The world we inhabit today is one full of challenges, opportunities and contradictions where our ability to grapple with the future is grounded in our choices. And although we are beginning to realize that life isn’t a grand zero sum equation, sometimes we must polarize others and wager everything we have in order to realize our full potential. In this spirit, the theme for TEDxBangalore in 2015 is “All or Nothing”.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.
Our event is called TEDxBangalore where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxBangalore event, TED Talks, videos and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
If power is simply the ability to produce intended effects then we aim to inspire others now to replace their passive consumption of ideas and goods with agency and the desire to create a better world. New Power isn't built overnight but when a billion people unite to take ownership of a future built around radical transparency then all barriers fade away.
We are all, for the most part, reasonable men but as George Bernard Shaw pointed out "all progress depends on the unreasonable man." Thus it is vitally important to involve those who lie on the fringes of our society so that they can add to the discourse and shape our larger collective narrative. These outliers may harbour opinions that are contradictory to the mainstream, but it is the distinct diversity of their thoughts and convictions that allows them to pervasively manifest a better reality.
Will privacy cease to exist? What will climate change do to us? The future always poses more questions than answers and only a handful on this planet ever embrace them. They are future pioneers because their choices will affect each one of us and we would be lost without them. They have seen much further than us and now encourage others to wander with them as they shape our future.