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IMT Dubai hosts first TEDx event on ‘The Lateral Perspective’
By a staff reporter March 05, 2014
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DUBAI: IMT Dubai, the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Business School, IMT Ghaziabad of India, hosted its first TEDx event on the theme The Lateral Perspective.

The event was held at Dubai Academic City campus which offers an MBA programme for fresh graduates, Executive MBA for working professionals and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

The coorganisers of the event, TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to ideas worth spreading, which started as a conference in California 26 years ago. TED and TEDx events have been instrumental in sharing ‘Ideas worth spreading’ around the world and this year IMT Dubai joined this journey of community learning.

Eight speakers from different walks of life shared interpretations of ‘The Lateral Perspective’ relevant to their line of work, with the audience, who were a mix of industry professionals, students and academics. The audience also had an opportunity to interact with the speakers in the ‘IMT speaker’s Lounge’.

Phil Bedford’s talk on ‘Lessons from 32,000 BC’ championed a unique yet intuitive way of doing business by capitalising on one’s own social networks. He spoke about how this method originated right from our forefathers’ time and facilitated the development of society as we know it today.

Ramkrishna NK, founder of India’s first crowd-funding platform Rang De, analysed the different options available to social entrepreneurs today and debunked several commonly accepted myths about delivering service to the poor. He surprised many by declaring that there was in fact, no fortune at the bottom of the pyramid. Anyone trying to address issues pertaining to the poorest in society needs to use more holistic models than those currently being used.

Dr Alaa Garad, Director, Emirates Center for Organisational Learning, spoke on ‘What do we learn about learning’.

Dr Fayek Oweis, an Arab American linguist, calligraphist and poet with a passion for Islamic art, spoke on multiculturalism and belonging. Having lived in different parts of the world, Dr Oweis expressed his feeling of lack of belonging in any place and the fresh perspective it had given him.

Ebin George, a twenty two-year-old, who holds world records for playing the most number of musical instruments in an hour, talked about the passion one needs to truly play music and how one can never learn music.

Dr Mahender Singh, Rector, Malaysian Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, shared with the audience his ‘Three Stories of Creative Thinking’ and Karl Haddad, a social entrepreneur and traveller’s talk was on the troubles he’s seen at the different places he’s visited all over the world.

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