TEDxInstitute of Management Technology Dubai hosted its first TEDx event TEDxIMTDubai on 26th February 2014   on the theme ‘The Lateral Perspective’. TED and TEDx events have been instrumental in sharing ‘Ideas worth spreading’ around the world and this year IMT Dubai joined this journey of community learning.

Eight speakers from different walks of life, shared interpretations of ‘The Lateral Perspective’ relevant to their line of work, with the audience, who were a mix of industry professionals, students and academics. The audience also had an opportunity to interact with the speakers in the ‘IMT speaker’s Lounge’.

Phil Bedford talk on ‘Lessons from 32000 BC’ championed a unique yet intuitive way of doing business by capitalizing on one’s own social networks. He spoke about how this method originated right from our forefathers’ time and facilitated the development of society as we know it today.

Ramkrishna NK, founder of India’s first crowd-funding platform Rang De analysed the different options available to social entrepreneurs today and debunked several commonly accepted myths about delivering service to the poor. He surprised many by declaring that there was in fact, no fortune at the bottom of the pyramid. Anyone trying to address issues pertaining to the poorest in society needs to use more holistic models than those currently being used.

Dr. Alaa Garad, Director Emirates Center for Organizational Learning spoke on ‘What do we learn about learning’. Dr.Garad is a proponent of the 70:20:10 method and explained how organizations, individuals and groups can learn.  Dr. Fayek Oweis  an Arab American linguist, calligraphist and poet with a passion for Islamic art spoke on multiculturalism and belonging. Having lived in different parts of the world, Dr.Oweis expressed his feeling of lack of belonging in any place and the fresh perspective it had given him.

Ebin George  a twenty two year old who holds world records for playing the most number of musical instruments in an hour, talked  about the passion one needs to truly play music and how one can never learn music. He demonstrated several of his own unique ways of playing the guitar and the flute and won everyone’s heart with his humility and raw talent. Dr. Mahender Singh, Rector, Malaysian Institute for Supply Chain Innovation, shared with the audience his ’Three Stories of Creative Thinking’ and how this has helped him in formulating a framework to solving any problem.

Shreyas Srinivas, co-founder nh7 talk ‘Front Seat at The Independent Movement’ dealt with what it takes to succeed as an independent. Small things contribute greatly to success and he gave examples of clean toilets, allowing people to bring their children and pets which created a wholesome and friendly atmosphere at music festivals. He urged the audience to find their passion and get to work on it, do not feel alone as there will always be people in the world who cares about something as strongly as you do.

Karl Haddad a social entrepreneur and traveler talk was on the troubles he’s seen at the different places he’s visited all over the world. Karl used photographs he had taken on his travels to drive home the intensity of the issues our less fortunate peers deal with on an everyday basis, and how the small efforts he’s made has led to significant changes in at least some of their lives. Each of us can impact someone else’s life in a positive way was his message.

TEDXIMTDubai speakers delivered on the TED promise of “Ideas worth spreading”.

For pictures taken during the event, please click here.

About IMT Dubai

IMT Dubai is the first overseas campus of the internationally renowned Business School, IMT Ghaziabad, one of India’s top 10 business schools. Founded in 2006 in Dubai Academic City, the campus offers an MBA program for fresh graduates, Executive MBA for working professionals and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. IMT Dubai is accredited by the UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, is licensed by the KHDA and is a member of; The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), The European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and The European Association for International Education (EAIE).


About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives. The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.


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