I haven’t posted in a long time, but I have a good excuse. A group of daring young professionals got together in late 2014 and thought it would be great to host a TEDx event in Antigua. Myself and seven others planned over the course of 8 months what would become a historic event for our island.
TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share in a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised. Check out the video below which simplifies TED and TEDx.
We called our event #FungiandPepperpot which is the national dish of Antigua that also accurately defined what we wanted to achieve. We were putting many ingredients together to cook-up one big dish to be served. TEDxAntigua was life-changing. It reminded me to walk in my own truth and to always own your destiny. Myself and two other team members had the pleasure of working with the five event speakers for two months. I watched and listened as they opened their lives, and shared their stories and talents for us to critique. Never once did they complain, and while rehearsals were taxing on my body, mind and my 9 to 5, it provided me with a reminder that my purpose in life was not to feed my soul and those of others. I am not suited to sit behind a desk, but rather to create opportunities for the talents and stories of others to be seen, heard and felt.
I am grateful to the other teams members for working so hard. While the eight of us did have a goal in common, we possess different personalities and with those differences you can expect that there would be clashes. But that is the thing with teamwork, you don’t learn from people who think like you, in truth you actually learn from those whose views differ to yours. I am grateful for the speakers who taught me humility and the danger of a single story.
In my short lifetime, I have been extremely lucky to be associated with persons and entities whom have no understanding of the word failure. They regularly find ways to get the job done while ensuring that the focus remains on the message and never on individual accomplishments. Our TEDxAntigua talks have already garnered thousands of views, reaching far across the seas. I am grateful to be associated with another successful event whose purpose was attained at a greater level than was expected.
Check out the full videos on our website tedxantiguabarbuda.com. I have posted a few pics from the June 13th event below, and you can find the full album and behind the scenes images on our Facebook page TEDxAntigua.
ps persons keep asking us when is the next one, all I keep thinking is maybe I should start failing at things lol.