THE THEME: Nurturing Wonder
What does every child have in common with Albert Einstein? Which quality can single-handedly strengthen our relationships, boost our achievements, and make us happier individuals? The answer to this question is wonder.
Einstein famously said, “I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” Why is it then that we do not consider ourselves to be as capable as Einstein? Surely it cannot be that difficult to be curious? We tend to lose our wonder and our curiosity towards life as we grow older - we care more about society’s opinions and judgements and feel afraid to wonder - which is detrimental to our cognitive function and mental health.
TED is a nonprofit organization that is devoted to spreading ideas. It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. It is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. It is built on the belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and, ultimately, the world. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world. TEDx, x = independently organized event in the spirit of ideas worth spreading, is a program of local, self‐organized events that bring people together to share a TED‐like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
For more on TED, please see TED.com
What is TEDx
TEDx was created in the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading.” It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. The TEDx program started in 2009 and has held nearly 15000 events worldwide. It recently touched a new milestone: 1 Billion views of TEDx Talks.
For more on TEDx, please see https://www.ted.com/about/programs-initiatives/tedx-program
TEDxYouth event. Children ages fourteen through eighteen from our community have shared their personal journeys, captivating stories, and ideas that inspire an audience of all ages.
Since 2015, TEDxYouth@NMS has been an exhilarating TEDxYouth event organised annually by Neerja Modi School. It is aimed at igniting thoughts, sparking conversations, and broadening the horizons of not only the youth at NMS or India but the world as a whole. Through the years we have explored the themes of Rising to Challenges, The Next Chapter, Academia and Creativity, and we hope to continue inspiring as we invite eloquent voices to speak about Nurturing Wonders this year.