TED is a global non-profit organization to uphold the spirit of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It was started in 1984 as a small conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology Entertainment and Design, to talk about how their ideas were converging. The annual TED conference invites world’s leading thinkers and Doers. TED has been host to an illustrious repertoire of speakers including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Billy Graham, Richard Dawkins, Richard Stallman, and Bill Gates.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
The theme for this year is ‘I’ for Ideas where ‘I’ stands for an individual i.e. the speaker and the second “I” represents the ideas and innovations that come from within a person. Ideas become powerful only if they appear in flesh; ideas which do not lead to action remains at best in paragraphs or as footnotes. We encourage speakers and the audience to bring in ideas that can be brought into existence. Once upon a time, people believed that the earth was a flat disk, and that the sun was revolving around the earth until someone discovered that it was otherways. The potential of ideas is indefinite, unlimited and can bring about a paradigm shift in thinking for the generations to come.
Guru Shovana Narayan is creation, she is power, she is a glory on earth and it is yours for the taking and when the queen of Kathak dances, it is sheer poetry in motion. Among the contemporary Kathak dancers, Guru Shovana Narayan stands out for two major reasons – her ability to effectively perform two distinctive roles with ease and her capability to produce and direct international collaborative works. Much like her guru, Pandit Birju Maharaj, Shovana is famous as both performer and a guru. For most of today’s professional and aspiring Kathak dancers, Shovana is a role model, thanks to her unique ability of leading by example.
Kaustubh Radkar is an Indian triathlete. He is the poster boy of ‘Ironman’ of India and has finished the Ironman Triathlon 25 times as of March 2020. He is the first Indian to finish the race 25 times, and one of the few Asians to finish Ironman Triathlon in all 6 continents. He was first Indian to finish Ironman Kona World Championship in 2017.
For the last 25 years, Ms. Mrinalika Kher has served as Honorary Secretary & Trustee of Kherwadi Social Welfare Association (KSWA). She also Co-founded “Yuva Parivartan (YP)” and the moving spirit of Yuva Parivartan, a project of KSWA to transform lives of underprivileged school dropouts through Skills Development and Livelihoods. YP today is one of the largest NGOs in the field of Livelihoods with a National Presence in 16 States. Yuva Parivartan has skilled 100,000 youth up to now, and is now moved into Digital training since past 2 years which is currently free training videos on YouTube. Mrinalini Kher is on several Internal Committees of Corporates like Prevention of Sexual Harrassment (POSH) at workplace. She has been associated with several NGO'S.
Madan Govinda Das Ji (Munish Nandwani), has served as the former Director, Hindustan Unilever limited, Unilever Srilanka (Board Member) and Unilever Indonesia. Currently with CorpGuru, a wing of ISKCON to train students and working professionals on self management, leadership principles, stress management, relationship management, life management skills etc. Seminars primarily are based on timeless wisdom of our age-old scriptures like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. Also takes regular Bhagavad Gita practical application sessions for working professionals and students community.
Karima Dawoodani established Soul works in 2012 - a bohemian home decor and fashion brand compromising of dreamcatchers, miniature temples, artifacts, paintings and jewellery and more. Today she leads an army of 40 women from NGOs to weave, empower and heal through this meditative craft - winning the title of Times women entrepruner of the year 2020.
Hailing from Jhumri Telaiya, Jharkhand Vanshika Choudhary , is a 16-year-old student from Mussoorrie International School. She has been actively participating in a lot many social activities. She has been a part of school’s weekly publication “The Originals” from their very first issue and now works as the Editor for The Originals. She has participated for more than 25 public speaking competitions ranging from debate, extempore , youth forum, mock parliament, MUN conferences etc. by now and continuously aims for more. She has delegated in Harvard Model United Nations conference. With her budding interest in MUNs, she has chaired and delegated for more than 15 MUNs till now. Aspiring to be a lawyer, she trusts in utilizing the articulations we as a whole need to encourage change.
03:30 - 03:35 Introduction & Welcome
03:35 - 03:45 Every kid needs a champion by Rita Pierson
03:50 - 04:05 Diya Chordia, Founder: We Talk Back
04:10 - 04:25 Lt. Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
04:30 - 04:45 Mayank Bhardwaj, Counter Speech Fellow with YLAC & Instagram
04:50 - 05:05 Saumya Pande, Textile researcher & Design educator
05:10 - 05:30 Refreshments Break
05:35 - 05:45 Forget shopping. soon you'll download your new clothes by Danit Peleg
05:50 - 06:05 Saachi Soni, The youngest Indian to scale the ten highest peaks of Australia
06:10 - 06:25 Nidhi Kalal, Ideated Green Path
06:30 - 06:45 Chaitanya Lila Das, Monk & Life Coach
06:50 - 07:00 Thank you note & Closing remarks