Jakub Krzych and Łukasz Kostka who founded the company started talking about the idea of Estimote at an earlier TEDxKraków in 2012. So it is not just the fantastic ideas but the examples and role models of people you meet at TED or TEDx-es. It is not just the super successful entrepreneurs and scientists like Tal Golesworthy’s who repaired his own heart. It is also the inspiration of being surrounded by people who share optimistic, positive values based around the TED mission of “ideas worth spreading” and who are ready to devote their time and energy to the cause.
Positive comments about TEDxKazimierz from the TED Post event e-mail survey.
Note This is not the full report. There were some negative comments (three about one singer – which I accept will publish and address in detail elsewhere). this is a positive pro TED article so you see the sanitized version here) 98 responses (17 passives, 74 promoters, 7 detractors) 61 rated the event 10/10 max 14 rated the event 9/10 12 rated the event 8/10, 5 rated the event 7/10 3 rated the event 6/10 1 rated the event 5/10 2 rated the event 4/10 1 rated the event 0/10.
“that was a great experience”
|Event was very well organized, speakers were great and there was free food too
“Great organisation and fantastic guests. I have not known anyone there, but i had wonderful and inspiring time.”
“it was wonderful and very … personal!!! Exceptional experience!”
“TEDxKazimierz really was a special event for me. It was always my little wish to partecipate in TED. The fact it was organised in Krakow, in Kazimierz, was an additional adventage. The people who organized the event gave a heart to it. It was a pleasure to be there, see and meet so interesitng and motivated people who created this special
atmosfere and invited so amazing speakers. I think everyone should have this opportunity to, at least once, be and attendee of TED or TEDx.”`
“Everything was perfect ! :)”
“It was an amazing event where I could meet really awesome people. The variety of topics was really wide so everyone could find something for themself. ‘Age has no limit’ from so many different perspectives. So positive and developing”
“It was a very interesting and diversified event.”
“I had a really great time! It was something interesting. High level of organization, interesting program, good speakers give me a good motivation for self development. The topics mentioned at the event were really inspiring.”
“Great speakers, awesome music and people. The event was organised for the first time, but everything was great :)”
“I love watching TED and TEDx talks, but taking part in TEDx is 100 times more exciting. TEDx Kazimierz heleped me to find new inspirations and meet amazing people whom I would propably wouldnever meet otherwise.”`
“The conference was very well organized. Invited interesting speakers.
“Speeches were accompanied by interesting workshops. Ensured the possibility of linking with each other guests so that they can meet each other and referring interesting contacts. The event was accompanied by a great atmosphere. The organizers took care of the guests.”
“Good range of speaker, authenticity in enthusiasm of the organisers, valuable community spirit”
“It was an amazing experience – eye-opening and really worth taking part in. excellent event. good speakers, good organizers.”
“It was an inspiring and even moving event, with many great people taking part. All speeches were great, but some of them were truly amazing. Best way to spend your saturday!”
“ I loved the topic and the speakers. I think the atmosphere was great. I met two people who I will definitely cooperate with. Oh, and I just loved Richard’s way of running the whole event:) Thank you! “
“It was for the first time in my life I could experience Tedx live. Real people, real challenges, real emotions. What I appreciate the most is the passion in Tedx talks and in the choice of speakers. Very inspiringday. “
“Diverse speakers, interesting topics, good organization! Totally wouldrecommend the event to others, what I am already doing! “
“It was great event, great quality speakers, great organization”
“Great event! For sure worth spreading!”
“great and content of all presentations was very interesting. I will definitely participate in the next edition.””
“was a great conference that helped me to rethink what and why I am doing today. I believe that participation in event like that would be valuable experience for any of my friends and colleagues. “
“It was an unusual experience, which has already influenced my life.”
Everything was alright
“it was motivating event. Great job guys !”
““Po prostu było ciekawie, organizacja wypadła dobrze, a ekipa, która się tym zajmowała była przesympatyczna :)”
It was pretty great, although I think it should have been more focused on talks in english. “
“Because the atmoshere was fantastic and all the speeches presented ideas worth spreading. Balance between inspiration and knowledge.”
“Very good logistics. i think organistators did great job! And the place was awesome!!!”
“Great speakers, wonderful website, awesome venue.”“
“:The event was very well organised. The speakers were very interesting and what they said was thought-provoking and inspiring. I made some new friends.”
It was awesome !!!
