TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck,Abi Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxFORESchool, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxFORESchool event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
TEDxFORESchool is back with its second edition with an intriguing theme of “Heads or Tails?”
“Heads or Tails?” as a theme might seem as an interpretation of opposites but we are not just aiming to look at opposite sides of a coin but the main goal is to understand the various facets attached to that coin. From the beginning, we have been brought up in an environment which has asked us to see only one side of a situation and we have followed this principle with a blind fold. It never comes naturally to us to try and see the other side of the coin. It’s a belief that there are two sides to everything that happens.
These sides may both be positive, both negative, one positive and one negative or just two neutral options. The concept is not about preferring one side over the other side, it is about going forward with a broader perspective. Hence, through this theme we hope to challenge ourselves and invoke our grey cells into looking beyond. The time has come to overcome the intrinsic dilemma of thinking only on one side, after all each coin has two faces.
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor, born in the city of Ambala, spent most of his childhood in Delhi. At the age of 20, he stepped into the hospitality industry with a Diploma in Hotel Management from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM) Pusa, Catering Technology & Applied Nutrition, New Delhi. After working in many hotels, he became the Executive Chef of the Centaur Hotel in Mumbai. He is also the recipient of the Best Executive Chef of India Award by H&FS and the Mercury Gold Award at Geneva by IFCA. Singapore Airlines recruited him as one of the members of its "International Culinary Panel", helping to create a meal called Shahi Thali in 2006. He is the most celebrated face of Indian Cuisine.
In 2001, he unveiled his first restaurant, The Yellow Chilli, which is now present in many major cities across India. In 2010 he launched Sanjeev Kapoor's Khana Khazana which is his line of ready-to-cook meals. He was on the panel of Judges for Master Chef India Season 3.
He is a chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel ‘Food Food’, author of bestselling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards.
Mr. Kapoor has been conferred with ‘Best Chef of India’ award by the Government of India. He was also Chosen as Indian ambassador for the United Nation’s Clean Cook stoves campaign for the underprivileged people in the developing countries.
Today, Mr. Kapoor is in demand from many brands as a brand ambassador for their products and he makes it a point to choose what’s best for him. Currently he is endorsing brands like Cargill India’s Sweekar Sunflower Oil, Zydus Cadila’s Sugarfree, Daawat Basmati Rice and Sleek Kitchen.
Mr. Gaurav Marya is a born entrepreneur. He started his first business at 16 and has started and sold some 15 other businesses ranging from mobile phones, career advisory, restaurants to entertainment business etc. At 24, Mr. Marya discovered his real passion in life — Franchising. He was first exposed to it while on a business trip to the US in 1998 when franchising was the buzzword there and he dreamt of replicating its success in India. In 1999, Mr. Marya started Franchise India Holdings Limited which spearheaded the franchise revolution in India and has gone on to become India’s largest integrated franchise and retail Solution Company.
Franchise India Holdings Ltd encompasses a variety of domestic and international portfolio of franchise and retail companies, apart from offering franchise and retail consulting services. FIHL as a company is based on 3Ps - Principle, People and Partnership. Under Mr. Gaurav's visionary leadership, Franchise India has moved from strength to strength, and is well acknowledged for revolutionizing the way companies plan the course of action for their business development.
Today, standing tall among his contemporaries as Asia’s leading consultant, he is taking the franchise industry to new heights. His contribution in the sector has added to his stature in the franchising and licensing industry. Recently, Mr. Marya has authored soon to be released book on franchising titled, ‘The Science of Reproducing Success’ in which he has culled his years of experience in franchising. The book is another milestone in his illustrative career that further gives a boost to his efforts in organizing the franchise industry.
Mr. Gaurav Marya in corporate circles is famously known as the Franchise King.
