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Niki Siropoulou

Marketing Director, TEDxAcademy


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"What is your TED story? How TED or TEDx has impacted your life in a meaningful way"? Want to share it?

I believe there is great potential on sharing our personal TED or TEDx story, and how it affected you or your life. We can create a human collage of our own experiences and anecdotes.

My own experience from TED was that, during a "difficult" turn in my life, I needed courage to cope with changes in my life to move forward. So I wanted to connect with people who would serve as examples and "role models" of going through difficult times and finally arriving!!! So I spent my two weeks of summer vacation where I would wake up in the morning, walk for 10 miles, come back and watch TED talks for the rest of the morning. It was like a "treatment". Watching Tonny Robbins or Liz Bolte Taylor was exactly what I wanted to connect with. It was striking that through the TED.com platform I had such a great support for FREE. People I did not know were helping me out! WOW! That was a defining moment for me. So, I later started the TEDxAcademy in Greece. I guess there are incredible stories "out there". So sharing stories by how TED or TEDx has impacted someones life will give us great insights and perspective as TEDx organizers and members of a social network that we want to make the difference. So What is YOUR TED story?


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    Feb 18 2011: What an interest conversation! TED is really inspiring for many and collecting or sharing the stories behind these inspired people sounds awesome!

    A couple of years ago I saw Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk on how schools kill creativity. That was my first TED video online, I don't remember how I found it, but I do remember that since that day I have been hooked to this community. At that time I was in college and I was not at all enjoying my studies, nothing made sense to me, and I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with my life! But that video turned out to be a spark! I started realizing that there is so much more to this world than I know.. and that if I observed carefully I can connect the dots, and I can feel closer to nature (or reality). My aims and objectives have changed drastically over the past few years, they still keep changing, but I have found a purpose! Thanks to communities like TED!

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