At TEDxKids@BC we love to mix dream and play! We hope you do too and will help us with one of our big dreams -- yes, we have many! -- by playing a game of tag. But before explaining what we have in mind, I will allow myself a little digression.
I started the TEDxKids@BC journey with a dream to see the birth of a global conference focusing on children -- TEDChildren
I called it. I wanted to see a community form to support and nurture kids' creativity and passion without squashing their authenticity for the sake of fitting them into predefined roles in our society. I figured, we adults are so bad at dreaming, we can't possibly imagine what the world will look like in the future for our kids. How can we then know what is best for them to learn in order to prepare for that future? The answer to this was obvious to me -- and I hope you agree too! -- we can invite them to try and figure out the future together with us and we can support them in their efforts to reshape it for themselves.
TEDxKids@BC was borne out of the initial dream as a way to start creating such a community. Or better yet, pooling together existing groups that are trying to empower kids in taking ownership of their future and inviting them as partners when deciding on issues that will affect them. That is the reason we have put BC in our name -- I would've asked for Canada or World if that was possible, but sometimes we need to be realistic too ;-). It is not there to limit us in any geographic terms, but to widen the horizon for our speakers, our audience and ultimately, our community.
With the use of technology, we believe we can do it. We believe we can reach out to people everywhere in the world, even if our base is British Columbia. We plan to connect with people wherever there is interest in joining our community. We hope to help our speakers share their ideas and stories with all of you reading this post, whatever your GPS coordinates might be at the time we go live on September 17. We will be streaming the event so that anyone can enjoy the stories and performances from the comfort of their home. Better yet, we'd love if you brought together a group of people in your community centre, school classroom or anywhere else you can to watch the inspiring talks from our kids. We will keep everyone informed about this and other ideas we have to help you connect with us and engage with the rest of the community.
This brings me to the game I would like to invite everyone to play. If you have read this post, consider yourself tagged! Once tagged, we ask you to do two things:
- Go to the comments section and tell us where you're located right now -- we'd love to know more about you too, but if uncomfortable using the comments, feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Next, send this link to at least three of your friends that live in a different location from yours. Tell them they're invited to play a game of tag with the TEDxKids@BC community.
Let's have some fun and create new connections as we play!