Before starting to analyse one of the talks that took place during the TEDx@BSJ last week, I want to mention first of all that I was inspired by all the speeches that we got to attend. Not only was I impressed by the speakers’ sensibility and communication skills, I was touched by the actions that each and everyone of them decided to make to ensure tomorrow would be better than today, to work towards making the world a better place. Furthermore, the variety of talks made it even more interesting and the speakers’ passion for what they do made it uniquely great.
Now going back to the endless and broad theme of knowledge, there were quite a few aspects that we could take out of the talks to analyse. The talk made by Audrey and Winston was probably the one I was the most impressed by. Their great work and determination to do something that seems so hard to do gave me the chills and as a result of that, I decided to do my blog post on that very speech. The Knowledge Questions for Audrey and Winston’s cause come down to: “Is it fair that I am in a nice car going to an International school whereas the child outisde doesn’t even seem to have shoes and very probably doesn’t go to school?” and “I’m just a young student, how can I possibly help?” Ultimately, Audrey and Winston’s though on these questions allowed them to make a difference in the world.
The reasons why they wanted to help children who were not as lucky as them came originally from emotions and perception they felt when looking out of the window and seeing children whose parents probably didn’t even have the means to send their children to school. This is where the ways of Knowledge come in place. The WOK’s are the means by which a person is able to gather knowledge and in this case, the knowledge comes from deep within a person’s feelings. Audrey and Winston were driven by the feeling they felt when observing inequality, poverty and non-education. When looking at ethics, the sense perception is the fact that both Audrey and Winston were born in relatively fortunate families compared to street children in Indonesia and so throughout their lives, they encounter big differences between themselves and the unprivileged children and that aspect makes them acquire knowledge about the fact that something is not right, something has to be done.
As soon as they started, the Areas of Knowledge came into place. The AOK’s are specific sections of knowledge where information is put together in accordance to similarity. For example, study of the Human body and animals is a similar cause then working on how to build a house. In Winston’s case, he used his knowledge about Natural sciences and more specifically Physics, to be able to design a very specific lay-out of what the school would look like. With strong wishes to becoming an engineer, Winston took advantage of all his comprehension about Physics and transformed his knowledge into a big and wonderful school. In Audrey’s case, she counted on what she knew on the Human sciences. Audrey’s job was in public relations and she was responsible for the funding of the school. Audrey used her knowledge in economics to rightfully carry out the job.
Conclusively, in response to WOK’s, Winston and Audrey used the AOK they were good at to help people in need. Changing the world is hard and way too long but I believe that we have to start somewhere and their start is only the first part of an amazing project that will keep on expanding in order to drive poverty out of this world.