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Theme: 兆 -Kizashi-

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February 21, 2016
Kobe, Hyôgo

Are you walking toward the future with confidence?

I have thought and decided all things by myself.
I have never worked in the community so far.

When I was 22, I started to be involved in TEDx because I was interested in making presentations.
However, I felt like broadening view of the society and world as I interacted with people of different ages, jobs and backgrounds.

“There are such great technologies.”
“There are such different ways of thinking.”
“There are such new values and world views.”

All was new to me and maybe I couldn’t get them if I wasn’t there.

I guess the feeling of broadening view of the society and the world is the sign of broadening the world view of mine.

Of course, just the “sign” is not enough. You need the effort to advance, if you want to change.

However, I can step forward with confidence, because there are these signs which broaden my possibility.

We call these signs which broaden our possibility, “Kizashi”.

TEDxYouth@Kobe creates “Kizashi” which broaden possibility with staffs, participants, partner companies and all the people involved.

Ryo Okube

7-2-1, Minatojima Nakamachi, Chuo-ku
Kobe, Hyôgo, 650-0046
Event type:
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Kobe, Hyogo, Japan


Kobe, Hyogo, Japan