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Theme: Light

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October 14, 2023
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime

In an age that needs both hope and profound change, the TEDxLaRochelle team has chosen Light as the theme for its next event, scheduled for October 14, 2023.

Light is the beacon of light that guides us, enabling us to avoid obstacles. A landmark, not just for sailors. An essential part of our local heritage and history.

Light can also be our relationship with knowledge, the Age of Enlightenment. Our relationship with truth in a doubting world.

It's about fame and its opposite, anonymity.

Light is the energy brought to us by the sun and the life it allows, the stars from which the matter that makes us up comes.

Light is the light of a candle, as TEDxLaRochelle celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2023. A wonderful opportunity to get together and celebrate after a few years' hiatus.

It's also about wonder, our capacity to marvel. It's a feeling we've often shared over the years as we've discovered the men and women who come on stage to share with us a little of themselves and what drives them. Inspiration.

But light is also about lightness, delicacy, slenderness, light weight, joy...

Light, these are the objects we're going to have to imagine lighter.

Those uses that we'll have to change or rethink to reduce our environmental footprint.

Light is also about simplicity and slowness.

Awareness, awakening.

Light is what brings lightness to a world that has rediscovered that war could be just around the corner.

It's the hope that behind the clouds, the sun is there; that tomorrow will be day.

Light is the path we invite you to travel together on October 14.

Espace Encan
Quai Louis Prunier
La Rochelle, Charente-Maritime, 17000
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Yann Carbonne

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Angoulins, France