Last Thursday 22nd of January, the first TEDxBarcelona event dedicated to education took place in Torre Telefonica.
Mindfulness and empathy as core values
The event already started differently with a meditation session led by Christian Tolra to ensure that everybody was present mentally as much as physically.
Many speakers then explained how the fact to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes was a game-changer inside classrooms.
For example, Nicholas Carlisle invited us to « feed our wolf of kindness and compassion » in order to eradicate the bullying epidemic – affecting an average of 30% of the students – from schools. His project, started in the US, received such great feedback that he might soon implement it in Spain as well!
The power of technology
Technology allows projects to bridge gaps, scale up fast and reach remote areas.
Or Anne-Marie Imafidon who challenges the current gender ratio in the technological field through her Stemettes initiative, informing young girls about career perspectives in science field, launching an incubator for girl-led start-ups.
Alvaro Solache owned the stage, with the beatbox artist Pulmon who did a improvised slam performance, before demonstrating on the spot how catalan human castles are a perfect metaphor of collaboration and team spirit.
Outside the auditorium, the participants were also invited to actively participate in different workshops, building human castles or learning about the power of humour in science, with the Big Van Theory of Helena Gonzalez, playing Lego or testing their theater skills.
They witnessed chairs sculptures or weird phrases written in the elevator, sound recordings as far as the bathroom itself !
They all wore a colour T-shirt with a printed letter, creating an harmonious rainbow in the auditorium or playing human scrabble to build words with strangers…
Barcelona has talent
For the first time, the TEDxYou afternoon session gathered 15 local speakers from the attendees to present their own view or project on education.
We learnt about epilepsy, gamification or superheroes. We even learnt why we had a carrot in our gift bag…
Learning happens everywhere and at anytime
We do not only learn in classrooms. We do not only learn before the age of 25.
All along our lifetime, life is teaching us lessons in its own way.
So, far from traditional curricula were also present the misfits, the ones who have never felt at ease with the traditional system and who wish to contribute with alternative solutions.
Ivo Degn explained in a very honest and touching way how he never found his place in the traditional education system until he found Knowmads school in Amsterdam, model which he wishes to implement now in Sevilla.
Martin Cadée told us about the importance of the rites of passage to adulthood and the need to support young people to go out there and explore before chosing their path in life
John Roberts invited the audience to start their own universities, curating the existing online content to create local community of learners.
Steve Munroe, post-cubicle survivor, advocated for a lifelong learning system in a world where we currently change career 15 to 20 times during a lifetime.
His next venture Turnpoint offers immersive learning experiences for people at the turning point of their professional lives.
A great media coverage
As the tickets were sold out for weeks in advance, the livestream option received a great success with more than 5.000 visits !
The live Tweet feed in the venue engaged attendees to be active in the social media sphere.
The event grew fast to second Trending Topic in Spain and trending topic in Barcelona for 8 consecutive hours.
More information in the full media clipping here.
An amazing team
The extraordinary team of volunteers transmited its energy to the whole event.
Students and professionals who have dedicated free time for months to make this day a success.
Without them, the event would not have been feasible! So a huge thanks to all of you!!!
Check the event photos for more souvenirs! Videos coming soon!