In Gurgaon, Haryana, GD Goenka University recently hosted the 1st edition of TEDxGDGoenkaUniversity which was received with a full house by people from all walks of life. It is said that the flutter of a butterfly’s wings can cause a typhoon halfway across the world. In chaos theory, this is called the “Butterfly effect”. A total of 13 speakers shared with the crowd their journeys as agents of change. The theme set aptly describes the individual work put in by these change-makers.
The youngest Sarpanch of a Muslim village in Haryana, Nasir Khan said, “Education is the way to power, I have tried to be instrumental in facilitating education in my village with small things like installation of solar power panels and construction of toilets in schools which has increased the enrolment rate of students in schools”. He shared his dream of making his village 100% literate and his journey towards making this dream a reality.
The founder of ‘Letters of Love’, Pooja Pradeep, spoke about making a difference in people’s lives. ‘Letters of Love’ is a global youth-led initiative to make a difference to the refugee crisis. She wishes to create a typhoon of happiness in the world by connecting communities in the thread of love and empathy with projects like Seeds of Love, Empathy Centric Curriculum and Pen Pal Project.
A Bangalore based Oncologist, Dr. Vishal Rao, displayed a low-cost voice box (AUM) that enables throat cancer patients to speak even after their surgery. The device can convert the food pipe into the voice box. His mantra is “Innovate for an individual not for a market.” He also believes that “Speech is a right and not a privilege”, thus he decided to make AUM. His moment of being a catalyst of change came from the silent cries of those in our country affected after beating throat cancer. He now has extended his areas of creating change to initiatives like “Copyleft”, where ideas are encouraged to be shared, developed and disrupted to bring in beautiful changes.This is a corollary to the concept of ‘Copyright’ where ideas are bound from usage by those other than the owners of such ideas.
A 16-year-old android app developer, Nitesh Yadav, has worked on connecting villages with technology using Artificial Intelligence [AI].
The Founder and CEO at CAREDOSE, Gauri Angrish, works on a medicine management venture that uses proprietary technology and packaging to track and ensure medicine adherence in patients while building big data for healthcare entities and public health programmes.
Other speakers included a Lifestyle coach Prema Iyer; a renowned business growth coach Magan Kalra; a Kathak dancer and actor Shinjini Kulkarni; a Social entrepreneur and founder of EkkPahel Ayush Agrawal; a Pranic healer and musician Vaneet Chaudhary and others.
The programme was divided into three sessions and each session was planned in a reflective and proactive way for every individual to present. They cut across disciplinary boundaries and sparked conversations about change.
On a concluding note Prof. Dr. Shrihari, Vice Chancellor, GD Goenka University said “This inaugural edition of TEDx was designed to explore the power of ideas, creation and innovation to bring together a diversity of people, cultures and concepts to create real-world change. It was aimed at inspiring one and about how as individuals and as a community we all have the capacity to stimulate change if we dare. We can build a better world through purposeful dialogue and seizing an opportunity to take action.”
These butterflies have fluttered their wings of change inspiring many others as they ascend on this journey. Let’s hope the typhoon of change reaches them soon enough.