We all went through a stage when growing up where curiosity sparked. We started to question the norms and our most frequent question was “Why?”. This curiosity might have driven our parents crazy but was a pivotal point in our development where we start learning more about the world, the things we can and can’t do and other common social norms. However, at some point for many of us asking the question of “why” starts to happen less frequently. Why does this happen and how can we change this?
The second edition of TEDxIEMadrid event took place at Google Campus on June 2nd where 11 speakers took the stage to share their Why Not? ideas, when they questioned an internal thought, a potential new opportunity, a new career path and asked: “Why Not?”
Michelle Raymond opened the event with a solo musical performance followed by a speech that gave the audience goosebumps of “How to Tune in and Out” sharing her experience about being authentic and the challenges she has had to overcome. Dr. Rolf Strom-Olsen had us questioning the current misalignment between valuation and share-holder’s interests with his talk “Towards a Better Capitalism” and Kamayani Gupta, inspired us all to pack our bags and taught the benefits of traveling solo with: “Why Travel Solo?”. Luca Torre shared with us a simple idea: Managing instead of Measuring on the Impact Investing arena with, “Can we invest to promote social change”. Eddy Travia explained how blockchain works and “How the Blockchain Revolution Will Change Our Lives”. Finally, Eva Katharina Herber closed the first half of the event sharing how “Meaning Works” and how we all can create meaning in our day to day lives.
The second half of the event started with a powerful spoken word poetry performance titled “Questions Asked” by IE MDVM students Gonzalo Camúñez, Clarissa Rotzel, Jonathan Nelson and Michele Richner. Dr. Mark Esposito showed us a new way dive within uncertainty with his “DRIVE the Future as It Unfolds” talk and Diana Ruano gave us a clue on how to change the way we look at non-profits re-branding them with “Bursting the Bubble of Non-Profits”. IE Alumni, Maria Sirotkina showed us how much we can learn and engage with our community if we just “Open a Bakery”, not every business can be a Unicorn. Dr. Deborah McCauley shared how we need to change the way we look at wildlife conservation in her talk “The Missing Piece in Wildlife Conservation”. Yetunde Hofmann closed the event by spreading love and passion to the audience with her “Why Not Have Love in Business?” talk. The entire event was hosted by Marta Gonzalez Perez a current IE MCC Student and part of the TEDxIEMadrid organizing team.
 About 100 people from IE Business School and Madrid attended the event to hear the TEDxIEMadrid talks and network with other likeminded people. Audience members were greeted with a Why Not? Gift bag that reminded them to keep asking Why Not? And jot down any notes in a custom notepad. During the breaks and final cocktail hour participants mingled, took pictures in a dedicated photo booth and were able to feel as if they were speaking on stage with Virtual Reality technology provided by VGrounds.
TEDxIEMadrid was an incredible event, it got people thinking of new ideas, asking more questions and sharing their stories. We can all be inspired when we listen to others as well as ask the question: Why Not?
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