Is it possible to be uncreative? How can we use the element of randomness to be original? What are you good at? What did you like to do when you were young? Is what you see in a photograph the same as what the photographer wanted you to see? How does an artist take a simple idea and make it a beautiful piece of art?
These were just some of the questions that the participants at TEDxJISSalon: The Artist Inside discussed, doodled, and even danced their way through. Easily the most active of our salons so far, our presenters and performers had all the attendees actively exploring what the creative process is about.
“It is amazing that I’m being part of something that is so much bigger than just this room.”
This was the response from of one of our speakers, Cipta Croft-Cusworth, when we asked him to reflect on his experience at the conference. Providing a chance to have an active interaction between audience and speakers, TEDxJIS 2018: Crossing Paths built an intersecting path, connecting them.
The TEDxJIS 2018 conference had the theme of Crossing Paths. With a full house, the audience was filled with anticipation for ideas worth spreading as the event started. The event featured a variety of great stories and ideas from various speakers, which included students, educator, artists, alumni and athletes. In addition, performers presenting the theme with the different type of arts enriched the conference and showed us more than describing with words.
This is a continuation from the previous highlights of TEDxJISSalon: Women in Leadership where it is only about the panelists.
The first panel discussion was held by Erin McKee and Meilyn Tan regarding their balancing act in terms of responsibility of education and communication. An audience member asked, “What is the definition of having it all?” The answer was, “It depends. It depends on where your vision of success comes from. Don’t abandon having that vision of success when others tell you to do so. Instead, be driven from what others think because it should be you, making the decisions.”
9 a.m. Everyone is excited to see what they will be receiving after the Salon. As more and more people entered the room, the more smiles were spread across their faces. Finally, the moment for the Salon to begin; everyone took their seats on the grey sofas and the Salon officially began with some introductory words by Sanghyeon Cheon.
The first speaker was Erin McKee, who spoke after watching a TED talk by Anne-Marie Slaughter which was called “Can we all “have it all”?” What stood out the most to the audience was when she said, “To all the women out there, you can be an amazing leader; that is available for you. You need to set your goals and work hard. But you have to decide, what is the most important right now? You have to make the choices but be happy with the consequences that you get.”