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Theme: On Failing

This event occurred on
February 23, 2013
10:00am - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Waterville, ME
United States

Two pilgrims journey from their village, seeking the advice of a famous sage. After many days, they reach the place of the sage. He asks them why they have come. To gain wisdom, they reply. The sage meditates. To gain wisdom, the sage says, you must make good decisions. And how do we make good decisions? the pilgrims ask. By first making bad ones, replies the sage.

In our society, success is prized above all while failure is seen as an embarrassment, is taboo. But success and failure are inextricably bound; to laud one while hiding the other ignores that fundamental link.

How can we live and work with the concept of failure looming above us? Does fear of it lower our potential? What can it teach us and contribute to our lives?

On Febrary 23, 2012, TEDxColbyCollege will explore new ideas through the lens of failure, with perspectives from across the academic spectrum and beyond.

Success and failure are two possible progressions of the attempt, and one is as valuable as the other.

TEDxColbyCollege is the first TEDxUniversity Event at Colby and the first in Maine.

Colby College - Ostrove Auditorium
5000 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME, 04901
United States
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Organizing team


  • Ryan Cole
    Assistant Director
  • Tact Sasajima
  • Max Berg
    Technology Director
  • Julian Giarraputo
    Social Media
  • Melanie Ross
    Social Media