I'm picky when it comes to what I will or will not volunteer for. My time is valuable, and if I'm not getting paid, then I want to devote my time to something I truly believe in. That's why I became a volunteer for TEDxBasel 2016.Read More
Dear TEDxBasel friends, after one month of few communications you may start to think that we forgot about you. You can relax, we sure haven't.
The aftermath of the event was a "roller-coaster meets carousel" of amazement, thankfulness, stress, relief, tiredness, wrapping-up and start moving towards next year. We were busy and after that, we were resting a bit. But rest assured that we are still proud and thankful of our event and having you as our friends, supporters, audience and ambassadors.
Like I said before, we are putting next year in motion and we have some cool ideas "baking". Before that, we want to let you know that the videos of the talks are being produces as we write this post and we expect to have a couple of them to show in the next weeks. While they don't arrive we can check this year's photos on the link posted earlier.
Happy to meet you again and keep following us.
We know that there’s always room for improvement. Our family of volunteers is growing and there has been so many interesting and locally-relevant ideas submitted for this year’s event. TEDxBasel continues to strive for quality talks in videos while at the same time empowering its group of wonderful, committed and very talented volunteers. Our new website is coming up soon and we invite you to check out our page every now and then or subscribe to our social media channels for news and updates.
Or maybe you would like to get involved too? Write us and we will tell you how.
TEDxBasel also started from an idea. Jennifer, the main organizer, felt the need to give something back to the community that has been her second home for about five years now.
She came across TED in 2008 and after having successfully organized several TEDx events in international schools, decided to co-organize along with her husband, Hayes, and close friend, Tessa, the first local TEDxGundeldingen event in Basel in November 2013. The organizers wanted to offer a bilingual platform for sharing unique and cutting-edge ideas in different subject matters that spark dialogue within the local community.
Tickets sold out within two weeks. The success and positive feedback from the community inspired the organizers to expand to TEDxBasel.
Organizing a branded event for 200-300 people with limited budget is a herculean task for three organizers alone. The major call for volunteers was initiated in 2014 through social media to help co-organize the 2015 event. About 15-20 volunteers with diverse backgrounds worked together for a year to plan launch TEDxBasel 2015.
The event with its first set of nine speakers who were all Basel residents took place at the Natural Historical Museum in Basel on May 9, 2015. Talks about a variety of topics such as technology, urban planning, social interaction and personal and local stories centered around the theme Past, Present and Future. It was indeed a fun and hugely informative afternoon attended by 220 guests and inspiring people who represent the diverse community we have in Basel.