Professional entertainer and yoyo demonstrator Mark Hayward has been working lately as a motivational speaker, encouraging people to learn from their mistakes and probably still shooting marshmallows at his face. Check out his TEDxLawrence talk about turning failure into success…nice job, Mark!
TEDx Talk: Garey Gan – The Power of a YoYo
Nice job, Garey! This TEDx talk is a little light on the yoyo tricks, but Garey gives a great message that’s worth checking out.
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences.
The Power Of A YoYo – Student Garey Gan gives powerful and engaging perspective of the simplicity of what makes us happy and our ability to be true to ourselves even in face of cynicism and adversity.
Garey Gan is a grade 12 from Brentwood College School, originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a very friendly person who is always happy to meet new people and make new friends. Ever since Garey was young, his teachers would always comment on his genuine nature to seek understanding and reflect “why”. With this, he combines his love for public speaking to propose ideas he believes are worth sharing. To see others grow from something he has done is a reward that truly brings him happiness.
Harrison Lee To Speak at TEDxKids (BC)
Canadian National Champion and CLYW team member Harrison Lee has just been announced as a speaker and performer at the TEDxKids @BC event, to be held Sunday, November 16th in Burnaby, BC, Canada. Congratulations, Harrison!
Some of BC’s most awe-inspiring kids are showcased at TEDxKids@BC. Remarkable people with young hearts share their stories borne from genuine curiosity & bold ideas. Our mission is to connect with TED and the open idea sharing principles of TED with kids and people passionate about empowering kids
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. 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, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
Jay Gilligan – TEDxHelsinki
Jay Gilligan gave a great talk at TEDxHelsinki about the history and evolution of juggling props, and working with prop manufacturers to shape a new future for object manipulation. Jay Gilligan is a professional juggler and performer from Arcadia, Ohio currently performing and living in Europe. Jay is the main teacher of juggling and creator of the juggling program at the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm, Sweden.
YoYo Master BLACK at TED 2013
“When I was 14 years old, I had low self-esteem,” yo-yo champion BLACK begins his talk during session 4 of TED2013. “Then one day, I bought a yo-yo.” The first trick he tried — well, it didn’t work. But after a week of practice, he started to get somewhere. He remembers, “I thought, ‘The yo-yo is something for me to be good at. For the first time in my life, I found my passion.’”
But practicing for hours a day and winning the World Yo-Yo Contest four years later in 2001 didn’t take him on the path he hoped. “I thought I’d become a hero! I will get many sponsors. Money. Many interviews! I will be on the TV,” says Black. But fame and fortune never came. Instead, BLACK went back to school and became a systems engineer.
Eventually, though, he had to return to his passion. “I wanted to show how spectacular the yo-yo could be. I wanted to change the public image of the yo-yo,” says BLACK. “So I quit my company and started a career as a professional performer.” He won the World Yo-Yo Contest again in 2007, and even passed an audition for Cirque du Soleil.
On the TED stage, BLACK gives a performance set to dramatic music, a yo-yo spinning quickly and maseterfully around him like a ribbon around a rhythmic gymnast. Soon, he picked up a second yo-yo, spinning them wildly, as if juggling. Bending backwards to the floor, he keeps the yo-yos orbiting just millimeters from his face. The performance is both graceful and thrilling.
Hiroyuki Suzuki TEDxKIDS Freestyle
Hiroyuki Suzuki, 4-time World YoYo Champion, recently performed at the TEDxKIDS program in Tokyo, Japan.
TED is a combination of the initials Technology, Entertainment, Design, I is derived from the idea of shaping the future of the three regions together. Is the spirit of TED “to share ideas to spread,” it is an event for.
With the aim of sharing ideas about what you want to invite as speakers people and activists thinkers to lead the world, they are passionate about now, has been held in the United States annually.
Was launched in 1984 in Monterey, California TED. That since the beginning, without having to change the basic concept of the event, continue to introduce the brilliant idea that springs from every field, we are maintaining an environment that draws on the agenda interesting people today.
The TEDx events are affiliated events hosted throughout the world, drawing on the same ideas as the original TED conference while giving regional organizers an opportunity to showcase more local talent and ideas. Basically, Hiroyuki being involved in this is a pretty big deal and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the yoyo community to put one of its best players forward to represent us.
Huge congratulations to Suzuki-san for his TEDx performance!