- Peggy Xu
- Duluth, GA
- United States
How can I bring TED to my community?
I'm sixteen years old and a junior in perhaps the most competitive high school in the state - our student population is 40% Asian and the school won the Governor's Cup for three consecutive years for highest SAT scores.
The academic atmosphere, however, is suffocating; the students here have tunnel-visioned obsessions with getting into elite colleges, transforming what should be an enriching educational experience into an arduous journey of dog-eat-dog-competition, high stress, high pressure, and high stakes.
Because of this, my greatest dream is to host a TEDx talk here focused on education. I want to show my overworked peers the payoff of unfettered thought - not for college, but for oneself.
How do I do this? Where would one start in organizing a TEDx talk and how does one come about inviting speakers? I know inviting prominent speakers is expensive - is there a way to offset this cost? (If I could get Ken Robinson to speak at a TEDx event at my school, my life would be pretty much complete).
Any advice or feedback is greatly appreciated! If everything works out, I would love to try to get a TEDx event together next school semester.