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What is TED?

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. It began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and evolved to become a universal platform discussing seemingly countless topics — from science, to business, to environmental issues — in more than 100 languages. TED’s mission though remained the same through the years: the promotion of ideas worth spreading.

What is TEDxPanteionUniversity?

TEDxPanteionUniversity is an initiative of students and graduates of the various departments of Panteion University and constitutes a non-profit project that focuses on spreading innovative ideas through student involvement. It is the first time an event such as this is being held under the auspices of Panteion University.

What is TEDx?

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. A TEDx event is organized by volunteers from the local community, and just like TED events, it lacks any commercial, religious or political agenda. The goal is to spark conversation, connection and community.

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Blog

The value of team work and volunteering


Environment; the fifth pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen


Health; the second pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen


Solidarity; the third pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen


Knowledge; the fourth pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen


Accessibility; the first pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen


Exam… Hmm?!


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The value of team work and volunteering

29 April 2022

The last couple of years have definitely been a challenge!
Amid these difficult times, all of us need to recalibrate our self-growth journey and focus on the skills we can acquire through our environment and community…
We will try to be more specific than an inspo quote of course!
It is time for young generations to look into the advantages of volunteering and take every chance to gain the career experience some volunteering opportunities can offer, or feel the immense pleasure one can get from helping others and creating with others. That sense of accomplishment when you volunteer at an animal shelter or even just a local event, cannot compare to a self-oriented achievement!
Self-growth opportunities can also be found in the meetings of a team or any situation requiring cooperation. At every stage of our lives, in school, in university, or even later in the workplace we often find ourselves being part of a team. The first thing that comes to mind is most likely something along the lines of “I could do this by myself”, “It will be difficult to find common ground” etc. In some cases these statements might be true, however, there is a whole other side of teamwork and cooperation that can put aside any hesitation! We believe that there is no person who will not thrive when working in a team, when it is the right team for them.First of all, there is no better environment to test your creativity and boost your productivity! There is no place for procrastination in a team; scrolling through Instagram will not be a problem anymore because you will feel yourself getting immersed into the ideas and thoughts of others, you will find yourself trying to add up on these ideas and take your creativity to the next level! Of course, every project comes with plenty of possible problems or inconveniencies, but through cooperation, problem solving can be easier and far more enjoyable. Teamwork and cooperation can be your first step towards self-growth!These values are one of the key features of TEDx Panteion University and without them nothing would be possible. The team of TEDx Panteion University consists of many people with different backgrounds, beliefs, dreams and ideas, who come together as a whole, with a common goal: to organize an unforgettable event and communicate ideas worth spreading.The TEDx experience offers so much more than you initially think. On a personal level, you test your creativity as you are called to come up with original ideas and take on responsibilities depending on the team you belong to. Although it might sound scary to you, responsibilities and initiative are those that will develop your interpersonal distinctions.
At the team level, however, the development is even greater because you come in contact with other people and thus you learn to cooperate and respect different ideas and opinions or gain a new perspective, always in a friendly atmosphere. Many times these relationships develop into new friendships and at the same time collaboration with companies and partners can “arm” you with critical thinking, great communication skills and critical observation.
As we already said, a creative team like TEDx Panteion University is based on teamwork, which is never achievable without the personal touch of everyone who offer something different to the final result, based on their personality.If we want you to keep one thing from this article that is to not be afraid to challenge your skills and put your creativity to the test in any way and form in your life. There is the best team for you there, and you can be the best version of yourself working in one!

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Accessibility; the first pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen

20 February 2020

Accessibility is referred as the degree of the available access to the benefits provided by the society to as many people as possible and especially to people with disabilities. That means, they can autonomously, safely and comfortably access and use infrastructure and services.So why is accessibility important?Accessibility is important firstly, because it is directly related to functionality and secondly because it determines the degree of autonomy and security of the person in relation to the environment.Making Ideas Happen…At TEDxPanteionUniversity, we believe in everyone’s right to expression and the power of ensemble. That is why we strive to make infrastructure accessible to people and goods, so that everyone has the choice of participation. #MakingIdeasHappen, offers the opportunity for open communication and information, in order for each one of us to be able to understand every dimension of accessibility.

