Close the Loop sponsors and will attend the first TEDxNicosia in Nicosia, Cyprus, on November 30th 2011.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
In its inaugural year, 2011, TEDxNicosia is about finding, retrieving and exploring inspiration in our day-to-day lives here in Cyprus. As opposed to a large metropolis like London or New York City or Shanghai, smaller places like Nicosia, the capital of Cyprus and last divided capital of Europe, sometimes feel too tight and bare when it comes to daily inspiration through empowerment and accountability in entrepreneurship, arts and culture, environmental awareness, personal and professional growth. This event is about stretching our comfort zone and reinvigorating our ability and capacity to dream, to risk, to care – to believe in a well-rounded life, one worth living. From a global perspective, this event aspires to be a window of Cyprus to the TEDx world, and vice versa. On a more local, even individual perspective, this event aspires to show that there indeed are people around us, here in Nicosia, our 12 speakers, who through their seemingly ordinary lives are doing extraordinary things and they simply demonstrate that dreaming, risking, caring is living, no matter what latitude and longitude one is on…Perhaps through this TEDxNicosia and by hearing their voice, we can each find our own voice and strengthen our own capacity to Dream. Risk. Care and Live!
TEDxNicosia is organized by founder and curator, Marina Theodotou and her company, Curveball Ltd. The TEDxNicosia Organizing Team is comprised of:
Alana Kakoyiannis, Loris Stavrinides, Rania Traiforos-Makriyiannis and Antonios Yemenaris.