The lecture theater of the Uni Old Library building in Warsaw is pretty much packed - that makes 376 keen souls pushed through the morning snow to be at the inaugral TEDx Warsaw.
Its 10am - And as promised we're off with a video from the founder of the TED TEDx why it was set up
Now its the organisier Ralph Talmont-brief housekeeping
1st speaker for precisely 18 mins-Ian Hernandez. "Ever been to the circus?" Trapeze Acrobats and flying
Its all about collaboration. 3 stages
1) Competition: In a positive sense, going the extra mile, self-imporvement
2) Co-operation: its all about agreement
3) Collaboration: its all about creation
Summing up - lifes lessons come from very unusual places, and that achieve remarkable things you need the same trust and committment as an acrobat.
2nd Speaker - Lori Kent - importance of the arts in human culture
30.000 yrs of art in 18 mins - here we go - Cavemen, The Greeks, Dark Ages, Renaissance artists = as superstars, Modernism, right up to the post-post modernism now.
7 things to love about artists: they ...
1 - see well ... have vision - imagination
2 - aritists find a problem
3 - are self-aware
4 - are experts at play - like finger painting as a child
5 - embrace difficulty - Michalango imagine looking at a block of white marble
6 - oopps missed that one
7 - reflect and critique. well before 'crowd sourcing'
By the way - its great seeing an artist present using her own pictures rather than ppt.
Asks us to make our own day more artful, and put it at center of what we do
3rd up - Sergei Sawin - how to build an innovative organistion
1 Have courage to explore - from rubber to nokia phones
2 Know where you want to be in 10 years - if you can not predict the future invent it
3 See the world through your clients eyes - get out of the office
4 Focus on the job people are Tyringe to get done not on the product itself --
5 Discover your non-customers - eg use of the Wii by over 60s - bowling on you tube
6 Find out your lead users --
7 Foster collaborative creativity - Dutch ministry of transpostation has an amazing creavtivty facilty
8 Be open to new ideas
9 Prototype - helps turn ideas into a reality - try and fail a few times - this helps
10 Prepare for tough resistence - innovators are like Rambo - limited resources and no support.
"When the wind of change is blowing you can either build a shelter ... or a windmill" syas the chinese proverb.
4th speaker - Hodge Hodgson
Building carbon-neutral economies. A project at Berlin University - building a building that produces more engery than the inhabitants consume
A solar decathlon architecture in Madrid in June 2010
Oh quick one - all done in 4 mins
Number 5 - Jacek Olechowski
Networks and Trust - can we trust the networks that bring us together?
Toyota, Anderson, Madoff - lose trust, lose everything
Efficient ways of building trust? Because lack of trust is the biggest barrier
Thats why networks can be efficient and builder of trust - eg simply being TEDx event at a level of trust develops between strangers
Peers vs. Hierarchy - everyone feels at the same level
Long term goal v deal driven - not common vision quick deal
homogeneous v too diverse - a few set of rules and values that people can agree on
The social networking sites that are winning are fulfilling certain needs
6th Speaker - Stephen Kines - we're flying through them - do not think everyones getting close to their 18 mins, certainly no buzzer used yet.
Man walks on stage with a cucumber and a condom - this is getting random now - whats the metaphor - oh he's a lawyer and its about protection.
How rules can kill and constrict the entrepreneur - hence a new biz model for his law firms without Billable hours - is that one going to catch on?!
And last up this session - Michal Malinowski
A story teller dressed in traditional Papua New Guinea outfit- setting up a digital repository for stories from all over the world. Quite a trippy end to the session.