Overall, we came away feeling that it was such a rich experience on so many levels that we definitely want to continue gathering organizers around various TEDx events in Asia. And we wholeheartedly recommend you try it in your region!
Todd Porter, TEDxTokyo
(Other Organizer Impressions)
Jason Hsu, TEDxTaipei
It was really nice meeting you all. There are many memorable moments—the slumber party on the great wall, the sunset, the map, the champagne, the shao-ling martial arts, the conversations, the never-ending Bob Marley song that’s stuck in my head, the dormitory and the fact we can check emails through wi-fi at Great Wall is crazy.
We are back in Taipei and fully charged. We will send you all an invite to our event in July and hopefully you can all make it.
let’s keep the energy going and conversations flowing and look forward to seeing you again very soon.
Richard Hsu, TEDxShanghai
my take-away impressions from TEDx Organizers Gathering at the Great Wall
- great gathering of minds, powerful that a few of us to have gotten close, a special group of old and new friends with similar drives, motivations, dreams, a chosen family of sort and dependable supporting system being formed
- talks + nature is a great formula, the forces of the place is magical and forever memorable
- truly distant outside voices and thinkers really awakes our senses and makes us re-think about ourselves, our lifes, our value system (I so enjoyed time and conversations with William Tumate Ole Siara)
- intense, positive social intentions
- we bid each other goodbye over 8 different times, I have not experienced a group of grown men and women who did not want to part / separate, we kept findings ways to meet up
what inspired me:
- strong hearts, minds, energy and determinations of many
- desires to do good in China, for China
- the TED spirit
Action Following Talks / AFT:
- TEDx and TED must not give direct pressure for actions, but those of us who feel strongly that the energy, enthusiasm and talents that grow to the end of conferences will be sadly wasted if we do not try to encourage participation, support systems to some good worthy ideas
- ideas worth sharing, ideas worth embracing
strong deep memories felt (separately will try to post a companion photo collage):
- first toast on the Wall
- jumping with William
- sitting around lunch expressing our favorite TED talks
- mapping down our missions and dreams
- haikus at sunset
- “no women, no cry” around the campfire
- Apple moments – Iris, Ina, Lara
- energy around the fireplace
- waking up at 4.07am on the Great Wall
- the peacefulness of everyone on the morning Wall, each in their own zone, very silent
- moment the sun came up, from behind part of the Wall
- William carrying the wood for the old woman
- Jason’s refusing the purchase of the photo book
- conversations and exchanges on the long bus ride
- Beijing design tour
- 798 art tour
- one more goodbye
thank you all, for these moments. I hope to stay in close touch.
James Flanagan & Samantha Wright, TEDxBeijing
It was great meeting and spending time with all of you. This is what we would love to see available online for TEDx organizers from around the world as key-takeaways from the event.
Why should I attend a TEDx organizers gathering?
1. To build a community of regional organizers. Meeting and spending time together is critical for developing a meaningful network of regional TEDx organizers.
2. To share region-specific knowledge.Bringing people together in one place over several days is helpful for fleshing out shared experience and extracting region-specific takeaways.
What is the value of developing a region-specific TEDx network?
1. Providing a system of mutual support.
2. Facilitating the sharing of region specific knowledge. “No need to reinvent the wheel.”
3. Enhancing the TEDx brand localization in the region.
4. Creating a network of TEDx events to further the impact of each one. In other words, leveraging each event as a local platform for all others.
Key Takeaways from TEDx Great Wall gathering:
It was a good idea to hold a TEDx organizers conference around another conference. This is because it offers an opportunity to have everyone look at the same event and reflect. It provides a tangible reference point for discussions about best and worst practices. This is important when thinking about localizing the TED brand to the region.
It was a good idea to find an inspiring location. This facilitated meaningful reflection, offering an opportunity for busy individuals to take a step back and think about big questions and creative solutions.