June 20 2016
Yesterday I attended and volunteered at this incredible event called tedxyouth at boulogne-billancourt. Tedx's are basically conferences that are held all around the world taking note of the motto "ideas worth spreading". This was the second Tedxyouth conference held in Boulogne-Billancourt as the first one was held in 2013. The first conference's theme was “Le Monde, Autrement” or "See the world in a different light". This year's theme was "Et maintenant?" or "What now?" in English. This event was organized by an independent organizer named Irene Nam. Since this event was aimed at youth it's goal was to stimulate the children's curiosity and encourage them to see the world from a different angle through: photography, music, new technologies such as coding and volunteering. Boulogne-Billancourt is a very dynamic city where kids' abilities and talents are cultivated at an exceptionally young age. This conference was an opportunity to share and develop that dynamism and offer the kids a chance to know more about the world.
This year, there were 4 speakers invited to share their experience: Jeremy Debreu who is an environment specialist, Eric ZeKIng a street artist, Caroline de Surany a life coach and chance professor and Robbie Schaefer a musician.
Jeremy Debreu is a consultant in project management and fonded his NGO Africa Express in 2012. His NGO has helped 25 projects achieve access to energy in 22 African countries. His talk was a good way to motivate kids to find a way to help the environment trutsin innovative ways instead of the same old "Take shorter showers" talk.
Eric ZeKIng is not only a street artist but an activist in my opinion. His art painted across the walls of Paris denounces many crucial problems such as pauverty and liberty of expression. A good thing about his talk was that he kept it real, constantly reminding the audience of how what he was doing was illegal.
Caroline de Surany's talk revolved around a Japanese word "Ikigai 生き甲斐". Ikigai is a Japanese idea signifying "a purpose behind being". Everybody has an Ikigai. Discovering it requires a profound and regularly long search of self. Such a hunt is viewed as being vital, since it is trusted that one's disclosure of their ikigai provides fullfillment and substance to life. Examples incorporate work, side interests and bringing up children. Her talk was not only eye-opening to the children by to a lot of the parents who were present. In a country where 50% of people view work as a burden, she stressed the importance of finding what really makes you wake up in the morning and actually how linking your hobbies to your work would make it an easier and way more positive experience.
As a volunteer, I was in charge of the selfie wall, which I decorated and held as an extra-activity during the event. After having attended tedxyouth@tokyo twice in the past I can say that both conferences had a really different feel but both of them were incredible learning experiences but I hope to be able to volunteer at more ted events and perhaps even give a talk in the future.