“Event is perfectly organized. Speakers line up and topics was very inspiring and interesting. It was fit pretty well the general theme “Age is not a limit”. As non a native Polish-speaker (yet) It was a little bit difficult to listen to Polish talks w/o translation or printed materials/ details/transcriptions. Thanks the whole team! And hope to see and be a part of TEDx community again!”
“Naprawdę czułam się tam dobrze i wiele wyniosłam! Na każdym kroku było widać, że organizatorzy dbali o uczestników –
nie za pomocą wielkich nakładów i nie na pokaz, ale poprzez proste drobiazgi: – zdjęcia na wejściu, rozwieszone później na sznurku – ice brakery
– jedzenie! (proste a pomysłowe, zdrowe drobiazgi od konkretnych ludzi! – punkt za wizytówki do autorów przekąsek:)
– wielość opcji w przerwie – na pierwszy rzut oka ponad godzina wolnego budziła zdziwienie, ale każdy mógł znaleźć coś dla siebie – albo rozmowy z ludźmi, albo wykład o astronomii, albo pokazy sztuczek, albo po prostu słuchanie pianisty)
– dobór muzyków – bardzo autorski, bardzo odważny 😉 zupełnie “niehipsterski” 😉
– wspólne śpiewanie spinające cały dzień – i niesamowity, bardzo bardzo wzruszający finał z prof. Narembskim
– jak zwykle, komunikacja online przyjazna, ludzka i z dbałością o szczegóły
(jeden minus – tylko jedna toaleta ale jak rozumiem to ograniczenie tego miejsca – nie warto by z tego powodu rezygnować z kapitalnych“ “
“In my opinion TEDxKazimierz was realy great experience, considering all of details: organization, atmosphere and people which were a part of it. Why 9, not 10? Well, it always may be better “
“I chose 10 because all talks was very interesting and inspiring, organization was perfect and catering was delicious!”
“Galicia Jewish Museum was just a great place to be during the event. Not only the speakers were inspiring but also available for direct conversation after their speeches. It’s just a great event to attend if you’re open minded and want to not only get inspired but share you ideas in a great atmosphere of openness too. “
it was very impressive “
“It was great”
“It was very inspiring, the topics were interesting, the organizaton was really good. “
TEDx i have attended on Saturday, May 23rd was very interesting and inspirational event. I believe events like this should be widely shared and recommended to allow others. Everyone can learn something about themselves, about life and take it home with them. This event is like a spark, that can bring light where before there was not much of it, bring idea to place that needed one. And give support to those who want to change something around them. “
“TEDx Kazimierz was a great expirience for me. 4 of all the speakers were people I’ve known before, I met many of my friends I haven’t expected to see there, I had an opportunity to commit new friendships and get closer to the various issues seemed (primarily) to be very fresh to me. I’m getting totally involved in idea of TEDxes I’m appreciate to the people who invented , orgnised and realised that great event. And,of course, I want more…”
“I really liked it. Everything was great: inspired and inspiring speakers, themes, networking and organization (especially time management, one of the hardest parts of such event). I appreciate how much efforts were spent in order to achieve this *high* level. As for me personally, I met new people, and this is really valuable.
“It is new and fresh. Some great speakers. An amazing ending. After being at TEDx Kazimierz I already started recommending this event. I am looking forward for the next edition and I would love to be a more active member of TEDx Kaziemierz community.
“It was simply awesome, great ppl, a lot of inspirational talks, opportunity to spend my time among interesting people and learn a little about their work.”
“I liked the whole experience. The speeches were motivating and inspiring.:”
“It was a nice friendly, local event.
“Because this was amazing, inspire, unforgettable event and I met there many awesome people “
“I found talks very interesting esp. of prof. Narębski will be memorable.
“Interesting speeches, good ambience, nice and open people”
“I loved the very intimate feel of the event. The speakers were well chosen and the musical parts before breaks were very thoughtful”
24th June 2015
I needed this transcript for another article I was writing, so here it is. It’s well worth sharing,
Host “here’s to my Friend and the Ulitmate Teenage choice award recipient Ashton Kutcher”
“What’s up? Oh wow. Okay okay, let’s be brutally honest — this is the old guy award, this is like the grandpa award and after this I gotta go to the geriatric home. Um, First of all, um, I don’t have a career without you guys. I don’t getta do any of the things I getta do without you. Um you know, I thought that uh, it might be interesting.. You know In Hollywood and in the industry and the stuff we do, there’s a lot of like insider secrets to keeping your career going, and a lot of insider secrets to making things tick. And I feel like a fraud.
