TEDxYerevan team is working on the third TEDxYerevanSalon event themed “Rethinking Humanity” in affiliation with the IDeA Foundation in Armenia. TEDxYerevan team is inspired by the Aurora Prize: a unique Award for Awakening Humanity. The Aurora Prize will be awarded on behalf of the survivors of the Armenian Genocide in gratitude to their saviors. It will be granted annually to an individual whose actions have had an exceptional impact on preserving human life and advancing humanitarian causes anywhere in the world.
Many TEDxYerevan fans already know about our Ubuntu protocol. It is our LOVE protocol about which we declare in the invitation letter and right before the event, from the stage, along our tough rules. Ubuntu is the essence of being human. Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that we cannot exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. When we have this quality – Ubuntu – we are generous and open to others and we know we all belong in a greater whole.
Humanity is core value for TEDxYerevan and it drives our team’s behavior and motivation. This is why when we learned about Aurora Prize we got inspired for a new TEDxSalon event. This new TEDxSalon event will serve as a platform for storytelling of Humanism and Humanity.
For the first time ever we’ll be selecting our attendees through stories of humanism or humanity submitted with the application. During the event, attendees will be asked to introduce themselves to each other by telling their stories first, instead of telling their names or positions. Stories can focus on any dimension of humanity: love, gratitude, compassion, empathy, kindness, human rights, survival, vulnerability, shame, freedom, tolerance, humor, carriage, solidarity, friendship, recognition and so on…
We have invited speakers to talk about appreciative mindset fostering humanism, innovation for and against humanity, death as an inspiration for humanism and the reflection of humanity in poverty. We will also have musical performance expressing the impact of diversity in humanity.
For the first time we will have an open mike session for storytelling from our attendees and guests who will share their stories. The event will run in English and Armenian to engage as wider audience as possible.
The goal of this event is to build thought-provoking conversations about humanity with famous leaders, designers, entrepreneurs, innovators, students and ordinary citizens. Unlike bigger TEDxYerevan events, the salon event is small. It is an invite-only event but thanks to IDeA Foundation’s support, TEDx fans will have a chance to submit their humanity stories and get invitations for an event. Stay tuned for more information on speakers and how to apply to attend the event soon!
Our venue partner for this event is AGBU Armenia HQ.