x = independently organized TED event

Theme: What is the world waiting for?

This event occurred on
April 17, 2014
7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
(UTC +8hrs)

WISS will host its first TEDx event on April 17th, 2014. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.

Our event, TEDxYouth@WISS, will include a combination of live presenters and screening of TED Talks videos relating to the common theme, “What is the world waiting for?” The intent of the theme is to foster learning and inspiration and to generate meaningful discussion around topics such as innovation, education, honesty, integrity, fear, justice, humanity and peace. Our live presenters will include special guest speakers, as well as select members of our school community-students, parents, teachers and staff. Even our early years’ students will take part in presenting ideas that they believe are worth sharing.

The event will be held in the WISS Orsini Theater on April 17th, 2014 at 7:00pm. The event will also be webcast enabling others to watch in different locations around the world.

Western International School of Shanghai
555 Lian Min Road
Shanghai, 201702
Event type:
Youth (What is this?)
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Andrew VanderMeulen

When Student Voice is Heard-What happens when the voices of students are given both forum and power? The results can be incredible and inspirational - and it should be happening more often… are we ready to fully make the shift in the teacher-student relationship?

Emma Van Mierlo

Celebrities vs. Role Models-Are we all role models? Two teenagers explore the concept of role models and the importance of finding the right one.

Ines Diaz Bautista

Celebrities vs. Role Models-Are we all role models? Two teenagers explore the concept of role models and the importance of finding the right one.

Luke Johnson

Tinkering, Thinkering-The world is waiting for people like you and people like me to dig into every day discarded materials and experiment, repair, and improve to create something new!

Helen Yang

Industrialized Humanity-How is our society different from an isolated village? Incorporating the experiences from her visit to protected minority Villages in Southern China, Helen explores what industrialization and the development of technology has truly brought forward – did it break or create isolation?

Shelley Bragg

How Our Personal Hardships Can Foster compassion-The world needs compassion, and for true compassion to be possible, we first need to come to terms with our own suffering so that we can better understand the suffering of others.

Dr Marty Hauff

The Fear of Success-The way we visualize and pursue success has a huge impact on how we make decisions and respond to life's challenges, but are we thinking about it the right way?

Emily H. King

The Armchair Activist: How to Save the Ocean Without Getting Wet-It’s no surprise to anyone that the ocean, and the planet, is in trouble – and that things aren't getting any better. But could saving the ocean really be as simple as talking about what you like about it? Biologist Emily King seems to think so and she’s here to convince you too.

Organizing team


Shanghai, China
  • Wayne Voogt
    Website developer and Webcast Manager
  • Amanda Riske
    Speaker Coach
  • John Prapkapas
    Speaker Coach
  • Leo Stanley
    Speaker Coach
  • Maya Drezgic
    Speaker Coach
  • Erwin Doorne
  • Alex Carroll
    Art Currator
  • Rui Cunha
    Theater Technician
  • Adrienne Johnson
  • Tania Mansfield
    Student Activity Organizer
  • Kathy Anderson
    Student Activity Organizer
  • Fiona Collins
    Logistical Support