The power of an idea
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organisations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. With the aim to educate, experience and enjoy, the Sunshine Worldwide School is organising one such event where speakers from diverse fields will enlighten the audience with their unique ideas
The idea is at the heart of every being. It defines organisations, brands, actions… possibly everything in this world. A new idea can radically overturn the existing paradigm. The dissemination of an idea can be done using various platforms. Modern technology ensures its quick transfer, resulting in spreading far and wide. However, the interpretation of the idea depends on the reader. Thus the possibility of misinterpreting is quite high. One such idea that has spread far and wide is that of TEDx Talk. A TEDx Talk is a showcase for speakers presenting great, well-formed ideas in under 18 minutes. This short talk model works, since it only demands the audience’s attention for a short period of time, decreasing the chance of minds wandering or daydreaming about lunch. It also means the idea has to be well thought out and presented in a manner that is understandable to everyone present. The TEDx Talk has been a very popular format. From the time it first emerged in the USA in Monterrey, California in 1990 as just TED, to the development of TEDx Talk in 2006, the growth has been stupendous. Similar events have been held all over the world, and yes, in India too. In Goa, TEDx has certainly caught the fancy of the local populace. There have been 12 such events in Goa since 2009. The goal of TED is to spread ideas. The non profit organisation encourage the TED community, non-profit organisations, bloggers, companies news media, and the like to share TED Talks that are open for distribution, through social media, other platforms and public events. At the event, there are various kinds of presentations, seven to be precise. It could be the ‘The Big Idea’ that can make one or two very strong points; ‘The Tech Demo’ is an onstage look at some clever new invention that the speaker was a part of creating; ‘The Performance’ may include music, dance, magic, puppetry, or some other performance to captivate the audience. In ‘The Artist’s Statement’, the artists showcase their art and explain the meaning and process behind what they create. ‘Dazzle with Wonder’ are talks that are mainly about the amazement of science and discovery. Then one has the ‘Small Idea’; these talks are not about one big, world-changing idea, but instead a very engaging take on an interesting topic. The ‘Issue’ talk exposes audiences to an issue that they may not otherwise know much about. This waltz through ideas is now coming to Goa yet again. The Sunshine Worldwide School is organising the TEDx Sunshine Worldwide School, an independently organised TED event. The school received permission from TED US to host this after convincing them this event was for the presentation of new ideas. This will be the 13th such event being held in the state and the first by a school. Deepak Khaitan, Principal, says that it made a lot of sense to conduct something like this in Goa because it was about ideas. He states, “I had heard a lot about TEDx Talk for 20 years. It was always about people presenting very good ideas in a very accessible manner and more importantly talking about their own experiences. The speakers at the TEDx include Ashok Kumar Thakur, Founder, Muni International School); Charlene Farrell, a psychology teacher, psychologist and counsellor at Sunshine Worldwide School; Jeroninio Almeida (Jerry) a teacher, celebrated inspirational orator and motivational speaker, social entrepreneur and a management consultant; Kenneth Alvares, a self-taught developer and designer;Tallulah D’Silva, an award-winning architect for cost effective and sustainable private residencies; the mother-daughter duo of Dr Suvarna R C Fonseca e Antao and Zuleika Juliet Antao; and Aditya Jhunjhunwala, Founder, ADIPA, an innovative ceramic gifting business. This is also a matter of pride for the school that Kenneth is an ex student of the school and Charlene is employed with the school. For the students, it is about organising it with expertise from external agencies but as Deepak puts it, “It is all about listening to new ideas and learning new skills as one moves along. We intend to hold this next year too and it will be organised by the students of the school without external assistance.” The thirst for knowledge is an ongoing process and will continue possibly till the day one dies. The TEDx Talks help people in seemingly unrelated fields to learn from each other. It highlights the importance of searching for answers where you may least find them. Perhaps one could learn something from Marcus Garvey who said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and history is like a tree without roots.” Amen to that.
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