TEDxNicosia- the power of team work

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On the ‘morning after’ for what was for me a truly exhilarating day at TEDxNicosia followed by an incredible after-party, I wanted to share some thoughts and messages from dear friends.The TEDxNicosia experience has been overwhelming. For 3 months, I felt lucky and honored to work with a group of amazing teamsters (all volunteers), who worked tirelessly and passionately towards one single goal- to put up an event which will intrigue, energize and inspire. Each and every team member will tell you just that- that during these challenging times that our island is going through, if we can make a difference by touching people and getting them to Re-Think their lives for a moment or inspire them to Re-Act and Re-Generate, then that is our contribution to society!

This morning I woke up feeling RE-Generated, having read comments on our TEDx FB page as well as personal messages on my phone and email. I wanted to share these with you and wish you a wonderful day.

Mahi herete! A big well done to you and the rest of the TEDx team for this event. I might not have been there, but I had a TEDx moment whilst “guarding my country”, gun in hand and Turkish soldier a few meters away, I was watching the live streaming. The few lecturers I saw, shared interesting stories that made my mind travel along with theirs. Thank you Antoni Stylianou!

Dear TEDxNicosia organizers volunteers, partners, speakers, thank you for a wonderful day. The take away is that you made me leave the event feeling full of energy, of thoughts, of emotions. The real value is not this or that speech, the how well it was executed, the quality of the food… It is what remained with us after we left, and for me it was a heightened level of energy and possibility, the threads of conversations that have emanated and are rippling in our local collective as we move on, the possibilities that that creates. Ultimately, for me is more valuable the intent, and the result. The stuff in the middle, we can always reflect on, as a way for both reward and improvement. Congrats, and… Keep it coming! Thank you Aki Christofides.

Bravo on putting together a great event and inspiring day. You should be very proud and note that this is a great achievement that this place needs so badly. There is nothing else remotely like TED for our community and everyone walked away with something good yesterday even if it was slightly different for everyone. Thank you Julia Papageorgiou.

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About Mahi S

I was born on the island of Cyprus in 1971. For years, I lived the life of a nomad: I grew up in the Arab Gulf, finished high school in Cyprus, then went to the U.S. for five remarkable, life-changing years of study and work in public relations. With every change of home, I was confronted with the challenge of separation and the issue of identity, but ultimately the rewarding experience of interacting with people of different cultures has informed my life ever since. It inspired me to create an ideal setting wherever I found myself, to live meaningfully and use passion as the main ingredient in my life. I run to keep myself motivated and to fire the kind of creative thinking that keeps me balanced and content. But it’s also an ongoing challenge: since 1999, I have completed 17 half-marathons, which I try to run in a different city every time. In fact, running and travel are the two pillars of my life philosophy: “Travel is fascinating, whether it’s about a series of mesmerizing destinations or a journey within myself”. “Running keeps me sane, motivated and focused!” Right now, I am focusing on promoting my new book, ‘A squirrel in your kitchen’ an e-cookbook with quick, easy and delicious recipes (and anecdotes) from dearest friends around the world. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AYXN500. I am also hoping to experience the fascinating challenge of a full marathon in 2016; in Athens or New York. We’ll see!

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