17th of November 2019
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.
Messages in glass bottles, before environmentalists marked them unfriendly to the environment, have been used for various purposes – to study water currents, to send the ashes of the deceased loved ones on a final journey, as invitations to prospective pen pals, or to carry letters of those who thought to have found themselves doomed. Nowadays we apply the term „Message in a Bottle“ to medical containers used by emergency personnel, the time capsules hidden deep in the earth, or the radio signals broadcasted into outer space. Some messages carry tributes or memories, many of them carry hope.
This November, during TEDxKaunas 2019, we will come into contact with nine messages, sent by different people, looking to be heard. Some messages will be about things that have already happened, some – about on-going events, and some – as hopes for a different future. We call these messages IDEAS WORTH SPREADING.
Coming across a Message in a Bottle is a great privilege, since the receiver decides the fate of the idea inside. The finder may be surprised, alarmed, awed, curious or cautious, but never indifferent. What would YOU do with the bottle once you’ve read the message? Will you re-seal it and let it carry on floating for someone else to find? Will you break the bottle and keep its contents? Maybe you will try to reach out to the author of the message? Or maybe you will share their idea with those around you? Everyone is free to choose what they will do about the Message in a Bottle presented during TEDxKaunas 2019. One thing is certain – at the end of the day, no one will leave the room without feeling inspired.