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Wheels and Traces

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I cradled my eight month old baby bump as I watched 150 cyclists race by me. I waved and cheered but deep down I was envious. They were about to take part in a one-of-a-kind cycling TEDxNicosia pre-event. The type of event that is actually unprecedented. One that is so unique and so well-suited to our historical capital, it didn’t matter that I would be watching from the sidelines. As long as I was a part of it. TEDxNicosia’s next big event will take place on May 7 at the Satiriko Theatre. Amazing speakers have been announced, surprises of all sorts are being prepared but before all this happens, the team decided to give an appropriate introduction to the event’s theme: Traces [ίχνη] Cyprus is full of traces left by historical footprints, all of which are the summation of a journey, our island’s journey. In Nicosia, our capital, there are…

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Tracking them down / 03

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We tracked down and interviewed past speakers to find out what they have been up to since they were on the TEDxNicosia stage.   Maria Vilanidou We constantly find ourselves out of balance said Maria Vilanidou at TEDxNicosia in 2013. And she’s right. There seems to be a constant battle between rational and emotional, right and wrong, together or alone, success or failure, seriousness or playfulness, material or spiritual. But can’t we be both? What was your idea worth spreading at TEDxNicosia about? Choosing to embrace our spiritual self for the purpose of finding a healthy balance through integrating the material and the spiritual worlds thus opening ourselves to our wholeness. Did you receive any feedback after your talk? If so, what was it? I was happy to hear that there were people who enjoyed the talk. They experienced the talk as calming, inspiring and overwhelmingly refreshing.  They loved how the…

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Tracking them down / 02

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We tracked down and interviewed past speakers to find out what they have been up to since they were on the TEDxNicosia stage. And these particular three have the distinction of collaborating on the same future project, the Mediterranean Science Festival.   Katerina Kaouri During Katerina Kaouri’s talk at TEDxNicosia in 2013, Romeo and Juliet took part in a math equation. Oozing originality, Katerina was on a mission to prove that not only can math be fun and exciting, the subject is part of our lives in more ways than one. What was your idea worth spreading at TEDxNicosia about? The theme of TEDxNicosia 2013 was “Re-think-Re-act-Re-generate”. My talk was on “Rethinking and Rebranding Mathematics”. As a mathematician, and university educator I am frequently faced with students and other people’s dislike and fear of Math. This saddens me since Math is a wonderful science that can help people’s lives in…

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Tracking them down / 01

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We tracked down and interviewed past speakers to find out what they’ve been up to since they were on the TEDxNicosia stage.   Eloiza Savvidou During her talk at TEDxNicosia 2013, Eloiza Savvidou had some thought-provoking questions for the audience: Was it your choice to work from 9 to 5? Was it your choice to retire at 65 and not 35? Why are we leading lives that do not bring us happiness? Looking ahead at your final moments will you say that your life was whatever you wanted it to be? What was your idea worth spreading at TEDxNicosia about? It was about how small shifts in the way we see the world can have a big impact in designing a history and a life that we love and are proud of. Did you receive any feedback after your talk? If so, what was it? A number of people contacted…

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