My name is actually not even Ashton. Ashton is my middle name. My first name’s Chris. It always has been. It got changed when I was like 19 and I became an actor, but there are some really amazing things that I learned when I was Chris, and I wanted to share those things with you guys because I think it’s helped me be here today. So, it’s really 3 things. The first thing is about opportunity. The second thing is about being sexy. And the third thing is about living life.
The third thing is something that I just re-learned when I was making this movie about Steve Jobs. And Steve Jobs said when you grow up you tend to get told that the world is the way that it is, and that your life is to live your life inside the world and try not to get in too much trouble, and maybe get an education and get a job and make some money and have a family, but life can be a lot broader than that when you realize one simple thing, and that is that everything around us that we call life was made up by people who are no smarter than you, and you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life. Don’t live one, build one. Find your opportunities, and always be sexy. I love you guys.”
I got a call from a journalist Jerzy Sadecki interested in my investment in Lovekrakow.pl, a news website with stellar traffic. I don’t know how much of my answers will be published, so am posting the correspondence below.
Answers in the text below.
I’m giving you the right to non exclusive right to publish this. I’ll also be publishing on my blog, I translated your questions, you can translate my answers if you like. would you like to write an article on Lovekrakow too? We welcome guest columnists and someone like you would be of interest to our readers. Michal and Patryk are in charge so the final editorial decision would be theirs. We considered an article from my brother Edward Lucas who writes in international as well as Polish media and you may have heard of. Please send me a link to your the article when it goes to press. Cheers
Jestem krakowskim dziennikarzem (szczegóły o mnie znajdzie Pan na wikipedii)
Miesięcznik branżowy “Press” zainteresował się działalnością i pozycją portalu LoveKrakow.pl
i zamówił u mnie tekst o nim na tle rynku lokalnych portali w mieście.
Zbierając materiały zauważyłem , że nie tylko jest Pan wielkim propagatorem innowacji, start upów, TDX ect , ale włączył się Pan również w portal LoveKraków.pl, bedąc udziałowcem wydającej go spólki. Stąd moje pytania:
2015-04-10 18:27 GMT+02:00 Jerzy Sadecki <jerzy.sadecki….com>:
Jestem krakowskim dziennikarzem (szczegóły o mnie znajdzie Pan na wikipedii)
Miesięcznik branżowy “Press” zainteresował się działalnością i pozycją portalu LoveKrakow.pl
i zamówił u mnie tekst o nim na tle rynku lokalnych portali w mieście.Zbierając materiały zauważyłem , że nie tylko jest Pan wielkim propagatorem innowacji, start upów, TDX ect , ale włączył się Pan również w portal LoveKraków.pl, bedąc udziałowcem wydającej go spólki.Stąd moje pytania:1. Dlaczego zdecydował się Pan wesprzeć portal swoja osobą i pieniędzmi ?2. Jaką, Pana zdaniem, ma on odgrywać rolę w Krakowie?3. Czy spełnia Pana oczekiwania?4. Czy wypełnia jakąś luke na rynku5. Jak widzi Pan jego przyszłośćBędę wdzieczny za pilną odpowiedź.Jerzy Sadecki
Richard Lucas – 21st March 2015
TEDxWarsaw 2015 on 18th May – was a memorable experience. As always TEDx-es live by the quality of their speakers. The wonderful venue of Teatr Polski only added to the sense of quality.
Andrzej Lubowski gave a great talk last week which I want to share, am summarizing, and adding my own notes to.
His bio from TEDxWarsaw is as follows “Our next speaker, Andrzej Lubowski, moderated first ever TV debates between Solidarity and the communist government of Poland in 1981. He’s the author of i.a. “Zbig. The Man Who Cracked the Kremlin” currently on the path of writing a new book. A Varsovian by birth and upbringing, Andrzej has lived in the USA since 1982 where he worked in senior executive positions for major international companies. He has served as an adviser and a board member in American and European companies as well as non-profit organizations. “
This is what he said.
1 Don’t take “No” for an answer (giving the example of Decca turning down The Beatles in 1962) If you really believe in your idea – persist, don’t give up, keep going.
