Several weeks ago, a good friend of mine, Mick, asked me if I wanted to do a TED talk. In that moment, I sparkled. It was like a dream come true! He told me that he’s the curator for the first ever outside-Manila TEDx event and he needed “revolutionary ideas” for his TED talk.
I was invited as a “young entrepreneur”. I initially wanted to do a talk that’s more feminism-inclined. Something like “Why You Should Not Marry” or “Why Feminism Matters to Everyone”. However, I realized that it was an AdDU event, and that, being an event for a Filipino-Catholic-Jesuit school, I might not be encouraged to talk about principles that might be too radical. I reverted to the “young entrepreneur” role and decided to give a talk about how to be successful at any age. Mick suggested “How to Ignite Opportunities” as a title. I acquiesced.
For those who are not familiar of the TED talks platform, here’s a summary from their website www.ted.com: TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.
Along with me were speakers Sahar Dolatabadi (Why Patriotism Matters), esteemed artist Noy Narciso (Soulmaking),student journalist, Arvin Baker (The Grass Fire) and via video patch, Sir Ken Robinson (Do Schools Kill Creativity?) and Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor (The Stroke of Insight). When Mick was warming up the audience and trying to get to know them, I realized that the room was filled with people who had faith in what TED was advocating. Most of them were educators, artists and journalists. Even when I was very nervous, I was filled with the warmth of the people and the support that they had for the ideas which were worth spreading.
I look forward to more TED events in Davao city and I hope that more revolutionary ideas should come forward and be shared. Today, in the time of social media, blogging, the internet and extreme mobility, we have no excuse to keep our ideas to ourselves. Yes, we may come from a poor family, a poor neighborhood or a poor country but our ideas are priceless. I hope that schools can have more interactive platforms, more discourse-open activities and that publications (print and online) can set forth more meaningful media…more than showbiz gossip and brand placements. Lastly, I hope more people can also appreciate innovative ideas for you won’t know when the next great idea will come along. With this, everyone has absolute potential for greatness. And yes, we have no excuses this time.
Congratulations to Mick Basa and his team! Our videos will soon be uploaded online so those who missed the live stream may view it. Thanks for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Also, big thanks to the sponsors for making TEDxADDU possible: