Words from a volunteer : Quyen Nguyen

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Quyen Nguyen,

Marketing & Creative Team

What I have learnt from TEDxStavanger?

Innovations, like flowers, start from tiny seeds and have to be nurtured carefully until they blossom; then their essence has to be carried elsewhere for the flowers to spread”, (Kanter, 1988) (*)

I am a TED lover, as many are.


Upon being informed of the opportunity called for at TEDx Stavanger this January, I enrolled myself to become a volunteer. A student of business innovation, how could I miss it? As the journey goes on, I find myself immersed in joy, inspiration and growth in multiple ways.

As a team, we do love what we do, especially within the community of innovative thinkers here in Stavanger, through spreading great ideas and connecting people. I have been lucky enough to have worked with and learned from the finest of people and some of the best personalities as well as talents ever known to me. The challenges we face are handled only with innovative solutions, positioning TEDx Stavanger professionally and uniquely local at the same time, and creatively involving TED fans and curious souls. The fulfilling reward: seeing TEDx Stavanger’s X making noise in social media, followed by an amazing interaction across media channels, all organic!

Few words go alongside innovation better than diversity. At TEDx Stavanger, we operate by diversity, with our team made up of 12 members from different countries (even continents) with diverse background: an engineer, a marketing professional, a designer, and even a dentist. We cooperate, debate and challenge to come up with the best solution, trying our very best to learn along the way. The word best describing us is ‘Kaleidoscopic thinking’ – trying to think from multiple perspectives while seeking outside-the-box tactics.

Last but not least, it is worth re-mentioning that the entire experience has enriched my abroad student life in Norway beyond imagination. A precious learning curve to my study, I have learnt to plant my very own “tiny seed” into this new soil, by engaging myself more and discovering how amazing and supportive people can be, whoever they are and whichever language that they speak. It is totally rewarding and exhilarating!

Watch this space and see how the seeds will grow.  

(*) Kanter, R. M. (1988). When a thousand flowers bloom: Structural, collective, and social conditions for innovation in organizations. Knowledge Management and Organisational Design, 10, 93-131.

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