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TED Women...

The lights of the city have dimmed, as at around five winter robs daylight in the blink of an eye. TED women is fading, or so I think, but I dare not say, because this Conference is full of hidden surprises, awesome encounters, lights and sounds that are strange to my mind, but not to my spirit.

The talks have rounded up, well, most of them. I am impressed from what I see, hear and feel. Sometimes I am a sponge that is being dampened by the thinking of enormous minds and clear hearts. Sometimes I am astounded by the sounds of The Asphalt Orchestra, leading us to every venue. Or by the smooth poetry of Marley, taking us into the afternoon break.

Aromas of 30 countries have embedded my spirit, making me forget that I am in the capital of the United States, and making me feel like I am in the capital of the world instead. Whoever passes by has some hidden jewel in the mind or in the heart, and has come here to share it. Amazing.

Many times one can only imagine to be near this bunch of thinkers, scientists, dancers, makers, all gathered under the flag of social networking for the best future of the planet. I am indeed lucky I am here with them.

Soon it will be time to leave. Many people have made connections. Many more have made friends. But all of them have changed their minds in one or many ways.

This is what happens when you realize that the guy or gal sitting next to you thinks different, looks different, but is nothing but one flesh and blood human being after all, who is looking for an opening in your heart or your consciousness that will allow the seed to be planted.

For people like me, these are new concepts as to how to relate to each other in terms of equal capacity of thinking, and equal capacity of loving.

Nevertheless, this awesome opportunity of mingling and taking a breath of the same air with important people in the world has made me rethink my position in this fairy tale.

Am I the pawn, the queen, the knight or the king of this game? My mind takes positions of defense and of attack, it twists and twirls around the new ideas I hear, the old ones I hear renewed, the stolen ideas that mingle with original ones, the passion of artists and the emotion in hearing people tell you what you want to hear, sharing your thinking and repeating your actions.

Then there are those who dare to challenge what you have known as "the truth". They make you small, they make you big. They challenge your most intimate self, and dare to tell the truth that you cannot bare.

The awesome array of colors of minds reunited in this place does not have to fool you, though. The most beautiful face of the venue cannot be measured today. Not even in a week or in a month after this is over. During the next year, when the preparation for the TED 2011 takes place, Pat Mitchell and her team will probably be the first ones to evaluate the actual truth of what has been said here, the power of each statement will be assessed against reality.

And the result of the comparison will bring about an even better TED Women, or maybe not, maybe just a more sellable TED. So the question is then, not if this is awesome, because it is, but how much of this is true, how much is part of a fairy tale, and how much of it are just good intentions that will not flourish in reality. Wait, I must not forget that... this is only the first TED... devoted to women only, hehehe.

Even if just an expression of good intentions, humanity is in need of events like this. Because change must begin somewhere, and open spaces like TED Women will offer a great way to begin (although much of the wok has began at least 50 years ago), my hope is that TED in the future will not only stay in words being said in the wind, but it will also offer a reality check in terms of what has been said and done in previous forums, the steps that have followed, the results that have been achieved, and most importantly, how many of the speakers and doers are still living their truth.

This event will of course change my life. Now I know that people can rally for different ideas, different positions, without necessarily killing each other. Wait, is not democracy about this completely? No. The kind of democracy the US has is different to the democracy of poor countries like mine. In our democracies people kill each other over ideas. Will TED conferences help us stop the killing? We sure hope so, although we may not know how many of these gatherings will really do the trick.

Comments

jadefrank's picture

WOOT!

Jackie,

While I was not fortunate enough to attend such a momentous event as TEDWomen, I have you to live vicariously through, and to understand a small bit of what takes place at such a gathering of minds, of passions, and of creativity.

This is a beautiful reflection on your experience, and allows me to drink in small gulps of the atmosphere, from the music and tasty delights, to the intimate conversations with those who are very like us, or who blow our minds open in uncomfortable ways.

Thank you Jackie for bringing your experience to us, and for sharing so beautifully through your gift with words, on the events that have taken place these past two days.

Seeing pictures of you, Malaya, and Sunita on stage, and following the tweets in real time, has been a pure rush of hope, of wonder, and of excitement for you, and for women leaders worldwide who are going to shake up this planet, and stop the wars within our homes, within our streets, and within our minds.

