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Seigi Karasaki

Organizer @ TEDxTodai, TEDxTodai


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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.


Seigi Karasaki


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    Dec 24 2012: Hi Seigi, I'm not sure if I met you earlier in the year at a TEDxTokyo meeting :) but here are my 2 yen. I think your line up should benefit UTokyo students, but expand their perspective beyond what they already know about the university and themselves. As well, if it is recorded for a worldwide audience later on Youtube, these types of speakers would be relatable to viewers everywhere, though they are coming out of Japan:

    1. I think it would be interesting to invite members of Japanese society who never went to university. Like, people who have succeeded or have solved life's problems without going through the regular channels of a prestigious education like at U Tokyo--it would be interesting to hear how they did it. This would be interesting, rare and perhaps controversial for a UTokyo event!

    2. Invite a UTokyo alumnus who has spent many years abroad working on an extraordinary project. It would be great to know how this person feels his/her top-tier education helped (or not) and how he/she thinks the mixture of ideas from Japan and abroad can create synergy to solve upcoming problems.
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      Dec 24 2012: Congratulations for your good ideas! :-)
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      Dec 30 2012: Hi Genevieve,

      Thanks for your awesome input! I really like both 1 and 2. I will definitely delve into both and see what I can come up with.

      I haven't met you yet! Are these TEDxTokyo meetings frequent? I would love to show up sometime and acquire some knowledge/insight/inspiration if possible.

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