TEDxMaui 2013

presenter in conference


Last Sunday, I attended my first TED event. TEDxMaui blew my mind. Over twenty presenters went onstage to speak with passion and commitment for their beliefs. Here are three of them who brought tears to my eyes, put gratefulness to my heart and inspired me to stand up for myself.



Kim Rosen – Remembering Our First Language: Poetry As Medicine For Our Time

Kim Rosen is an author, teacher and therapist. Most of all, she is a wonderful poet healing and inspiring the world with her words. She was the first presenter to come on stage. I was unprepared for the intensity of her presentation. The vulnerability she showed us while reciting poetry on stage went straight to my heart and brought tears to my eyes. I asked myself, and I am asking you, when is the last time I made myself so vulnerable to others? How can I share so much of myself with others?



Archie Kalepa – Lessons From The Water

Archie Kalepa is THE waterman. Jaws is his middle name. He is a lifeguard captain, a fearless big-wave surfer, stand-up paddler, stuntman and he is committed to reviving the traditional Hawaiian sport of canoe surfing. Most of all, he is taking responsibility for keeping all the water fanatics of Maui safe by demonstrating and teaching new rescue techniques to lifeguards. The waterwoman in me is saying a big Mahalo to Kalepa. I feel secure in the water because of him. When I saw the lifeguard check on Thierry while he was in a rescue situation, I knew he was safe. Who is feeling safer because of what you are passionate about? Who’s work are you grateful for?


Alex Grey – Cosmic Creativity: How Art Evolves Consciousness

Alex Grey is an artist specializing in spiritual and psychedelic art as long as a medical illustrator in the context of cosmic, biological and technological evolution. He is notorious for his Sacred Mirrors. His drawings and paintings are breathtaking but what amazed me the most about Grey is his sincerity and self-respect for who he is and what he does. For example, he didn’t care about our opinion on his drug consumption. He simply explained to us that taking drugs was once part of his creative process. Are you always true to yourself and you beliefs when in a work context? Can you stand up for what you believe in?


I am encouraging you to seize the opportunity to attend events like TED conferences and TEDx events. It is a moment to open your mind and get inspired by amazing people you would never encounter if you stayed in your own little field. I certainly didn’t hear about marketing nor online database software last Sunday but I got the chance to refuel on great ideas. Don’t we all need it from time to time?