Our program is a half day event starting after lunch. Following an excursion to Central Park, the attendees will return to the Browning lobby where they will be greeted by the concierge staff. Our student volunteers welcome students and check in arrivals with a TEDxYouth custom schedule and detailed program with supplemental information. First, we plan to open strong with a whole group gathering in the lower gym. With the stage design set, audience members are welcomed by the committee and the program begins with an intro video and two of our headlining speakers.
Next, there are two activity blocks scheduled. These small groups will offer the community a diverse selection of hands-on, editorial, visual and interactive exhibits. Some sessions will invite conversation and question & answer time with some of our keynote speakers. In between the activity blocks we have designed transitional space and flex time for mingling. While moving from one interest to another, students will pass by and may choose to enjoy refreshments, spread the word to the world in the blogger’s alley or preview future tech in the innovation lab. Then, students will regroup for an extended transition in the cafe for light snacks and refreshments. The space and time give participants a free place for swapping inspired stories and inspiring friends with new knowledge discovered during the breakout sessions.
Last, the whole group gathers for a TED short talk from a local community leader and TED video which will bring everyone back to the whole reason we have gathered together. The final video will be a call to action, striking a heartfelt tone, charging each attendee to take great ideas from the day and take them a step further in reaching change for the whole community.
Prior to our event we will spark curiosity and activism with a hands on exploration of local biodiversity to expand our sense of community and awareness of all living things in New York City. Students, teachers and community members will regroup at the heart of our urban campus to hear presentations about connecting to our global community. Through discussions, art creations and interpretive conversations students will find their voice and take their place as an active, engaged member of the community. We’re going to kick off with some powerful keynote speakers from the fields of economics, science, engineering, design, technology, the arts and mathematics. We plan to backchannel our thinking through social media in the palm of our hands. Literally, hashtags will collect ideas worth spreading. Therefore, we’re not just thinking alone we are thinking and engaging the world around us. We are getting involved to change the world.
Following our keynotes’, student disperse to small groups, based on interest, and speakers connect with their audience through hands-on activities. Our community continues to spark conversations with respect to multiple perspectives. In fact, we hope the TEDxYouth@BrowningSchool event inspires others to think about biodiversity and things raised at the conference.
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.