DON’T MISS THE TED EX­PE­RI­ENCE

ONE EVENT, MANY SPEAK­ERS, COUNT­LESS POS­SI­BIL­I­TIES

HI Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - STORY GAU­TAM VISWANATHAN

While TEDxQu­rum is all set for Novem­ber 11, we speak to those who have put their love and ded­i­ca­tion to or­gan­ise the event.

There is much that today’s youth don’t agree upon. You might like Barcelona, he might like Manch­ester United, she prefers Real Madrid. You might think Pepsi’s the great­est in­ven­tion since sliced bread, he might think noth­ing’s as good as sliced bread. That be­ing said, there’s not much in com­mon be­tween us, those that pre­ceded us, and those that have (or, most likely will) come af­ter us, ei­ther. The ex­as­per­at­ing mut­ter­ing of that phrase ‘kids th­ese days’ is some­thing you’ve ei­ther said to or re­ceived from some­one. If you haven’t, you’re likely to hear it soon. And on this oc­ca­sion, trust me, it’s just as bad to give as it is to re­ceive. One that does unite all of us, though, is in­spi­ra­tion: It is the glue that has bound so­ci­ety since times im­memo­rial, and will con­tinue to do so, how­ever wrong you might think I am. TED have al­ways held the gold stan­dard for in­spi­ra­tion and ideas, and now, Oman’s very own have de­cided to spread this en­deav­our.

TEDxQu­rum is headed to Oman on Novem­ber 11, and it was only nat­u­ral to catch up with some of the peo­ple who’d put so much love and ded­i­ca­tion into see­ing such a no­ble ef­fort see the light of day.

Nas­reen Khalid - Event Cu­ra­tor and Lead

My dream, when I had that cup of cof­fee that spawned this idea in Jan­uary, is to cre­ate a truly unique, never-been-done-be­fore TEDx event in Muscat. To em­brace ev­ery­thing Omani. Omani in­spi­ra­tion. Un­fil­tered...

Ebaa Khur­ram - Brand­ing and Mar­ket­ing Lead

For me, watch­ing TEDx talks has al­ways been an ex­cit­ing source of in­spi­ra­tion and in­for­ma­tion. One thing that isn’t vis­i­ble on that screen is the en­ergy that the beau­ti­ful mix of unique peo­ple, join­ing heads and hands brings to each TEDx event. As part of the team, I am ex­pe­ri­enc­ing it first-hand now and it is the best feel­ing ever.

Amr Salah - Au­di­ence Man­age­ment Lead

To me TEDx rep­re­sents a chal­lenge and an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand my lim­its and to prove that this com­mu­nity has so much to of­fer and in­spire. I’m proud to be part of this team.

Umaima Al Mahd­hori - Spon­sor­ship Team Mem­ber

I be­lieve Muscat needs such an in­spi­ra­tional TEDx event. The Omani story needs to be told and the Omani peo­ple have many in­spir­ing sto­ries from their past, present and fu­ture. Ur­vashi Kish­nani- Au­di­ence Man­age­ment Team Mem­ber

TEDx is a plat­form that I adore for all that it rep­re­sents and gives. To me, TEDx events are like warm glows of light, dot­ted across the globe. There is some­thing phe­nom­e­nal about be­ing a part of a re­mark­able group of en­thu­si­as­tic vol­un­teers and the flow of pro­duc­tive en­ergy that it brings. TEDx in­spires me to do some­thing truly won­der­ful so that I can speak about it on a TED Talk some­day.

Sa­har Oth­mani - Theme and Speak­ers Team Mem­ber

John Green said, ‘I go to seek a great per­haps.’ TEDxQu­rum is ex­actly that to me. Be­ing a re­cent grad­u­ate, I feel pro­foundly for­tu­nate to be part of such a cre­ative project and be sur­rounded by such a warm team. The at­mos­phere and the vi­sion are ex­actly what I wished for in a work en­vi­ron­ment. TEDxQu­rum is slowly stand­ing on its feet, and so am I.

Nataly Caza­cova - Theme and Speak­ers Lead

TED and TEDx talks push the bound­aries of one’s view to see things in a full spec­trum of pos­si­ble (and some­times un­think­able!) colours. A hearty talk, well de­liv­ered and sprin­kled with some hu­mor­ous spice is a wor­thy sub­sti­tute of an-ap­ple-a day-to­keep-the-doc­tor-away :) In ad­di­tion to a full time, de­mand­ing job, work­ing within the frame­work of TEDxQu­rum doesn’t only pull the brims of my think­ing hat, but also pol­ishes my mul­ti­task­ing skills. As a cherry on top, let’s not for­get the pure joy of work­ing with a fan­tas­tic fam­ily of a team.

Ahmed Suli­man - Vol­un­teer Man­age­ment Lead

I have been watch­ing TEDx talks and al­ways wanted to be a part of it. Fi­nally, that op­por­tu­nity has ar­rived and I want to make it an un­for­get­table TEDx ex­pe­ri­ence in Muscat. Par­tic­i­pat­ing in a TEDx event is the best use of time and as Robert G. Inger­soll said, ‘We Rise by Lift­ing Oth­ers’. Be­ing a core vol­un­teer in TEDxQu­rum made me more or­gan­ised and I have de­vel­oped and gained es­sen­tial pro­fes­sional skills. Ad­di­tion­ally, I have got­ten to know ex­tra­or­di­nary vol­un­teers/speak­ers that are gifted with passion and amaz­ing life ex­pe­ri­ence sto­ries. I learn some­thing new every day. Keep calm and be a TEDx Vol­un­teer.’

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