2 Challenge the status quo wisely – (Driving on the wrong side of the road is an example of a stupid way to challenge the status quo). But don’t just accept things the way they are. He quoted the extraordinary Elon Musk who not only realised that if humankind is to move to other planets we have to learn how to to make rockets reusable, but set to work to make it happen with Space X. Read (listen to or watch) Elon Musk being interviewed by Chris Anderson at TED here
3. Learn from the best. Andrzej had a fascinating job of being “global head of benchmarking” – There is nothing wrong with copying good or best practice. Make sure you know what you are trying to optimize and bench mark.
4. Communication is vital – and the messenger has to fit the message. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. listening is a vital communication skill (note to self – try not to talk so much). When Wayne Calloway asked Andrzej to introduce changes at Pepsico having done a global benchmarking study – (I think – need to check this once the talk goes on line) Andrzej disagreed with the the process and told Wayne that the person who led the change process had to be someone who would have authority with the Vice Presidents who needed to make the changes. He found the CEO of TI (I think) to do this and it made all the difference. This is an incredibly valuable insight that I have known intuitively but never seen articulated
5. Change is painful – and people will find ways to avoid it if they can. This is so true
6. Develop the image of a burning platform Create a sense that the platform or bridge you are on is on fire, is burning. Once people understand that they are or might be on a burning bridge they will (should) be more ready to change. This is a very valuable idea. whether we are looking at environmental challenges like reducing our dependence on fuels that put carbon into the atmosphere. Understanding how free countries need to adapt to deal with threat of unconventional and information warfare from Russia. Being in any business which has to adapt to the impact of the internet – think bookshops, taxi companies, hotels, most of my businesses… The image that the status quo is dangerous – – your bridge is on fire – is a powerful metaphor for the imperative to change.
7 Find and surround yourself with people with positive energy. Essential. So true. When I have invested in businesses it is one of my criteria. A working success and productive life is bound to be full of challenges. it is so easy to lose faith. Positivity, optimism, generosity in the people around you will make a huge difference and keep you going. Positive energy is necessary but not sufficient in my view. I want reference the extraordinary talk by Ashton Kutcher at Teen Choice Awards (the start of this talk is anything but promising, but watching the whole talk is 5 minutes well spent – I promise you). Ashton says that the three most important lessons he had to share were that “opportunities looks a lot like work, 2 that being smart, thoughtful and generous is what makes someone ‘sexy’ (see the video to understand the context), and 3. that ordinary people can shape the world we live in.
I was making notes about this talk from about half way through and started thinking as Andrzej was concluding… meaning that I missed his summary where he said something about the need to be emotionally prepared if you want to change the world.
I am guessing that this was to do with the fact that it you need to be tough.. I am going to find out how he concluded but for now this is as far as I have got. Thanks Andrzej and the TEDxWarsaw team for sharing these ideas. Yet another positive impact on my life
Once the talk goes on line – (as all TEDx talks must by their Creative Commons licence) – I will post a link. The first TED talk I remember ever watching – by Richard Baraniuk – was about the Creative Commons) The wonderful TED Open Translation Project will make this available in Polish for sure. and I’ll do the English transcription. I’ve only transcribed one talk so far – It is many hours work which makes me appreciate the OTP all the more.
Ralph Talmont asked me if I wanted a couple of minutes on the stage at TEDxWarsaw 2015 In a two minute annoucement a lot gets left out. Lots of updates about the event itself and who spoke are here Thanks to Ewelina and Suzane from TEDxKazimierz team for their input into my talk, and who heard my nervous preparation the day before..
The main objectives of the announcement were:
– encourage attendees to spread the word about TED and TEDx, to support their local TEDx-es and the Open Translation Project, and
– to encourage and build community among TEDx attendees and fans – not just TEDx organisers and team members,
(and to be memorable, entertaining, inspiring and motivational).
So – more or less – this is what I said or wanted to say, with links and details, Thanks Ralph for giving me the stage.
“My purpose is to encourage you to evangelise for TED and TEDx, and build community among attendees of TEDx events. Can the foreigners here raise their hands ? can the TEDx organisers and team members raise their hands, and the first timers raise there hands..? TED is an international movement and everyone is welcome here. I am not sure who should be applauding who – because TEDx is a journey . Please appreciate each other with a round of applause….(applause)
My TEDx story started in 2008/9 and the first TEDx I was involved in was 2010. It’s been a wonderful experience and journey for me with great relationships and experiences.. .but this is not about me – it’s about you and what I want you do. It’s not just about what you can get from TED and TEDx it’s about what you can give and contribute. The more you do for TED the better your experience will be.
