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The Happy to Chat Bench/Gaduławka unveiling 22nd September 2021

Introduction

This is not the first unveiling I’ve been to, or involved in, during my life, but it is a significant one. A few years ago I was behind the Kraków’ “Wojtek the Soldier Bear statue project” and wrote about it here. This blog post shares a few thoughts and reflections on what is happening today and why it matters. I’m sharing the press release that Maria Gorczyca prepared at the end of this blog post too.

  1. TED and TEDx operate with the mission of propagating “Ideas worth spreading”. Ideas are almost always most valuable when they are implemented, and if not should be measured and assessed by their impact,
  2. This great idea was not mine, was shared on the TEDxKazimierz stage, and thanks the work and commitment of other people mentioned below, it has come into being in Poland today fo the first time.
  3. I want to share some thoughts as to what I did to make it happen.

Why

We need stronger connections between people, and for people to talk and listen to each other more. In a digitally connected world, these benches can be part of the solution. Allison sets out the case in her TEDxKazimierz talk here

Be on the look out for good ideas

When I saw the report about Allison’s Happy to Chat benches, on the BBC, I thought “what a good idea”. High benefit, almost no cost, easy to copy.

Embrace risk of rejection and believe in your ideas

I was not afraid to get in touch with her, via her son who I found on Twitter. I invited her to give a talk about the project at TEDxKazimierz, to talk to Fulco Systems, the bench maker from Gliwice, and to the JCC. Each time people might have said no. They didn’t.

Have a vision of what you want to happen

I wanted a map with Happy to Chat Benches easy to find all over the world, from which people could download signs and add new benches. Maja created a map and instructions how to add benches With Fulco she created a website


Make yourself accessible

My Linkedin profile includes a form called Work with/for me Maja (Maria) who did loads of work on this project filled it in. This project would not have happened without her.

Be persistent and systematic

It’s taken time. Not all ideas worked, But we kept going. We had regular calls at 0930 on Sunday mornings where she updated me about progress over many months

Make things public

We are not PR specialists, but we made a press release and sent it to as many people as possible.

Empower people

I didn’t tell everyone what to do. I promoted a vision which other people could work towards

Appreciate people

Krzysztof Sabuda, Maria Gorczyca, Magdalena Błyskosz, Łukasz Siódmok, Sebastian Rudol , Allison Owen-Jones and Jonathan Ornstein did the work. Thank you.

Summary


This is the first such bench in Poland. I hope it will not be the last.

Press Release First Gaduławka (Happy to Chat Bench) w Krakowie

Wydarzenie odkrycia pierwszej Gaduławki w Polsce odbędzie się

22 września o 18:00 w Centrum Społeczności Żydowskiej w Krakowie, ul Miodowa 24, Kraków 31-055

Gaduławka, czyli odpowiednik brytyjskiego Happy to Chat Benches zapoczątkowanego przez Allison Owen Jones w Cardiff wreszcie zawita w Polsce. Uroczystość odkrycia ławki odbędzie się na terenie Centrum Społeczności Żydowskiej w Krakowie w trakcie Święta Sukkot 22 września o godzine 18:00 Wszystkich zainteresowanych zapraszamy na wydarzenie oraz do korzystania z Gaduławki.

O JCC:

JCC Krakow zostało otwarte w kwietniu 2008 roku przez Jego Królewską Wysokość Księcia Walii i jest centralnym miejscem odrodzenia życia żydowskiego w Krakowie. Zlokalizowane w centrum Kazimierza, dawnej żydowskiej dzielnicy Krakowa, JCC zapewnia rosnącej społeczności żydowskiej miejsce do spotkań, nauki i wymiany pomysłów w przyjaznym i serdecznym środowisku. Głównym celem JCC Krakow jest tworzenie otwartej, pluralistycznej i inkluzywnej społeczności, a także zapewnienie nowoczesnego i wysokiej jakości programu.

Czym jest Gaduławka?

Gaduławka to ławka, która zachęca do rozmowy. Oznakowana specjalną tabliczką zaprasza do spoczęcia i oczekiwania na partnera_kę do dyskusji. Celem Gaduławki jest walka z samotnością oraz odbudowanie poczucia wspólnoty wśród ludzi.

O projekcie:
Allison Owen Jones: ”
To wspaniałe, że inicjatywa trafiła do Polski”

Jonathan Ornstein Executive Dyrektor Centrum Społeczności Żydowskiej w Krakowie:

”Jesteśmy szczęśliwi, że w ogrodzie JCC pojawiła się pierwsza Gaduławka w Krakowie. Po tak długim czasie rozłąki i dystansu społecznego, mamy nadzieję, że projekt ten stanie się kolejną motywacją to nawiązywania nowych znajomości w czasach, w których otwarty dialog staje się coraz ważniejszy”.

Łukasz Siódmok CEO Fulco: “ W Fulco zależy nam na więziach mieszkańców oraz polepszeniu przestrzeni miejskich, dlatego chętnie przyłączyliśmy się do projektu”

Magdalena Błyskosz Founderka Open Coffee Youth: “Open Coffee Youth loves our core team members working on great projects, –

Oksana Rovna Kuratorka TEDxKazimierz: “Celem TEDxKazimierz jest przedstawianie niesamowitych pomysłów na scenie. Cieszymy się, że jedna z naszych mówczyń odwiedzi Kraków”.

Maja Gorczyca: “Idea łączenia ludzi zachęciła nas, by włożyć w ten projekt nasze serca, dlatego nie mogę się doczekać, by zobaczyć efekty naszej pracy”.

Richard Lucas: “Takie ławki kosztują niewiele, a wywierają niesamowicie pozytywny wpływ na społeczeństwo. Potrzebujemy więcej inicjatyw łączących ludzi”.

Kto stoi za Gaduławką?

Gaduławka jest polskim odpowiednikiem Happy to Chat Benches stworzonego przez Allison Owen Jones w Cardiff. Akcja dotarła do Polski, dzięki przemówieniu TEDxKazimierz, gdzie inicjatywę przejął krakowski przedsiębiorca Richard Lucas oraz Maria Gorczyca, współpracujący z Fulco — jedną z czołowych firm architektonicznych w Polsce. Projekt wspierany jest również przez Magdalenę Błyskosz — founderkę Open Coffee Youth.

Czy udział w wydarzeniu jest darmowy?

Oczywiście! Zarówno udział w wydarzeniu, jak i korzystanie z Gaduławki jest całkowicie darmowe. Na uroczystości będzie szansa na porozmawianie z osobami odpowiedzialnymi za powstanie Gaduławki, w tym samą Allison.

Ze względu na obostrzenia pandemiczne organizator spotkania zaprasza jednak wyłącznie osoby w pełni zaszczepione (prosimy o posiadanie ze sobą certyfikatu szczepień). Organizator zastrzega sobie również prawo do zmiany formatu wydarzenia z powodu sytuacji epidemicznej.

Gdzie można znaleźć więcej informacji na temat projektu?

Istnieje strona internetowa, na której można przyłączyć się do akcji, a nawet złożyć zamówienie na tabliczkę. Witryna posiada również mapę, przedstawiającą lokalizację ławek na całym świecie.

Kontakt:

Richard Lucas richardlucas@richardlucas.com +48-601400058 Maria Gorczyca mgorczyca03@gmail.com +48795488022

Sebastian Rudol JCC sebastian@jcckrakow.org +48 602 756 932

Przydatne linki:

https://www.ted.com/talks/allison_owen_jones_how_happy_to_chat_benches_a re_tackling_loneliness_dec_2020

http://htcb.fulco.pl/
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50000204 https://pl.pinterest.com/richardhlucas/happy-to-chat-benches-around-the-world

Happy to Chat Benches are coming to Krakow

The first bench in Poland is to be unveiled at the JCC Krakow, ul Miodowa 24, Krakow
22nd September at 18:00

English version:

Happy to Chat Benches will be introduced in Poland under the name of Gaduławka. The bench unveiling will take place at the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow during the week-long Sukkot Festival on 22nd September at 18:00.

About JCC:

JCC Krakow was opened in April 2008 by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and now serves as the focal point for the resurgence of Jewish life in Krakow. Located in the heart of the city’s Jewish district of Kazimierz, the JCC provides Krakow’s growing Jewish community with a space to meet, learn, and share ideas in a warm, welcoming environment. JCC Krakow’s primary goal is to establish an open, pluralistic, and inclusive community that provides innovative, quality programming at the highest level in an optimistic and lively atmosphere.

What is a Gaduławka (Happy to Chat bench)?

Gaduławka or “Happy to Chat bench” is a bench which encourages people to talk. It has a special sign inviting everyone and everyone to sit and strike up a

conversation with a stranger. The aim of the action is fighting loneliness and rebuilding the sense of community among citizens.

About the project:
Allison Owen Jones said ”
It’s great to see this idea spreading to Poland. Jonathan Ornstein Executive Director of JCC Krakow said

We are happy that the JCC’s garden is now home to Krakow’s first Happy to Chat Bench. After such a long time of separation and social distancing, we hope that this project will become another driver to make new connections in times when open dialogue is becoming increasingly important.

Łukasz Siódmok CEO of Fulco said “ Fulco supports community and better public spaces so it is natural for us to be behind this project

Magdalena Błyskosz Founder of Open Coffee Youth said “Open Coffee Youth loves our core team members working on great projects, –

Oksana Rovna TEDxKazimierz Curator said “TEDxKazimierz is about putting great ideas on the stage. it’s wonderful to see our past speaker’s idea arriving in Krakow.

Maja Gorczyca said “The aim of joining people together made us put our hearts into this project and I can’t wait to see its results”

Richard Lucas said “These benches cost little with tremendous positive social impact. We need more ways of bringing people together”.

Who’s behind Gaduławka?

Gaduławka is a Polish equivalent of the Happy to Chat Benches introduced by Allison Owen Jones in Cardiff. The project reached Poland thanks to Allison’s TEDxKazimierz talk in October 2020 when she introduced the idea. Following this the further implementation was supported by Krakow entrepreneur Richard

Lucas, and Gliwice based Maria Gorczyca, working with Fulco — a leading street furniture firm. The action is also supported by Magdalena Błyskosz – the founder of Open Coffee Youth.

Is the participation in the celebration free?

Of course! Both participation and usage of the Happy to Chat benches are absolutely free. During the celebration there will be a chance to have a talk with people responsible for the benches, even with Allison who will visit Poland specially for this occasion.

However, for the safety and security of our community, JCC Krakow will only allow participants to attend this lecture if they are fully vaccinated (please bring proof of vaccination with you). JCC Krakow reserves the right to make changes to this event due to the epidemiological situation.

Where can I find additional information about the project?

For more information visit the project’s website, http://htcb.fulco.pl/ where it is possible to join the action and even order the bench label. The website also features a map which presents the location of benches all around the world.

Contact:

Richard Lucas Maria Gorczyca Sebastian Rudol JCC Kraków

Useful links:

https://www.ted.com/talks/allison_owen_jones_how_happy_to_chat_benches_a re_tackling_loneliness_dec_2020

http://htcb.fulco.pl/

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50000204 https://pl.pinterest.com/richardhlucas/happy-to-chat-benches-around-the-world

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Does anyone know anyone in…Canada…?

Richard Lucas August 2021

Introduction

My application to go to TED in Vancouver in April 2022 has been accepted. I am thinking ahead about how to make the most of my visit. I’ve a number of non-profit projects with positive social impact that I may be able to get started while there, if I have the right local support. I started by asking my friend and business partner Peter Cowley for introductions, and am reaching out to TEDx-ers I know personally, and looking through other distant and close contacts I have in that part of the world.


This blog post is dedicated to my friend Mel Rosenberg who always encourages me with his wit and wisdom

Mel hearing about the dedication of this blog post

Why should you read on? This blog post has

  • a “copy paste” of my “email suitable for forwarding”. Maybe one day you will want to send an “email suitable for forwarding”.
  • an explanation of why I think “emails suitable for forwarding” are a good idea, and a note why some people don’t agree.
  • a description of the processes I am initiating in preparation for my visit. Carol Dweck argues convincingly about the importance of focussing on process over outcome in her ground-breaking research into the “growth mindset”. As someone who has set up literally dozens of businesses, I expect my process will encounter a lot of rejection, and lack of interest. But rejection is the price of creating the possibility of success. I hope that by sharing this I will highlight the risk and uncertainty of this process. It is both better and more fun to work with a few people who really want to make things happen than a large group of those who have been pressured into action out of a sense of duty.

Maybe you (that’s you – the reader) can help me help others. – Thank you in advance for forwarding this to people who might help me with one or more of the projects I want to move forward during my visit.

What are “emails suitable for forwarding” and why are they a good idea?