As a Director of Telstra in India, Anish Kohli is responsible for their Global Service provider business for India & South Asia region. He is a telecom professional with a career span of 20 years in the telecommunications industry and has previously worked with organizations like Siemens, Vodafone and Airtel in business leadership roles. An Electronics Engineer of 1995 batch, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing Management and a certified Senior Management Professional from IIM Kolkata (SMP-2011), Anish was always seeking to strike the right balance between profession and self. He found the solution in Sahaja Yoga meditation, a very easy yet highly effective and scientifically verifiable meditation technique founded by H.H.Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi in 1970 for the benefit of the society. The practice of Sahaja Yoga not only gave him the tool he was looking for to attain the internal balance, it also gave him the wonderful opportunity to have a highly positive impact on the society, on the lives of hundreds of thousands of people from various walks of life who go through the tremendous experience of inner peace and bliss during these sessions, which lead to their inner transformation for the better Anish thus became an integral part of Corporate and Educational workshop teams of Sahaja Yoga Meditation and for more than 15 years has been conducting ‘Stress Management and Balanced Personality’ Meditation workshops in corporate organizations and educational institutions across the country with the aim of giving solutions to the problems being faced by our society. (completely free of cost, as a social cause)
Nitish Bharti is a world-famous Indian sand animation artist and storyteller who use only his fingers to create wonderful stories out of simple sand grains. His incredible videos have been watched and loved by millions of people globally.
Mr. Nitish, as a child knew that his heart was tied in the world of artists and was forever fascinated with sand. He used to draw pictures on the sand and wait for the tides to wipe it away. It was through this he realized, how temporary and provisional everything in life was.
According to him, art is all about communicating something in innovative and compelling ways. The artist uses his artistic vision and unique medium to convey his message to his audience. For Mr. Nitish, sand, music and light act as a media which he uses to portray his stories.
He participated in Season 4 of India’s Got Talent (2012) and was amongst the top three finalists. He was acclaimed for depicting Yuvraj Singh's journey for survival through his sand paintings. Nitish Bharti was also a semifinalist in the reality show Asia’s Got Talent Season 1 (2015).
Mr. Nitish Bharti is adept at using his sand artistry to communicate religious, civic, cultural, and corporate messages. He entertains, performs his sand-story, art-story, and word-story presentations in both English and Hindi. In his every performance, he captivates his audience both with the innovative medium and his fast-paced creations.
Gaurav Tiwari, born and brought up as a non-believer, emerged as the Founder and CEO of Indian Paranormal Society. He started his career as an actor at the age of 16 but eventually took up his career as a pilot. He graduated from MVP Aero Academy, Texas. His interest in the paranormal phenomenon, began when he shifted into a haunted house. In order to understand it, he started studying metaphysics, and further took up a certification course in paranormal investigation at ParaNexus association. He grew as a paranormal investigator under the guidance of Mr. Doug Kelley (Co-founder of ParaNexus). He soon became a Certified Leading Paranormal Investigator for ParaNexus. He returned to India in 2009, and established Indian Paranormal Society. Mr. Gaurav perused his Doctoral studies in Metaphysical Humanistic Science. He currently holds certifications as a Spiritual Counselor, Hypnotist, and Life and Relationship Coach from Institute of Metaphysical Science (IMHS), Florida, USA. He is also an ordained minister for Metaphysical Church of Humanistic Science (MCHS) and holds a title of a 'Reverend'.
As a paranormal specialist, he strongly believes that for everything to manifest in reality has to first exist in our minds. Thus, ghosts in most cases are nothing but a product of people’s imaginations.
His first television breakthrough was MTV Girls Night Out which won the Best Reality Show in Asian Television Awards, Singapore, 2011.
Mr. Gaurav and his team has won accolade for busting the myths about haunted Bhangarh, which they have established is nothing but rumors.
He, with his team of GRIP (Ghost Research & Investigators of Paranormal) aims to investigate paranormal activities in India and educate people and clear the myths and pre-conceived notions of people.
Indian Jam Project, a collaborative platform which attempts to knit Indian Classical Music and Western Music. They perform Indian adaptations of famous western theme music of a television series or movie.
This project was founded by Mr. Tushar Lall who is the producer/composer for the project. He is the man behind the innovative idea of composing the adaptations. Mr. Tushar was joined by percussionist Samay Lalwani and flautist Prathamesh Salunke. The project now includes a lot of other members, namely Sri Sandeep Mishra who plays Sarangi, Sri Abrar Ahmed who plays Santoor and many more.
