It's been almost three weeks since TEDxYouth@Järntorget was held in Gothenburg, Sweden. And looking back at that day I realize it's gonna be one of those days I'll never forget. I'm back at Frilagret where the event was held and I'm working on closing this year's event. This place looks nothing like the place where TEDxYouth@Järntorget happened the 17th November 2012.
There was excitement in the air that morning. The last few touches to the decorations were made at the same time as the speakers were rehearsing on stage. Our two speakers from Stockholm had arrived and we were all set for a great event and a truly inspiring day. We had the photo corner with the Dream big then do it-sign from TED ready and a close up magician by the door waiting for people to arrive. first to arrive was the sign language translators and an artist who was going to illustrate the speaks given on stage.
Nine speakers and a host and hostess were waiting to take the stage. And when the 69 guests had taken a seat and watched the intro video and a TEDtalk about magic (to accompany the magician) we begun a wild journey into young ideas and lives. Amanda Colldén spoke about how she hated people that said "I cant do it" about something that actually was very possible, Paul Alvarado spoke about the time he realized he could change his own set out future and Caroline Högrud gave us another view on what trafficking is. Before the first break we were lucky enough to get to listen to the wonderful live music of Amina Hocine
After a break, where all the attendees were provided with some really delicious vegetarian sandwiches, three more speakers were ready to inspire. Magnus Berglund spoke about being a bit crazy in life and how it is to run a race in the alps, Emelie Harming told us about her way of working with horses to find an inner calm and Monica Masuda aka Krazee Granma inspired us all by speaking about why she took up break dancing after turning 50 and she closed the second session with showcasing her dancing skills.
Coffee, cake and conversation. After the three C's the third session begun. Hanna Wekell spoke about the importance to do things you're good at to make a difference in the world, Xenia Akopova spoke about the difference between subtitles in film and TV and dubbed versions of the same films and TV-shows and last but not least did Sami Asli take us on a journey through his life, covering several countries and at last the right he got to stay in Sweden. Doreal Williams closed the event by performing both a soul classic and a few of the own songs. What a perfect ending to a beautiful, energetic and most of all inspiring day!
This event brings together a diversity of young passions and thoughts. There will be willpower and ideas, life stories and inspiration, magic and creativity. What is important to you?