The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, a Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
In seven short months, the Intercultural Centre will be hosting its second TEDxBowValleyCollege event. While it may seem quite a distance away, as organizers, we are well into the planning stages. In fact, at this point, we are seeking speakers for our event.
Correction – we are looking for ideas. While the likely assumption is that TED and TEDx events are about finding dynamic and interesting speakers, the reality is that curators of these events are on the search for dynamic and interesting ideas - ideas that spark dialogue, that mobilize people, and encourage more critical thinking.
What ideas are we looking for?
- New ideas that originate in your community but are widely relatable
- Ideas that need to be defended – not something self-evident, but an interesting argument, perhaps with an antagonist.
- Ideas the TED world hasn't heard before. In other words, not a copy of a TED Talk you like!
- Ideas that change perceptions, e.g. a scientific discovery that changes how you think about frogs, a philosophical argument that reshapes your notions of friendship.
This year’s theme is Histories and Possibilities. What experiences in your life might reflect this theme? What transformations have you endured or overcome during your life that may have inspired you or offered you insight that you would like to share?
If you feel that you have an idea that fits one or more of requirements above, please let us know!
Source: Select your speakers + performers. (n.d.) Retrieved from https://www.ted.com/participate/organize-a-local-tedx-event/tedx-organiz...