WHAT IS TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxKaunas, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxKaunas event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TEDxKaunas 2020 is about sharing and spreading ideas that are all about the future, either that those ideas creating the future today, or they will tomorrow.
A question “Who” or “What is there?”, which automatically comes to mind when we hear the phrase “Knock knock” is the key to TEDxKaunas 2020 event. It is a moment of suspense and anticipated delight that lingers in the air for a few seconds while we wait to hear how the joke ends. “Knock knock” is the briefest of phrases that sets the mood (fun), invites you to participate (let’s play a game), and carries a promise – in the end, you will feel entertained.
In a broader sense, “Knock knock – Who’s there?” catchphrase invites the participant to come to a symbolical front door and open it to see what’s standing on the other side. Imagine your door had a peephole, but you could only see one blurry pink balloon blocking the rest of the view. Sometimes what’s waiting outside is so big, you need more information, and you can only get it by asking. Children are taught to ask “who’s there” long before they are tall enough to peek through peepholes, so one can say this comes naturally to most of us.
What we as organisers plan to bring to our audience’s imaginary front door this year is ideas on the future of technology, culture, business, human psychology, and others. Those attending will be invited to participate during the talks, performances, and even during the breaks of the event.
Humans – especially TED community – are curious creatures, who also love to play (and we learn a great deal through play). “Knock knock” is an invitation for everyone to come, see, ask questions, play, and learn together.