TEDxSquareMile 2015 – We came, we saw, we got connected…

And that’s a wrap! TEDxSquareMile2015, you were fantastic. We’d like to say a massive thank you to all who attended, to all our speakers and to Cass Business School for having us. We hope that you all enjoyed getting connected with the myriad ideas and people present.

DSC_0137We heard John Dennis’ compelling story of how he overcame the bleakest times through connecting with others, and Arturs Ivanov’s plea for the audience to reconnect with spontaneous laughter. Then there was Tariq el Kashef’s suggestion that we connect by disconnecting and stepping outdoors, Stephanie Bosset’s warning that we need to be more sceptical of the information we receive through social media, and Anna Shield and Emily Garsin’s rousing finale, in which we all connected through singing in three-part harmony.  These and other key moments throughout the day provided new chances to get connected, with ideas, with other people and with ourselves.

Coming soon…Speaker videos

We also hope that you’ll stay connected with us though, particularly since all of the speakers’ presentations have been recorded for posterity (with thanks to Courage Media) and we’ll have all of the videos available for you to watch online via the TEDx YouTube Channel in due course. Watch this space!DSC_0147

More than that though, we hope that our event has encouraged you to get more connected in your daily life, in whatever way will bring you peace, happiness and satisfaction.

TEDxSquareMile 2015 – How it all began

The power of connection can achieve a lot, as demonstrated by the way the event itself came about. Five months ago, the seeds of TEDxSquareMile 2015 were sown when organiser Alex Dobre reached out for volunteers to help plan and organise the event. At that point we didn’t know each other, we didn’t have a venue, speakers, a set date for the event, or anything else. All we had was the desire to put on a TEDx event exploring what it means to get connected.

Our motivations for doing so were in the vein of the TED philosophy of ‘ideas worth spreading’. As all volunteers were unpaid and all money raised by ticket sales and sponsorship went into actually funding the event, TEDxSquareMile, and all those like it held around the world, is a direct challenge to the dominant idea in our society that the carrot of financial gain is required for motivation.

A different way of organising

Since that initial starting point, the event has grown and evolved in a decentralised way, according to Alex’s bold idea for each member of the organising team to simply do what they wish and take any initiatives they can to progress. WeDSC_0144 each took a role in democratically voting for the speakers who would eventually appear on stage, and everybody had a part to play in making the event what it was. With no leader and no clearly defined roles, some might have feared chaos and a lack of direction, but we hope you’ll agree that it all came together beautifully.

In the days before and on the day of the event itself, we continued to work in this way, with each member of the team fluidly moving into the roles where they were most needed and to which they were best suited (with some exceptional help from Aurore Hochard and Peter Adjobia at Cass Business School).

When people come together and work towards a common goal without constraints or dictation from on high, the results can be unpredictable, remarkable and immensely positive. We hope that some of you will be inspired to see what you can organise yourselves, simply by getting connected with others in your community or even on the other side of the globe.

Peace, love and connectivity,

The TEDxSquareMile 2015 Organising Team

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Alex Dobre, Brenda Kerson, Irina Ursu, Jay Shetty, Chris Glithero, Antoni Peychev, Diana Mitra, Adelaida Manolescu, Maud D’Agostini, Nina Yordanova, Leanne Forster, Jennifer Travers, Eunhye Grace Lee, Jiajun Tan, Rachel Ricketts, Emil Petrov, Aneliya Petrova, Rahil Baig, Dengei Calunod, Matthew Hoffbrand, Jasna Ana Bibic

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