The activities involved with our project were organized and submitted in a proposal format to our sponsor teacher, Mr. Hayes, at the beginning of September. As a team, we were flexible to change and shifted our proposal as need arose. Activities included, but were not limited to, permissions and application for an official TEDx license, securing the food catering company, gathering resources such as goodie bag items through sponsorships, borrowing tech equipment, securing the multi-purpose room as a venue, pre-planning speaker workshops, inviting community representatives, setting up and taking down the event, and executing the TEDxGleneagleSecondary event to the highest quality.
TED is something that has impacted us in the past and TEDxGleneagleSecondary is the opportunity for us to facilitate this same impact to our community. We also wanted to organize this event to discover and voice some hidden gems within the Coquitlam area, to not only inspire change in audiences but to empower people who have ideas to share. The committee aimed to create a platform to exchange these stories, encourage open, honest, and vulnerable dialogue on the world we live in, and empower individuals about their potential in life through newfound connections.
Everyone in the 6-member committee chose TEDxGleneagleSecondary as our leadership project because we believed in the power of a TED talk in sparking inspiration, conversation, and action. A good speech can change lives, and just as our lives have been subtly changed by all the TED talks we’ve watched growing up, we saw TEDxGleneagle Secondary as an opportunity for us to facilitate this same impact to our community. With these intentions in mind, we came together in late August to start planning for this event. Throughout the event, we had great alignment within the committee to make this event possible.
Potential speakers were invited to apply through personal connections or social media platforms and posters. Upon completing the application, which included an one minute introduction to their prospective talk, the committee chose six speakers and informed them of the Toastmasters workshop dates. The speakers composed of students in the SD43 school district as well as young professionals in the community. With the help of Devin Bisanz, who is a public speaking trainer, the speakers enhanced, practiced, and perfected their TED talk for the event.
Furthermore, there were many volunteers who helped support the set up and execution of the event who were recruited from Con-X, a leadership course in Gleneagle Secondary School.
Lucas Hung, an Award participant, was also a active member of the team.
An approximate of 100 guests attended TEDxGleneagleSEcondary including, but not limited to, school trustees, former mayors, school councillors, principles, students, teachers, community members, and volunteers.
The event was be tailored to inspire the students, educators, and entrepreneurs around the Tri-Cities, a diverse community of many backgrounds, interests, and experiences. Through TEDxGleneagleSecondary, my team and I were able to discover some hidden gems within the local area, to not only inspire change in audiences but to empower people who have ideas to share. The committee created a platform to exchange stories, to encourage open, honest, and vulnerable dialogue on the world we live in, and to empower individuals about their potential in life through newfound connections. We’re happy to report that in our post-event survey, many individuals felt inspired by the leadership and talks that were shown at TEDx. Our speakers have also expressed gratitude for this opportunity to voice their lessons with the public. In likeness to the theme of our event, TEDxGleneagleSecondary acted as fuel to many people’s individual fires.
Less girls are leaving school and impacting their education as period poverty is no longer an issue. Everyone knows where to find supplies.
Before the event began, our committee came up with three ways to measure our success achieved through the TED project. After the event ended, I believe that all three goals can be considered our biggest successes by both attendees and members.
Firstly, we strived to have a maximum capacity of 100 people attend the event. This was met with various members of the community including teachers, principals, guests of speakers, community members, and invited guests. We wanted to reach maximum capacity so that the ideas generated through the TED talks outreached as many people as possible.
Secondly, our committee strived to give six speakers from our community a meaningful opportunity to share their ideas on the big stage. This was achieved extremely well and all the speakers shared that their experience on the TED stage was positive and was thoroughly inspired by the other speakers presenting their innovative ideas as well.
Thirdly, our goal was to impact others by sparking inspiration and dialogue in the community during and after the event. We met this goal by measuring the impact of the event through conversations the committee members had with attendees, as well as through the survey that was sent to everyone in the audience.
Overall, we were received by positive feedback and constructive criticism. Furthermore, the social media outreach through the event was incredible and we had many of our invited guests share their thoughts of the event through platforms such as Facebook.
TEDx Gleneagle Secondary is fully organized by students and volunteers.