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Health; the second pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen

When referring to Health, it is needless to say that this term has a wide spectrum of issues. Let’s narrow it down together.According to the most accepted definition by the World Health Organization, Health is ‘a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity’. The definition speaks up for way more than the narrowed belief that health is only related to diseases or physical state, presenting an essential asset of mental and social well-being for the exact definition of the term.TEDxPanteionUniversity’s mission is to fight for making our world a better place. A better, more sensitive and compassionate world.Thus, by acknowledging all the aspects and the different spectrums of our Health, we will force the change towards a brighter future.Our ideas and our actions are the most significant tools in the whole process.Ideas worth inspiring are also ideas worth taking action for them.Our Health should be our first priority when talking about ideas.#MakingIdeasHappen was born to bring every unique idea to life. Acting for our society, creating continuity and making our impact, are the key characterizations of our actions.As ideas are only powerful when we act for them, NOW is time for action.

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Environment; the fifth pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen

As humans, we have an innate bond with the Environment that surrounds us. As noted on Merriam-Webster Dictionary, our Environment is “the complex of physical, chemical and biotic factors, such as climate, soil and living things that act upon an organism or an ecological community and ultimately determine its form and survival”.Natural and socioeconomic conditions define our lives at a quintessential point-life itself. Depending on our surroundings, our life expectancy is different. The quality of our life and health as well, are the immediate factors influenced greatly and undeniably by the Environment we live in.While the industrial revolution provided people with a whole new context for their lives, it had one big drawback as well. Environmental pollution was slowly and steadily becoming a thing, up until we set foot in the globalization era. All forms of environmental pollution that are now part of our everyday small talk vocabulary, were firstly recognized as dangerous and then, as a problem that has to be addressed.Unfortunately, environmental issues keep on escalating and therefore attracting scientific and activist interest, but still, solutions are not being met.Our Environment is our home. A home for each one of us. The world we live in. No human being can survive in an environmentally damaged world. That's what makes our Environment one of the five pillars of #MakingIdeasHappen, because our life would not have existed without it. Besides, that is also why we should take better care of it and be the change we want to see around us.

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Knowledge; the fourth pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen

How could one define knowledge?As all that we learn at school, from when we are little children, till we reach adulthood? Or as what we’re taught later, at the university, where we gain access to a whole new world on the field of our interest? Is it possible, after all, that knowledge is all that we gain from our actions and experiences in life, that define our personality help us develop and go further?And why is it so important? From the first syllables, we gradually learn to spell, on a young age, to the voluminous textbooks we study on an academic level, Knowledge has a lot to offer and teach us.By enriching and sharpening our mind, we obtain the equipment to nurture our spirit, not only within the distinct boundaries of education, but also above it, with our actions and roles in society, with the path
we take and the mark we leave as its active members.
Paraphrasing Wittgenstein, we would say that “the limits of my knowledge, mean the limits of my world”, as through it, we are able to shape character, define our selves, form an opinion, adopt or reject ideologies – always with respect towards the opposing view – and evaluate or interpret reality.That’s why it is one of the most important tools in our lives, that helps and follows us to whatever path we take – whether it be small, long, lonely, adventurous – whichever way we choose to walk it. That’s why it’s worth it when we invest on our self-improvement through knowledge.That’s why Knowledge is one of the main five pillars of #MakingIdeasHappen.Because it is the first step to every change we want to make to the world around us

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Exam… Hmm?!