What are they? – there is a hint in the name! They are emails that the person you send it to can forward to suitable people in their network. The main features of such emails are that:

  • they are written with the fact that they might be forwarded in mind, so to the extent they are personal they are not private.
  • They are written in with the expectation that the person reading might be interested in what you do, but they don’t know the author.
  • They give control to the recipient. She or he doesn’t have the feeling of being spammed.
  • Ivan Mazour of Ometria wrote a blog post in 2014 about the benefits of the tech industry’s approach to email introductions here that is still relevant. He highlights there are people who do not live by the tech industry standards of being helpful without an immediate return. I’m aware that some people may react by thinking “what’s in for me?” and do nothing.

An “email suitable for forwarding” takes time to write, and is respectful of the time of the people you are asking to help you.

The author has to explain what they want, why they want it and convey the benefits for the people reading it, or some third party who might be worth helping.

It is easy for the forwarder and “the forward-ee” to reject any call to action – if they do not feel inspired or moved. There is no pressure.

The ease with which such an email can be ignored is a a valid criticism of the methodology, I would not recommend sending “emails suitable for forwarding” without fully exploiting other ways of using your network of personal contacts. If you know people well in the region or domain area where you need help, take the time to make contact with them directly. If you already have social capital and a credit of trust with individuals in the area you want help, this is the time to draw it down. They too may be able to forward on your email to people who can really help you.

The projects I am working on are ones with benefits for others: be they helping others acquire education/skills, inspiration, mindset change, fighting social isolation, building community, leadership development, and helping people make new friends and contacts.

As one of the projects I want to execute is a “pre event” before TED in Vancouver next year, it made sense to reach out to past participants of other TED events that I have attended in the region. I am systematically messaging all my Canadian contacts in the TED/TEDx world with a version of this via Linkedin.

My “cold” Linikedin messages

Here is the email

Dear xxxx xxxxx,

 I’m going to TED in Vancouver/April 2022, and am looking for introductions to people to help me make the most of a 3/4 week visit to Canada (and the US if it makes sense) . Please forward this email (cc me when possible) to people who you think might be able to help, or are worth having a meal, coffee, drink etc, or who might invite me to interesting parties or events. It’s going to be a blog post too. 

As you know, I am not the sort of person who likes going to places to take pictures of other people doing interesting things. I like to get involved, engaged and make things happen. I find that it is good to be in touch with people well before I go places as it increases the number of beneficial, serendipitous, random meetings,  contacts and outcomes. 


The areas I am active in are business and social entrepreneurship, and usually I am most effective with people who are pro-active themselves.  So anyone who might be active in the areas below, or might know people who are, would be great to be in contact with:   


The projects I am keen to develop are:


CAMentrepreneurs  – which supports business and social entrepreneurship among Cambridge & Oxford Alumni, current students, and others.  I founded it, we have had gatherings in Cambridge Dubai, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Helsinki,  London, New York, Sydney, Warsaw, and launches are planned in Brazil, Houston,  Mumbai and Oxford in 2021 (Covid permitting). Ideal introductions are Oxford and Cambridge alumni or students who are based in Canada, or West Coast US, who are into Entrepreneurship and Community Building. I hope to launch Vancouver, Toronto and San Francisco if I find local leaders who want to do a pilot event. (This is really just FYI (for your information), as I am reaching out to them directly).


Open Coffee Youth This project led by Magdalena Błyskosz is run by and for teenagers/university students around the world.  Any contacts to people who can help her reach teenagers directly (Youth leadership programmes, student societies etc) are most welcome.  Hear her describe the project here .


Village in the City   This project is run by Mark McKergow and is supports people who want to build micro scale village- like communities in the places they live. I’m on the Advisory Board  Any contacts to community builders, community support organisations are most welcome.  See Mark talk about VITC here.   Mark wrote the book about Host Leadership I was telling you about.


Happy to Chat Benches – The project is leader-less but barely needs one. The founder of the idea spoke on my TEDxKazimierz stage here, and we have (at the time of writing) a Polish language website,  Google map, and a Pinterest page  showing some of the benches. Contacts with people involved in pro-community building public space design are welcome.   


Chatty Cafe Scheme  The founder spoke at TEDxKazimierzWomen about this idea. I am keen to sign up additional venues (which can be bars, cafes, libraries, coworking centres). 


Open Coffee Krakow  I’ve hosted over many hundreds of bi-weekly Open Coffee meetings in Krakow since 2013, and I know our format is much better & more efficient than most networking meetings. I’m happy to work with community leaders to pilot our format, see whether our format could “take” in a new context.   
There are also things that I do and enjoy doing/I could do as a one off guest that don’t require a project.


Areas where I have experience and could take on extra one off AMA/ talks/workshopsEntrepreneurial/ Startup/Community gatherings, workshops, AMAs and talks on leadership, entrepreneurship, and innovation  – I’m usually happy to do these, with a very strong focus on community engagement and activation. I’ve track record in two types of scenario: 


1 Gateway workshops “Is entrepreneurship for you?  For diverse audiences who are not necessarily aware of the choice – soldiers leaving the army, primary school kids, doctors, law students, historians, musicians, prisoners…  Contacts with people who are working in or with these communities are welcome. 


2. For those already interested in entrepreneurship, focussed on some key fundamentals based on my decades years of experience of failure and success since I started my first business aged nine.I’d be happy to discuss with your graduate the pluses and minuses of choosing an entrepreneurial track, or answer any questions.Business School classes:  I’ve done many of theseJudge Business School, Cambridge University, University of Economics Business School in Krakow, WSE in Krakow, Asbiro in Warsaw.   With sufficient preparation I could do more, though if it is part of the curriculum it needs careful planning.

Pre, middle high school community group workshops. I can and do this type of thing, where it makes sense.


OMGKRK Foundation  – This is Southern Poland’s major startups support foundation. I’m a donor, informal ambassador and on the board. If equivalent organisations want to chat about potential co-operation, I’m happy to initiate the contact.  


TEDx and TED Pre-events I’ve done pre-events (events before events) before TED and TEDx events in Calgary, Cape Town, Edinburgh, Krakow, Rome, Taipei, and Warsaw. I’ll be following up with TEDx-ers in my network about trying to do something before TED so 9th April in Vancouver, and maybe other TEDx-es if the timing is right.

New Books Network I’ll probably organise a pilot event with Marshall Poe and Owen Bennett-Jones  and our NBN podcast listeners at an Ivy League University or somewhere in New York. The NBN is the world’s largest non-fiction academic author interview network, producing 12 podcasts a day. If you know nice venues that are potentially available at low cost/free in return for academic celebrity stardust, that’s of great interest.

I also am happy to talk about business on behalf of the companies I’m involved in. If business people are reading this then you can see almost all the companies listed on my Linkedin profile.

Over to you

Richard

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Why “Pre-Events” before TEDx (or other) events ?

Richard Lucas 9th June 2021

Introduction

I’ve been organizing pre-events  – (events before events) for a decade. This blog post is published on the day of a TEDxWarsaw pre-event.

A couple of weeks ago – the first pre-event not organised by me, took place under the leadership of Martin Venzky-Stalling of TEDxChangMai – who put an team together in a couple of days.

22nd May pre TEDxIdea Challenge event in May 2021

Figure 1 Pre TEDxIdeas event May 2021

Here are some screenshots,

Figure 2  Pre TEDxIdeas event in May 2021


What are Pre Events, and why are they such a good idea?
My Pre Event journey started in 2011. I was preparing to go to my first TED event, TED Global in Scotland.  I knew that I knew nobody. I had no means of reaching or meeting other attendees. I tried via Couchsurfing to find some TED fans in Edinburgh and ended up meeting a couple in a bar. It was better than nothing, but not ideal.

I thought “Wouldn’t it be great if there was a more peaceful time and space to get to know other attendees”. There had to be a better way. and the good news is there is. 

Over the last ten years I’ve been piloting different ways of doing what I call “pre events “ bringing people together before primarily TED and TEDx events in New York, Calgary Rome, Warsaw, Edinburgh, Cape Town, Taipei, and Tel Aviv. I tried and failed to do one before TEDxBrighton in the UK.  I gave a TEDx talk at TEDxShenkarCollege about the idea in 2020. Aaron Sylvan and Jake Voorhees made a film the Pre-Event for TEDFestNYC 2018, and Aaron wrote a blog post here.

Why Pre-events?
Because there just isn’t enough time to meet all the other participants during events as great as TED and TEDx. A lot of the time is taken up with the wonderful talks, and organised activities – and the big networking parties are both intense and noisy. Longer would be better.  The goal of such events has always been to build more community among participants and not just the team, and – when you are from out of town – it’s great to have a place where you can hang out and get to know a few people before things get under way. I’ve learned what works the key components of making a success. Here they are.  

How to do it?

If you want to do a pre-event, you need to get a number of things right. What is most exciting is that often if you are travelling you will be doing things you haven’t done, in a place you haven’t been with people you have never met in person. If you get me involved, you will have one person with experience, but that’s optional.

Purpose – Be sure you know why you are doing it, and what would be a successful outcome.

Collaboration/co-operation with the main event organisers (getting their trust, and blessing, or at least go ahead) You will need their help getting to word out about the pre-event in their communications. 

Venue You need a venue, ideally cheap or free. Co- working spaces, church halls, community centres, libraries, schools. Having someone local who knows what goes on where is great. Look at where local meet-up groups and low budget organisations hold get together already. There are any number of online tools, don’t be pushed into using a tool that is presenter focussed. There are many tools that are much more about making those speaking on a digital stage look great, that don’t give space or tools for interaction between audience members.

Team You need to build a team and nurture them to help with your event.

Figure 3 Pre TEDxWarsaw Event team

If you do it alone you are in danger of being what Derek Sivers calls the  “lone nut”.

Treat all attendees as co organisers

As you communicate with potential participants of your pre-event give plenty of opportunities for those who are signing up to become leaders. As people make suggestions give them ownership of their ideas.

Pre-event sign up form

Promotion, communication and team building

if you can’t get the word out you won’t be able to have a pre-event. Most organisations have a Social Media presence – a Facebook Group, Twitter, sometimes a WhatsApp, and there are mailings and communication by the organisers to their mailing list). Make sure that you get a meeting with the Social Media person of the main event as early as possible, and agree your promotional plan. This can be harder than you expect as the marketing people of the main event may worry that you are somehow competing or distracting from their main focus.

Once you have a venue,  and “buy in” from the organisers you can start promoting, posting systematically in their Social Media about the fact you are having the pre-event, with a link to your Google form where people can sign up and express interest, and doing other promo activities like blog posts, getting those who sign up to post that they are going on their social media, and doing Facebook Lives about the pre-event.  

Remember you need to clearly communicate your “why?” to first time attendees. It is vital to get across why Pre-Events are a good idea to people who haven’t considered them.

As people sign up schedule regular online meetings by video conference for those who are coming to plan the event – this is how you start building a team.  Have the underlying rule: ” Those who suggest activities are expected to lead on delivery.’  
(The “unconference” idea of Open Space Technology events can be very useful. The founders of OST events noticed that the best part of events are the breaks. and organised events as one long structured break.  When planning your pre-event as well as starting with badging, icebreakers and introductions, have the first session as an Open Space where everyone who actually shows up gets to pitch what they want to do during the day.  In fact everyone mostly wants to hang out with each other. Not all attendees are so empowered and some will wait to be told what to do, It is good to have a skeleton plan, to fall back on.

Keep emphasising that the idea that the value of the event is in the attendees, working on the mindset that everyone who comes co creates, that the pre-event is not something that is delivered by you to them as consumers.  and make your event design work for that objective.

The community led culture extends to food and drink breaks, where for example, it may be better to have people make a picnic together (which can be inside if the weather and location doesn’t support going to a nearby park).

Have roles and task for attendees, make sure you know who is responsible for badging, welcoming people as they arrive and have enough activities to carry people along. Make tidying up a collective activity at the end.

Once you have figured out your costs and budget (My pre events have been between free and US$$50) ask people how much they are ready to pay and have a sensitive process where you can grant free places to those who can’t afford it. There will probably be some people who if asked are ready to cover the costs of an attendee who is struggling financially. You can ask me, if you can’t find anyone.   

Have someone take photos, encourage videos, (and make sure you get permission to video and share pics as people sign up).

Have a “code of conduct” – of course you assume that no one will be creepy or worse, but as we all now know, that assumption is not always correct  There is a great “off the shelf” “Code of Conduct” we use at TEDxKazimierz, and you can modify it to your purpose.

Take account of the main event programme and make your pre-event complementary rather than competitive. A great icebreaker question is “why are you going to the main event”  Don’t get big headed or feel superior. Your goal is to enhance not supplant the activities of the main event-  know your place. You are a part of something bigger.     

Remember that people are different and on a spectrum, extroverts will thrive at your pre-event and love them, and they will probably do fine at the main event. Think about and plan for the shy people who don’t know anyone. if you make your pre-event work for them, it will work for everyone.  

