TEDxUSMC: Our True Selves & Purpose Part 2 Trailing from that was the networking session. The session consisted of a few exhibitors ranging from students displaying their projects to speakers proudly presenting their work. Everyone can be seen mingling around with the companionship of […]
A week has passed since TEDxUSMC launched their first ever salon event. The theme for the event was ‘Seeing the Invisible’. I recalled having first seen the poster of the event. What had intrigued me was the theme. What did it mean by ‘Seeing The Invisible’? How can a human being view something that was imperceptible in the very first place? And from there on, my curiosity signed me up for the event.
17th November arrived. Tonight was the night where I would be able to see the ‘Invisible’. Registration started at 7:45pm and the event room gradually filled up with people. When the participants registered, they received a unique door gift. It was a wooden engraved keychain that had the event’s theme on the front and a personalised name on the back. I knew the event would go well just by the details the committee put into the gifts.
As the guests had all arrived, up came the host for the event, Jeremy with his smart look and soothing voice that caught the eyes and ears of the attendees. The event started with a video by Scott Geller with the title “The Psychology of Self Motivation”. Following from the video, participants were then ushered out of the room and one by one were once again brought back into a pitch-black room.
In a room full of darkness and unrecognisable group mates, we were told to have a deep psychological discussion. The topic ranged from our motivation factors to what our past looked like and what hopes do we have for the future. A few participants got immersed into the topic where they shared their past while others gave encouragement to those who were too shy to open up. The discussion was impactful, as I finally understood what it meant to see the ‘invisible’. The inspiration that gets one to work harder, the fears that pulled them back, the struggles that one had to overcome and the desire that one dreamt about.
Refreshments were then served after the discussion activity as the room was filled with lights again. During the break, participants could be seen socialising while devouring sandwiches and orange juice.
Right after refreshments, we were then seated as a video titled ‘Draw Your Future’ by Patti Dobrowolski was broadcast to us. Inspired by the video, there were a few coloured pens and pencils and papers on every group’s table. Participants were encouraged to draw their dream future. Our host, Jeremy had showed us his drawing as he talked about having a dream career working in the Formula 1 industry. Others shared their dream about getting a nice body or a luxurious car while some had the desire to be an entrepreneur. I drew airplanes on the paper, as I want to travel around the world, learning the cultures of different people. Our drawings of our dream future were then collected, as the committee would like to make a mosaic to mark the very first TEDxUSMCSalon event.
After all the impactful videos and engaging activities, Jeremy then proceeded to wrap up the event. I went back to my room, feeling enlightened. I finally understood what it meant by ‘Seeing The Invisble’. Though with only a short span of two hours, the event was fun and sentimental. Now, I have to patiently wait for the main event that is coming in December.
That’s all for now. See everyone again at the main event!
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The scorching hot sun shined over Johor Bahru, as its residents awoke to a new day. Amid all this, I was getting myself ready for today’s event. I am Priscilla, blogger for TEDxUSMC, and on this day, I attended my very first TEDx event hosted by TEDxSungaiSegget.
The theme of the event was ‘Connect’. There is a belief where there are connections in every individual, as connections can be deliberate or involuntary. Such theme carries great responsibility and I knew that today’s event would be impactful. The event was held at the stunning Amari Hotel, Johor Bahru.
Bangsa Johor started the opening of the event with a dramatic performance. The performance was diverse and unique as all three main groups of Malaysia, the Malay, Chinese and Indians were involved. The show had portrayed the importance of unity. Up stepped the emcee of the event, Nico. His charisma and soothing voice caught the attendees’ attention as he proceeds to introduce our first speaker of the day, Dr Chua Sook Ning.
Dr Chua is known for being the founder of Relate Malaysia. Her talk on depression and methods of combatting the crippling illness captivated every member of the audience. Citing her own battle through depression, Dr. Chua’s talk really hit home and made us all feel ‘Connected’.
Next speaker was the founder of Tanoti, Jacqueline Fong. Her talk on Songket – a traditional woven gift – showed us the artistic side of how we can ‘Connect’. Following Jacqueline’s talk, our lunch was served. It was here that I truly understood the meaning of ‘Connect’. With the companionship of mouthwatering food, everyone got to spend time together chatting away about our own lives outside of work and studies. This allowed us to bond as a team, an invaluable experience.
Right after lunch, we were greeted by Rohith Govindan, whose discussed making music a bridge to connect everyone. His engaging methods of involving the audience into his performance alongside a traditional Indian musical instrument, Tabla, lifted the mood of the event once again.
Following this musical interlude, Lisa Foo spoke about her involvement in an ASEAN bamboo installation known as “Konstruk” which was displayed at Puteri Harbour. I have seen her artworks in person as I recall my emotions when I first set my eyes on them, awed, shocked and amazed.
We were then given time to network with other attendees. During this time, I get to know interesting people from different backgrounds. Everyone can be seen mingling with each other in order to get connected. Later, the proceeding 5th speaker introduces himself as Navin Binwani, where he presented the Biji-Biji initiative and teaching the public the benefits of recycling.
Last but not least was Johan Arifin Mohd Ropi, our final speaker of the day. Johan is the proud founder of Kilang Bateri. He talks about reinvigorating the older and forgotten parts of Johor Bahru as a fresh start for the elderly as well as the new, younger generation.
After the memorable event, I truly realized what it means to ‘Connect’. Furthermore, it can be seen that the crew of TEDxSungaiSegget worked miraculously well to ensure the event went smoothly. Thank you TEDxSungaiSegget for being such a great host! TEDxPetalingStreet, you’re up next!
BIG NEWS! Following on the release of our inaugural theme, “Our True Selves & Purpose”, TEDxUSMC is proud to announce the commencement of ticket sales for our first TEDx event. Date: Saturday, 2nd of December, 2017 Time: 10:00 – 16:00 Venue: EduCity Multivarsity Auditorium, Iskandar […]
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