Talks happen. Often with a few set goals AND it may or may not make difference. But who cares. And that’s where ted enters. TED is a confluence-of IDEAS. Ideas which has already changed. But herein lies it’s ingenuinity. To have people who have and who will upturn the world with ideas that will resonate beyond the realm of the individual mind.
My curiosity as a result was strong enough to brave the rain and once-a- Sunday laziness.
Talks by people who have gone beyond the ideas and implemented them as well. Encouraging? Yes.
But the question was what are we-the audience are to do beyond the listening and preaching or……….?
It’s about meeting those who have and who want to make a change. Change here would mean something that goes outside the boundary of the material or common notion. Change with a mission. That mission could be anything but positive enough to cause the ripple in our herd like tendencies.
So when Shabnam Virmani spoke I had tears swelling in my eyes. Not an idea but a message-KABIR. The austere saint who she had awoken. Not a surprise then that the whole audience rose to give her a heartfelt gratitude.
When the humble Chewang Norphel spoke, one might have ignored him like any other ordinary mortal, but it was the work that stood across. Or when an octogenarian,V.B.Mishra spoke, we’re exalted at his level of persistence. It makes you believe that dreams can be dreamt.
Leaving one or two guest speakers, the rest were brilliant. Not just some passing ideas but mavericks who DO as well. Their contribution may not always be good enough to show in the nation’s progress card, but are powerful enough to bring smile across faces.
But it was the snack time which was the heart of the event. There was idea banging across tables, networking, sharing and food was probably the last thing in our minds
It was not about meeting a person but sharing the values and goals. So I was happy to meet this guy,among others, Srini. He happens to have been an engineer, who chucked his job abroad to volunteer as a Teach for India scholar. But my guess it’s just the tip of the iceberg. What lies ahead is merging of those brilliant thoughts and submerging, re-merging.
TED reconfirmed a belief of mine-that ideas are worth it and if executed well could have the potential to be life-saving.
It’s been a few days. But I’m yet to gulp it all. Ted is a message. So one lifetime may be too short, but hope is never to be lost. So the IDEAS are to be cajoled not shunned.
TED is not about networking on business deals but on sharing ideas. Ideas that cannot be confined to the materials, political, social etc. walls of the of the society.
So before closing in I’ve one thing to add DON’T BE but ………………BECOME.
Note from Admin: This post marks the blogging debut of ‘Polo’ who is the latest addition to our growing army. A keen observer, she comes from a fine-arts background and here she talks about her experience at TEDx Delhi. Hope you enjoy it, like we did