In my five months as a TEDx Screener, I have watched over 200 TEDx events from around the world. I am always impressed by the ideas and innovations that come out of them. Very rarely though, am I as moved as I was two weeks ago, when I stumbled across TEDxArendal. It has henceforth set a standard for production quality, stage design and diversity of topics and ideas in a TEDx event for me. This post is a salute to my favorite event to date, TEDxArendal.
Their stage design was simple and elegant with a hint of whimsy:
They nailed lighting and camera angles …
… and audience-speaker reaction shots …
… and included amazing onstage demonstrations:
Below, my top three favorite talks from the event — selected from a group that included insights from a political activist, a virtual reality developer, a Northern Lights hunter and more:
In this magical talk, Sissel Morken Gullord demos various Norwegian folk instruments and explains how she became a part of Disney’s Frozen original soundtrack.
“Instead of thinking about having fun as a hidden benefit of working out, why don’t we think of working out a hidden benefit of having fun?” Jan Arild Svello demos his virtual reality bicycle that uses animation and hydraulics to simulate an extreme mountain biking experience.
As a Ghanaian and proud member of the African diaspora, I often find talks about missions to Africa condescending and misrepresenting events and/or people as they are. Though the majority of this talk is about the suffering in Rwanda, Tone Ellefsrud manages to capture the mass devastation of civil war and corruption while keeping the dignity of the people, and the country’s opportunity for growth intact.