What about the people who are not here with us today ?
how can you spread the wonderful idea of “ideas worth spreading” to people who are not in the room and don’t know about us. Being here is a privilege – there are people who wanted to come who did not get tickets – and with privilege comes responsibility. What can you do to spread the word and share with this wonderful world ?
Let me tell you how and what to do.
At TEDxKazimierz one of our goals has been to spread the word about TED and TEDx, not just about our event. You can take small, medium or big steps
A small step can be showing a friend your favourite TED or TEDx talk on line, posting it on your Facebook page, joining the TED and TEDx Fans in Poland Facebook group, making thoughtful relevant posts about how TED and TEDx inspires you. If you are into Couchsurfing – join the TEDsurfing group bring Couchsurfing values to the world of TEDx.
A medium step can be to to take inspiration from Derek Sivers inspirational TED talk and be a “first follower”, which he calls a under appreciated form of leadership.
You can track down and offer to help in your local TEDx movement (if one exists). it’s easy enough to find either on TED.com here or if even like this – if you excuse my passive aggressive sense of humour, or you can get involved in the wonderful TED Open Translation Project Even if (like me) you are not a translator, you can do same language transcription. The first step to get your favorite Polish language talk into English -> is to transcribe and subtitle the Polish to make it ready to translate.
For those who want to do more – a big step can be: to emulate what we have have been doing in TEDxKazimierz. That includes (I’m putting a few more links in here than I could do from the stage)
– Presentations about TED and TEDx at other people’s events. For example at 10 slides x 10 seconds each presentation about TED, TEDx and TEDxKazimierz at a Pecha Kucha night here ( slides used are here Years ago Krystian Aparta of the OTP and I did a session at the Krakow SLOT festival, (though I can no longer find a link).
– going into schools and other institutions to give talks about TED, TEDx and your local TEDx. Irka, Ewelina and łukasz were doing this in a Kraków No V Liceum earlier this week – Anyone can do something in their school, university or company. Just make clear it is a meeting about TED and TEDx, not a TEDx itself.
– organising open information meeting about TED and TEDx, so “meetings about TED and TEDx”, as opposed to TEDx meetings. In the past I have done with with local Couchsurfers as per here We are trying different formats for TEDxKazimierz open information meetings. This is coming. 20th March. In December 2014, with a guest from TEDxKyiv we did events like this It is important in communications to make clear that these are not TEDx events. (For more ideas about how to make your events inclusive and welcoming read this article)
With responsibility comes accountability – .so I want to you choose whether you are going to take a small medium or big step; – Stand up and face your neighbour – noting their eye colour – (this guarantees eye contact). Please tell you neighbour in 10 seconds whether you are going to take a small medium or large step to spread the word about TED, TEDx and build community
(A roar of noise, which I stopped with my red football whistle )
now I want to you seal your Commitment to your neighbour with one of three actions, A hand shake, a hug or a kiss)
(laughter, chaos and lots of hugging)
Good, thank you: Go out and Evangelise for TED
thank you very much
I will never ever ever post to https://richardhlucas.wordpress.com (unless I change my mind), but before clicking submit for the final time, here are a few statistics, action items and reflections.
At the beginning of 2015 I decided to migrate my blog to richardlucas.com to which the help of Rafał – a recommended WordPress consultant.
I wondered about whether it might be disrespectful to use “The Last Post” as a title. The Last Post is played at military funerals in many countries and cultures the world over, including my grandfather who died more than 30 years ago, and fought in both World Wars. It is important to know and acknowledge those who fought and died for freedom and democracy, especially now in 2015. You can hear Reginald Portal describing his experiences in First World War at Gallipoli here and also insights into his views on Royal Navy education and social relations of 100 years ago. If just one person reflects on the sacrifices and horrors of war as a result of this aside, it is worth it.
Back to the blog. …… Continue reading
Richard Lucas February 2015
Gary Vaynerchuk said the other day that Linkedin is getting really big. I read elsewhere that top 10 lists work really well. So I thought I’d try writing a “top 20 sales questions” list and see how it worked. As my experience is selling to business – not consumers – it turned into a B2B list, and 20 questions was not enough. So you get 40 for the price of 20 (free). I wonder how the traffic will develop. It’s on Slideshare here and possibly visible on the blog below. feedback welcome Richard