The shops are opening again, people are slowly returning to their daily lives, the weather is opening up and somehow things are getting back in place.The beaches are full of people, the cafes are following... And in the midst of all this, you have to get into an exam mood? Unfortunately the answer is yes.And what does that mean? It means staying at home, endless hours over books and notes in an effort to make up for the reading you probably forgot to do all this time. And not only.But is it really that hard and painful to sacrifice a month reading and saying no to seductive hang outs? Of course it is.That's why you can at least ease this situation by adopting some suggestions that may help you gain more concentration and get one step closer to the goal!Set small goals. Set the pages you have to read and the time at which this should be done.Give yourself frequent breaks. For each chapter you complete, take a 10-20 minute break to help you come back more relaxed. But be careful not to overdo it and eventually the break will be final.Are you the type who can concentrate on reading while listening to music? If so, then choose a Playlist from the type of music you like at low volume and make your reading more enjoyable.* Tip: It is better to choose songs that you do not know so well, otherwise they may captivate you and you may not be able to concentrate as much as you should.Many times we combine reading with isolation and this is not so pleasant. On the contrary, most times our minds are on the walk with friends and on outings that we lose by spending our time reading. That's why the advice is "Everything needs to be measured". If you have finished reading the day or if you feel that you can't perform more, you can see a friend to relax your mind and recharge your batteries.Who said that in the current situation, reading at coffee shops is forbidden? If you know a small cafe that is not crowded or is a spot for reading, then this is the way to combine going out with finishing your studying obligations. Alone or with friends, you can enjoy your coffee or rather your “coffees” in a pleasant environment.Set a schedule. We all say it all the time and yet on the last day we run to do the impossible. Make your schedule the way you want it. Put it down and include what you want to do outside of reading. Often, we realize that there are many empty hours in the day that we know they are NOT suitable for reading. The period after lunch, the evening hours for the morning types and the reverse for the evening ones. Don't waste your time!Rumor has it that we usually don't concentrate in a messy environment. Grab the opportunity to clean around the mess in your office and make room for your books and notes. When the room is in order, the mind follows (someone said that).Are you one of those people who can't resist the temptation to chat with a friend while reading and engaging in endless conversations? But you also don't want to feel alone... There are videos on YouTube with sounds from turning pages, and other similar sounds to break the silence in the room.
However if you apply all this and still see that it doesn't work, or you don't even bother to try it all, welcome to the club! We have all been through and continue to go through the exam phase, so let's try to be productive during this period so that we can enjoy the summer we deserve!

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Solidarity; the third pillar of #MakingIdeasHappen

How do we define Solidarity?Solidarity is a word that has as many meanings as the people that are alive today. Each of us interprets it differently according to our needs, yet we can agree on a general definition of it. Solidarity is the mutual help and sense of unity between people with common interests and goals and the support of people who suffer. It is a word that is able to inspire and mobilize all of us.Why is it so important?Living in a society dominated by isolation and all kinds of radicalism, it is personal as well as social responsibility to set standards beyond stereotypes, giving everyone access to viable choices. Solidarity is one of the most fundamental human values and is based on inclusion, understanding and equality. But above all, Solidarity is respect. Not only for all the people, but for ourselves too. Every human being can live his life as he wishes, provided he does not forget to extend his hand to his fellow man during his journey.Borrowing a statement of the Secretary General of the UN, António Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, "Solidarity is so important that it represents the basis of many other human values, such as friendship, companionship, loyalty or honor. It allows us to feel sentimentally united to those people who are supported”.Solidarity, is one of the most important characteristics of human beings and the oddity of this concept lies in the fact that it excludes no one. This is because it stems from the natural need of each of us to offer, participate and belong. That's what makes Solidarity one of the five pillars of #MakingIdeasHappen, because through Solidarity, we can bring the change we want to see around us.

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Thoughts & Talks

Ermis Geragidis - Musician

The first season of Thoughts and Talks wraps up in the most beautiful way: with a melodious journey through the discussion with the upcoming musician Ermis Geragidis.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Empty The Cages

We love animals because they make our life better. It is our turn to do something for their lives as well.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Ledi & Artemis - e.x.i.s

If you are a word freak, then you definitely know e.x.i.s. If not, listen to our new episode and discover your new obsession.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Christina Vrachali - Sports Journalist

How did the love for sports lead Christina Vrachali to sports' journalism? On the new Thoughts and Talks episode, the issue of corruption in the workplace is stated.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Madame Ginger - Food Blogger