After the pre- event is over, make sure you send out a follow up e-mail asking what was good and what could be better. The only way to get better at them is to always be learning.

Call to action

If this idea makes sense, and there is an event more than a few months away, and you like the idea of doing a pre-event -go for it. If you get in touch with me, I may be able to help.

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Entrepreneurship Featured Ideas Investing Public Speaking TED&TEDx

Que Sera Sera – plans for 2021

Richard Lucas December 2020

Introduction

This blog post contains information about what I will be working on in 2021 and beyond, and an invitation to “work with me” if there is a match between what I am doing and what anyone reading this wants to do.

The projects I am working on are in the areas of :

Supporting Entrepreneurship

Community development

TEDx events

Business

Why Que Sera Sera? Why is my plan and this blog post called Que Sera Sera? I often cite Doris Day’s “Que Sera Sera” (what will be will be) when teaching “gateway” entrepreneurship workshops. The message of the song, that the big things in life are out of control, is both wrong and depressing, and also potentially inspiring.

Why inspiring? Because, despite the lack of agency in little girl’s question “what will I be?, life does not just happen to people. We have choices.
In entrepreneurship classes, I encourage participants to reflect on the fact that the fewer the entrepreneurial risks they take, the more control they have, at least in the short run. If someone chooses to do nothing, they will succeed. In my “Tough questions from a potential investor” I argue that what really matters about any innovation or new project is what the users and clients of an idea/project think, not how passionate the founder is about it.

https://www.richardlucas.com/2013/09/questions-from-a-potential-investor

The life of the entrepreneur is full of possibility and yet “out of control”. No matter how hard you work and how committed you are, if the market is not interested, you will not succeed.

Que Sera Sera for me next year will be in the hands of others because it depends who decides to work with me on the projects described later in this blog post. I’m putting my future in the hands of others.

I’ve decided to spend more time replicating the ideas and projects I have worked on over the last 30 years into new geographies and sectors. But I’ll be doing that through and with other people, hence the form. But to devote more energy to some projects means spending less on others.

What I’ll be doing less of
I’ve exited some businesses and reduced my engagement with non-profits. I am not longer a shareholder Everuptive Group sp. z o. o., Untitled Kingdom sp. z o. o and Vantage Power Ltd. I stopped teaching at the Tischner Eurporean University, and being a student at University of the People. I’m migrating my Project Kazimierz podcast to the New Books Network, in which I recently became a shareholder. I am stepping back from the leadership of TEDxKazimierz, the end of an eleven year TED and TEDx Journey. I am not investing in new businesses, unless there are very special reasons why I want to. I wrote about the TEDxKazimierz decision in this blog post.


What I am continuing to do?


I will continue to support the businesses I am a shareholder in on an ad hoc basis. Some of them are market leaders, and highly successful businesses. My level of engagement varies, in some cases I’m a former CEO and a key shareholder, in others, my shareholding is tiny and the company gets on fine without me doing much. I continue to supporting entrepreneurship, through NGOs, teaching, podcasting, public speaking and occasionally investing, and to support non- profit projects focussed on community building, and spreading ideas.

How will I be doing it? The projects that I planning to work on are described below. I apply the organisational philosophy of TED to TEDx. This means that I go into action when I have a local leader. As you read this list, I ask you to ponder  “am I interested or do I know someone who might like to explore making something like this happen”. If this answer is yes, please fill in the form or tell the person you know about the opportunity.

The broad areas are:

Supporting Entrepreneurship
Replicating tried and tested low/no cost pro-entrepreneurship meet ups in new cities.

Here are the projects I want to replicate to new cities

Krakow Enterprise Mondays – free events with a strong focus on participant engagement where three entrepreneurs (established, startup and social) give short talks about of about five minutes in length with another five minute for questions. Their talks are to a format answering the four questions: 1 Who am I 2 What does my business do? 3  what lessons have I learned 4 what advice would I give someone (a student) starting out on their entrepreneurial journey.  Each speaker gets an “office hours” table during the networking so that people who want to talk to them afterward the speaker session can easily approach them. There are structured “meet someone new” icebreakers, before, during and after the speaker sessions so that everyone gets to meet plenty of new people. Gatherings last two-three hours, in a venue like a bar which welcomes extra revenue from bar sales on quiet evening (typically Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays) .  Past events are here

Pre the 2020 pandemic these events happened about once a month in University term time, often focussed around  alumni entrepreneurs.. KEM was run by student volunteers and post-grads. I estimate that KEM took about 2-3 hour /month + the event time, it had spread to one other city before the pandemic hit.


Open Coffee Krakow  

As per here and here Free bi-weekly morning meetups since 2012. Open Coffee is a friendly informal networking event for entrepreneurs, professionals, people in the startup community, and students in Krakow. What is the BIG idea? To help people creating useful connections. Everyone is welcome to our meetings, and we especially love first-timers. We want to make sure that if somebody coming from an unsupportive background/ country has the courage to join, they will notice that we are glad they came because we welcome them. Everyone who comes is important and gets 1-2 minutes to present their idea. We usually use this structure, to make it easy for everybody: 1. Who you are 2. What are you doing 3. What you need/are you looking for 4. How you can help others. The host of the meeting usually puts the webpage, linkedin or other info about the person speaking on a screen so everyone there can see who they are. The structured part of the meetup starts at 8:00 sharp and close at 09:00. After the ending of the official program, people stay for as long as they want to talk to follow up one on one with people./projects that interest them the most.
Venue Typically a coworking space    Cost minimal (We had coffee if a sponsor paid for it) Organised & Run by a leader who I recruited. A host is needed. 

Open Coffee High School Edition Similar to Open Coffee – but  run by and for teenagers. 

https://www.facebook.com/OpenCoffeeHighSchool
See Magdalena’s TEDxKazimierz talk on the project.  https://www.ted.com/talks/magdalena_blyskosz_it_s_time_for_networking_meet_ups_organised_by_and_for_young_people
Obviously needs a  leader

CAMentrepreneurs

https://www.alumni.cam.ac.uk/group/camentrepreneurs

To support business and social entrepreneurship among Cambridge University alumni, current students and others.  We organise free (or donation based) meetups in cities where there is a local leader.   If that’s you get in touch.  Format similar to Enterprise Mondays, leverage the Cambridge name to do events with other Ivy League type organisations (Harvard, Oxford etc) but in fact are open to everyone with the right mindset.


One off entrepreneurship workshops and talks, in school, university, accelerator and other settings 
I’ve led 100s of pro-entrepreneurship workshops everywhere from small state and private pre-schools in Poland, through to MBA level face to face and online in the world leading universities and business schools. I’m good at it, enjoy it and believe it is important. My workshops are highly interactive, and I operate on the the “give more/expect more” model. For example I often make participants record video introductions of themselves, before my class starts so I know who I am dealing with and have a class “Live document”.      

Whenever I am planning visits to new places I like to investigate if there are people and organisations that are interested in having me do something like this.  I often am ready do this free of charge and cover my own expenses. If the organisation is for profit and/or usually pays, I charge whatever they normally pay for someone like me. 

Examples are listed here. They include:

leading workshops in business schools,
talks at tech conferences,
classes at summer schools,
hosting events in co-working spaces,
inauguration talk to new students,
TEDx talks,
working at high schools, primary and pre-schools.

The school I was at as a teenager has created a Centre of Entrepreneurship and innovation and are recruiting a director. I’ve written to the person who is involved in the process with suggestions of what I could do to help build and strengthen the entrepreneurial culture of the school.


Entrepreneurship and leadership podcasting

For many years I’ve been interviewing interesting people about entrepreneurship and leadership on the Project Kazimierz podcast

https://projectkazimierz.com/podcasts

In January 2021 I am started a new channel on Entrepreneurship and Leadership on the New Books Network – the largest non-fiction podcast network in the world, which has more than a million downloads a month.  I’m always on the lookout for new interviewees.  If you know anyone who you think is suitable ask them suggest them to me – I use this form.  NBN was founded by Marshall Poe.

https://newbooksnetwork.com/about-the-nbn


Organisation of one-off meetups to link different communities I am connected to, for example Polish ecosystem in Poland, Cambridge eco-system anywhere in the world, Polish entrepreneurs abroad, random vertical where I have a contact. These take a bit of work but can be valuable.   


Investing in startups/mentoring – I don’t do much of this but on occasion I do.  If people ask me for investments, I  send them this  https://www.richardlucas.com/2013/09/questions-from-a-potential-investor 

If someone wants to work for or with me I encourage them to go fill in the form. One person who filled it in is now CEO of a company I invested in, another is working for and with me on multiple projects.

Apart from pro-entrepreneurship activities, I support several Community building projects, often but not always these have been featured on my TEDxKazimierz stage in the past and now I want to devote myself to helping the ideas grow and develop.

Community Building
There are several types of community building activities/Projects I am either working on or trying to work on

Village in the City 

Village in the City aims to support. sustain and start micro-communities with village like characteristics in cities all over the world.

See Mark McKergow’s TEDxKazimierz talk about the project here
https://www.ted.com/talks/mark_mckergow_how_village_in_the_city_is_building_micro_local_communities_worldwide

I’m on the Advisory Board of Village in the City, and am helping Mark McKergow grow and help this idea spread. Maybe there is room for a village or two in where you live?

https://villageinthecity.net

The Chatty Cafes project 

The idea of Chatty Cafes is very simple, having a marked table in a cafe designating it the “Chatter and Natter Table”. People who sit at that table are signalling that they are happy to talk to others in the cafe they don’t know. It is doing well. The founder, Alexandra Hoskyn, was on the TEDxKazimierzWomen stage in 2019 here here https://www.ted.com/…/alexandra_hoskyn_connecting_in_cafes.
Chatty Cafes are a great form of community building. Maybe I could something to help if I am coming to town.  

https://thechattycafescheme.com


Happy to Chat benches

Happy to Chat benches are benches that have a special sign indicating that people who sit on the bench are happy to chat to strangers. It is the same idea as a Chatter and Natter table but on public benches. This simple idea is described in this TEDxKazimierz by Allison Owen-Jones

https://www.ted.com/talks/allison_owen_jones_how_happy_to_chat_benches_are_tackling_loneliness_dec_2020
 


I have a vision of a makeover of some public space: to introduce suitable street furniture, a community noticeboard, a happy to chat bench, a chatty cafe in a Village in the City area. Maybe you can label a bench in your area.

Happy to chat benches https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-50000204

Yorkey Dads/Menfulness

Yorkey Dads and Menfulness are mutual support groups set up by men and dads to help each other in an engaging, tolerant and non-judgemental environment.

https://yorkeydads.wixsite.com/yorkeydads

Once it is legal and safe I want to visit Jack Woodhams and his team in Yorkshire to see if I can help them scale the wonderful projects they have got going.
Jack gave a talk about this on the TEDxKazimierz stage in 2020.


https://www.ted.com/talks/menfulness_yorkey_dads_help_men_to_support_each_other

TED/TEDx/TED Circles

TED and TEDx have been a big part of my life for more than a decade. As and when it is possible to travel again, I hope to visit and help with other people’s TEDx-es around the world. Different TEDx-es have different needs, contexts. I do not assume I will always be able to add value. There are three areas where I could help if the local licence holder wants me to.

1 Doing pre events, I’ve done 11 pre-events before TED and TEDx events, in US, Canada, Israel, Poland. Scotland,  South Africa, Taiwan and the USA.  I gave a talk about pre events at TEDxShenkarCollege as per here.

2. Volunteer/audience experience training. I did a workshop at TED Summit in Banff about community building at events, and always made it a key part of the TEDx-es I ran. For TEDxWarsaw and TEDxTarnow I did training for their teams on how to make sure participants were really engaged and feel important.  This blog post explains my approach.

www.richardlucas.com/2014/02/community-building-at-events-greatness-is-found-in-the-detail

I know that not everyone ‘gets it’, or even wants this approach implemented. I’ve heard from so many people over the years what a difference putting the participant centre stage makes. I’ll continue to evangelise for participant focussed events.

3. Speaker preparation  Depending on the speaker and the topic, I could probably support and coach a speaker or two on content and structure, (not voice, posture, body language). 

My TED profile reveals just how engaged I have been in the TEDx and TED community.

My TED profile www.ted.com/profiles/54403/about

I’ll do my best to support the new leadership of TEDxKazimierz if I can.

I’m going to carry on doing TED Circles with Mel Rosenberg about once a month. TED Circles are a like a book club, based a around TED content.

Doing business
I may be getting involved in a new promising “green” heat battery company which has the potential to greatly reduce the energy needed to heat homes, and usually at least one of my businesses has something to offer in most countries, so I always look out for new opportunities, investments, clients, and people while I am there. Check my Linkedin profile to find almost all the businesses I am engaged in.

Mentoring A few months ago Magdalena Błyskosz asked me to mentor her and we came up with a plan that I would do so with her publishing the results, so that others can benefit from the process. We think it is going well. Once the posts start going online I’ll add a link to it here

Conclusions/Next Steps/Calls to Action
I have never written a blog post like this. I thought that I was going to write a plan, but it has turned into an approach to my future.

As Reid Hoffman (founder of Linkedin) said in his 22d December – Review of 2020 – Masters of Scale podcast – “the upside of entrepreneurship is almost unlimited.” A lot of positive and valuable things can happen as a result of the blog post.

https://mastersofscale.com/2020-year-in-review

I really do not know what is going to happen – it is exciting – and in the hands of people reading this blog post – who decide to help make one or more of these projects happen.

As those who know me will tell you, I’m pro-active. I won’t be waiting for people to approach me passively but like a head hunter, approaching people who I think are suitable, suggesting pilot projects. Many people will say “no”, or not reply. That doesn’t bother me. I built my businesses because I don’t worry about rejection.

Why you should Embrace Rejection – https://youtu.be/j0wB1-s21q4

My way of finding out if an idea is any good is to try it. That includes this blog post. The same applies to anyone reading this blog post. My calls to action are:

If you are interested in any of these projects, fill in the form, or get in touch directly. If you have any questions, or something is not clear, questions and comments are welcome. If you know someone who might be interested, let them know as well or share this post in whatever way you want.

Que Sera Sera.

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Ideas Public Speaking TED&TEDx

The goldmine of “the time before things start”.

Richard Lucas – July 2020

Introduction

This blog post ends with the transcript of the talk I gave for TEDxShenkarCollege, Israel in May 2020. It provides information about the idea of pre-events, events before events. and putting “the time before things start” to better use. As a result of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic events are subject to a series of questions. Do they still make sense? Are they “worth it”? Are they still feasible? If the raison d’être of events themselves is being questioned, it has an impact on the logic of pre-events. The best way to read this article and blog post is “as if” events are still happening, and they still make sense. Maybe it will make more sense in 2030 than 2022 or 2025.

I created a Linkedin Group and Facebook Page to support pre-events. If you want to do a pre-event, or are just interested, join them. The presentation from a pre event I did in South Africa in 2018 is here. The best way to find out about pre-events is to watch the TEDx talk – I’ll share a link as soon as it is approved by TED, read the transcript or just get in touch with me.


My TEDxShenkarCollege talk transcript

“Imagine that time is being wasted, every day all of the world and there’s a simple way to put it not just to good use, but to great use?

Imagine further that it is your time is being wasted, and that you could do something about it?


The time before things start is being routinely wasted every day all over the world. 

There are simple and powerful ways to put this wasted time to high impact use

by showing up early and knowing what to do.  


Knowing how to turn waste into something of value at zero cost can benefit everyone listening today and many others.  

So how did I become aware of this waste and find a solution.

Let me take you back to Krakow, Poland in 2005 –  I was about to give a guest workshop on entrepreneurship to an MBA class.  I was early (to find the room, check the projector, sound and internet, make sure everything worked.

I hate being late, and in order not to be late I had to be early.

Everything was working, and I was ready, 8 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time.

Some class participants were early and were also waiting. The organiser whispered to me – “we will start a few minutes late, not everyone will be on time”.

I felt a flash of  *anger*  Why? 

I was angry because meetings should never start late.

I was angry with her casual assumption that starting late was “OK”, 


I was angry with the idea that my timekeeping standards were going to be tainted with her lack of professionalism.

And I was angry with the people who were going to be late.

But I thought to myself, “she and the late comers are not to know that I regard lateness as a cardinal sin”. 

so I said in a way that was meant to sound firm but perhaps came across as as passive aggressive, or maybe just aggressive  
 

“ but that not fair

Its not fair to make the people who are on time wait for the sloppy late-comers.

It’s not fair to me. I’m on time

It’s not right if these MBA students if get the impression that it is OK to be unprofessional.

She took offence, bristled at the implied insults and whispered back

“That’s as maybe, they are not used to it, you can’t do that ”
 
Now you don’t know me  – I’m an entrepreneur, three time CEO, with perhaps an exaggerated sense of my own self worth.   

I do *not* like being told what I can and can’t do,

and

we were in front of a class with people watching curiously as the tension between me and the organiser  was visible. Perhaps “Ego” was at stake.  It wasn’t the time for words,  it was the time for action.

I whispered “ you know what I’m going to do, I’m going to start early”.. And before she could react I slowly turned away from her, towards the class, and said.

“While we are waiting for the others let’s get started.  I’m going to ask you to stand up, introduce yourselves, tell us in one minute who you are, what you do, why you are here, and what you want to learn from an entrepreneur like me. Everyone else, pay attention. I may ask you to  assess someone else’s introduction.”

I then pointed at someone  and said “you go first”. She rose somewhat hesitantly to her feet…and started to speak. 

And thus started my journey of getting things going early, before they begin  

A journey that has changed my life and can change yours. 

Because what happened in that MBA class  was a revelation.

The atmosphere changed in seconds. People woke up.  They realised I might pick on them next.  They started paying attention. Some  started thinking about what they would say, others were listening to their classmates, others were worrying how they looked. even checking their hair.


They turned from being passive attendees into active participants, no longer spectators watching a match, but players on the pitch. 


As more students arrived they walked into a class where people were paying attention, alert, where something was going on. 

Also I got a better sense of my audience and their expectations, and the class got to know more about each other.


My host – who had wanted me to start late, realised she had lost, and stalked out the room, offended and angry (I’m not sure she was angry, but I hope so). I had not just started on time, I had discovered something new. I and more importantly the class had won. 

This experience stuck in my mind. Maybe I could start other events early? So a few weeks later,  I was on a panel of business people in front of a larger audience and I did something similar. 5 minutes before the start, everyone was sitting quietly, waiting, and nothing was going on. There were too many people to do introductions one by one so I took a microphone, and said. 

“Please stand up ( I waited til they had stood up) and in the next two minutes,  introduce yourself to someone you don’t know, and explain to each other what you are expecting to get out of this event. “

Now, when 300 people stand up and start talking, it makes a lot of noise. The panel woke up.  The audience had to wake up, Even people who “don’t like icebreakers” didn’t have an option. The impact was similar to back in Krakow. The room sprang to life –  energy, activation and participation erupted,  replacing passivity.  disengagement and boredom.

What did I learn and what can you learn ?

There is always time “before things start”. It’s valuable, and usually wasted.  And putting it to the right use can be as easy and low cost as in these two examples. 

But there is a similar and bigger problem  – with a higher payback if you can solve it.

Imagine you are travelling to an event or conference where you expect and want to meet new people with whom you share a common, maybe even a burning interest or passion. Meeting other attendees may be a major reason for going to the event in the first place.  But this event is in a different country or town to the one you live in. To be on time you will need to be early, not just 10 minutes early, but arriving in town the night before.

Instead of the 5 minutes before things start.  we now are looking at the whole evening the day before.

When I went to my first TED event, TED Global in 2011, I knew nobody, and had no means of reaching any other attendees.  I found some TED fans in Edinburgh via Couchsurfing and I met them in a bar. But they were not going to the main TED event. Nice though they were, I would have preferred to have met other TED attendees. 

Once the event started there wasn’t enough time to meet everyone. Even though I am sociable and self-confident,  receptions and parties where there are over a 1000 people in the room and you know nobody are a bit intimidating.

I pondered and thought  

The time before events could be better used too, just like the time before lectures and workshops – Wouldn’t it be great if there was a more peaceful time and space to get together with other participants before events start, If I can do it with Couchsurfers surely it’s possible with other attendees”


I decided that there must be, and it turns out that there is.

Since 2014 I’ve been doing different types of “pre events “- events before events”. I decided that if I was travelling to an event in another country I was going to try to do a pre event.
 

I’ve organised pre-events all over the world: in Cape Town,  Calgary, Cracow,  Edinburgh, New York,   Rome,  Taipei, and Warsaw and as of yesterday evening I’ve even done a pre-event in the cloud before this TEDx.

I’ve had such positive feedback from the many hundreds of people who have participated. It is not just me who found value in the time before things start. 

If I wasn’t convinced I wouldn’t be giving this talk. 

I won’t go into detailed “how to” of doing a successful pre events, but I will share three key learnings:


Getting the culture right, making them welcoming, inclusive and friendly really matters. It’s like hosting a good party.  For example – at our pre event in New York, we made our picnic together. I don’t care how important we are in our normal lives –  at my pre events we are equal – making the sandwiches, doing the washing up, whatever.   

Making sure your pre-event design works for people who are shy or nervous. If it works for the timid, the bold self confident types will do just fine.

Keeping them low cost or preferably free. To get in, our “door policy” is just a positive attitude. We want everyone with the right mindset to be able to come, no matter how little money they have.

So TEDxShenkar College to close, let me remind you of Why I came here to share this idea with you. 


The time before things start is a potential goldmine of opportunity. 


If you are going to an event, consider doing a pre event. If you take the lead, I will support you, if only I can.  


If you are giving classes or workshops – turn  attendees into participants, and reward those who are punctual or  early through activities like those I have described.

There are millions of classes and events  going on in schools, universities and elsewhere all over the world  every day.  So often the time before they start is wasted.  

My here’s my challenge to TEDxShenkarCollege and the online audience 

Are you going to put these ideas into action? 

Are you going to replace detachment, passivity and boredom with engagement, curiosity and stimulation.

You can, and you should, and if you do, you won‘t regret it. And it’s not just to make your life more useful, enjoyable and valuable – it’s a service for other people as well. I believe it’s an idea worth spreading. ”  

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Entrepreneurship TED&TEDx

“Opportunity Readiness” and the “Toothbrush Test”

February 2020

If you work on your “Opportunity Readiness” and apply the “Toothbrush Test” you will change your life for the better.

www.ted.com/talks/richard_lucas_to_change_the_world_start_with_yourself

At TEDxTarnow in 2019 I introduced the idea of “Opportunity Readiness” and the “Toothbrush Test”.

“Opportunity Readiness” is the degree to which you are right now open to an opportunity, in the same way that an army fighting unit has to be “battle ready” right now. You never know when the opportunity of your life will present itself, and in the talk I explain how to work on and improve your opportunity readiness.

The Toothbrush Test is a simple idea that you should aim to be happy in your own eyes, at the start and end of each day, as you brush your teeth. Don’t worry about what ‘society’ thinks, and other people’s judgements. Your “self assessment” is the ultimate test.

I’m sharing the transcript of my talk below, you can watch the talk here and see the slides I used here.

To change the world – start with yourself | Richard Lucas | TEDxTarnow

“Imagine that you are motivated, hard working and ambitious. Imagine that you want to change the world for the better,  but there’s a problem: you don’t know how to do it  How might that feel?  
I can tell you how it feels and how it felt, that because that was me, as a student in the 1980s, and as a young man in the 1990s. I wanted impact. I wanted legacy, I wanted to change the world, but I didn’t know how to do it.
Instead,  at least in my subconscious, I focussed on trying to impress other people, and to some extent it was successful, it worked. I still remember the buzz when I got a coveted place to study at Cambridge University,  I still remember my few sporting triumphs  playing the traditional English game of cricket.  But I also remember how quickly that feeling passed away and crumbled, as I had to look for the next way to impress other people.  It didn’t last and I had that internal feeling of anxiety.

Why did I come to TEDxTarnow and the wider TEDx audience to tell this story  ?  It’s because I’ve found an approach and a solution to this problem. I wish it had been available to me back then, and I want to share it with you now.

If you are more grounded now than I was back then, you know yourself better than I did, and you have a clear plan, I still think this approach can give you a more peaceful and happy life, and improve your impact and effectiveness.  And if you are like the stereotypical Polish teenager from the 1990s, who was asked  “is it true that the problems of Polish youth are ignorance and apathy, and he replied  “I don’t know and don’t care”. If you are like that, I still think my story can have some benefit for you.

So why did TEDxTarnow invite me onto the stage to tell my story. Let me take you through a little of my history, things that worked out and something that didn’t work out at all.  I came to Poland to live in 1991, and since then I’ve set up 30 businesses, some which are now worth a lot of money. I also put time and energy into supporting business and social entrepreneurship including, as you heard, TEDxKazimierz.  I’ve three wonderful children – all of whom have been involved in their own TEDx projects, entirely independently of me. And last, but by no means least, I have become Polish by my own choice, I have no Polish ancestors. In 2017 I was awarded Polish citizenship,  passing what, for me, was a challenging Polish language test, and so I can say I am very proud to be Polish. “Jestem Polakiem, Jestem bardzo dumyn Polakiem” . 
Thank you or I should say “Dziękuję”

If I look back at the things that worked out, the thing that strikes me now is that many of the projects and ideas that worked for me were not my ideas. I either brought great ideas from the rest of the world to Poland, or I helped Polish people who approached me develop their projects, and I’ve come to realise that impact and legacy doesn’t have to be to do with working on your own ideas and I want you to remember that I’ll come back to that idea later.


But I want to tell you about the biggest failure in my life. In 2003 after years of trying desperately and unsuccessfully trying to hold my marriage together I got divorced. This was definitely the hardest thing in my life. This is not the time or place to go into  the details, but it was the both strongest and weakest thing I ever did.  Strongest because I had to say the un- sayable, to tell my wife, her parents, my parents, and my three small children of my decision, and the Weakest because I simply couldn’t hold it together any more. When you fail so publicly and so completely, it forces you to you re-evaluate the idea of looking good in the eyes of other people.  You have to take on the demon of worrying about society’s opinion, beat the demon and put it behind you.  So then, after I was divorced, I was living alone, apart from the 50% of the time when my children were with me, and I would wake up in a silent, empty bedroom. I am sure you can imagine what that might be like, and over time I developed and recommend what I call the “tooth brush” test. In the morning and in evening you do you teeth looking in the mirror, and this is not a talk about dental hygiene, it is very important to brush your teeth, not just once but twice, but that is not my TEDx talk.  As you look yourself in the mirror, in the morning, you should ask yourself 

”Am I happy with my plan for the day?” and at the end of the day, when you look back   “Did I do the things today that were most worth doing?” and what really matters is not what other people say and other people think. What matters is how you judge your day yourself.  Other people will come and go, but you will always be there.

So you have to do do what matters for you. 

This idea was perfectly illustrated by 10 year old Ishita Katyal when she gave the opening talk at TED in 2016 when she said

Ishita Katyal on the TED stage in 2016


”Instead of asking children what they want to be when they grow up, you should ask them what they want to be now”. (See her whole talk here

Ishita Katyal 

It’s a great instruction, but it can be generalised – it is not just for children who should ask themselves what they should be doing right now.
“I am in the right place right place right now, I know I should be giving this talk at TEDxTarnow – but are you in the right place being in the audience?” or if you are watching on line – “Is this the right thing for you to be do doing – right now?”  The other point that comes through Ishita’s idea is the importance of taking action or doing.
When I was a young man in the 1990s and earlier,  I often had business ideas, that I didn’t put into action, and when I did put them into action, I didn’t know how to make them work effectively.  When my first business SKK started taking off in Poland in the 1990s,  from the outside it seemed that we were doing well, growing, making money with great clients. But I was incredibly stressed because I didn’t have the basic skills of  organisation and management.  I was looking around for a solution and came across a book by Hyrum Smith  “The Ten Natural Laws Successful Time and Life Management” and it kind of saved me. I realised that if you can manage your time you can manage your life.   My talk today isn’t about the importance of being able to organise yourself and your time, and that of other people, but if you want to have legacy and impact  that’s incredibly important. 

Now suppose you agree with me, you get the idea that you shouldn’t worry about other people’s opinions, you get the idea that you should take action towards having a positive impact., but you still don’t know what to do. 
The world’s most successful investor, Warren Buffett, once said

“An idiot with a plan can beat a genius without a plan”

Warren Buffett

But my story seems to imply something different – because I didn’t come to Poland with a clear plan,. and my successes, and other things that happened were a result of other people coming to me. What I concluded was that I was very lucky. because I was kind of ready for the opportunities.

But you don’t need to be lucky.  You can reduce the role of luck by being ready for opportunities. The army has “battle readiness”- the extent to which fighting unit is ready for war now.  You can be “opportunity ready”,. and I want to talk to you about the idea of  “opportunity readiness” because you never know when opportunity is there and it will come. It might be something gleams in the far left side your field of vision.  If you are not  looking out for it, you will miss it and if you see it and you are not ready –  you can’t take advantage of it.

So how can you get opportunity ready ? Let me explain. I prepared this talk. Are you right now for a great opportunity that might emerge, even today, during the break here at TEDxTarnow, or when you stop watching this talk on line ?  Are there gaps between where you are now, what you think and do, who you spend time with, and how it needs to be to be opportunity ready ?  

The good news is that you can work on getting ready.  I’ll explain how. Think about your physical fitness. It’s obviously great to be in good shape but if you are physically fit, eating well, sleeping well,  looking after yourself, when opportunity comes, you’ll have the stamina and strength to take advantage of it,  (and also you will get in the habit of taking on challenges and dealing with them).

Think  about  your skills and education. Is there a difference between where you are and need to be. There are so many things you can learn that will be make you a better co-founder, a better person to help someone else with their project, a better leader of a new project, and if you take on the challenge of developing yourself, of course you immediately become much more attractive as a potential partner for other people, to have you join them – and also education is fun, and it builds your sense of self-esteem. 

What about your money and finances ? By this I don’t mean “are you rich”,  I mean “are you spending less than you make and avoiding buying things on credit? Because  the more you save, the more you can invest, and the more you can invest, the more you can devote time to your opportunities when they come. And suppose your partner, family and friends admire you for your physical goods, things you consume,  rather than your character,  well that leads to something altogether more serious:

Are your relationships ready for opportunity  ? 


Suppose here at TEDxTarnow you come across a brilliant idea and you go home excited and you tell your partner  – about this idea you want to devote the next six  days, weeks, months or even years of your life to ? Will they support you, or will they be jealous of your time? Are they the sort of person who is a little jealous that you are here today, not with them, and if you are minute late home you’ll be getting a text message – please don’t look at your phone  right now. If you have the sort of  partner who supports you, cherish that partner. you are very lucky,  and if you don’t  – well that’s very sad,  but ask yourself this:

should you be spending your life with someone who is not going support you in your dreams

You have one life, it’s precious.

What about your family and your friends. Are you spending time with the sort of people you will encourage you?  TEDxTarnow, and other TEDx-es, are full of of people who will inspire you and encourage you.  My father when he taught at Oxford University told his students,  “You will learn more from each other than me”.  This can be generalised. Choose who you spend your time with carefully.  


Do you have an  opportunity mindset – is your radar switched on for opportunity? 


Are you spending your time getting new experiences, meeting new people. talking to strangers. exposing yourself to diversity, the more diversity of experience, the more opportunities you will have, and if you come across someone doing something fantastic, consider offering to help them or join ing them – but remember this.

If you offer to join them or to help them ., they might say “no”.  All of the opportunities I’ve had  either resulted from when people approached me, and asked me for help, or more often me going to them and offering – and people do say “no”.


The other side of opportunity is accepting the risk of rejection.

and what about your self awareness? – I told you that when I was younger I didn’t realise I was driven by the need to look good in the eyes of other people. TEDx-ers are driven by the desire to share “ideas worth spreading”.  If that’s what drives you, let that be your thing, but if it isn’t that, get to know yourself, understand what motivates you, and that will truly drive you forward.

So to close, I want to tell you that I have been through the story of a young man who didn’t know how to achieve the impact he wanted, who worked through life trying to look good in the eyes of other people, and now I’ve ended up on stage in front of you today because it is not about me and my ideas, that’s not the route to impact and effectiveness.  It doesn’t mean everything works for me. It doesn’t mean that everything is easy – and believe me (and the other speakers will confirm this – giving a TEDxTarnow talk isn’t an easy thing to do)  but I am at peace. Because am I doing what I believe in and I want to do. If I have a plan – I work on it.  But if I don’t have a plan, I work on my “opportunity readiness” because I know that will bring me closer to my life’s goal of having an impact and making positive change.  

And you don’t  know whether your opportunity will be in five years from now, five  months from now, five days from now or tomorrow. You can do the same as me, you can work on your opportunity readiness. So what does that mean?  I told you already: get into shape, turn your radar on, talk to strangers, offer to get involved, be ready for rejection.  

And don’t do it next week, don’t do it tomorrow. start today.

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The 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz

Richard Lucas
27th January 2020

This was published as a TEDxKazimierz post a few hours ago · 

January 27, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest and deadliest Nazi concentration complex. It i’s an appropriate day to remember and draw attention to Jonathan Ornstein and Robert Desmond’s talk at the first TEDxKazimierz in 2015 about the Ride For The Living (RFTL) 60-mile (97 km) bike ride from Auschwitz-Birkenau to the Jewish Community Centre in Krakow. See their TEDxKazimierz talk here  https://youtu.be/51r50KsrT48

Jonathan and Robert on stage in 2015
Pre event publicity in 2015

Robert’s first Ride is an idea that has grown and developed beyond imagination. It now attracts people from all around the world., determined to remember the victims and celebrate life, proving that the Nazis failed.

https://ridefortheliving.org

The important idea in this talk is that as well as never forgetting the appalling Nazi crimes, the best way to honour the memory of those who died is to rebuild positive Jewish life in Poland and elsewhere. This is the ultimate defeat of Nazi ideology.

I’ve twice done the Ride For The Living and strongly recommend it, in so many ways, as honouring the memory of those who did, raising funds for positive projects for the future, and showing solidarity with those who want to live in a better more positive world. It is an emotionally and physically demanding experience that you cannot forget, meeting people whose relatives were murdered there, and reminding you of what really matters in life.

More information about the Ride For The Living https://ridefortheliving.org

TEDxKazimierz is not the only TEDx putting important ideas and projects from the Jewish world on the stage. Here are a few I’d like to share.

The JCC Krakow – Jonathan Ornstein at TEDxWarsaw – https://youtu.be/-G003xe9WsE

Jewish descent on the rise: Rabbi Michael Schudrich at TEDxWarsaw https://youtu.be/TxzG1ZPJKy4

If not me, then who? Janusz Makuch founder of the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow at TEDxKrakow
https://youtu.be/3kZS4-3GQUo

There is a wonderful and moving TEDxMidAtlantic Talk by Holocaust survivor Werner Reich “How the Magic of Kindness Sustains Us” you can watch here.

A TEDx talk distributed on TED.com

I’d like to give the last word to Norman Davies who published this article in the excellent Notes from Poland website.. Norman is widely recognised in Poland as one of the foremost historians of our country.
https://notesfrompoland.com/…/norman-davies-auschwitz-and-t…

It certainly contains “ideas worth spreading”, which is the mission of TED and all TEDx-es. Please feel free to share and/or comment.

Richard Lucas
Curator
TEDxKazimierz

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Public speaking, hosting and other engagements

Richard Lucas

This is a list of past and events I have or am going to speak at, host and/or organised.  I welcome invitations. Please read this first.

I speak about entrepreneurship, leadership and business. My talks and hosting are interactive,  participant focussed,  high quality and fun.    I’ve written about this here.

My experience at TED events and as a TEDx Curator have helped me understand what truly high class events and talk feel, look and sounds like.

Forthcoming Events

CAMentrepreneurs January 27th 2021

Open Coffee Krakow December

Past events

TEDxKazimierz November

Open Coffee Krakow November

Open Coffee Krakow July 2nd

TED Circles # 11 July 8th

Open Coffee Global online #3 July 27th

TEDxKazimierzSalon- Performances September

CAMentrepreneurs Cambridge 21st October

Open Coffee Global online #2 – with Christopher Cytera 29th June – hosting

TED Circles #10 10th June

Open Coffee Krakow 4th June

TEDxKazimierzSalon – Can online marketing be ethical? 28th May

Open Coffee Global  – looking beyond the crisis 25th May

TEDxShenkarCollege TEDx talk 24th May

The TEDxShenkarCollege  Pre-Event 23rd May

Entrepreneurship during the crisis – CAMentrepreneurs/CUE 13th May

TED Circles #8 – Life at its fullest 6th May

TEDxKazimierzSalon – Entrepreneurship and Leadership 24th April

Asbiro Business School workshop Łódź

 CAMentrepreneurs/CUE meetup hosting Cambridge 4th March

TED CircleHow we Love 5th February, Kraków hosting

January 2020

TEDxKazimierzSalon Krakow – hosting 28th January

Startup Weekend Krakow – Jury 12th January

IT Camp,  Entrepreneurship Workshops  Warsaw 5th January

2019

Krakow Enterprise Mondays Xmas Party and  Quiz 16th December.

TED Circle Krakow (and on line) 11th December

TEDxKazimierzWomen 7th December Krakow, Organising/Hosting

The Chatty Cafe Scheme launch in Poland 5th December, Krakow. organising.

Pre TEDxWeekendTaipei meetup/All Hands Taiwan/CAMentrepreneurs Info Meeting 31st October, Taiwan, Organising/Hosting details here

TED Circle Taipei hosting 30th October, Taiwan details here

TED Circle Krakow 26th October hosting details here

CAMentrepreneurs launch 24th October 2019 at Judge Business School, Cambridge (hosting) details here 

Winchester College Alumni Dinner 22nd October London, UK  Speaking

Krakow Enterprise Mondays 21st October, Krakow details here

INNOVATIVE KRAKOW FORUM  October 21st, 2019 hosting panel, details here 

TED. TEDx, TEDx-ers Info Evening 10th October, Kraków, details here

A Fireside Chat with Marek Jankowski – Poland’s leading business podcaster. Krakow 9th October details here 

Lublin Enterprise Mondays launch 7th October, Lublin  (hosting) details here

TEDxWeekendRoma Pre Event 3rd October,  Rome, hosting. TEDxWeekendRoma attendees only

XXXI L.O im. Roman Ingardena  – Kraków. Entrepreneurship Workshop in Polish for High School students. 27th September

Sabre “Talk ‘n Roll” conference 26th September Krakow – speaking. details here

OMGKRK Summer Jam – 23rd August Business Networking Session – hosting  Details here 

Open Coffee Krakow 1st August (hosting)

The Pre-TED Summit Social Gathering Edinburgh, for TEDx-ers participating in the TED Summit. 19th July

TEDxKazimierzSalon plus TEDxKazimierzAdventure: Community Education and Leadership 14-16th June. Hosting.  details here

TEDxTarnow 9th June Speaker details here

Cracow Tech Week – Hosting 23rd May. Fireside Chat with Startup Founders Opportunities And Challenges Of Building A Startup In Krakow.  Details here.

LiGHT – Hosting 13th May Krakow Opera House details   here 

Kraków Enterprise Mondays #24 6th May. Hosting details here

Project Kazimierz Podcast I’ve hosted 86 episodes of this podcast on Innovation and entrepreneurship over the last four years details (and listen)  here.

                              The Project Kazimierz podcast

Open Beer for Entrepreneurs! 30th April Hosting. www.facebook.com/events/602791683529323

TEDxKazimierzLive 27th April – hosting – Kraków.  Details here

Open Coffee Kraków – hosting 25th April: details here

CAMentrepreneurs launch Dubai 17/18th April 2019. Details here

Asbiro – Business Basics, (in Polish) Warsaw 7th April 2019

Asbiro Warsaw – Introduction to Business from Richard Lucas

TEDxKazimierzSalon 27th March 2019 Sport and Society (hosting)

“What, why and how to build a personal brand” Workshop 25th March at  “Start up your Life with SEED” Krakow Technology Park

Webinar: Why is Sales so Hard? with Kimon Fountoukidis & Richard Lucas 14th March, 2019 11:00 EST (17:00 CEST) sign up here  (US$75)

TEDxKazimierzSalon The Art of Entrepreneurship (co hosting) 28th February. 2019

Transcribe-a-thon brought to you by TEDxKazimierz  9th February 2019

OpenCoffeeKRK #180 Thu 8 AM · 7th February 2019

OpenCoffeeKRK #179 Thu 8 AM · 24th January 2019

Volunteer Appreciation TEDxKazimierzAdventure  24th January 2019

OpenCoffeeKRK #178 Thu 8 AM · 10th January 2019

Hosting and Speaking Engagements in 2019
Krakow Enterprise Mondays Xmas Event 17th December TEDxKazimierzWomenKrakow Technology Park  Poland 8th December

Embassy School Krakow Entrepreneurship Course Launch   3rd December 2018

Startup Weekend Krakow. Judge-  2nd December 2018

Edinburgh Business Show, E-Commerce Panel. Edinburgh Scotland 23 Nov 2018

CAMentrepreneurs Event, Speaking and co-hosting Scotland 22nd November 2018

TEDxCapeTown Pre Event 16th November, Cape Town, South Africa

Krakow Enterprise Mondays, University of Agriculture and 5th November

Invested Investor Book launch, Cambridge, UK  18th October

Krakow Enterprise Mondays, University of Economics 15th October

Information meeting about TED, TEDx, TEDxKazimierz with several other  TEDx Organisers 8th October

Inaugural address Politechnika Krakowska Department of Civil Engineering   1st October.

CAMentrepreneurs/Oxbridge Society of Poland Fresher (new student) orientation with the Oxbridge Society of Poland,
the Cambridge University Polish Students Society, and the Oxford University Polish Students Society at Google Campus Warsaw 8th September.

TEDxTarnow – introducing a favourite TED talk 24rd June

TEDxKazimierz Main Event organising/hosting 9th June 2018

Krakow Enterprise Mondays (organising/hosting) in University of Economics 4th June

Light 4.0 in Krakow (hosting a panel) May 23th

Infoshare Gdynia  talk/workshop May 22nd

TEDxKazimierzSalon (organising/co-hosting)  19th May

XIV International MBA Congress in Krakow (panel) 18th May

TEDxKazimierzLive (organising/co-hosting) 28th April

Entrepreneurs Club @JCC Krakow  26th April 

Krakow Enterprise Mondays in the Agricultural University (organising/hosting)  Krakow 23rd April

CAMentrepreneurs New York global Luncheon (speaking, guest) 14th April

TEDFest NYC Pre-event (organising/hosting) 9-10th April

TEDxKazimierzSalon (co-organising) 28th March

TEDxWarsaw Pre Event workshop  on networking 21st March

Krakow Enterprise Mondays (organising/hosting) 12 March

TEDxKazimierzSalon 28th February 2018 

Entrepreneurs Club @JCC Krakow #2   27th February 2018

Spotkanie ASBiRO Kraków z Richardem Lucasem   14th Feb

Startup Weekend Kids Krakow  Jury  4th February

JCC Krakow’s Entrepreneurship Club launch host 30th Jan

2017

PAMI Conference Polish-American Innovation Bridge 2017  host 17-18th November

Zakonu Pijarów High School talk about TED , TEDx and TEDxKazimierz October 26th
Gimnazjum Ziarnko Maku  talk about Wojtek the Soldier Bear, TEDx and enterprise 25th October
Winchester College “Studium” Pluses and minus of going into business Wed 11 Oct
Embassy International School  talk about TED , TEDx and TEDxKazimierz  19 September
TEDxKazimierz events and meet ups since October 2015
CAMentrepreneurs from 12.2016
Krakow Enterprise Mondays 2016-present
Open Coffee Kraków co-host from 2013-present.
Mentor Kraków Wrocław Living Lab February 2017

The Roast of Richard Lucas Kraków Standup Comedy 22nd Jan 2017

2016
Polish Student Societies Leadership Workshop Edinburgh December 2016
Jury at Krakow Smogathon November 2016
Poland 2:0 Summit London October 2016
Workshop for Redlands MBA students in Krakow in October 2016
Community Building Workshop at the TED Summit  Canada June 2016
Pre-TED Summit Event Calgary, Canada co hosted June 2016
Pre-TEDxWarsaw event March 2016 Co-host and organiser
Smart City Panelist, Change Leaders Foundation event, March 2016
Innovators’ Summit #4: Smart City / Smart Living Kraków November 2015

Workshop for Fordham MBA students May 2015
Krakow Innovation Swarm April 2015
Startup Sprint Silver Tsunami April 2014
Innovators’ Summit November 2014
Women’s Entrepreneurship Day November 2014
TechSaturdays Wrocław: October 2014
Startup Sprint E-commerce June 2014

Wojtek the Solider Bear Statue unveiling speech in Park Jordana 18th May 2014
Startup Sprint March 2014
KrakSpot #16 January 2014
Christmas StartUp Mixer December 2013
TEDxKrakówCinema – entrepreneurship December 2013
Robienie interesu życia November 2013
Startup Stage #6 September 2013
Startup Pirates May 2013
BOSS – Festiwal Biznesu April 2013
Startup Stage #3 March 2013
Startup Weekend Krakow February 2013
Entrepreneur from our School http://znaniabsolwenci.pl/Home/English November 2011  May 2013

Speaker and Judge at entrepreneurship events at “Gielda Przedsiebiorczosci, ” 2009-2012

TEDxWrocławSalon Speaker
TEDxKraków Speaker October 2010

Global Entrepreneurship Week numerous activities, hosting of School Visits to companies I was involved in 2008
1996 Polish Ministry of Education – business perspectives at Soros Foundation Scholar orientation event I sometimes contribute to events as a panellist and speaker. Based on 30 years experience as an entrepreneur and activist.
Doing Business in Poland event 1995 CBI event in Centre Point, London
Main areas I talk or teach about
entrepreneurship, leadership, investing. Smart cities, technology, startups, Social media, community management, All things TEDx related, Poland, Cambridge (UK)

If you want me to speak at your event, before contacting me, please read this written in someone sarcastic patronising tone of voice.

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Interview with Harriet Noble -> BBC World Hacks Producer

Richard Lucas

February 2018

I spoke to Harriet  Noble for the Project Kazimierz podcast. I wanted her on the show because I was interested in the cross over between what she does as a job – finding new solutions to the world’s problems,  and what TEDx License Holders do in terms of finding great ideas to put on the TEDx Stage.

Harriet Noble is a radio journalist working for the BBC in London. She started her career on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme, where over the course of 7 years she graduated from work experience girl to Duty Editor. At the beginning of 2017 she moved to World Hacks on the BBC World Service, where she presents, reports and produces. She is also developing other radio projects for the BBC.

Harriet Noble


World Hacks is a weekly radio programme, podcast and digital video platform, leading the BBC’s solutions-focused journalism coverage. Harriet’s work has received positive reviews from The Observer, the Radio Times and others, and been chosen for BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Wick. She is particularly interested in stories about mental health, families and women’s rights.

World Hacks on the BBC World Service


My main goal in posting is to draw attention to the podcast and share the lessons learned. I asked about the methodology for  finding topics and she told me they have to tick a number of boxes.  These include

1. Being a solution to a problem
2. being innovative /surprising
3. Something new/not something that has had  extensive coverage in the media already.
4.  There should be reliable evidence that the project works and is effective
5. and they like the back story of the person or people behind the project.
The domain areas she is particularly interested in are cities, women’s issues, and mental health and famly,
They often get ideas for their programme from other people’s conferences.
The traffic data is impressive.  Their videos  get about  30 million views, and the podcast gets around  100,000 downloads on iTunes.  (The BBC is a huge web site with, according to Similarweb, about 689 million visits per month).

BBC web traffic

It’s a great programme, and as an experiment, I’ve set up a Fan Club of the show called the  BBC World Hacks discussion and sharing club . The inspiration is the fan club of another BBC radio show here Digital Planet Listeners .   I interviewed the founders of this show Bill Thompson and Gareth Mitchell here  in another Project Kazimierz podcast.

I set up the  Wojtek – the Soldier Bear – Niedźwiedź Żołnierz  group years ago, which led to my TEDxKrakow talk in 2010

Other links that are relevant if you listen to the show are here

World Hacks BBC World Hacks

emailworldhacks@bbc.co.uk

www.facebook.com/BBCworldhacks

Improvising Your Way Out of Anxiety 

People Fixing the World Podcast

Why The World Needs Positive News by  Christian de Boisredon
of Spark News

Why we need Constructive Elements in Journalism | Cathrine Gyldensted at TEDxDresden
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cathrine_Gyldensted
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How to get a ticket to TEDxKazimierz 2016 – the “audience curation” process – FAQ

As Curator of TEDxKazimierz I know that the process by which we allocate tickets is a source of many questions, much special pleading and miscomprehension. This post explains What we do and why we do it, and gives tips for those who are keen to improve their chances of getting a ticket.

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2015 TEDxKazimierz Team on Stage

I regret the fact that not everyone who wants to attend can come. In an ideal world we would have unlimited capacity but our wonderful venue has limited capacity (about 230 seats in all).

We will have a  live stream, and we upload talks onto the TEDx Channel on Youtube.

The idea of audience curation in general is explained in the TEDx Organiser guidelines.
Because we cannot give tickets to everyone we  allocate tickets according to some rules and on the basis of information provided in the application form.   The form is the vital part of our audience curation process – before filling in the form please read these instructions. here is our FAQ
1. Why do I need to apply ?
The TEDxKazimierz team and our speakers have invested a huge amount of time for free to make a wonderful event. We want precious places at the event to go to people who we believe will contribute the most on the day – and do the most with the experience and ideas we give them.  We want people who commit to being positive and making a contribution, who will spread the word about what we do, use the talks and inspiration in their work and community, and who can persuade us that if they make a promise in their application they will keep it.
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Entrepreneurship Ideas TED&TEDx

An interview with Mateusz Paszkiewicz – Snapchat and Social Media Expert

May 2016

Mateusz Paszkiewicz lecture at Social Media Thursday in Bia?ystok photo Pawe? Tadejko-2
Mateusz Paszkiewicz lecture at Social Media Thursday in Bia?ystok

I tracked down Mateusz as a result of my search for Snapchat experts. He made clear that Snapchat is not his “only thing” but this interview is focussed on Snapchat. My questions in bold

Please describe what Snapchat is and is becoming to someone who has not really got the concept yet

Snapchat is a 100% mobile application which is very specific. Content which we publish disappears after it was watched, read or published on MyStory (in 24 h) It’s a place where people communicate mostly by photos and videos, in a very creative ways (filters, special effects, drawings).

You can communicate directly with people (personal message, chat, video/audio call), show your stuff to everybody by publishing content on stories, watching Live Stories from events or different places or consuming high quality content made by Publishers on Discovery (Mashable, BBC, MTV, National Geographic and more).

Snapchat is very innovative, constantly growing and reaching more adults. Bigger players like Facebook are copying some of it features (QR Codes, Slingshot, poke, self-destructing messages in Messenger)

Why do you think it is experiencing such growth, to start with people said it’s for teenagers who want to be somewhere their parents are not. but is this still true?

Most of new platforms have started from youngsters (Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, MySpace). Somewhat it’s a natural cycle, young people have time and want to experiment, check new places build their own world far away from parents, teachers and other relatives.

I think that youngsters feel very comfortable with “disappearing content”.

Snapchat also provides very creative tools: you can draw, put emojis and stickers, put some filters, make face change with your buddy or with a person from the photo – isn’t that cool?

If you look on youngsters world it is very dominated by smartphones and this is 100% mobile app, which take whole screen of your mobile device.

And why Snapchat is experiencing such a growth? It’s a hard question because I believe that there are no simple answers. For me Snapchat has put some innovation on the market in terms of mobile (photo/video) app world, go 100% in vertical, experiment with new stuff, 100% mobile. I think it fits well to new generation.

On the other hand demography of Snapchat user is growing so it’s only a matter of time when more and more adults wills start using this app.

The “wake up call” is often discovering that a major rival or competitor is establishing a following on Snapchat. How easy is it to find your competitors and business partners on Snapchat ? What are the simplest rules and tools?

You have to see it outside Snapchat on other social channels because if you don’t know account name of the brand, you won’t find it. Some people use their instragam which they’ve grown thanks to free instagram followers.

Now is a very good time to bring your brand to Snapchat.. Figure out your communication on that channel, think if your target audience is there. Do you know what kind of stories you want to tell people via Snapchat and would they be valuable for your audience.

If your answer is “yes” then get stuck in: there is a lot to win. Many brands are waiting for “perfect moment” where they will have advanced analytics and some gurus will tell you – okay it’s safe now, you should go there, it’s working! But then you will miss a lot of opportunity to steal a march on your competitors, user engagement and interaction.

Actually people really care about stuff that you are posting, they are looking at stories, adding new accounts, checking it out. But nothing lasts forever, especially user attention. I remember some years ago how many people in Poland liked everything on Facebook, you wrote “I need 300 people to reach 10 000 likes on my page, please help” or how many new people we add to our friends – people use to do that.

If you try do it now, it’s very different. The platform changed, we changed, our level of excitement went down, and we are much more selective. That’s why watching the market for attention, and knowing when to go with something new is important.

What kind of benefits do companies and individuals derive from establishing a good Snapchat presence. What are the challenges when analyzing competitors’ Snapchat presence. How do you go about it?

Snapchat is a platform where you can bond much more deeply with your community than on other channels.

Second, people are spending a lot of their time there. It’s fresh, new, there is still a big field to do something as a first or create your own way/style. The two biggest assets of Snapchat are user engagement and attention – things that marketers are struggling for every day.

I don’t think that Snapchat will dominate other communication channels, but it will be a great one to provide a different way of communication, Closer & more creative and authentic (even if you use mask filters, you can’t prepare your content before).

I think that biggest challenge is to know how many people saw the stories of your competitors. Some big brands making the mistake of chasing numbers by hiring influencers to make stories for them. This makes a spike in interest, but after that nothing happens on their Snapchat channel or it is simply weak, because the marketing team behind it doesn’t have any idea for consistent communication. It’s a huge waste of money unless part of an integrated plan.

Making an impressive Snapchat video is a bit of a challenge for a Snapchat “newbie”. If he or she is not there in a professional capacity, it doesn’t matter so much as it temporary. but if you are a personal brand, or a company, then it’s a stress, a little like Periscope. What are the options ?

Yes, you are right. A lot of marketers or people who are celebrities are afraid of new things, don’t have too much time or are just romantic about their old channels and don’t see need to be at the front.

For a serious brand or personal brand it is good to contact person who is a specialist (like me ) Should they be on Snapchat at all (is their target audience there, or will they be soon), if yes, They should learn the mechanism the DNA of the platform or find someone to teach them.

A lot of people are stressed with live content (Periscope, Facebook Live) and I respect that, it’s not for everybody. With Snapchat you always decide if you want to publish photo, video or drawing after you made it. A disaster does not have to on line.

There are few tips for personal brands:

– contact with somebody who has practical knowledge about Snapchat

– check the most famous Snapchat users, see how they are using this channel

– experiment, see what works for you the most, how you feel with it, do you want to do it

– set your goals and discuss with experienced professionals

Brands:

– contact with somebody who have practical knowledge about Snapchat

– is your target audience on Snapchat ?

– what value you want to provide – fun, education, ‘behind the scenes’ stories. Other…?

– think and decide how Snapchat can be part of your communication strategy

– set your goals and discuss with experienced professionals

– review what resources do you have. Can you sustain regular content?

What are the dangers of an unprofessional Snapchat presence., it is better to have a fewer and higher quality or doing them daily even if not so well ?

That depends if you are a brand or a person. I mean from user perspective Snapchat is a platform which gave you a lot of flexibility, it’s not about perfection (that’s why probably a lot of people like it). It’s about moment in time, people use it to communicate with their friends.

From marketing perspective (brand). It’s not about perfection too, but about value. What interesting content you have for your existing and possibly new audiences. Why somebody should give you 30 seconds of their time to watch your stuff. For example if you are and operator for Formula1 Snapchat be where the action is: on the F1 Championship, make takeovers by top drivers, go to Pit Stop – just create your little show around it. Have a concept, but left a lot of space for flow and creativity.

The biggest mistake for brands is just – being boring, don’t have any concept or leaving your whole communication for few big and expensive shots with influencers. You put them on, make an impact– get many new followers – but then what? Consistent planned communication matters.

You just have to know how to use the energy of an influencer for your brand, not only for stats and numbers of followers. Think about building community around your consistent activity – not just around one show.

Mateusz at Marketing & Technology event in Poznan

How often does someone need to post a Story if they are going to be effective, and how much time does someone needs to devote to making a good Snapchat story?

It depends on what kind of brand are you, what is your target, how much resource you have. Ideally it is every day. For some brands it’s much easier to create content, others need to think more about the concept.

A good Snapchat story is not the most complicated or the one which takes most time.

Is the one that is most interesting for your community. It’s different for each branch, because it’s easier to create a good story from event, backstage, makeover then create a concept for specific day with specific content.

What are the key features of a good Snapchat story, and what mistakes do you see most often.

Good practice:

– idea

– be authentic

– creative – use different tools

– provide value – think about your community and their time

– be consistent

Mistakes

– publishing everything around you without thinking “ I’m going to work…. “ I’m making a coffee . here is my office..” might be interesting once if the theme is … my working day

– making snaps horizontal (if there is no need or idea around it)

– no idea/concept for your activity

Once someone has committed to Snapchat and the content is live, should they start promoting it right away, or wait until they it is achieving their objectives? Once they are ready for promotion, where should they do it?

That depends on the story. If the story will have sense from first or second snap I prefer to start it promoting right away. If you are creating stuff which need a one third, half of full story to make a sense I will create it ASAP and then start promoting it on different channels. It’s all about context for people who will join you and have the first impression.

If someone objects to making Snapchat content at considerable expense and seeing it disappear, what can they do to keep it alive on other channels.

Download it to your mobile as soon it will be ready or make print screens to put it on different channels. It all depends how you want to use it. After that you can upload it on Youtube, Facebook, Instagram or in other places.

How do you expect Snapchat marketing to evolve as Snapchat starts to monetize its traffic.

That depends what kind of features they will make live. But I think that next big steps will be opening advertisement panel for more countries (ads, Discover, more local Live Stories) sponsored filters, graphic effects and creating some cool features for brands to tell stories.

I think that Discover and Live Stories have much more power when they are put in context of specific country (geolocation). More people will care about Discover if they could check information close to where they are or are from. The same with Live Stories. So I see some interesting points in that.

One thing I’m sure of and I think the Snapchat team agree about is that you have to implement advertisement in the smart and not too commercial way. People don’t like attacked with advertising. It’s business of course, so that you have to balance it somehow and be smart.

Check out Mateusz’s web page here

or his Linkedin Group for Snapchat Business

matpaszkiewicz.com
matpaszkiewicz.com

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TED&TEDx

“You’re just too good to be true”  in praise of TEDx and TED.com

Richard Lucas
14th June 2015

A standing ovation for Alina Malocha at TEDxKazimierz 2017

Introduction  

So it’s early Sunday morning and  TEDxKraków came to a close yesterday.  Not everyone knows about TED and TEDx. A very  successful businessman and friend called John told me just last week  – “I really must look into this TEDx thing”.  Here is a short introduction about TED and TEDx by Chris Anderson.

For my friend John maybe the TED journey lies ahead (He gave a talk at TEDxKazimierz in 2017).

For me TED.com and TEDx is such a part of my life that the  “My TED story” section  on my profile on TED.com  reads:

“I curated TEDxKazimierz in 2015. I spoke at TEDxKraków about running a global movement with no budget via a Facebook group, and at TEDxWrocław Salon about it never being too late (or early) to get into entrepreneurship   I’ve been a sponsor, speaker, team member, co-organiser and supporter of or at  TEDxKrakow, TEDxKrakowCinema,  TEDxYouth@Krakow, TEDxYouth@Podgorze, TEDxWarsawSalon, TEDxWarsawPresidentialPlace I set up the TED and TEDx fans and Travel and Meetup Club on Facebook which aims to bring Couchsurfing values and practice to TED and TEDx fans  I use TED.com talks in enterprise workshops I run in schools and universities as a volunteer on the Polish committee for Global Entrepreneurship Week.   I believe TED is part of my optimistic vision of the way the world should be. I interview TEDx-ers and TEDx speakers on my blog  I like people who like TED. I’ve transcribed a TEDx talk for the Open Translation Project.”
I could write more – but the form only allows 1000 characters.
The purpose of this article is to state why TED and TEDx are so important to me and could be important to you.   I see it is as follows:
Everyone will do something with their lives  – from the terribly destructive –  through the average –  to the sublimely positive.
As Ashton Kutcher said in a talk worthy of the TED stage to the Teen Choice awards:
“”you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities”.
Just as everyone has  choices as to whether they do the most important things they have to do every single day of their lives, everyone has the possibility and choice to live the best version of their life if they want to.  
 TED and TEDx greatly increase the chances that you can have a happy and productive life.   

As Sam Cook said in his TEDxKazimierz talk 23rd May this year

“you should aim to chose the career and job you love so much you would pay to do it”.

My brother Edward Lucas who spoke both at TEDxKraków in 2011 and TEDxKazimierz in 2015 sometimes said of his work at The Economist that
“I would pay to do what I do”.

In the Project Kazimierz podcast interview with Daniel Ciupryk (aka MC Silk) who had a viral Youtube hit   says “minute 46:11

” It might sound, you know, too simple, but it was said a lot… Really it’s the thing that you have to find the thing that you really love because if you don’t find it, then you try to focus on things that will give you money or fame, you won’t be good at it because you can only be good at things that you love because you will try and get up, and try and try until you reach that satisfaction level. And even though you might earn money on the other things, but still it won’t be success because you will be doing things that you don’t like for the rest of your life. You can only be great at things that you love because you will spend your free time, you’ll be thinking about it even though you’re not at work, and you will win over people that don’t love that thing that as much as you love it.”

TED-sters and TEDx-ers are not paid. Not the teams, the volunteers, nor the speakers. They are a group of people who:
–  work together for free to promote the idea that there are ideas worth spreading.
 – look for ideas worth spreading and projects worth promoting in their community and networks,
 – encourage people to give the talk of their lives in up to 18 minutes,
 –  put them on both a stage in front of a local community and on the internet in front of  a global audience for ever
 TED has migrated beyond its original domain of a conference about Technology Entertainment and Design-  to give leaders and activists from all walks of life a platform.
Why?
Why do TEDx-ers  spending their time like this help others improve their chance of living a useful life.
It is because TED and TEDx are  an intoxicating cocktail of inspiration, connection, example, positivity, entrepreneurship, optimism and  energy, embodied in the community of speakers and attendees, and the values they share. 

You are bombarded by ideas from the stage.

