TEDxYouth @ISPrague 2022: Ideas Worth Spreading

Please enjoy this TEDx Youth @ISPrague recap #StraightFromTheStudents, reported by Multimedia Storyteller, Gabriella in Grade 11.  

TEDxYouth @ISPrague 2022: Ideas Worth Spreading

By Gabriella, Grade 11

TEDx is a local way for communities around the globe to employ TED’s mission of ​​ “ideas worth spreading”. TEDxYouth@ISPrague is a signature half-day event, curated and organized by ISP students, and featuring Upper School students, teachers and select guests. This year’s TEDx event took place on the 2nd of October and was an incredible success. It was the 8th annual event like this at ISP, and was entirely student-run, with student groups organizing and advertising, while IB Film students took on the task of recording and future editing. 

Personally, as a student myself, it was simply inspiring to see such a great feat accomplished, and made me excited to potentially write a speech myself in the future. The number of new ideas I was exposed to, and perspectives I had previously not considered, made it a very memorable afternoon. 

 ISP is so proud of our students, teachers, and guests for all their hard work and dedication in crafting these stories and sharing these meaningful presentations. 

Please enjoy a recap of all performances, and get ready to enjoy the event all over again when the recording is released. 

Boha Moon

A teenage prodigy, and former ISP student, Boha Moon performs the first movement of Jean Sibelius’ violin concerto in D minor – Allegro Moderato. Boha is the recipient of multiple classical music awards.

Marta Ryukhtina

Marta, a 10th grade student, reflects on the benefits of documentation during the digital age which can be especially significant when catastrophe strikes. The rise of social media has changed the way we live, but it has also changed how we see the world around us. Marta explores the effect of social media on our perceptions of war. 

Karli Bergquist

Karli is an ethnomathematics researcher and teacher at ISP, asking an essential question: can you find mathematics in your daily life? Karli reveals the power of noticing and naming mathematics, especially within indigenous communities where the teaching and learning of mathematics are undergoing a transformation.

Furugh Nahib

Furugh Nahib is an International Relations expert and ISP alumna. For generations, the women of Afghanistan have struggled to secure their human rights and fulfill their potential. Through her family’s narrative, and with support from an activist inside the country, Furugh reveals how the women of Afghanistan have never given up.

Sojo Ethridge

Sojo, a 10th grade student, contemplates how ambiguous loss can leave a person without emotional closure, without understanding, or with unresolved grief. Sojo asks: how can this unique form of trauma be overcome and resilience restored? This talk is inspired by Sojo’s own origin story.

Michael Clark

Michael is a librarian, writer, and collector at ISP. Most of us have started collections of something at some point. But some collectors go far beyond the norm. What do the objects we refuse to leave behind say about us and our lives? Can we ever bring order to “the chaos of memories”?

Sofia Melka

In her speech, Sofia, an 11th grade student, considers how language seems to be endlessly adaptable. Using unique examples from history and current events, Sofia demonstrates the resilience of language as a profoundly human form of expression.

Tony Ackerman

In a world filled with other people’s expectations, how do you find your own voice? Drawing on more than six decades of experience as a professional musician and music teacher, guitarist Tony Ackerman shares ideas about the path to authenticity – with help from his guitar. Tony is a guitarist, composer, musical activist, and an NYU-affiliated lecturer.

Ahaan Pandya

Ahaan, an 11th grade student, is interested in how AI is evolving, and what it means for our future. Artificial intelligence is a powerful new technology most of us are just beginning to encounter, inspiring a mix of wonder and fear. What are its current capabilities and limits – and can AI even be creative?

Kate Wagner

Kate, a 10th grade student, is investigating the idea of being a third-culture kid, and her own experiences attempting to navigate the world. The meaning of “home” is rapidly being transformed for many people in the 21st century. In an increasingly transient world, with vast numbers of humans moving by choice or by force, how do we know where we belong?

William Patmore

Will, a 12th grade student known around school for leaving a trail of origami wherever he goes, asks how far we can push the boundaries of this ancient art form. What are the intersections between mathematics and origami?