You know she's a food blogger, you watch her videos, you follow her recipes, however for as long as you can't #EatLikeALocal, get to know Madame Ginger better, on the new episode of Thoughts and Talks.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Ioanna Asimakopoulou - Phsychologist

An evolving society must change its attitude towards people who once were on the margins. For this to be achieved, knowledge and information are necessary for the elimination of prejudices. For this month, Thoughts and Talks dedicates a special episode to getting familiar with HIV.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Vasiliki & George - Yaba Travellers

Which destination would Yabatravellers visit again and what changes has the new reality of the pandemic brought to their travel experience? These and many other questions are answered in the new podcast episode of Thoughts and Talks.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Giorgos Chrysostomou - Actor

What are the difficulties and oddities in the theatre field during the pandemic? In the first episode of Thoughts and Talks, Giorgos Chrysostomou answers relevant questions and introduces new concerns.Powered by: OPEN Studio post
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Events

Happy Medium

24 September/ 18:00 - 22:30

Even though sometimes this balance can seem unachievable on ourselves, our actions and our relationships, our course towards balance can be visible through our every choice and every predicament we can come across, on our journey to find our very own Happy Medium.


Incentive

12 June 2021/ 19:00 - 23:00

A notion that is abstract and different for everyone, which in essence is the driving
force that is subconsciously behind every decision. The colors of everyday life that
create associations and ideas for you. Incentive is the energy, the aura and the
feeling that things around you emit.


The Age of Smupid

11 May 2019/ 10:00 - 19:00

The age of the contemporary human, who is “smarter” and at the same time “stupider” than ever. Among an ensemble of contradictions, you.


Elephant In The Room

19 May 2018/ 10:00 - 19:00

How is it possible for you to live with an elephant in the same room but not be aware of it? Moving almost like an acrobat trying not to poke on something you can’t even see.


Break The Pattern

6 May 2017/ 10:00 - 19:00

The free participation and constant encouragement for practical assistance to the community are a few of the features that make us proud of working for such a cause.


It's About Time

29 October 2017/ 10:00 - 19:00

TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen is a parallel event that will discuss topics about time and the contribution of women over time because now more than ever, it’s about time for equal rights and responsibilities.


Frameworks

19 March 2016/ 10:00 - 19:00

The "Frameworks" theme is an idea that stems from the active interaction and continuous evolution of all the different scientific fields of Panteion University, with the human factor as the common denominator.

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Happy Medium

φ= 1.61803…Numbers that seem unfamiliar at first sight, a concept that feels strange beyond the pages of a math book, numbers that lose their meaning in the swamp of information we dive into every day.
However, the number φ symbolizes the Happy Medium, a concept that seems entirely mathematical but at the end it's way more than that…
We can find the essence of φ in the arts, nature, architecture, human bodies and facial characteristics.
Happy Medium reflects perfection, stability, the ideal state between two polar opposites. Happy medium symbolizes the balance point between perfect and imperfect, this imaginary line that delineates the concept of natural harmony, defines the most ideal outcome of a situation and constitutes balance. Everyone seeks and attempts to apply this balance to their lives in whatever form seems the most appropriate for them in whatever stage of their personal development they are currently in.Even though sometimes this balance can seem unachievable on ourselves, our actions and our relationships, our course towards balance can be visible through our every choice and every predicament we can come across, on our journey to find our very own Happy Medium.

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Incentive

A notion that is abstract and different for everyone, which in essence is the driving force that is subconsciously behind every decision. The colors of everyday life that create associations and ideas for you. Incentive is the energy, the aura and the feeling that things around you emit.It is the cause for the new beginning, it is the impetus for every action, the essence and many times the reason to continue chasing the ultimate goal. The incentive is what inspires you and pushes you to continue despite any difficulties you may encounter. No matter how you interpret it, no matter how you think about it, "motivation" or "incentive" is, after all, the beginning of all things. Everything starts from your will and from whatever motivates you to pursue your goals and desires. Desires that arise from your character, personality, experiences and incentives that make you up. What are these incentives? Do you define them, or do they define you? How do they, eventually, mark your route?Different and at the same time unique for everyone, the incentive determines your thoughts, gives life to your ideas and it is your choice to follow it or not. Do you follow it and get where you want or do you never learn where it can lead you?

