TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDx events, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis. Maybe it looks, that the TEDx is about the people, standing on a stage. Yes, they are the “building stones” of the whole event, but actually the attendees are the most important thing. We gave a platform to stories and ideas of speakers, we gave an event to people to attend and we hope, that everyone took something home from this interaction.
What are the three key lessons you learned?
#1 Lead people by inspiration, not by motivation.
#2 Expect the unexpected.
Describe a "good failure" in your process.
Well, if you have an hour to starting a whole event and our team (TEDx organisers) realise, that we don’t have any intro video (and no internet in event venue) – which is necessary – it is kind of a surprise. And when in your speaker’s keynote are not working its fonts and everything looks “mashed up” on the screen – you get +100 heartbeats in a minute and a big problem to solve. But we did solve all of that fortunately. :-)
How would you describe your project to a small child?
Funny people. Lots of smile. Big answers and even bigger questions. Lots of ice cream.