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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    Mar 3 2011: I believe that I have seen and rated almost every TED talk on this site over the last couple of years. It has been an amazing amount of brainfood and a strong reminder of how many good people are working to do wonderful things.
    So now at 55 after years of dedicating myself to raising a family and pursuing an education and career it has opened me to ask myself what I really want to do with the rest of my life and it has made me courageous again by their examples.
    I have been working in a job that enabled me to add an MBA to my MA and yet I do not feel that I am making any difference at all in the world. So in the next few months, I hope to embrace a new life and I am planning to go to China to teach at first and to experience an entirely different culture, language and way of life. I plan to have the gap year that going right to work after highschool and then getting an education after I had my 5 wonderful chldren never permitted. Now that they are grown and I am divorced I have realized that life can be quite different.
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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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    Feb 20 2011: Although I had known about TED talks for sometime, what really struk me in a more definite way was to be in TEDxSaoPaulo about 14 months ago. We had all the speakers but one to be Brazilians, so it was really awesome to see things being shared that was really new for most of the attendees or topics that were being negleted by main stream media. I felt energized and proud of my people and that changes were happening in my country.

    Then by the end of the day, a young 19 year old volunteer came up on the stand and challenged people like me who speak-write English to help out with translation and sub-titles, since the Brazilians were behind the Bulgarians in the TED Translation ranking.

    It just happens that today there is no video available for Portuguese-Brasil translation or review. The Brazilians volunteers are so in for it that seldom is there a talk on the waiting list. I guess what looked as a competitive effort turned out to be a major effort to make all talks availabre for the Brazilian people.

    So it is really joyful to share that TED impacted my life in such a way that made me a part of it's community worldwide.