Break or brake?” is the question TEDxGeneva 2021 is inviting you to reflect upon. Break involves a sudden and potentially violent interruption of a continuity, a separation into pieces, a snap… In contrast, Brake involves slowing down or stopping a motion, hindering a process or changing the rhythm to control a situation. This appears a binary situation but, maybe, it is not: we can go beyond such dilemmas and find, imagine, opportunities for societal change.
Our human edge lies in the ability of asking the right questions, rethinking frameworks, connecting what is unrelated and creating new possibilities. How do we negotiate between (individual and collective) freedom and discipline? Can happiness and discipline coexist? How can we develop the innate curiosity that we are born with, and nurture our children and our child within? What questions should we ask ourselves to broaden our minds and always grow, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually? What becomes possible with the right mindset? What do we need to get us there?
Individual action is urgent. But reflecting on collective paces, designed to give us time and provoke our genuine attention to new activities, are equally important. Spaces allowing us to observe and be part of the change happening around us. Observation, followed by experimentation, participation and an urgency to share things is one way to follow.
Are there others?