The group’s first video was revamping the Game of Thrones theme song and it got an overwhelming response. After this, they collaborated with friends Tuhin and Amitesh Mukherjee.
The videos by the project includes re-composing the theme music of Harry Potter, Interstellar, Pirates of the Caribbean, BBC Sherlock and Rains of Castamere of Game of Thrones along with its theme music.
This one of a kind initiative has received a lot of appreciation from not only India but from the west also. This is special concept is working great in composing a fusion of Indo-western styles of music which is not only entertaining but also deep emotions conveyed in the music which has no boundaries.
Invincible Group was formed by a group of professional dancers along with Shraey Khanna. Fondly referred to as SKIN by many, Invincible Group was born in December 2014. The team of SKIN aims to keep the legendary Michael Jackson's style of dancing alive through their performances as Shraey along with his INVINCIBLE boys is a huge follower of the legend. SKIN keeping the legend himself as an inspiration aspires to reach out as many hearts as possible.
Shraey Khanna, one of the leading dancers of SKIN was the winner of Reality show, “India’s Dancing Superstar” (2013). Shraey has been a part of Remo D’Souza’s ABCD and its sequel ABCD2.
INVINCIBLE group reflects high level of creativity and innovation through their dance.
Mr. Pavan Duggal is practicing advocate at Supreme Court of India with a specialization in Cyber Law and E-Commerce law. His never-ending effort in these fields have earned him the reputation of an expert, both in the National and in the International domain.
An internationally renowned expert and authority on Cyber law, Mr. Duggal has also the credit of having done pioneering work in the field of Convergence Law and Mobile Law. He heads his niche Law Firm, Pavan Duggal Associates, which works actively in the fields of Cyber law, Intellectual Property Rights and Information Technology, Information Security law and many more.
His good name in the legal world, has yielded into numerous empanelment as a legal consultant for various national and international organizations.
He has been closely associated with various organs of the United Nations such as UNESCO, UNDP, UNICEF, etc.
He is also associated with the Council of Europe and has been invited, as a speaker, to the IGF summits regularly. He was also the first person from Asia-Pacific who brought to light the need to address the issue of cyber terrorism at the AMIC Conference at Perth, Australia in 2002.
Mr. Duggal strongly believes that “a dedicated cyber security legislation as a key requirement for India. It is not sufficient to merely put cyber security as a part of the IT Act. We have to see cyber security not only from the sectoral perspective, but also from the national perspective.”
Mr. Ram Verma is an eminent NLP trainer in India. He has been empowering people for the last one and a half decades. He has the biggest ever exposure of making change in the lives of people across the country. Since 2001, he has conducted his NLP and Brain mapping workshops in different part of the country. Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is the study of what works in thinking, language, and behavior. NLP is a new way looking at how we perceive the world, create our behavior and design our destiny. NLP explores new Choices and create new possibilities. Ram has addressed more than four lac people through his various courses, of which more than ten thousand have enjoyed his fire-walk workshops.
A book called ‘Unlimited power’ authored by Anthony Robbins became the turning point of his life. This was the book that exposed Mr. Verma to NLP and it was from there he started practicing those techniques. He has learnt numerous techniques of NLP like Modelling, rapport, meta model and meta program etc.
Mr. Ram Verma is the only NLP coach in India who has developed and delivered a number of customized NLP modules. His version of Applied Fundamentals of NLP is most sought after as it has the scientific and practical approach of the subject. With his wide experience and creativity, he has not only been helping new trainers and coaches to learn NLP and also helping them launch themselves with readymade customized workshop contents 'You Tube'.
Lawyer by profession and dancer by choice, Ms. Mohnaa Shrivastava is a judicial intern under Hon’ble Mr. Justice Sunil Gaur. She is final year law student from Amity Law School, New Delhi. She has been doing belly-dance since the past 7 years. Ms. Shrivastava performs Raqs Sharqi as well as tribal improvisation forms of belly dancing. She is the president of Raqqasa, the dance society of Amity Law School. She has participated in many prestigious competitions and has won them with her jaw dropping performances. Ms. Mohnna won the title of Miss Oasis 2012 for my dance performance at BITS Pilani.
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