It was about TIME
It was about time- time to explore how time and attention shape our lives.
TEDWomen’s theme ‘It’s About Time’, was presented in California, USA and transported via livestream and global conversation to Nicosia via TEDxNicosiaWomen 2016. With five local speakers and a live connection with TEDWomen, the event was brought to us with the kind support of our strategic partner, Cytamobile-Vodafone on October 27 at the Cyta Headquarters’ Amphitheater.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading and manifesting, the event rejoiced the power of women and girls to be creators and change makers. It was about the essence of time. How we perceive time, how we choose to spend it and ultimately what we want to and should be doing with our time.
Ideas that stem from the subject of time have no limit. And that was evident from the TEDxNicosiaWomen talks we listened to last week.
Andrea Solomonides’ story was about a person who once worshipped time and believed that her life revolved around a ticking sound until she was put in a horrible situation where she battled with grief and eventually forgot how to make time matter. ‘It’s about time to make time matter,’ she told us. ‘…again.’
That evening, Marina Katsari’s beautiful, crystal clear voice filled the room with words from fairy tales and stories. A story teller and drama practitioner, she spoke of kings, centaurs and sultans. But she wasn’t telling us just any story. She was telling us her own, sparking the idea worth spreading of how ‘it’s about time we all tell our stories.’ However we like. Through story-telling is how Marina interprets the world, and shares this sense of mystery at schools, museums and festivals. She magically stated that though she didn’t see all the things she narrated, she remembered them.
Dr Andreas Stavroulis, a gynecologist and fertility doctor spoke about the importance of time for women. But what made his talk utterly inspiring- was the importance of women knowing what their choices are in spite of time. ‘It’s about time that women know all their options,’ he told us, whether with gynecological issues, fertility or motherhood.
Louiza Sophocleous began her talk with a picture of a shrimp. She dived into the scientific side of the shrimp’s existence and guided us through the realization that our fascination with capturing images, therefore stopping time, has blocked our need to understand the science behind each and every subject we photograph every day. ‘It’s about time to face time science,’ was her powerful message. We’re getting the signals but doing nothing about processing them.
The sound of a heart beating rang through the room. Alexia Pissarides didn’t just talk about time, she performed to it. She opened the audiences’ eyes to life through a dancer’s lens. With every pulse and movement we understood the need to succeed and challenge oneself because ’there is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is transmitted through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique.’
So, on October 27 in Nicosia, different ideas did spring up, all different and brightly colored, all thought-provoking and inspiring and all with one thing in common: It’s all about my time.
Stay tuned for more TEDxNicosia events with ideas worth spreading; ideas that can enrich our community nourish our mind and stimulate the spirit.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.