TEDxESADE 2016: Back to the Future

Author: Micha Schara, Event Director

“Let’s keep it concise enough to allow people stick to a red line throughout the show. But let’s also keep it broad enough, so speakers from various disciplines can participate on May 5th. Moreover, let’s have the audience discovering new areas of knowledge, also far beyond their usual field of interest and studies. And last but not least, let’s help people understand why things are the way they are, and what they might become.
… Precisely, let’s give it a try and invite people to go back to the future.”


 *x = independently organized TED event

Looking back, to organize the sixth edition of TEDxESADE was nothing but a challenge for which people went the extra mile in order to make it happen. A challenge that required us tapping into the planning and execution of something that would for real take place. A challenge, that would have us trying to prevent uncertainty that, of course, might have laid in our reach, but that also even encouraged us to make sure third-parties, partners and speakers, would be able to contribute the way we wanted them to deliver. Because, if anything, successfully curating a TEDx event has taught us how to convey the needs and potential of several people simultaneously involved.

Ultimately, however, we understood that we all, whether MSc’s or BBA’s, could (and needed) to jointly take action if we wanted an engaged audience. And indeed, perhaps, in a way, TEDx’ slogan may be slightly misleading: Back to the Future was everything but an independently organized TED event.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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