TEDx brings the spirit of TED’s mission of ideas worth spreading to local communities around the globe. TEDx events are organized by curious individuals who seek to discover ideas and spark conversations in their own community. The eighth edition of TEDxIIMRanchi was hosted on March 10, 2019 at CMPDI.  TEDxIIMRanchi 2019 was a platform to inspire people to look into the “Kaleidoscope of possibilities”.

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“Kaleidoscope of possibilities” is a phrase drawing analogy from various patterns and designs one can see in a Kaleidoscope with a contextual meaning of discovering a myriad of options and opportunities which are unfathomable to the masses.  Most of us at some point in time run out of options, give up our ambitions and give-in to the seemingly unmanageable circumstances. However, it is the creative and persistent ones who change their prism of vision and pave a new way to make it big in life. The event hosted a number of national and international speakers who have realized their vision in a variety of fields including technology, entrepreneurship and public administration to name a few.

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The event began with the inaugural address by Dr. Shailendra Singh, honourable Director, IIM Ranchi. Post this, the convenor, Arpita Pati, welcomed the audience and thanked everyone for being a part of the event. The first Speaker was Supriyo Sinha, CEO-Education, Pratibha in the ABP Group. Invoking the audience to draw inspiration from a woodpecker, he played the sound of a woodpecker to explain that the specialty of the bird is that he picks one spot, of a few millimeters diameter and keeps pecking exactly at that spot with tremendous force and intensity. He asked the audience to imagine a little bird hitting 20 times/sec with 1000 times force thereby describing the power of focus and intensity. He also stated that having spent a lot of time with the wildlife in the jungles of Africa, he has learnt that some of the finest lessons can be learnt from the natures which even the management lectures of B-schools cannot teach. We can learn to be fearless from the buffalos and honey badgers, the woodpecker teaches us the importance of intensity while the trout and salmon demonstrate the importance of being unique. He drove home the point that conditions and tasks make us feel afraid but if you think you can, you can, if you think you can’t, you are right.

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The host of the event, Subhash, first year student at IIMR, called upon Professor Asit Mohapatra for concluding remarks on the ceremony who conveyed his appreciation on behalf of IIM Ranchi to all the speakers and also thanked the organizing team post which the director felicitated all the guests and the event came to an end. The platform helped the audience garner new perspectives and insights on different matters which would not only help them lead a better life but also prove fruitful in serving the community in a better way.

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