They stood there, promisingly, gleaming in the sunlight. Four, red-coloured letters, TEDx, anticipating what should be presented this evening in Cafè Parkhaus in the Goethepark in Klagenfurt. In the background: About 80 people enjoying the warm summer’s evening, cooling off with a beer or a wine. And furthermore curiously waiting for what was going to be told about these four, red letters.
At 8:15 pm, Austrian prime time, it was about time to answer arising questions at this kick-off event held together with the Carinthian online magazine IMSÜDEN.AT. What is TEDxKlagenfurt? What’s behind these four letters? What is happening when and where? And Marko Haschej gave the answers. The curator of TEDxKlagenfurt 2015 fed everyone with important information: The event is going to take place on September 12 in Schleppe Event Hall in Klagenfurt. The theme: Daring heights. The main topic: courage.
„We are facing changes in Carinthia. All the more it is important to send out positive, new ideas and visions for the future. We want to encourage people to leave their comfort zone and take new risks”, Marko said.
Correspondently, Marko and his team of about 20 focussed on a balanced mixture of international and local speakers from the Alps-Adriatic region: “Carinthia and the region is a great place with great people with the courage and willingness to change something for the good. We want to give them a stage”, Marko added.
Two of the speakers presented (more about the speakers next time) were on-site to kick off the third TEDxKlagenfurt season: Raj Sethia and Manuel Marinelli. One World Bank consultant and change management expert, the other Greenpeace activist. As different their professions, as similar their goal: to inspire, to motivate. And that’s what they did at the event: Talked about their visions, exchange their ideas with the attendees.
Marko also sent out a huge “thank you” to all the sponsors enabling this non profit event in Carinthia, above all Platinum Partners Mazda and the Chamber of Commerce Carinthia.
It was already dark as the last attendees left the event. And although these four, red letters only silhouetted against the moonlight in the Goethepark, they lit even brighter in the hearts of many attending this excellent evening.
Photo credit: Johannes Wouk/IMSÜDEN.AT
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