To celebrate our 7th TEDxEuston conference (have you got your ticket yet?), over the next few weeks we will take a look at our Top 7 reasons for all things TEDxEuston.
With the 5th December rapidly approaching and the team working all around the clock to get our best TEDxEuston conference yet together, I look back at why I joined the core team in the first place.
1. The team
The incredibly hard working core team is made up of inspiring individuals from across the globe. We are all knitted together through our passion for all things Africa. We work closely, sharing ideas, executing visions and most importantly, becoming friends.
2. The speakers
The speakers are a huge asset to the conference and a benefit to joining the team. It’s wonderful to get a further peek into the speaker’s stories. Speaking to Zain Asher and her mother at last year’s TEDxEuston gave me a even further insight into her story or laughing with Ikenna Azuike whilst hearing more about his creative ideas. Those moments and personal interactions with the speakers provides even more inspiration.
3. The atmosphere
There’s nothing better than working throughout the year, planning and prepping to finally seeing it all come together on TEDxEuston Saturday. Hundreds of guests all in one room and with a passion for Africa is nothing but electrifying. You can feel the energy throughout the day, the positivity and the warmness of Africa all within the middle of London in the winter.
4. The location
Talking of London, the location is easily one of the reasons why I joined the team. Based within my hometown and the epicentre of a lot of conversations, I believe London is the perfect place to hold the only TEDx conference outside Africa, about Africa.
5. The opportunity
Being apart of the TEDxEuston team is a great conversation starter in any circle. The prestige and reputation that TED has built up over the years is clearly very strong. The ability to marry the passion for Africa, my commitment to helping it move forward and channel the drive through TEDxEuston is a great opportunity. It may be a small move in the larger plan of the continent, but its satisfying to contribute in my own way.
6. The network
It’s a pleasure working within a team that has such a strong network. Between the mixture of healthcare professionals, creative artisans and business maestros that make up the core team, we certainly are only 6 degrees of separation from anyone.
7. The audience
Finally, you the audience make it worthwhile to keep working on TEDxEuston! It’s great speaking to people throughout the day, tweeting those that couldn’t make it, adding comments to the livestream and discussing the stories and ideas days, weeks and months after the conference.
Tosin Adeniji is a TEDxEuston team member and leads TEDxEuston social media communications. As a marketing professional who has specialised in music, entertainment and the creative sector, Tosin balances her work with social action projects, particularly in Africa.