TEDxYouthDay was a day of firsts for me:
- First time watching a livestreamed TEDx event
- First time watching a livestreamed TEDxYouth event
- First time hearing the word “Educativity” from TEDxYouth@Amman
- First time live reporting over the Internet
The first event I watched was TEDxYouth@Amman. I watched the livestream between 11:00PM and 9AM although I did manage to get a few hours of sleep during the scheduled breaks. The event itself was incredible.
I got to see how TEDx events bring the ideals of TED, “ideas worth spreading,” to a broader audience around the world. At TEDxYouth@Amman, the theme was “Educativity,” which each speaker addressed in his or her own way. The speakers at TEDxYouth@Amman were amazing and many of them broadened my world view! Here were some of my favorites:
1. A Jordanian dance group that performed at the end of the TEDxYouth@Amman blew my mind. I love that TEDx events don’t just stick to the standard conference format of having someone stand up on a stage and talk, and allow for the program to integrate this type of performance. There were more than 20 young people on the stage, each doing a different style of ballet, hip-hop, and other dance forms, but the choreography made the piece come together.
2. Ward Wakileh, a slam poet, nearly brought tears to my eyes. He presented his idea of school, and how “Educativity” can help those who are out of the box when it comes to the standard model of learning. He shared his own frustrations from his experiences as a student in the classic school environment. He concluded by showing us that he figured out how he learns best, and that he has continued to learn through this process throughout his life. He views this process as “Educativity” and described it as an environment where creativity is integrated with education to enhance learning. He believes it’s the future of classrooms around the world.
There were many more speakers who inspired me to take a new perspective on education and how it can meld with creativity. After all, they are two similar concepts! Thank you, TEDxYouth@Amman, for broadening my horizons, and leaving me with an brain overloaded with “idea’s worth spreading.”
By Adi Davis, an official TEDxYouthDay viewing party reporter.
Reposted from the TEDxYouth@Amman blog.
Educativity: First Point of Change!
The TEDxYouth@Amman 2011 theme is “Educativity”! Most of us have read or come to the conclusion that this structure is built out of the two words “education” and “creativity,” but what is the logic behind this combination? Is this a newly created concept or not? What would we expect from this theme? And what is our role as youth in forming this concept within our societies? All of this and more will be discussed in this post.
What is Educativity?
In very simple words, it’s the ability to merge the inputs, the processes, and the outcomes of both creativity and education. It’s the area where our educational systems utilize and emphasize our creativity in every aspect. We can also have a definition for “Educativity” as the ability for education to influence and shape lives, attitudes, and methodologies for the people being educated — forcing them to come up with new, creative, and original ideas for solutions or prevention plans for current problems.
History of Educativity
According to my research, the term “Educativity” started to appear and spread worldwide in conjunction with the World Economic Crisis in late 2007. Since that date we have seen the expression discussed in books, articles, and blogs repeatedly. Given the context, it is logical that this term emerged, because the only way to recover from the effects of this kind of crisis is to think creatively and create new, flexible, and original ideas that can push through the current situation.
TEDx and Educativity
The TEDxYouth@Amman team recognizes the importance of reflecting the concept of “Educativity” in our local community, especially given that there are so many creative minds and diverse abilities all around us. Sadly, we face the same problems as everyone else: our educational system kills our innovation and creativity. So the TEDxYouth@Amman team enthusiastically searched all over the country to find speakers and performers who have both the will to challenge their reality, environments, and educational systems in every respect, as well as the ability to create new values and methods in their communities.
Why the Youth Edition?
Jordan and the Arab world in general are blessed with a population dominated in numbers by youth. Taking this into consideration leads to the most logical conclusion: making change in the idealism within youth themselves will lead to change throughout our society. The youth has the potential and the energy to carry, deliver, and spread messages nationwide on both practical and theoretical levels.
From my prior experience with TEDx events, I have true faith in their ability to inspire and make positive change within our souls. I myself have had this type of experience at TEDx events in the past. I am very excited to meet all of the youth at TEDxYouth@Amman, and to learn and be inspired by people who are younger than I am. I really believe that “Our Ideas Are Always Worth Spreading.”
By Ayd Mahdy Asraf, reposted from the TEDxYouth@Amman blog.