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Let Momentum Continue!


Awesome TEDxNicosiaWomen Team,

TEDxNicosiaWomen Team by AJ Photo Art

TEDxNicosiaWomen Team by AJ Photo Art

On May 29, we listened to bold ideas that create Momentum through a fascinating platform of remarkable women living on the island, coupled with a broadcast of equally inspiring speakers from TEDWomen in California.

Let us rewind and reflect on Momentum.


Sophia Papastavrou took us on a journey upon her quest for identity, which has evolved through countless travels and years of living abroad.  An ambiguous term, Sophia described identity as ‘an ongoing process, evolving, elusive, fluid, contradictory and slippery,’ explaining that she wishes for her unborn daughter to be able to recognize diverse cultural representations at an early age.

Christina Smith spoke about ‘The Challenge of a Woman’ in a male dominated work environment- the police force. Following years of arrogant and condescending remarks by various colleagues and associates, Christina strived to make herself recognized for her contribution and not for who she was- a tall, powerful, confident woman. Christina encouraged the audience to face up to life’s challenges and everything which doesn’t quite feel right.

Alexia Paraskeva was a living testament that TED is not just about ideas, but entertainment. She captured the audience through two acting performances and a reading of Kavafy’s ‘Ithaca’ creating an avalanche of emotions from laughing and smiling to tears and reflection.

Dr. Yasmin Ohlsson posed the question whether we are gaining or losing Momentum about our health. A family doctor with a specialist interest in Preventive and Lifestyle Medicine, in due course, Yasmin trained as a coach in an effort to better comprehend how to challenge and change human behavior, ultimately helping her clients to make meaningful lifestyle choices.

Patricia Martin, a lawyer from the US, spoke about her mission, which brought her to Cyprus. Patricia chose Cyprus, which she describes as an abused woman, to launch ‘One Woman at a Time’ (OWAAT), a community court collaboration aimed at educating abused women of their basic rights to prevent violence against them as well as empower them. Her 7-month endeavors on the island brought a glimpse of hope as the first self-help abuse case reached court.

Four speakers, two acting performances, one reading and a TEDWomen broadcast connecting Nicosia, Cyprus, through a global conversation with 240 TEDxWomen events in 68 countries. All of this put together, created Momentum in the way we think, live and work.

But, that’s not the entire picture!

Momentum began months ago, at that very moment, when TEDWomen announced this year’s theme. We identified our speakers, heard their story, and helped them transport that one idea, which creates Momentum, Live on the TEDxNicosiaWomen stage.

We also identified our team, which worked tirelessly and passionately to organize and present an event which  intrigued, energized and inspired with ‘ideas worth spreading.’

That Spark, which got things moving, created a Magical Domino Effect filled with passion, enthusiasm and motivation to make TEDxNicosiaWomen become reality.

Awesome TEDxers, each of the above key ingredients, refer to ALL of you- the wonderful organizing team and volunteers! The extraordinary power of X, which has brought us all together deserves a heartfelt applause and a humble Thank You! Thank you for believing in us!



The power of ‘X’

It’s official! The TED bug is on and so is the power of ‘X’.  And we are all set for TEDxNicosia 2014 on November 1. This year, our theme is PERSPECTIVES and we are delighted with people’s enthusiasm when we ask: “So… what’s your PERSPECTIVE?’
I feel  honored to be part of such an incredible team of volunteers, which works tirelessly and passionately towards one single goal- to organize and present an event which will intrigue, energize and inspire with ‘ideas worth spreading.’
Every single TEDxer will tell you that this is their way of giving back to the community. Quite simply, it is their humble contribution to society. What’s more, this is a returning team… So, I asked everyone why! What is that magical X formula which keeps everyone glued on TEDxNicosia?
“It’s all about the collective power of energy: felt through working with a wonderful team, speakers, performers, partners, and the audience. And, the magic being manifested via the local community.” –Paul Koronis, Organizer/ Curator
“The like-minded and passionate energy of the TEDxNicosia team, which makes an inspirational impact in our community.”  –Loris Stavrinides, Organizer/ Creative Director
“What has inspired me to join and be a part of this family is positiveness, thrive for knowledge and peace of mind, happiness, and living in the moment with great ideas!”     –Evanthia Koronis, Sponsors & Logistics Coordinator
“TEDxNicosia has become a way of living. I love our meetings and the times we collectively brainstorm! It’s about professionalism, genuine teamwork, the love we all share for new ideas, the adrenaline rush and the overall excitement on the countdown to the event!” – Stephania Constantinou, Translations & Logistics
 “The unparalleled spirit of the team! Because that’s one of the main ingredients for the success of TEDxNicosia.” – Andri Josef, Photographer
“The need to learn, improve and be inspired by people who have an idea worth spreading!” –Charis Michael, Sponsors & Logistics Coordinator

“The TEDxNicosia experience is truly profound. The reason I keep coming back is because I believe in the spirit of TED, which essentially means bringing people together to spread new ideas. What inspires me is that our team, devotes their personal time to organize successful events in order to spread new ideas to the community around us. We are all so different, coming from different backgrounds but because we share the same values we make it happen. We all inspire and challenge each other and that is how we are able to put together a platform for voices to be heard.” –Christina Neophytidou, Ticketing & Auditorium Management

“The immense impact these events have on our little island’s society. Everyone owes it to themselves to be motivated and inspired. So let’s keep spreading those ideas!”
–Stephanie Stefanou, Logistics
With all that being said so passionately, what more can I say other than:
And let’s keep sprinkling it with passion!