Since the pandemic outbreak in early 2020, the global border restrictions policies limit physical interactions. The latest development is optimistic and borders are gradually opening up. This is the time for us to reconnect with passionate individuals in society and the world. Together we make plans for the future, we believe in a promising future, and spread confidence and hope amidst the world full of uncertainties.

Reconnecting for a Promising Future

The ​​5th “TEDxChaterRoad” Annual Conference has invited speakers from various fields to share their perspectives based on two themes – “Reconnecting the World” and “Promising the Future”. We will take wonderful ideas as the starting point of social interactions and eventually reconnect with the world.

Reconnecting the World: Taking a Step into the Community and Bring Positive Influences

[People live in subdivided housings not because they are lazy] Bonnie Cheung, a community worker, is here to debunk the myth of “hard work leads to a better life”. Households live in subdivided flats due to various circumstances, and their status do not define their level of perseverance. She encourages citizens to put aside prejudices and step into other’s shoes.

[Facing own fears and rebranding blackness] Innocent Mutanga, the founder of African Center Hong Kong, shares his experience from being a political refugee to an investment analyst and a social enterprise founder. He hopes everyone will face their fears, understand where prejudice comes from and let go of it. He also envisions Hong Kong to be more inclusive.

[The power of understanding felt needs : From benevolence to transformational impact] Compared to random acts of kindness, it is more vital for us to go into the community, understand people’s felt needs, develop programs that address these needs, and create sustainable, positive transformations in the community. Professor Albert Teo, a social entrepreneurship scholar, shares his mindset change after becoming a volunteer. As the culture of volunteerism continues to evolve, our community can benefit when volunteers pay more attention to creating impact that is transformational.

[Age is just a number] Olivia Chan, the co-founder of BeautyFact, is here to share her experience of facing the “quarter-life crisis” at the age of 30. She inspires us to rethink whether social roles reflect our ideal self and how we should deal with our ageing anxiety by living consciously. Let’s forget about labelling and embrace our authenticities.

[Our education may lose on this line] What do we talk about when we talk about education? Ben Sir, an edutainer, explains five different phenomena in our education system. He shares the limitation and potential problem of linear thinking, thereby encouraging us to change our learning mindset, and explore multiple pathways in life.

[Web3 is a value-awakening movement rather than a speculation] Cheung To, the founder of UDomain, will lead us to rethink the meaning and significance ofWeb3. By analysing the idea from a historical and philosophical perspective, he would like us to distinguish between Web3 and a mere financial game. This helps develop a growth mindset and value enlightenment.

In addition, we would like to thank you our talented performers Eli and friends from Funjabihk for the performance, which is a great showcase of cultural diversity and social inclusion.

About TEDxChaterRoad
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxChaterRoad is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED Conferences, intimate TED Salons and thousands of independently organised TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on and other platforms. Audio versions of TED Talks are published to TED Talks Daily, available on all podcast platforms.