TED Talks Paris

Ever been to a TED talks event ?


A few weeks ago, I had one of the best experience in my life so far. And the funny thing is that, it was not even planned. I’m talking about a TED Talks event.

I had a close friend over at my place and, lucky me, she knew one the speaker at TEDXIHE Paris, John Isaac, who was Michael Jackson’s personal photographer for a few years in the 90’s.

We honestly only got there in the first place to meet with him, so we arrived at the last part of the conference, as he was talking last. Little did we know that we were gonnna get out of there with our brains upside down.

I will add that John is one of the nicest, wisest human beings I have ever met and I feel very lucky that I had the chance to spend some private time with him and hear all his stories.


For those of you who don’t know about ted talks here is a little definition from TED Talks website :

“TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. “

Here are the 4 talks we were lucky to listen to.

About John :

« John Isaac worked as a photojournalist for the United Nations for 25 years and traveled to over 100 countries documenting war and famine and the never ending struggles of our changing world. After retiring from the UN, he decided to turn his attention to nature and wildlife and to help save the tigers of India. In addition to his work for the UN, he is also known for his independent freelance work photographing celebrities. John has received many National and International awards and several documentaries have been made with him about his life and work.

Despite facing confronting events while working for the United Nations, photographing distressing scenes of famine and civil war, John always chose to put humanity first in his work. Believing that human dignity comes before photojournalism, John describes the photos he consciously did not take. He also shares personal anecdotes from his experiences with Audrey Hepburn, Mother Theresa and Michael Jackson. »


Mohammad Jamal ​Deen : What if we were friends ?

I cried so hard listening to this story, everyone did…)

About Mohammad :

« Mohammad Jamal Deen is an Anesthetist (CRNA) in training in Northern California. He has extensive medical background working in intensive care units as a registered nurse, as well as working as an emergency medic in the streets of Chicago. Following his experience with projects in West Africa as well as across the USA, Mohammad decided to take on his next project to work with Syrian refugees in Europe. Humanitarian work had always been a passion for Mohammad. His latest project, a film “No place like HOPE”, raises awareness to the daily struggles the refugees are experiencing in northern Greece.

Despite extensive coverage of the recent refugee crisis, part of the story still remains untold. In his talk, Mohammad shares stories of migrants he met when volunteering at refugee camps in Greece. He highlights their infinite kindness, perseverance, motivation to learn and determination to give back once integrated into Western societies. He believes that each and every one of us has the power to help refugees and that we could simply start by becoming their friend. »



Sara ​Safari : Climb your Everest

This woman is a ROCK

About Sara :

« Sara Safari is an author, speaker, mountain climber, college professor and advocate for women’s empowerment. She was born in Iran and moved to the USA in 2002 to continue her education in electrical engineering. While teaching at California State University Fullerton, Sara met the founder of the Empower Nepali Girls foundation. She decided to climb Mt. Everest to raise funds and awareness for the girls who become victims of human trafficking or are forced into early marriage. She is now a board member and director of development of Empower Nepali Girls and she dedicated her book “Follow My Footsteps” to this organisation.

Sara survived the avalanches on Mt. Everest, as a result of the devastating 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal in 2015. In her talk, she paints her journey from teaching engineering to climbing mountains to help the Empower Nepali Girls foundation. This talk, however, does not explain how to climb the highest mountain in the world, but rather on how to summit your inner peaks. Sara advocates that the Everest for 2017, and the rest of the 21st century, is the same for all of us – women’s empowerment – and invites us to climb it together. »


Cyrielle ​Hariel : Start with your heart.

We have the same role model 😉

About Cyrielle :

« Cyrielle Hariel runs a blog focused on changemakers to highlight that much of humanity has innovative and compassionate solutions for humankind and nature. Her career change was triggered by a humanitarian mission in Bangladesh, coupled with a diagnosis of severe congenital heart defect in 2014. Since the heart surgery, she has become more committed and “alive” than ever. The heart has become the symbol of her daily work to do her part to make the world a better place: she makes a “Heart-Pic” with everyone she interviews.

Listen to your heart, inform yourself and be sensitive to social injustices: this is all you need to know to become a changemaker. In her talk, Cyrielle tells us how she became a green and positive journalist and shares stories of the changemakers she has interviewed from around the world. She shows us how easy it is to have positive impact in the world and explains why she believes that it is also our moral responsibility to do so. »


They are many TED TALKS events in different countries all year long, if you have the chance to go to one of these, don’t hesitate for one second.

Go to ted Talks website for all events coming and previous events videos  : https://www.ted.com

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18 commentaires sur « TED Talks Paris »

  1. Oh wow. These are so inspirational. I watch TED talks videos on YouTube but I’d love to see one live. I can imagine how it would make you feel in person!

  2. That’s awesome. I have watched write a few TED talks online and know they are very inspirational. Getting to see them live must have been amazing.

  3. Everyday, I encounter people with precious jewels hidden within them. Your review of these TED talks highlights the importance of human experience, whether it is personal or global. And I really appreciate how each of the talks you mentioned encourages me to trust my heart, develop my sense of empathy, and reach outside my comfort zones. Thank you.

  4. Hey! I am becoming a fan of your TED Lists. Bring them on. I loved your last post on a curated set of talk. I will spend time listening into Isaac to start with. The ‘photos i did not take’ certainly draws my attention!

  5. Always wanted to join one of those and in long run be a part of it :). Great to see that you got a chance and experienced the feeling of listening to people like these.

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