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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: Hi Niki,
    Thanks for starting this conversation. My first introduction to TED was when a friend sent me the link to Jill Bolte Taylor's talk, because I had a near fatal head injury years ago, and he percieved similarities with my experience and Jills. I commented a couple times about my experience with the injury and how it felt to be unconscious and near death, and I got thumbs down for my comments. It felt like the TED forum was a hostile envirornment, so I continued to watch videos, but stopped commenting. I'm persistant, however, and I could see the wonderful opportunity that ted provided to connect with people throughout the world and talk about the issues that impact our lives, so I started commenting again. I have had challenges in my life, which I've shared, and people started e-mailing me for advice/encouragement, so it felt good that I could help support others. There are incredible stories out there, and sharing our stories not only connects all of us, but empowers us as well.
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      Feb 20 2011: Hi Coleen:
      Going through such an experience is not easy but definitely makes you see life and people from a different perspective. Deepens you and makes you wiser. Thanks for daring to share your story! Most of us do not have the guts to get "our there". I believe you will like to watch also Steve Jobs talk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UF8uR6Z6KLc
      When individuals dare to share, our community wins!
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        Feb 20 2011: Hi Niki and Guneet,
        The Steve Jobs and Ken Robinson talks were two of my first, and I really connected with both talks because I have always been impatient with formal education. I LOVE exploring many different life paths and have had some fabulous life experiences, along with some challenges that caused me to grow, learn and evolve, but I've never been good at sitting in a classroom. The diverse TED talks encourage exploring various thoughts, feelings, beliefs, opinions and ideas in our own time and space, and connecting the dots with people around the world:>) LOVE IT! Guneet, my aims and objectives have often changed at different phases of my life, which tells me that I am open to new information, and I think that's a good thing...do you?

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