The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
It's official. TEDxBowValleyCollege 2017 is now complete. In line with previous events, TEDxBowValleyCollege and its theme Kintsugi: Perfectly Imperfect brought together a set of speakers from various areas of our College community, both on and off campus. This year’s roster reflected some of the most foundational values of our College, including financial literacy, improving educational experiences for learners, as well as exploring and honouring diversity and inclusion.
With a room at full capacity and an audience of new and familiar faces, TEDxBowValleyCollege fostered a sense of inquisitiveness, humour, reflection, and connection. The College community came together again this year for TEDxBowValleyCollege. In particular, we would like to thank the contributions from Academic Innovation and Applied Research, Shipping and Receiving, Sodexo, and Facilities Management.
For those of you who missed this year’s event, read a summary of the talks below, and be sure to catch the videos that will be uploaded to YouTube by December 22. Images from the event can be found in our photo gallery.
Aaron Pelletier – Defenestration
In the philosophy of kintsugi, as it pertains to self-development, to begin the process of transformation, we must change our narrative of loss from one of disappointment to one of opportunity. Aaron’s spoken word piece was an example of just that. Aaron’s piece offered us a starting point in the process of change: to first acknowledge that the need for repair exists and then to understand that breaking down may be the opportunity to break free.
Iman Bukhari – Why Talking About the Bad is Good
Iman is no stranger to dealing with difficult topics. In her talk, Iman challenged all of us to have the conversations that we might avoid. In the art of Kintsugi, as we begin the repair process, exposing our fissures is a critical stage in creating a new whole. Transformation requires honesty with ourselves. Iman reminded us that in this process of self-awareness, we must make our journey on our own time.
Dey Rivera - Money, Power Respect: Taking Control of Your Money
A critical aspect of the physical process of reconstruction in kintsugi is experiencing every broken piece of the object. This process allows us to more intimately understand the newly created gaps and understand how each broken piece will come together to create the transformed whole. In his talk, Dey had us thinking about our broken relationship with money and suggested ways to begin this process of restoration in approaching our finances.
Jennefer Rousseau - Advocating for Universal Design
Whether it’s improving technology, addressing gaps in theories, or better serving a community, finding methods and opportunities for advancement are critical for transformation. Jennefer offered an example of just that by suggesting that taking risks in education may create necessary experiences for a learner and facilitate their success.
Reagan Adenyi – African Roots of Gender Equality
Kintsugi creates a sense of resilience, innovation, and creativity. We are reminded that there is always the opportunity for beautification in what we consider to be broken. Reagan underlines this very notion in his engaging talk, suggesting that the lessons we learn through a challenge are truly what creates meaning around the individual and collective paths we journey upon.
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