reddy, who didn’t just say yes when we asked to use QMA, but was involved throughout the entire process and ensured that every need was met ans surpassed.
This day was only successful because of the following people:
To the QMA team; Prerana Reddy, Jacqueline Candia, Jose Serano, Danny, David Strauss and Tom Finkelpearl. Thank You.
To our Speakers; Dr. Nehru E Cherukupalli, Zac Shavrick, Sunmee Kim, Raquel Miller, Maria Torres and Dr. Andil Gosine. Thank You.
To our team of artists/performers; Taij Kumarie Moteelal, Dan Nainan, Tareake Ramos, Milteri Tucker, Talia Castro Pozo, Lee Bradley, Alycia Perrin, Monique Laflore, Milagros Simon, Alexandra Rodriguez, Selina and Courtney. Thank You. To our Volunteers/event planners; Barry Shavrick, Dr. Nehru Cherukupalli, Bobby Sukhdeo, Sunmee Kim, Maria Torres, Xavier Cerda, Joey Sukhdeo, Zac Shavrick, Margaret Borger, Lisa Edoo, Donimic, Thank You.
TEDxThessaloniki took place on April 2nd, 2011 at the Olympion Cinema in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Their theme was “Why Not?” — taken from the quote “Some men see things as they are and ask why, others dream things that never were and ask why not?”
In the weeks before the event, the TEDxThessaloniki team collaborated with producers at HelloKinetic to create a short promotional video about cultural activism — the teaser follows a mysterious woman dressed in black creating an interesting and potentially dangerous contraption.
In Russia, 2011 was deemed the “Year of Cosmonautics”, and it was also the 50th anniversary of the first man in space, Yuri Gagarin.
On March 19, 2011, TEDxVorobyovy-Gory held its third event at the Memorial Museum of Astronautics in Moscow, Russia.
The theme? Space, of course.
The venue played an important part in the execution of the event — during breaks, attendees could learn more about the history of Russian space travel and observe exhibitions of spacesuits, rocket parts and the SUYUZ station module.
Onstage, speakers — who inlcuded astronaut Alexander Luzutking, futurologist Sergey Pereslegi, and astrophysics professor, Anatoly Zasov — were backed by a landscape of Moscow, with an array of planets set in strings floating slightly above the skyline.
Looking back on the event, Elena muses, “TEDxVorobyovy-Gory was made on the Earth with the ideas of cosmos.”
The license for staging a TEDx event in Cologne has been granted for some time. As the licensee I want to share a rough sketch of what my fellow organizers and I envision TEDxKoeln to be, when it will happen later this year:
We understand TED as a place where influential people meet on a global scale to share ideas for tackling challenging problems. With our TEDxKoeln we do not wish to create a necessarily smaller, less illustrious copy of the original. Rather we strive to transfer the format and spirit of TED into a regional context. TEDxKoeln aims to serve as a platform for passionate listeners and speakers who will most certainly profit from the exchange of ideas and who are well positioned locally to not only be multiplicators of ideas but also to act on them. This is how we envision our event to join the global discourse of concerned citizens that constitutes the TED experience.
We believe that technical progress is not the sole key for solving the urgent threats to our continued existence, but that a change of behaviour on many levels is also needed to succeed in preserving our natural habitat for the times to come. This is why we will design our TEDx event around the key issues of urban community: Energy, Property, Work and Travel, Cultural Diversity, Communication and Administration.
We plan to curate our audience, which by the nature of our license right now is limited to 100 people. For roughly the half of them we will invite community volunteers, teachers and school principals, select entrepreneurs and executives with a social conscience (or agenda, there are some, I’ve heard :) assuming that these per se are multiplicators and potential change agents. The other half of the tickets shall be available to the public. There will be a price-tag on the tickets, though we’re not yet set on a number and there will be a short application form to make serendipitous curation possible.
Our hope and motivation is that after the show some things will happen that couldn’t possibly happen otherwise.
Words of advice, encouragement and critique will be very much appreciated. And please: Wish us luck :)
Hello! The TEDxIkeja is moving really fast. The team has been getting really impressive feedback on this project, especially from a lot of people who have written, BBMed, tweeted, and called to tell us they’d love to be part of it. Thanks a million, guys!
So we’ll be giving you regular updates on this one-of-a-kind event, which we are sure will spark an economic renaissance in our country.
Let’s also inform you that our web domain has been secured @ tedxikeja.com and it will be up in the next three weeks. We will be accepting applications for invitations on the site. Remember, seats are limited -just 100 of them - so share the info so every start-up owner, aspiring entrepreneurs and self employed professional will get the gist.
We have about five months to prepare for this event. In due course we will unveil the speakers. So keep watching this channel.
TEDxObserver was a TEDx event organized by the Observer newspaper on March 19th, 2011.
And, like any newspaper, they received a slew of positive “Letter to the Editor” feedback in regards to their event, lauding the Organizers for pulling together great speakers and creating an enlightening overall experience:
"There wasn’t a single speaker that didn’t engage me (and those around me). We even hand-jived (to improve our thinking skills) and sung along (to, er - well, just to join in) at the end."
