Hello from the TEDxSingapore team! We know it has been a bit quiet for a while around here, and apologies for that, but trust us when we say we’ve been brewing something special.
This 11th November 2017, TEDxSingapore is proud to present our 40th TEDx event, themed ‘Growing Up’.
Our tickets are on sale now (buy here!) , and the team are working on the finishing touches and while the excitement is building I wanted to take the opportunity to share some insights into the theme and our intentions behind it.
So. The Theme.
When you first read ‘growing-up’ – how many of you immediately thought about kids and education? This was our starting point too, but through our curation sessions with the team it became clear that we do not (and should not) stop growing the moment we finish our formal education.
Indeed, the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘to grow up’ as:
- to grow toward or arrive at full stature or physical or mental maturity
- to begin to exist and develop as time passes
There is no age or time period. Growing Up, we realised, means a period of transition where we develop. And what a great theme that is for a TEDx event! From that point onwards, we knew we would explore the widest expressions and meanings of this phrase and its implications for our TEDxSingapore community. We decided to specifically look at a few thought provoking questions:
- What is important to us, growing up as human beings; both as individuals, as communities and as part of a global civilisation?
- Do we ever stop growing, as children, young people, even adults?
- Should we ever stop growing?
And of course, the theme has implications on a national level – Singapore is nearing its 200th birthday, still a baby compared to China’s five millennia, but still going through its own transitions and always growing and developing.
Once our theme and topics were decided, we looked to our community for speaker recommendations – and we’re proud to say that 40% of them came from your suggestions. So thank you for contributing and helping your speakers bring their ideas to the world!
For those who have attended previous TEDxSingapore events, you will know that the moments outside of the talks are just as impactful – a time to share ideas and meet a like-minded community. Indeed for many of us this is one of the best parts about the whole experience. We won’t say too much here, but rest assured we have curated some great activities that we hope will grow connections, conversations and hopefully inspire some action.
We hope you will join us for what is certain to be a thought provoking occasion. No matter if you take part in it for the full experience (we’re planning something special here) or for the afternoon of talks and conversation, or simply join us online via our social channels, we like to think this will be the start of something special. Our intention is that the entire experience will inspire change and growth, for you to take back into your lives and communities.
Buy your tickets here
TEDxSingapore 2017 Team
What does Growing Up mean to you? What has inspired you to grow recently? Share your thoughts below.