Take a moment to imagine your community without ideas or discussion. People would be present, but emotionally distant. Daily routines would be followed... day after day after day. Dialogue would not stray beyond "How are you?" or "Nice weather eh?"
Hardly an inspiring place.
And certainly not the thriving, vibrant community envisioned by the organizers of yesterday's TEDxRyersonU, which was held at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Sharing ideas that generate discussion is what TED strives to achieve and several Canadian universities are taking advantage of this popular idea exchange.
You will likely recognize TED through TED Talks which showcase videos of presenters at the annual TED events or the many TEDx events that take place around the world. The 'x' indicated that the event is an "independently organized TED event."
A large group of students, lead by Parvinder Sachdeva, organized TEDxRyersonU - the first TEDx event at Ryerson. Some other Canadian university TEDx events include:
Now imagine your community with a wide variety of activities, full of people that are mentally excited having deep meaningful conversations.
Feels different I bet. A TEDx event can help create this feeling.
Great job TEDxRyersonU Team!