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A well-balanced TEDx speaker line-up consists of..
Hi! First post here. I'm the tentative co-organizer for TEDxUTokyo (Tokyo Uni) for 2013. I say tentative b/c we have not yet renewed our licence. Nice to meet you all.
Our team is currently in the midst of brainstorming a list of speakers for the upcoming event (crossing our fingers for May). The consensus we've reached is that though we would ideally like to have the majority of our speakers be 1) directly affiliated with UTokyo and 2) students/young speakers who have not yet had a chance to voice their ideas, we realize that there is also a lot of value in inviting established, well-known speakers as well.
Before we split off for the winter holidays (90% of the members are current students), it was brought up that it would be helpful to have a guideline to use in individual brain-storming sessions over break. Since TED(x) stresses a balanced line-up of speakers from a variety of different backgrounds, the proposed guideline would provide initial categories (e.g. hard sciences, humanities, social justice, education, etc.) of speakers and topics. Any thoughts? We would greatly appreciate any feedback and/or suggestions you all may have regarding this idea.
This is all very, very exciting. Thanks for taking the time to read this rather lengthy question.