It started with Natnicha Jungrattanakoso (AKA Khun Punch), a student at Stamford International University Hua Hin campus who had seen and learnt from the great ideas being shared around the world through the medium of TEDx. She knew that Stamford students also had great ideas worth spreading.
Then after Khun Punch convinced Cell Dilon, the Associate Director of English Studies, of the potential of the project and successfully negotiated with the TEDx organisation, TEDxSTIUHuaHin was up and running, recorded yesterday (Friday 22nd January) as a Stamford virtual event.
Initially intended to be held before an invited audience, COVID-19 restrictions necessitated the event to be held virtually. To see and hear what the Stamford event delivered, everyone will need to wait until late February when the inspiring speakers from Stamford will be streamed on YouTube.
TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. It really is a worldwide phenomenon with an audience of millions.
TEDx is a grassroots initiative, created in the spirit of TED’s overall mission to research and discover “ideas worth spreading.” TEDx brings the spirit of TED to local communities around the globe through TEDx events. These events are organised by passionate individuals who seek to uncover new ideas and to share the latest research in their local areas that spark conversations in their communities.
TEDx events are organised independently under a free license granted by TED. Event organisers agree to abide by an established format, and are offered guidelines to ensure the success of the event. More than 3,000 events are now held annually driven by this goal: ‘How can we best spread great ideas?’
The Stamford International University TEDx event is a big first for the university but also for both Prachuab Khiri Khan and Phetchaburi provinces. The formal project name is TEDx channel https://youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks under the theme ‘Stepping Stones’ organised by the Bachelor of Arts (English) program.
As Cell told the Royal Coast Review; “As a a community we strive for a pathway and common ground in everyday life. We want a better world for our children and for our community. The only way we can have all that is by creating stepping stones between the rivers and borders between us. TEDxSTIUHuaHin will lay the foundation of these stepping stones by giving the opportunity for our students to speak of a better tomorrow.”
Next, TED’s worldwide audience will be able to listen and learn from Stamford’s recorded event around late February. The Royal Coast Review will share the information about how our readers can be a part of this audience as soon as the streaming date and time is set.
This will be streamed on YouTube: