Sabri Ben Radhia moved from Tunisia to Paris two years ago to work for the world’s largest student organization, AIESEC, a non-profit global platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. Currently in the final stage of his MBA at Institut Des Hautes Etudes De Paris, Sabri was awarded the rights to organise a TEDx event and TEDxIHEParis was born.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events which bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event TedTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. We caught up with Sabri to learn more about the first annual TEDxIHEParis.
How did you get involved with TEDx and what inspired you to host TEDxIHEParis?
TED and TEDx were always a great source of inspiration for me. Whenever I need motivation or fresh ideas, I always find myself watching TED videos (www.ted.com). Last year I was invited and pre-selected to talk at a TEDx event in Strasbourg. Unfortunately I didn’t make the final speakers list but realised that I wanted to become a TEDx organiser myself.
There is a something special when people from different backgrounds with varying ideas are brought together, and I’ve always wanted to provide a means where people can share ideas and inspire others.TEDx undoubtedly provides such a platform. As an aspiring organiser I submitted my event proposal and plans to the TEDx committee. My dream came true when they granted me the rights to organize TEDxIHEParis.
What inspired the theme of the event and how will the audience relate to it?
Naturally people are scared of the unknown and would rather choose a secure path, whether it be in their studies, work or relationships. But on those occasions where we fail or lose, we are left with no choice but to take an unknown and more difficult path, which in turn, teaches us how to overcome those fears of the unknown. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many people who’ve followed their instincts, mustered the courage and overcome many challenges to achieve their objectives. Their actions and decisions make them stand out from the crowd. I want to bring these “out of the box” thinkers to one place and share their ideas with a community that is envisioning a better future. We will hear from speakers who all believe in the power to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world.
How many delegates and speakers will attend TEDxHEParis?
We will be 8 Speakers, 100 delegates, 5 artists and numerous companies and associations on the day.
Tickets to the event have sold out. Was the demand higher than expected? For those unable to purchase tickets how can they follow the event?
We were really surprised by how fast tickets sold out. The response from the community is amazing and it just goes to show that people are interested in sharing ideas. To compensate for those who were unable to buy tickets, we have set up a live stream of the event which will be available on our website www.TEDxIHEParis.fr www.livestream.com so all the event can be followed.