Wondering if you should join our TEDxUoN team?
Maybe this will help you out a bit.
TEDx events are so much more than your run-of-the-mill talk shop, and they usually attract certain types of people. On our team you will have the opportunity to work within a diverse and passionate group of people who all believe in the ideals of the community and in the power of ‘ideas worth spreading’.
We will look to form teams around the different aspects of the event. These would draw on a variety of skills and capabilities, and we’d most probably have room for anyone willing to join.
More importantly though would be your drive, your desire to contribute to something bigger than just this event, and your willingness to work toward producing something truly creative and unique.
Don’t take our word for it though. To give you an idea of how the rest of the community approaches this, here’s TEDxLahore’s message to its volunteers:
Oh, you lucky few,
As TEDxLahore volunteers, you have the opportunity to work towards bringing a remarkable event to life with a diverse group of passionate individuals who are on a whole new level of insane. In fact, it just may be that they invented the thing, because you will find them working for the event at all sorts of ungodly hours, often only surviving on cafeteria food, Fox’s mints and the goodwill of their peers. They do not do this because they like to torture themselves, they do it because they believe in what they are doing, and they believe in the power of collective genius to turn things around. This is why TEDxLahore is going to be an event and an experience to remember. You seem to have the same kind of spirit, and this is why you have been called upon to be a part of it.
So please check the ego at the door, read and agree to the following, sign over your freedom for the next month and a half, and let’s begin.
By agreeing to work as an official TEDxLahore volunteer, I agree to the following:
1. I will believe in the power of collective genius. I will learn and share and walk the talk with pride.
2. I am not the All-Knowing, and I don’t have the All-Seeing Eye. This is exactly why I will stay in touch with my team members at all times and make sure I know what is going on with other teams as well.
3. I am going to do the assigned tasks better than expected; that’ll tell the team leads!
4. I am going to research TED and TEDx like it’s going out of style, and know what I’m talking about when I open my mouth about all things TED, TEDx and TEDxLahore.
5. I am going to exercise my right to be awesomely cool and show up for all meetings and tasks ten minutes before they are supposed to begin.
6. I will not quit, no matter what. Once I’m in, I’m in. There is no option of divorce in this relationship, unless something apocalyptic like a zombie takeover happens. Even then I will reconsider my decision to quit.
7. I will discuss any grievances in private with my team leader and try to resolve any issues with the kind of dignity that will set new standards of class.
8. If I can’t be there for a meeting or a task, I will alert my team lead a day before so that the poor thing can arrange for something else.
9. I will maintain team spirit by being supportive, constructive and respectful of other’s opinions. I will question things and give suggestions to make thing better, not to randomly rip them apart.
10. I will try my best to preserve our collective resources and make the most of what I have.
11. I will aim big, and dream bigger. I will not let pessimism take me over. I will defeat negativity with my optimism and with my genius. If things get tough, I’ll get tougher. I’ll give help and seek help without delay. If there is one thing I take away from this whole experience, this must be it.
12. I will have so much fun, my friends and family members will volunteer next year just to see what I’m on.
Adapted from TEDxBeirut blogpost
So if you’ve liked everything here so far, we encourage you to drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get to work on including you in this promising experience.