Episode 20: Tedx Courageous Creations
I recently attended a TEDx session in Leamington Spa here in the UK. The event was nothing short of inspirational. For anyone that has somehow missed this great concept, TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. These talks are widely available on YouTube or Netflix and are an excellent source of inspiration.
TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere — celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. These events are attended by inspirational people with amazing stories to share both on the stage and in the audience.
The TEDx event offered food for thought by advising visitors:
“Our education system and society breed consumers. They go to parties, read books, attend events, listen to music. But a brave few dare to put themselves out there. They risk rejection and ridicule by writing a poem and sharing it, creating a piece of music and playing it on a street corner, throwing a party for their friends and neighbours. They create technology, ideas, movements, and organisations. They change the world.
But it’s scary to create. What if you make a piece of art, and nobody appreciates it? What if you throw a party, and nobody comes? What if you start a business, and you don’t make any money? Whenever we put ourselves out there, we risk. We must display courage.
What happens when we do? When we dare to create despite fear? Even if you flop, you learn something valuable. You learn how incredibly difficult it is to create something that people like, or even how difficult it is to create something that YOU like. That’s what we want to do with this year’s TEDxLeamingtonSpa – we want to show you what’s possible when you create. We’ll do this through stories of courageous creators from all walks of life.”
I was interested to hear there was another Neil Hughes at the event who was also the author of Walking on Custard: The Book For Anxious Humans and was also appearing on stage for his first ever TedTalk. This podcast is about his story and the day Neil Hughes the comedian/author met Neil Hughes, the tech blog writer.
The Technology, Design and Entertainment movement will continue to promote ideas worth sharing in local communities and beyond. This is yet another perfect example of how technology works best when it brings people together.