“You must be the change you want to see in the world”

– Mahatma Gandhi

It is that time of the year when we search for the best pioneers and innovative minds in India. TEDxIIMKashipur is back with even greater zeal and anticipation among the audience. With 9 speakers from diverse fields ranging from science and technology, adventure sports, entertainment, entrepreneurship, mind stimulation to design specialisation coming to share their views and experiences with the audience, the energy levels of the organisers cannot be expressed in words. The atmosphere here at IIM Kashipur is electrifying; one can only realise the efforts put up by the students by watching them work day and night to make this event successful despite their hectic schedule.

That psychological wall between a junior and a senior, a Finance enthusiast and a Marketing enthusiast, a fresher and an industry veteran – all have long dissolved in this passion we share, the passion which we call TEDxIIMKashipur. We work shoulder-to-shoulder tirelessly, dissecting each and every idea, deciding on the theme of the event, designing the logo of one of the flagship events of IIM Kashipur, making Polystyrene cut-outs for the stage preparation and much more. Well, as they say, a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. Likewise, our journey has not been a calm and comfortable one either – let it be the last minute changes of the event logo due to a minor technical problem or non-availability of a particular flight for the speaker or getting the bills cleared for the various expenses in-time or negotiating with our trustworthy suppliers to deliver TEDx t-shirts within the short span of time, we have had our part of hardships, and that too a few in the midst of our exams. Yet, as a father passionately receives his new-born, similarly we also wait eagerly to unfurl the event, an idea that was conceived exactly one year ago, on a cold evening in the November of 2014.

The world around us is changing at an exponential rate and the leaders who are making this possible are the ones who are courageously following their passion by travelling the path less travelled. TEDxIIMKashipur is preparing the stage for a selected few of these pioneers who chose to challenge the status quo.

As De Bono said- “The world is more malleable than you think and it’s waiting for to hammer it into shape“.

The event is set to strike oil on 7th November, and the TEDxIIMKashipur community is all ears to listen to and imbibe the inspiration and drive of the speakers. The following saying is probably perfect to explain all the anxiety – Attitudes are contagious, just make yours worth catching. Our fingers are crossed and we are holding our breath to catch this infection.

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