What fills us with awe: TEDxJISLive 2019 highlights

“Our work endures in memories,” said stage designer Es Devlin, “in synaptic sculptures in the minds of those who were once present in the audience.”

The designer spoke during Session 11 of TED 2019, the session featured at TEDxJISLive on April 27. For the audience present, all the talks were memorable. The speakers and performers evoked a sense of wonder, connecting sand art with trapeze artistry, vocal loops with galaxy maps, and more.

Highlights from TEDxJIS 2019: Solve for X

“It is very interesting to hear others’ opinions. Beyond my expectations. I didn’t expect that I would enjoy it when I bought the ticket.” 

This eye-catching comment, from a post-event survey conducted by TED, was made by a TEDxJIS 2019 attendee. With the theme of Solve for X, the annual conference drew the largest number of participants since TEDxJIS was established five years ago.

‘Emotional … enlightening … honest’: TEDxJISWomen 2018 highlights

Our first TEDxJISWomen conference, held last Saturday, was a big success both inside and outside the JIS community. For many, it was their first TEDxJIS event — including some of the student organizers! Others were loyal attendees who had participated in TEDxJIS events since our salons two years ago. This included Grade 12 student Dewi Laurente, who performed more of her original poems: “Letter to a Woman” and “Morena.”

TEDxJISWomen was a webcast event, so there were no live speakers. Instead, we featured speakers who had just given their talks during the previous week, at the TEDWomen 2018 conference in Palm Springs, California. Thanks to a scholarship from the Skoll Foundation, TEDxJIS co-advisor Lane Graciano had been invited to attend TEDWomen. She shared her experience and a few photos, including one with Chris Anderson, lead curator of the annual TED Conference. It was under Anderson’s guidance that, in 2006, TED posted its first talks online. The videos went viral and TED Talks acquired the well-known tagline, “Ideas Worth Spreading.”

Highlights from TEDxJISSalon: The Artist Inside

Is it possible to be uncreative? How can we use the element of randomness to be original? What are you good at? What did you like to do when you were young?  Is what you see in a photograph the same as what the photographer wanted you to see? How does an artist take a simple idea and make it a beautiful piece of art?

These were just some of the questions that the participants at TEDxJISSalon: The Artist Inside discussed, doodled, and even danced their way through. Easily the most active of our salons so far, our presenters and performers had all the attendees actively exploring what the creative process is about.

Highlights from TEDxJIS: Crossing Paths

“It is amazing that I’m being part of something that is so much bigger than just this room.”

This was the response from of one of our speakers, Cipta Croft-Cusworth, when we asked him to reflect on his experience at the conference. Providing a chance to have an active interaction between audience and speakers, TEDxJIS 2018: Crossing Paths built an intersecting path, connecting them.

The TEDxJIS 2018 conference had the theme of Crossing Paths. With a full house, the audience was filled with anticipation for ideas worth spreading as the event started. The event featured a variety of great stories and ideas from various speakers, which included students, educator, artists, alumni and athletes. In addition, performers presenting the theme with the different type of arts enriched the conference and showed us more than describing with words.