TEDx forum brings scintillating ideas in first event

When speakers take the stage at the Harquail Theatre on Thursday, their voices will be heard around the world in an island first event. 

Creative forum TEDxSevenMileBeach will host a number of speakers who have 18 minutes to deliver thought-provoking and interactive dialogue based on the concept “ideas worth spreading.” 

TEDx supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community, according to the TEDx website. It is a spinoff of TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design), a global set of conferences owned by the private nonprofit Sapling Foundation,  

The event hits the island as a TED-style conference, an idea launched 30 years ago. 

More than 9,000 TED events have been held in 157 countries, hosting speakers including former U.S. president Bill Clinton, philanthropist Bill Gates, Chef Jamie Oliver, Nobel Prize winners, and Sir Ken Robinson, whose TED talk “Schools kill creativity” received almost 15 million views. Other speakers, whose names may not be household words, present amazing, provocative and inspiring presentations. Some 1,600 talks are available free online. 

Speakers at the George Town event will include wellness coach Annikki Brown, reading specialist Lisa Sullivan, music therapist Julianne Parolisi, brand designer Caine Smith, business communication expert Carrie Bedingfield and education-focused business leader Emma Donaldson. 

Mental health professional Taylor Burrowes, REACH Communications CEO Javier Sanchez, children’s author, cartoonist, performer and storyteller Lady Rabia Abdul Hakim and green building and sustainability educator Marni Evans will also present their ideas.  

Lady Rabia, from Cayman Brac, said the conference will provide “a great opportunity for your message to go viral. 

“Things have changed all over the world. We are no longer competing against each other, we are conspiring together to create a positive impact.” 

Cayman TEDx licensee and organizer Marzeta Bodden said the event will offer participants a unique opportunity that she hopes will provide new perspectives. 

“Just 100 delegates will gain the opportunity to join the guest speakers in what will prove to be a unique meeting of the minds, under the theme ‘Connecting to Possibility,’” Ms. Bodden said. 

“I am extremely grateful to our distinguished speakers and our moderator for their collective input and their passion for TEDxSevenMileBeach.” 

Those who missed out on tickets can register to watch a live feed at Camana Bay’s Regal Cinemas. The screening will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m April 3. 

For more information, or to register for the cinema viewing, visit www.tedxsevenmilebeach.com. 


Lady Rabia Abdul-Hakim will be among the speakers at this week’s TEDx forum.

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