Standing on the famous red dot at Haig Pit in Whitehaven in March 2015 was a pivotal moment for me. An element of what I do for a living involves speaking to audiences, so I didn’t have the usual speaking in public nerves a lot of people worry about.
My worry was “What if my idea to change the world just isn’t good enough? What if my idea is SO BAD that nobody wants to share it and I have the least viewed TEDx video of all time?”
You see, if you follow the true tradition of TED and TEDx, then your talk MUST be original and unique and it should be an “Idea worth sharing”.
In a nutshell my talk focussed on allowing small charities to share their best practices in a way that anyone anywhere in the world could create a clone of what they do. You can watch the video of the talk here: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/A-cure-for-Black-Friday-Steve-H
Off the back of the talk I’ve started a small (but growing) movement of people who like what I’ve suggested. They like what I stand for and they like the story behind how the movement got its name (It’s called Rainbow Saturday). We don’t have a web site (yet) but we do have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowSaturdayMovement/
This year it’s looking like we will be running four simultaneous events in major cities across the UK. That simply would not have happened without me having given my TEDx talk. People watch it, they get it and they offer to join in and help… It really is that simple.
I have a huge debt of gratitude to the whole TED movement and Dianne and Luke in particular for allowing me my “17 minutes of fame”. They helped me to launch a movement that I hope will one day change the world for the better.
If you are considering going to the next TEDx Whitehaven event, I’d say stop thinking about it and get the ticket NOW from here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tedxwhitehaven-2016-tickets-25671919402
You never know… you might be present in the audience when the biggest, most popular TEDx talk of all time is given. Now wouldn’t that be something?
I’ll sign off with what has become the unofficial motto of the Rainbow Saturday Movement,
Go safely and leave nothing in your wake except warm smiles and happy memories.