Seventeen odd management students were sitting in a classroom, arguing, debating, deliberating. Not a business proposal or devising some 360° marketing plan. Though admittedly, this dedication would have surely yielded excellent results, had it been aimed at any of those tasks.
This motley crew was working on something incredible. It was us. And we were debating for hours and hours to decide the perfect theme for our TEDx event.
Many names were carefully listed on the blackboard. Plato's Cave. Ubuntu. And, other fancy words. But they all were one thing we realized we didn't want a TEDx event to be - pretentious. How could we expect to deliver a memorable experience to one hundred individuals, if we built it around a thought we didn't fully relate to? Or understand.
So the debates raged on. We had regular meetings, and more the meetings, we found ourselves succumbing to social loafing. It was in those idle conversations we found the simple thought that would guide our talk.
In a conversation about a TV show, nonetheless! Aaron Sorkin's celebrated and criminally underrated TV show "The Newsroom" sees two veteran TV reporters talking about how they wanted to create a news programme that did what news programs were supposed to do; keep the public informed, unbiased and unapologetic. And it is in that, the older reporter says these words
"In the old days of about 10 minutes ago, we did the news well. You know how? We just decided to"
Such a simple thought. And with this thought, we realized how wrong we were in our approach to this event. We were being untrue to the spirit of TED. We weren't creating a memorable and educational experience, we were being lewd and flashing our strobe lights and screaming "OI LOOK HERE! WE GOT THAT STAGE AND THEM SPEAKERS!"
And in this approach, we weren't being true to ourselves as well. And thus, like Don Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote and Aaron Sorkin's Will McAvoy, We Just Decided to!
We decided we would be true to the spirit of TED. We decided we would put out a show that would make history. Moreover, we decided to become those pioneers who will play our parts in changing the world, for the better.
This is Team TEDxIMTHyderabad, and we are organizing a TEDx event, Because we just decided to!
And look how far that has gotten us.
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