TEDxDubaiSalon ... A phenomenal experience
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Held at the Al Serkal Avenue in Al Quoz, the independently organized TEDx had shortlisted 500 applicants from the UAE to attend. I was one of the lucky few that got my acceptance letter and needless to say the experience of seeing TED live was inspiring and enriching. Upon entering there were several people already there networking and introducing themselves, the panels were due to start in about 15 mins and while waiting, we met with interesting personalities and clicked pictures with messages inspired by TEDx on neon placards.

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I was excited for the session to begin as the agenda and theme for the evening was ‘Amplify’, topics that were being discussed included Sustainability, Women Empowerment and Health. The diverse set of speakers touched our hearts and reached out to the creative and innovative audience with their stories, their discoveries, their turmoils and road blocks and finally their successes.

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From using the ‘Iron Fish’ to combat anemia in villages, to travelling around the world to meet with ‘Women Who Light The Dark’ to creating sustainable or rather ‘Transition Cities’ in the 21st century, all the discussions lit fire and passion among those who attended. The event ended out with a book signing and the audience getting together to discuss ways of encouraging sustainability in Dubai, women empowerment across fields and combating prevalent diseases in this region. We grouped & brainstormed ways of using our talents to lead and amplify initiatives that could result in a positive change. This was truly a moving experience.

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Inspiring change doesn’t mean waiting for around for an opportunity or hoping that the government does something, it means taking small steps that make a difference. This brings me to share with you 3 tips you can adopt to bring about positive change in your community:

– Find a cause you are passionate about and understand it, do your homework and research why this problem exists in the region you live in. Knowing your facts in the first biggest step you can take as through this you will understand actions that are already being taken and those that are not. Work to fill the gaps!

– Talk! Talk! Talk! The more you talk about your cause at dinner parties, events and with family and friends, the more the word spreads, the more people will be willing to come on board and assist. You need manpower to execute change and the sooner you can get people on board, the faster your network grows and the quicker change happens.

– Design initiatives and come up with ideas that you can implement, it could be a fundraisers, awareness initiatives or campaigns. Tie up with companies that may already be on board, as collaborative efforts can bring about help and change faster to those in need. Use social media to highlight your cause and the work you and volunteers are doing, this too works to spread the message and bring other passionate individuals on board.

Hope this inspires all of you and look forward to seeing you inspire change.

Until we rendezvous again,

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