TEDxCasablanca: An event in review

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Disclaimer: Ok, I gotta be honest, it’s a half review since I couldn’t stay till the end although I wished I could!

 

TEDxCasablanca is the first TEDx event to take place in Morocco. I secretly envied the organizers because the idea was lurking in my head since last May but I just didn’t get the time to think about it seriously. In the end, I’m just glad someone did it! The event, which obviously took place in Casablanca last Saturday, was greatly orchestrated within the calm atmosphere of the Mohammed Sekkat Library. Between the great books and the enlightening insights, we couldn’t but marvel at the beauty of sharing, of openness and of the amazing gift that is the human mind.

What I liked about the event:

  •        It’s a TEDx! It’s inspiring by construct
  •        Well organized, not much of delays
  •        Speakers from all walks of life: Public sector, business, art…
  •        I finally got to meet @Hisham_G (more about this later!)
  •        I loved the fact that not all presentation were in French!
  •        I got to catch up with friends as well

What I disliked:

  •        The Food: Just kidding, I’m not that lame!
  •        Internet Access: Would’ve loved to live-tweet and interact with the audience. I really hope the upcoming event will take this vital geeky need into account

The event started by a brief presentation from the man behind the event. Mr El Ourouba talked about how knowledge has metamorphosed from point to point to multipoint to multipoint thanks to web 2.0 and TED-like communities. He also brought to attention that there are 3 golden rules to grasping knowledge:

  •        Open mind
  •        Tolerance to difference
  •        Embracing new ideas

1st  talk: The power of non domination

Speaker: Mr Driss Alaoui Mdaghri

Main ideas: When we talk about leadership, we are often speaking out of a domination logic. While it could certainly drive success, leadership doesn’t not necessarily lead to happiness nor the happiness of people around us. Success is rather achieving our objectives together, no domination involved.

  •        Every decision we ever make has a negative aspect to it.
  •        Every decision triggers legitimate opposition. Don’t fight it; embrace it.
  •        Everything is important and nothing is important. Accept that tiny actions can often have tremendous effect
  •        We’re social animals, our professional lives are a continuum of our personal lives.
  •        Always put yourself in people’s shoes to understand their motives and difficulties
  •        It’s important to dominate your real or symbolic violence, your anger for instance.
  •        Art saves humanity. Permanent creativity is an absolute need for people and societies
  •        Art teaches us Freedom: Do it your own way!

 

2nd talk: Identity is diversity

Speaker: Mr Ahmed Ghayet

Main ideas:

  •        Diversity, plurality, tolerance… have become Big words
  •        Growing up in Barbes – France makes one feel he’s a citizen of the world (multiple nationalities, rich cultures…)
  •        Everyone of us holds a plurality within himself that could be beneficial to the “us”
  •        We need to rethink our identity with a constructive spirit, with addition in mind (not subtraction, nor division)
  •        We needn’t be afraid of who we are, rather proud but not arrogant.
  •        The enemy of identity isn’t openness but withdrawal and confinement

3rd talk: Morocco 2.0

Speaker: Mr Taieb Debbagh

Main ideas:

  •        Prospective: approach that aims to prepare for the future by elaborating scenarios based on the available data
  •        Generations have changed from Digital retards – Digital immigrants to Digital Natives (Generation Y)
  •        As water and electricity, the flow of information via Internet is going to become a given
  •        Enterprise 2.0 is the future of enterprise
  •        Administration 2.0 is the future of public Sector (egov.ma)
  •        M-commerce (purchasing via mobile) is supplanting e-commerce
  •        Education 2.0 is becoming collaborative and collective.

 

4th talk: from culture in general, to the documentary in particular

Speaker: Mrs Nezha Drissi

Main ideas:

  •        There is nothing as powerful as sharing to help us face our solitude of creating
  •        He who wants to do something finds a way, he who doesn't finds an excuse
  •        Today’s utopia is tomorrow’s reality
  •        Documentaries are tools for popular education
  •        Documentaries share the vision of the producer, therefore are subjective
  •        A society that isn't open can’t be enriched, nor will it enrich others
  •        FIDADOC: International festival of documentary is taking place in Agadir, 9-13 November 

 

5th talk: I blog, therefore I am

Speaker: Mr Hisham Khribchi

Main ideas:

  •        Eugene deLacroix thought truth existed only among individuals, not among the masses
  •        Web 2.0 have given people the chance to create content of their own
  •        Web 2.0 gives voice to citizens and a stage for them so they can be heard
  •        Morocco = stereotypes: Camels that run in the streets of Casablanca as you may have all noticed
  •        There are few details about the density and passion of our lives
  •        It now takes less that 6 degrees of separation to reach people on the web (5 for Facebook, 4 for Twitter)
  •        TalkMorocco has been created to overtake the francophone sphere reigning Morocco

I’m a great fan of Mr Hisham’s work and dedication to a noble cause that is Freedom of speech and human rights. He even was kind enough to grant me an autograph that I’ll cherish along with my Seth Godin and Tariq Ramadan dedicated Books. You must be jealous, I know!

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6th talk: DabaTeatr: anchoring here and creating for the long drive (in dialect Arabic)

Speakers: Mr Hisham Khribchi

Main ideas:

  •        People don’t dream as they used to
  •        We need to educate our children to believe in their dreams.
  •        Dreams educate
  •        Theater offers the possibility to dream
  •        In the continuum of everyday life, theater brings pauses
  •        The state needs to realize how art is important to the education
  •        Dabateatr: bringing theater to the center of community


My adventure with TEDxCasablanca stops here. Kudos to the organizers who brought us an exquisite event that we hope will get only better and better in the upcoming editions.

More details about the speakers can be found on: http://www.tedxcasablanca.com/

 

Lamia Ben

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