Stories from TEDxJIS

Tim Carr

Recap on TEDxJIS: Frames Unframed

The room was decorated with multiple rows of chairs along with a plethora of banners that guided guests through the cafeteria and into the theater. JIS teachers, alumni, and visitors came to engage in fervent talks and share their personal experiences with one another.

TEDxJIS: Frames Unframed was the third annual TEDxJIS conference, which took place on Feb. 4, 2017. The venue was in Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) at the Melati Theater.

This event involved presentations, videos, and discussions all about exploring multi-perspectives and escaping from our comfort zones to a more perplexed situation.

The scene became quiet as attendees rested their chins on their palms, listening intently to Advaith Suresh’s careful words. As the presentation became more ardent, attendees started to nod their heads and ask questions for further discussion.

“Does the conventional checklist satisfy you?” asked Prithika Madhavan. The list you make is almost like a method, you follow things to do on the list step by step for your whole life. But does this really make you happy? Make you understand your value? Her words received bobbing heads, furrowing brows.

At the end of the conference, audiences and speakers finished their day with free food and a bag of presents. People who were very impressed by the talk got the chance to discuss more with the speakers one on one. As for the TEDx team, they received many positive feedbacks and expectations from the attendees for our next annual event.

See photos from TEDxJIS: Frames Unframed here.

This article was originally written by Mengzhen Lian and has been edited by Claudia Mak.

Alumni panel at Checkpoints 2 Salon

Recap on TEDxJISSalon: Checkpoints 2

Multicolored sofas and a plethora of banners guided guests — JIS teachers, alumni, and visitors who wanted to share their personal experiences with one another — through the gates of the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS) Fine Arts Theater foyer.

TEDxJISSalon: Checkpoints 2, was another mini-conference held in anticipation for the main TEDxJIS event scheduled for February 4th, 2017.

Note: Registration for TEDxJIS 2017: Frames Unframed opens at 8:00 AM on December 1st, 2016. Refer to the “Attend” page of our website for more details and ticketing link.

Chronologically, the itinerary of the event mirrored that of the first TEDxJISSalon that took place on August 27th, 2016. Checkpoints 2 commenced with Sandra Aamodt’s TEDTalk and a discussion on dietary habits.

The scene became quiet as people rested their chins on their palms, listening intently to Simran Nanwani and Ilaria Garrett’s words. As the discussion became more ardent, attendees — attempting to broadcast their own opinions or ask questions — started raising their hands.

“Some people are realistic, that’s good. But some people are dreamers. The world also needs dreamers,” said Piotr Jakubowski. Jakubowski was a dreamer himself; he tried many different careers, and this had led him to become the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Go-Jek. His words received bobbing heads, furrowing brows.

After a short coffee break, the next session began with a teleconference. In Bali sat two JIS alumni running an environmentally friendly shoe company, Indosole. Their presentation began, and a subtle color scheme greeted the drooping eyes of attendees. Kai Paul, the Vice President of Indosole, demonstrated how their company transformed wasted tires into well-designed shoes.

Amit Khanna, a JIS biology teacher, and his wife Lane Graciano, an English teacher, led another discussion during the Salon’s final minutes. The session revolved around the idea of being multicultural and multi-local.

To wrap up the Salon, Khanna connected his session to the JIS United Nations day: one of the school’s most highly-anticipated events and an opportunity for individuals from different cultural background to share their experiences with their friends, family members and colleagues. He ended the Salon with a question, “Where are you a local?”, sending attendees home with insightful thoughts and leaving an open-ended conclusion to Checkpoints 2.

See photos from TEDxJISSalon: Checkpoints 2 here.

This article was originally written by Mengzhen Lian and has been edited by Natasha Sondakh and Jaewon Sim.

TEDxJIS Salon: Checkpoints I

Recap on TEDxJISSalon: Checkpoints

The room brimmed with somber silence as Taiye Selasi’s TED talk was projected on the television screen. Some individuals in the pool of participants burst out in intervals of applause while others furrowed their eyebrows, listening intently to the words.

Selasi was selected to open for the TEDxJISSalon, a small event held in anticipation for TEDxJIS, at Jakarta Intercultural School’s (JIS) Fine Arts Foyer on August 27th, 2016. Her presentation revolved around the topic of origin, namely cultural confusion and the roots of identity.

Phone cameras were clicking. Attendees leaned forward and nodded, listening intently to Selasi’s words. As she ended her talks, the attendees roared with applause.

This year’s TEDxJISSalon theme was Checkpoints, attended by JIS alumni who enjoyed the opportunity to hold a discussion with — for some — their long time friends.

“I was happy to see and collaborate with my friends,” Charles Schuster, former JIS faculty, said.

The dimmed screen switched to a PowerPoint slide with ‘PRITHIKA MADHAVAN’ printed on it. Fluorescent light draped on the walls of the Fine Arts Foyer as the former JIS alumnus adjusted her petite frame on the signature TED red carpet. She tucked a lock of hair behind her ear and began the discussion about being a third culture kid. Opened with the possibility of being multi-local, Madhavan sparked engaging chatter and active participation amongst the attendees.

“[This talk] struck me the most because my daughters and several of my best friends are in that group,” Schuster continued.

When Prithika Madhavan stepped off the carpet, Charles Schuster took her place. He showcased his passion for the arts and sciences to the Salon attendees.

“I have a keen interest in the topics of art & science and fond memories of my time at JIS,” Schuster said. “Giving this talk is a dream come true, having admired many interesting TED talks in the past.”

After the lunch break, Amit Khanna, former JIS alumnus who currently teaches Biology, and his wife Lane Graciano, also a former JIS alumnus and a current English teacher at JIS led the discussion. It revolved around the idea of procrastination and perfection; the discussion reflected upon how both polar opposites were not terrible things.

“[Procrastination and perfection] are two different ways of approaching life,” Khanna said. “We have to know how everybody works and work with that.”

Khanna and Graciano concluded their discussion as the drumming raindrops pitter-pattered on the Fine Arts Theater’s rooftop.

“The event was a success,” Beata Mirecka-Jakubowska, TEDxJIS adviser, said. “It was a great learning experience for both the audience and the organizing team.”

See photos from TEDxJISSalon: Checkpoints here.

This article was originally written by Natasha Sondakh and has been edited by Jaewon Sim.