Aren’t most discoveries and inventions made in the past decade, a by-
product of the questions the inventor asked?
Questions that left them wonderstruck - “Wow, that’s a really
Questions that piqued their curiosity
Why did the apple fall on Earth? – Issac Newton
What if we, as humans, could sustain an ecosystem in another
planet? – Elon Musk
What if there was an omni-purpose device to use anytime,
anywhere, by anyone? – Steve Jobs
Extending their thoughts and questions, if we are going to solve the
problems of tomorrow, we need to be asking the right questions and
challenging accepted notions today. We need to be curious to delve
deeper into the possibilities and pitfalls of solutions to arrive at that one,
new idea that could change everything. Our resolve at TEDxChennai is
to question the status quo and leave no stone unturned in exploring the
endless possibilities of life. We believe that the next big change will start
with “What IF”.
Most problems today seem scary. It may seem like the world is going to end soon. But actually many of these problems can be easily tackled – solutions for these exist! Its just that they may be unseen, unheard, unscaled or unfunded. Never in history has there been a time when it’s been so easy to find solutions to problems that plague us, its just that we have been blinded temporarily. How the road ahead will turn out depends greatly on the narratives we chose to apply – to understand today’s needs, to imagine tomorrow’s and to walk with a collective and responsible way forward. The next revolution won’t be one where we bring out the guns. The next revolution is one where we bring our ideas.
The goal of TEDxChennai is to promote free thought. Through the ideas that are shared on stage we aim to facilitate a conversation between thinkers, doers and changemakers. The idea is that these very conversations impact new thinking. It isn't about thinking outside the box anymore. It's about erasing that very box and venturing out to explore new thoughts -an excursion for the mind of sorts. It's about shoving that box aside and starting fresh on that slate. Light travels faster than sound. Similarly, ideas travel faster when boundaries are eliminated. No box should be able to limit your ideas. Let your imagination take flight. Erase the box. Embrace the possibilities.