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Sweaty palms, somber chatter, a coffee break. And then, the speakers took a deep breath and sat down on the grey chairs. The white light dimmed and the spotlight illuminated the signature red TED carpet, accompanied by the stringed fairy lights that draped against the walls of Jakarta Intercultural School’s Melati Theater on February 4th, 2017. Jaewon Sim, director of TEDxJIS, stood by the podium and opened the event with heartfelt words and a captivating voice.
“The theme “Frames Unframed” could not be any more relevant when in the last two years, we have witnessed so many cases of bigotry and the rise of divisive rhetoric. This conference is about encouraging the youth to think outside the box” said Jaewon SIm. “This is where we escape from our comfort zone for a while and learn to un-stereotype and tackle some of the big issues of our society from brand new perspectives. TEDxJIS is also about science, humanitarian aid and so many other topics, too. TEDxJIS Conferences have always been — and will always be — the platform for the free exchange of ideas of different disciplines, and the annual gathering for this city’s forward thinkers.”
Multicolored sofas and a plethora of banners guided guests — JIS teachers, alumni, and visitors who wanted to share their personal experiences with one another — through the gates of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) Fine Arts Theater foyer.