Be Innovative, Be Deliberate, Be Happy (my TEDx Antigua Barbuda blog) – Part 1

Broken into a few parts due to length

The Speakers. Image courtesy TEDx Antigua.

The Speakers. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

The first ever TEDx Antigua Barbuda, reportedly first for the OECS as well, has wrapped and I am one of the lucky ones to have nabbed a ticket. From the time I walked in to the sight of the X crafted from fish pot material (courtesy of Cedars Pottery) on the stage

See me nar lie? Fish pot X in progress. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

See me nar lie? Fish pot X in progress. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

– on one side of the much more familiar version of the TEDx sign

TEDx Antigua sign under construction. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

TEDx Antigua sign under construction. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

Showtime! Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

Showtime! Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

with a coal pot and yabba on the other side, I knew I was at an event poised, as one of the organizers would later put it, to not only bring a quality TEDx event to Antigua but bring Antiguan energy to the world. Organizers, take a bow.

...or, you know, just do what you do. From left: Colin J. Jenkins, Yvelle Charles-Jenkins, Zahra Airall, co-chair Amaya Athill, and behind her giving the thumbs up Jon Whyte, founder and co-chair Julianne Jarvis, Linisa George, and Kyle Christian.

…or, you know, just do what you do. From left: Colin J. Jenkins, Yvelle Charles-Jenkins, Zahra Airall, co-chair Amaya Athill, and behind her giving the thumbs up Jon Whyte, founder and co-chair Julianne Jarvis, Linisa George, and Kyle Christian. Images courtesy TEDx Antigua.

And if anyone has anything ever again to say about Antiguan and Barbudan mediocrity being inevitable, take all the seats in the Sir Vivian Richards stadium and don’t get up ‘til we sen’ call you. Because this group – participants of which have been involved in several quality events from local stagings of the Vagina Monologues to our first ever national televised political debates – prove routinely that mediocrity is not in our DNA. To reference one of the TEDx speakers, Kai Davis, who likened the imperative to a heartbeat, we can “do good, do good” do better, do better. It takes will, it takes vision, it takes cooperation, it takes creativity and discipline (yes, those concepts can co-exist), and watching the pictures from the TEDx Antigua behind the scenes, there is no doubting that it takes a whole lot of energy as well.

hard work

On to the next part…

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