Identity. A multi-faceted term that can be applied both individually and collectively. As the speakers at TEDxWarwick’s first Salon of the year describe and explain their unique experiences of identity, the TEDxWarwick team have worked on creating a group identity that will facilitate the delivery of events with ideas worth spreading.
Our first team meeting epitomises the varied nature of identity. Every member was given the chance to introduce themselves and describe what was unique about them, yet our key focus of the meeting was to jointly decide on a theme for this year’s main event. By determining our theme we were developing the character of our team too. Making suggestions and sharing views allowed us all to become aware of each other’s thought processes and perspectives, enabling us to proceed to the final decision over our event’s theme. And what a theme it is.
The start of the new academic year brought about the first opportunities to showcase our newly-formed team and its personality. The Orientation Week and the Societies Fair offered us the chance to work together in promoting our events and the TED ethos, as well as illustrating the type of TEDxWarwick this year will see. Our first social, an evening meal, gave us time to get to know each other on a more informal basis, cementing our nature as hard-working individuals who can also work together successfully as a team.
So what is our identity? It’s certainly no one thing: we’re ready for the challenge set by the precedents of previous years. We have new roles and fresh ideas that will take our events to greater heights. And we aim to get as many of you involved with TED as possible, for we know you all have ideas worth spreading.