Sending lots of love,
Jade

jap21's picture

Hi Jade

You will never know how much I miss you, Ellie, Lily, and the whole World Pulse team! You are the trampolin that makes us jump with more strength, with more joy and with more hope everytime we take stage. How not love you sooo much?

You guys are the ones to thank, and as you already know, please feel the southern wind embracing you all my dear.

Cheers,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Nusrat Ara's picture

You have captured in the

You have captured in the atmosphere so well as well as what you were feeling. Thanks for sharing.

Love

Nusrat

jap21's picture

Hi Nusrat

Thank you my friend for always being here by our side. It is so important for us to feel your strength backing us up in all the endeavors!

Love you lots my dear!

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Amei's picture

Reflections that shows glimps...

These are beautiful reflections letting me feel the experiences through your words.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers, Amei

jap21's picture

Hi Amei

Thank you my dear friend for coming here and reading this article. It is your voice that lends us the power to raise ours.

I wish all of us had the chance to go to TED sometime in our lives.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

rozjean's picture

TedWomen

Hi Jackie,
So exciting to hear about TEDWomen. I am looking forward to viewing some of the talks on my TED app. Safe journey home.
Feliz Navidad,
rozjean

jap21's picture

Hi Rozjean

Just got home last night and slept loooong hours hehe. Thanks for dropping by my dear friend.

Feliz Navidad para ti también.

Love and hugs,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

ikirimat's picture

Just could not afford missing

Yeah, I am a lover of TED and specifically would have loved to watch this event. However, it was not free. A fee of 100 $ was charged to access it on the web.

I hope I will be able to access it when it will finally be accessible to the public for free.

Grace Ikirimat

"It takes the hammer of persistence to drive the nail of success."


jap21's picture

Hi Ikirimat

I also hope it will be free on the web after a while. It would be great! If I get to know something about it I will post.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Julie Tomlin's picture

TedWomen

Hi Jackie,
Glad that you were so challenged and inspired by being part of TedWomen. Thanks for writing about it and sharing some of the atmosphere with us.
I thought the line up looked amazing and would have loved to have been there to hear what they had to say and be part of the whole thing. I am a big fan of Naomi Klein, so would have loved to hear her and like you say, these things are so much to do with all the people who are there, not just the speakers.

Yours,
Julie

@julietomlin

jap21's picture

Hi Julie

Thanks for dropping by my dear friend. I just got home and loved Naomi Klein´s intervention. You are right, everyone who attended had something interesting on mind, and it was awesome to be able to be there with them. One can really change many behaviors just by being around and learning from such gifted minds.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

frederica Maima David Gibson's picture

oh my God!

hey TEDWomen! I would have loved to have been part, moreover with my president mrs Ellen Johnson. sirleaf. It must have been fabulous and an exciting program . Keep it up Frederica

Y'ello,
This my new email address freddiegibs@yahoo.com
note that freddygibs is no longer my email address as it was hacked,
Frederica,

jap21's picture

Hi Frederica

It is so nice to know about you! I have heard a lot about your president Johnson in the TED conference. She seems to be a corageous and wonderful woman. Would love to meet her, and would love to meet you sometime in my life!

Thanks for dropping by my dear.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

frederica Maima David Gibson's picture

you are welcome my dear!

hey Jackie. we need to plan one meeting back home (Liberia) one of these days and you will have an opportunity to meet her. Let's keep the line of cummunication opened. wish i could get an invitation to come to south Africa . Merry Christmas to all.. Thanks Frederica,

Y'ello,
This my new email address freddiegibs@yahoo.com
note that freddygibs is no longer my email address as it was hacked,
Frederica,

jap21's picture

Hi Frederica

I am here, listening and with my arms open to all the generosity of the Universe with us. I know you will go to South Africa some time honey. In the meantime, think about coming to Bolivia, if you get here, you have my home to stay and we could have a great time together.

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

Halima Mohamed Abdel rahman's picture

Happy for you!

Hey Jackie. Enjoyed reading your reflections many times. You know how to capture readers, fascinate and bring them back again and again. So happy for your success and having your voice soared high in the sky!

jap21's picture

Thanks Halima

I am so glad I can reach your heart!

Love,

Jackie

Jacqueline Patiño FundActiva
Tarija - Bolivia
South America
www.jap21.wordpress.com

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