How can someone not be inspired by David Eagleman  whose talk was shown to TEDxKraków yesterday. I tracked David down, and we discussed with Scott Novich whether I could help promote his technologies here in Europe, Will anything come of it ? – I’m not sure. But a key step was the way a fabulous project reached  a global audience via TED.  TED started the conversation.

Piotr Wilam  technology entrepreneur and leading light and role model for the Polish startup community  yesterday talked about the importance of sustaining the community. He showed a slide featuring Estimote   as one of Kraków’s leading  Internet of Things –  IoT – cluster companies (declaration of an interest, I am an investor in Estimote) Jakub Krzych and Łukasz Kostka who founded the company started talking about the idea of Estimote at an earlier TEDxKraków in 2012.    So it is not just the fantastic ideas but the examples and role models of people you meet at TED or TEDx-es.   It is not just the super successful entrepreneurs and scientists like Tal Golesworthy’s  who repaired his own heart. It is also the inspiration of being surrounded by people who share optimistic, positive values based around the TED mission of “ideas worth spreading” and who are ready to devote their time and energy to the cause.

In our wired, technologically connected word we have more and more choices about who we hang out with and how we spend our time.  Instead of doing whatever you normally do with the people you normally hang out with you go to  a TEDx.

Who would rather hang out with?  People who are more into ideas or would rather go shopping? – if you prefer shopping, TEDx is not for you.

Spending time at a TEDx can be a bit of a reality distorting/mind bending experience for people who are not used to it.

If you are cynical and pessimistic, believe that the people in charge of things are typically only interested in feathering their own nests and looking after themselves, then a TEDx is a bit of challenge, to put it mildly.  An army of volunteers,  great speakers  – many of them busy and successful in other walks of life – devote hundreds and thousands of hours to make an event for you for free (Some TEDx-s charge, usually when they do it is  enough to cover costs)

Chris Anderson  – Curator of TED – gave a great talk about how the combination of attention, desire and instant global communication is accelerating innovation.   But it is not just the ideas but the people, because ideas worth spreading need to be put into action.   At a TEDx you are not just exposed to new ideas – but also meet people who are also interested in new ideas and are often doing something to put their ideas into action.
 TEDx-es also act  as filtering devices. I sometimes meet people who didn’t go to a TEDx because they applied too late to get a ticket, but if they cared they would prioritise it , or they had something else to do (no comment).  You meet a more interesting type of person at a TEDx
A word of caution –  there are no guarantees or certainties in life.  I cannot guarantee that a TED or TEDx you go to will be brilliant, that you will like all the talks, or you will meet the love of your life. There is always a risk of disappointment.  When I’m responsible I take very seriously issues of making events fun friendly and welcoming. I’ve written about this in another blog post .  What I can say is that for sure you are likely to meet people who are into ideas  – and that makes them  more interesting than average.
Having done my first TEDx – TEDxKazimierz  –  on 23rd May 2015 I am considering whether to apply to do it again. It’s a huge commitment of time, energy and emotion, with much more stress than I expected. The talks are not uploaded yet  – but they will be soon,  When they do go on line you do nothing else see 90 year war hero prof. Wojtek Narębski give the talk that got him a totally deserved standing ovation
Professor Narębski on the TEDxKazimierz stage_TEDxKazimierz
For me his speech alone made the event worth doing.   At the end of this post I’m posting some of the positive comments I got about TEDxKazimierz thanks to the TED feedback process  – which make me think that if I can put the right team together I want to do it again. (so if you want to help fill in the form here) .
At just one TEDxKraków yesterday –   I was able to exchange words with
Ewa Spohn TEDxKrakow,
Ralph Talmont TEDxWarsaw
Michal Kasprzyk TEDxWrocław,
Tal Golesworthy, whose talk was on TED.com,
Agata Wilam – Children’s University,  who will become a talent scout for the next TEDxKazimierz, and to welcome Piotr Wilam  – Innovation Nest
The elite club of TEDxKraków talk giving alumni,
Małgorzata Kuś of the TED Open Translation Project,
Joanna  Łasocha,
Lech Madej,
Wioletta Dec,
Agata Wierzbicka
TEDxKrakow team,
Justyna Skowyra,
Radek Szczygieł,
Łukasz Siatka,
Ania Bywanis-Kwiecień of the TEDxKazimierz team
Ramon Tancinco Cisco and TEDxKrakow speaker
Bartosz Józefowski,  of Kraków Technology Park and leading the Startup Community in Kraków,
Krzysztof Kobyłecki and Michał Kalina of Innovation Nest,
Marek Wierbicki of Seedlabs
as well family and other friends, talk business with Flytech – a drone company, and meet a potential marketing manager for one of my businesses.
TEDx really is too good to be true – but at the same time it is completely real.
I loved  Stephen Coates talk about how people risked and lost their freedom in the USSR for the love of music. A timely reminder of how lucky we are to be free, and Ryszard Źróbek’s presentation of the Nowodworski choir was charming and emotional.
So thanks to all at TED.com HQ,  at TEDxKrakow and everyone else from sponsors to volunteers  who make such wonderful events possible.
Richard
Curator
TEDxKazimierz

Positive comments about  TEDxKazimierz from the TED Post event e-mail survey.

TEDxKazimierz team on stage
Note This is not the full report. There were some negative comments (three  about one singer – which I accept will publish and address in detail elsewhere). this is a positive pro-TEDx article so you see the sanitized version here)  98 responses (17 passives, 74 promoters, 7 detractors) 61 rated the event 10/10 max  14 rated the event 9/10 12 rated the event 8/10,  5 rated the event 7/10 3 rated the event 6/10  1 rated the event 5/10  2 rated the event 4/10  1  rated the event 0/10.

“that was a great experience”

|Event was very well organized, speakers were great and there was free food too 🙂

“Great organisation and fantastic guests. I have not known anyone there, but i had wonderful and inspiring time.”

“it was wonderful and very … personal!!! Exceptional experience!”

“TEDxKazimierz really was a special event for me. It was always my little wish to partecipate in TED. The fact it was organised in Krakow, in Kazimierz, was an additional adventage. The people who organized the event gave a heart to it. It was a pleasure to be there, see and meet so interesitng and motivated people who created this special

atmosphere and invited so amazing speakers. I think everyone should have this opportunity to, at least once, be and attendee of TED or TEDx.”`

“Everything was perfect ! :)”

“It was an amazing event where I could meet really awesome people. The variety of topics was really wide so everyone could find something for themself. ‘Age has no limit’ from so many different perspectives. So positive and developing”

“It was a very interesting and diversified event.”

“I had a really great time! It was something interesting. High level of organization, interesting program, good speakers give me a good motivation for self development. The topics mentioned at the event were really inspiring.”

“Great speakers, awesome music and people. The event was organised for the first time, but everything was great :)”

“I love watching TED and TEDx talks, but taking part in TEDx is 100 times more exciting. TEDx Kazimierz heleped me to find new inspirations and meet amazing people whom I would propably wouldnever meet otherwise.”`

“The conference was very well organized. Invited interesting speakers.

“Speeches were accompanied by interesting workshops. Ensured the possibility of linking with each other guests so that they can meet each other and referring interesting contacts. The event was accompanied by a great atmosphere. The organizers took care of the guests.”

“Good range of speaker, authenticity in enthusiasm of the organisers, valuable community spirit”

“It was an amazing experience – eye-opening and really worth taking part in. excellent event. good speakers, good organizers.”

“It was an inspiring and even moving event, with many great people taking part. All speeches were great, but some of them were truly amazing. Best way to spend your saturday!”

“ I loved the topic and the speakers. I think the atmosphere was great. I met two people who I will definitely cooperate with. Oh, and I just loved Richard’s way of running the whole event:) Thank you! “

“It was for the first time in my life I could experience Tedx live. Real people, real challenges, real emotions. What I appreciate the most is the passion in Tedx talks and in the choice of speakers. Very inspiringday. “

“Diverse speakers, interesting topics, good organization! Totally wouldrecommend the event to others, what I am already doing! “

“It was great event, great quality speakers, great organization”

“Great event! For sure worth spreading!”

“great and content of all presentations was very interesting. I will definitely participate in the next edition.””

“was a great conference that helped me to rethink what and why I am doing today. I believe that participation in event like that would be valuable experience for any of my friends and colleagues. “

“It was an unusual experience, which has already influenced my life.”

Everything was alright

“it was motivating event. Great job guys !”

““Po prostu było ciekawie, organizacja wypadła dobrze, a ekipa, która się tym zajmowała była przesympatyczna :)”

It was pretty great, although I think it should have been more focused on talks in english. “

“Because the atmoshere was fantastic and all the speeches presented ideas worth spreading. Balance between inspiration and knowledge.”

“Very good logistics. i think organistators did great job! And the place was awesome!!!”

“Great speakers, wonderful website, awesome venue.”“

“:The event was very well organised. The speakers were very interesting and what they said was thought-provoking and inspiring. I made some new friends.”

It was awesome !!! 🙂

“Event is perfectly organized. Speakers line up and topics was very inspiring and interesting. It was fit pretty well the general theme “Age is not a limit”. As non a native Polish-speaker (yet) It was a little bit difficult to listen to Polish talks w/o translation or printed materials/ details/transcriptions. Thanks the whole team! And hope to see and be a part of TEDx community again!”

“Naprawdę czułam się tam dobrze i wiele wyniosłam! Na każdym kroku było widać, że organizatorzy dbali o uczestników –

nie za pomocą wielkich nakładów i nie na pokaz, ale poprzez proste drobiazgi: – zdjęcia na wejściu, rozwieszone później na sznurku – ice brakery

– jedzenie! (proste a pomysłowe, zdrowe drobiazgi od konkretnych ludzi! – punkt za wizytówki do autorów przekąsek:)

– wielość opcji w przerwie – na pierwszy rzut oka ponad godzina wolnego budziła zdziwienie, ale każdy mógł znaleźć coś dla siebie – albo rozmowy z ludźmi, albo wykład o astronomii, albo pokazy sztuczek, albo po prostu słuchanie pianisty)

– dobór muzyków – bardzo autorski, bardzo odważny 😉 zupełnie “niehipsterski” 😉

– wspólne śpiewanie spinające cały dzień – i niesamowity, bardzo bardzo wzruszający finał z prof. Narembskim

– jak zwykle, komunikacja online przyjazna, ludzka i z dbałością o szczegóły

(jeden minus – tylko jedna toaleta 🙁 ale jak rozumiem to ograniczenie tego miejsca – nie warto by z tego powodu rezygnować z kapitalnych“ “

“In my opinion TEDxKazimierz was realy great experience, considering all of details: organization, atmosphere and people which were a part of it. Why 9, not 10? Well, it always may be better 🙂 “

“I chose 10 because all talks was very interesting and inspiring, organization was perfect and catering was delicious!”

“Galicia Jewish Museum was just a great place to be during the event. Not only the speakers were inspiring but also available for direct conversation after their speeches. It’s just a great event to attend if you’re open minded and want to not only get inspired but share you ideas in a great atmosphere of openness too. “

it was very impressive “

“It was great”

“It was very inspiring, the topics were interesting, the organizaton was really good. “

TEDx i have attended on Saturday, May 23rd was very interesting and inspirational event. I believe events like this should be widely shared and recommended to allow others. Everyone can learn something about themselves, about life and take it home with them. This event is like a spark, that can bring light where before there was not much of it, bring idea to place that needed one. And give support to those who want to change something around them. “

“TEDx Kazimierz was a great expirience for me. 4 of all the speakers were people I’ve known before, I met many of my friends I haven’t expected to see there, I had an opportunity to commit new friendships and get closer to the various issues seemed (primarily) to be very fresh to me. I’m getting totally involved in idea of TEDxes 🙂 I’m appreciate to the people who invented , orgnised and realised that great event. And,of course, I want more…”

“I really liked it. Everything was great: inspired and inspiring speakers, themes, networking and organization (especially time management, one of the hardest parts of such event). I appreciate how much efforts were spent in order to achieve this *high* level. As for me personally, I met new people, and this is really valuable.

“It is new and fresh. Some great speakers. An amazing ending. After being at TEDx Kazimierz I already started recommending this event. I am looking forward for the next edition and I would love to be a more active member of TEDx Kaziemierz community.

“It was simply awesome, great ppl, a lot of inspirational talks, opportunity to spend my time among interesting people and learn a little about their work.”

“I liked the whole experience. The speeches were motivating and inspiring.:”

“It was a nice friendly, local event.

“Because this was amazing, inspire, unforgettable event and I met there many awesome people “

“I found talks very interesting esp. of prof. Narębski will be memorable.

“Interesting speeches, good ambience, nice and open people”

“I loved the very intimate feel of the event. The speakers were well chosen and the musical parts before breaks were very thoughtful”