"During twenty years of both attending and organizing national medical conferences I have never before spent a day where every single speaker commanded my interest and attention."
"I knew conceptually that it would be worthwhile when my mum described TED to me but I thought I’d email to congratulate you about convincing me that it can be a good decision to get up before nine on a Saturday morning to sit in a hall for more than five hours, listening to people speaking. It was a genuinely enlightening day and an experience that I would like to experience again."
But, one letter in particular stood out —
I really enjoyed the TEDx event yesterday, which I attended in person with my father, and was pleased that you covered Natalia Kaliada’s speech in the leader column. However, I did not like the coverage of the TEDx event on page 29 of today’s newspaper.
The writer, Vanessa Thorpe, focused on Jude Law and Vivienne Westwood because of their celebrity, almost to the exclusion of other speakers, rather than focusing on people with important points, interesting and good ideas such as Cedric Villani, Jason Drew and Dr Izzeldin Abuelaish. Would it be possible to cover these speakers in next week’s paper? If so, could you please do so?
Thank you again for organising a most interesting event.
On December 18, 2010, the local community of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia gathered to put on TEDxAddis, an event focusing on the innovations and socioeconomic changes of their country.
Their slogan for the day was, “Be encouraged and encourage others. Be inspired and inspire others.”
Sentayehu Seifu, head of an organizational team made up of students, entrepreneurs, and other locals, said, “Personally, TED gave me a lifetime opportunity to pay back my community by creating a medium that will encourage, inspire, and stimulate people creative thinking. [TEDxAddis] will also allow them to think impossible thoughts.”
Speakers included Israel Belema, an engineer and inventor, social entrepreneur Yohannes Gebregeorgis, and Henock Temesgen, a bass guitarist. The World Laughter Master, Belachew Girma, who holds the Guinness world record for the longest continuous laughter — more than 3 hours — concluded the event with an interactive presentation.
The team is currently preparing for two future events to be held later this year.
The second TEDxBuenosAires event on “The Revolution of Ideas” was held on April 8 at the La Rural community center in the heart of Buenos Aires.
Over a thousand people attended the event and enjoyed speakers such as Argentine rugby player Agustin Pichot and musicologist Marcelo Arce.
Those who could not get a ticket to the venue did not have to worry about missing the show — the entire event was live streamed online, and also projected on two giant screens in the city, located in the Plaza San Martín and the Villa 31. Plaza San Martín is a green public space in Retiro which has a traffic of about a million people daily. Villa 31 is a shantytown also in Retiro, home to about seventy thousand people.
A banner placed under the screens read “Inspiration and knowledge are not just for the elite.”
Now in its third year, the TEDxGallatinSeniorSymposium will take place tonight at 7:00 PM at The Gallatin School of Individualized Study in New York. A completely student organized event, we have been working around the clock to make sure this year is the best one yet. As always, it is an incredible opportunity to be a part of the TEDx community, and be able to host events in a format where students have a chance to passionately convey the unique multidisciplinary perspectives they have gained during their course of study at Gallatin.
I wish I could write more, but there is still a lot of work to be done before tonight’s event!
We are hosting the TEDxAHUT event on Apr 22, 2011 in Ma’anshan, Anhui, China and has been preparing it since Mar 28.
We are a part of the TEDx University Day event and will host a TEDx event on Apr 22, 2011 together with over a hundred universities in China. We just have our first meeting in Apr 10. Can’t believe that TEDxAHUT is within 10 days!
On that meeting, the majority team members come and be familiar with each other. We discusse more details about the work to do in the next two week.
We are so happy to be a part of the TEDx communities and to engage in the path to spread valuable ideas.
TEDxSMUTuesdays are a weekly brown bag series held from January to May at the Skunkwork’s Innovation Gym at Southern Methodist University.
Each week, a diverse group of attendees that includes students and Dallas community members, gather to view a TEDTalk and partake in lively discussion. This TEDx Salon event creates continuous dialogue around TED and TEDx beyond the yearly TEDxSMU, as well as creates a setting that sparks ideas and conversation.
Organizer Sharon Lyle says, “No one person is ever “the expert” on an particular talk, but by providing a forum for all these different people to come together over a common topic, we all seem to walk away better informed and with a broader knowledge base than had we watched the TEDTalk alone.”
SMU faculty and administrators are also invited to serve as special guest curators — they choose a favorite video to screen, as well as the theme.
The conversation doesn’t end on Tuesdays — a fter each event the TEDxSMU blog is updated with relevant and informational links to books, articles and other TEDTalks.
Says Natalie Stalmach, TEDxSMU Co Organizer, ”When we started the series, I thought our basis in the engineering school would lead to highly technical talks followed by highly technical discussions. However, our audience is diverse and represents a variety of fields, from science and engineering to arts, communication, and education. This diversity brings unique perspectives to each discussion. In fact, some of the highly technical talks have led to our most interesting conversations. What are the ethical implications of this technology? Does our current educational system support or even encourage the innovative thinking necessary for scientific breakthroughs?”