Previous years have seen several introspective themes take the stage at TEDxXavierSchool. Together, they’ve featured themes of personal identity, self-cultivation, and the power of one. However, in the interest of growth, this year’s committee aims to venture beyond the individual and onto the impact of stories in the context of a collective society. With that, our team committed itself to exploring what we consider to be “Stories in Motion”.
Traditional stories, that is to say written using pen and paper, are not usually associated with the element of motion. Nevertheless, we must recognize that stories have long served as an evocative tool for human communication and connection. They are used to communicate the subtle, shared truths of human experience, and it is through the use of stories that audiences are called to acknowledge the different issues around them. It is in that spirit that we have chosen to dedicate our event to highlighting the very best of these stories--those that we feel have truly inspired a forward change on a cultural or societal level. This forward movement of society is only one dimension of motion that we seek to emphasize with the theme. The other dimension of motion that we wish to emphasize is its association with life and vitality. This is the same vitality and energy that we wish to emulate in our own diverse speaker lineup of journalists, software engineers, graphic designers, and entrepreneurs. Our goal is to see their stories come alive before audiences, allowing them to understand the very real possibilities for positive social change. At the same time, the element of stories motion allows for the understanding that these narratives are still very much emerging, subject to cooperation toward a world of true innovation in areas such as philanthropy, environmental protection, rhetoric concerning the freedom of speech, and anthropology of gender. At the end of the day, our goal is for each talk to be unique in exposing the different ways that stories are moving the world forward, as well as for each participant to realize the part that they play in ensuring that it maintains that positive trajectory.
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