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The Age of Smupid

Connect the piecesThe age of the contemporary human, who is “smarter” and at the same time “stupider” than ever. Among an ensemble of contradictions, you.You are the one who feels the change without changing your behavior. It’s the moment you believe that your actions move with you, while maybe you lose your ability to move, staying still. The conditions within which you live change and the situations shape your perception on an everyday basis. You “square” behaviors, feelings, humans and you let yourself be driven by the current developments. The square is divided into two supplemental pieces, which can be connected at any given moment. As long as you look the same fact from a different point of view.Are you ready to connect the pieces?

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Elephant In The Room

Do you really see or you think you do?Do you notice or just pass by?How is it possible for you to live with an elephant in the same room but not be aware of it? Moving almost like an acrobat trying not to poke on something you can’t even see.In the meantime, the elephant grows bigger. And as it gets bigger, you get smaller. You are not able to fit in the room anymore because it takes away your space and oxygen. Your denial to see it, feeds and increases it. But you keep your eyes shut remaining trapped in the darkness.The elephant has several names: Racism, Sex trafficking, Child Labor, Fake News, Depression, Body Shaming…But you pretend to not know any of them. Until when will your intentional ignorance give you alibi for your inaction?It definitely  takes courage to admit the reality. To put your and society’s problems under the revealing light of truth. Does the realization travel to the speed of light? When you admit and recognize the problem, you make the first step towards the solution.

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It's About Time

TEDxPanteionUniversityWomen is a parallel event that will discuss topics about time and the contribution of women over time because now more than ever, it’s about time for equal rights and responsibilities. This event will include live speakers as well as talks from TEDWomen 2016 which will be held in San Francisco on 26th-28th of October.Time is personal. We all have the same amount of time — 24 hours a day and yet most of us feel we never have enough. Even with today’s latest inventions, technology, science, we can’t make time or stop time — or can we?Come explore time zones, time travel, time outs and times together. We will explore the conventions and challenges of time.We will ask the hard questions. Because isn't it about time:To find long-term solutions to climate change, poverty, immigration, violence, race, gender and economic inequities?
To lead for different outcomes?
To challenge our "time-saving" technologies?
To pay full attention and be fully present for ourselves as well as others?

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Break The Pattern

TEDxPanteionUniversity is the first TEDx in Greece created to meet the needs of modern society..The free participation and constant encouragement for practical assistance to the community are a few of the features that make us proud of working for such a cause.The main message we want to broadcast is moving from theory to practice, from only thinking, to also doing. It is a philosophy we have tried to instil in all the actions we have done so far and we plan to stick with it in the future.TEDxPanteionUniversity, in its second year of existence, is preparing its third TEDx event under the theme "Break The Pattern". "Break the Pattern" describes the communities and people taking their ideas from theory to practice, the ones who are bold enough the break down stereotypes and take the leap of faith to form a reality from their vision.The second TEDxPanteionUniversity main event will stay true to its social message, asking for participants to donate children's books in order to form a library for refugee children, instead of an admittance fee. The library will be hosted at The Cube Athens for the purposes of SOLE Project Greece.

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Frameworks

The "Frameworks" theme is an idea that stems from the active interaction and continuous evolution of all the different scientific fields of Panteion University, with the human factor as the common denominator.All of the speakers are active members of the scientific and academic world, the field of entrepreneurship and the social sector. During TEDxPanteionUniversity, practical examples that show how frameworks are interlinked and how the collaboration of different disciplines can contribute to the progression of humanity and society will be set. Each speaker individually, through his or her personal actions, professional achievements and work of science will present the interaction amongst those frameworks.

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Happy Medium

Incentive

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We are working on our next event for TEDxPanteionUniversity 2023 so nothing to see here... for now👀

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