WikiStage HEC SEED International Entrepreneurship Forum
In this day and age, it seems the words "entrepreneur" and "entrepreneurship" are frequently thrown around. But what does it mean to be an entrepreneur? With the help of WikiStage, HEC SEED held an international entrepreneurship forum on April 18 with this question in mind. The event provided eager students the chance to meet, network and find ways to collaborate with startups. WikiStage was one of the participants that wanted to help students find job opportunities with incredible start ups. To kick off the forum, Johannes presented the question, "How to find your startup idea"? Immediately following was an interactive discussion encouraging participants to launch their own startup. There were also several WikiTalks centered around the topic entrepreneurship asking and answering questions from "Why one should become an entrepreneur"? to "How to negotiate a collaboration with your competitors"? to "What is the future of fintech (financial technology)"? Christian Vanizette from MakeSense discussed how to incorporate sustainability into your business model, and WHub explained how to dive into Hong-Kong's startup scene. By providing a unique opportunity to exchange ideas between start-ups and passionate students, this was a fantastic success for HEC SEED's and WikiStage's first entrepreneurship forum!
Wikistage - Empow’Her: Share Her Voice
Our April 16 WikiStage conference brought it back to where it all began -- the Paris campus of ESCP Europe! #ShareHerVoice Conference was an inspiring and eye-opening experience aiming to bring awareness to creating future gender equality champions. Amongst the speakers we welcomed on stage, there were quite a few amazing women. Tatiana Moura from Promundo, a Brazilian based, non-governmental organization promoting caring, non-violent and equitable masculinities and gender relations, talked about the importance of engaging men in the process of establishing gender equality. Shannon Galpin, the founder of Mountain2Mountain, a non-profit organization fighting for women’s rights in conflict zones, spoke about her experience in Afghanistan where she worked on many projects aiming to empower women by engaging them in various activities related to education, art and sports. Galpin, who also happens to be the first person to practice mountain biking in the area, is currently supporting Afghanistan's first Women’s National Cycling team. In her powerful speech, Shannon Galpin said she always wondered why people were indifferent towards sexual violence until she realized she was one of these people. "Having a voice means taking a stand”, she said. Chloé Chambraud and Luisa de Simone, two young and ambitious volunteers, talked about their projects in Thailand. They have created a social enterprise for women affected by violence aiming to help boost these women's creativity, regain confidence and simply empower them by having them create things from recyclable materials. Charlotte Werner, junior associate at McKinsey & Company and contributor the company's the Women Matter studies, spoke about how having more women at the top means better results for companies. Later, when asked about the situation in her working establishment, Werner replied she cannot complain, and it is going in the right direction. Yann Borgsted, founder of the Womanity Foundation and the only male representative on stage that night, shared with us the story of his success. He spoke about how he created the first commercial women’s radio in the Middle East, called “Radio NISSA FM”, and how Womanity is all about pushing the boundaries of women empowerment. All in all, the atmosphere that night was empowering. Even the cocktail hour immediately following helped maintain the positive atmosphere as audience members got the chance to meet the speakers and learn even more about these organizations. If you are curious about how to get involved, check out some of the links to these wonderful organizations and stay tuned for the recordings to be posted on the website. #ShareHerVoice!
Storytelling: WikiStage Speaker Workshop (MakeSense)
Not only does WikiStage host WikiTalk events, it also has coaching sessions every Thursday evening for folks wanting to learn how to put together and give an effective speech. The most recent speaker workshop took place at MakeSense on April 9. This was the first coaching session to be held at MakeSense, and it was quite a success. In fact, there were enough people registered that the event had to be held in a bigger room! Five coaches gave their own interpretation of storytelling and offered tips and tricks on how to use a short story when communicating a message. The coaches were Béatrice Doradoux, Claudia Martins José, Stéphane Loiret, Antonio Meza and Vincent Avanzi. After each one spoke, there was a call for an audience member to volunteer and give his/her own talk. Coaches and others in the audience would offer feedback and advice on how the volunteer-speaker can improve. If you are interested in coming out to the next WikiStage coaching session and learn how to improve your own public speaking skills, then feel free to join us this Thursday April 16 at ESCP Europe! We look forward to seeing you there!
WikiStage Panthéon Sorbonne: innovation 2.0
On April 2, WikiStage held its first event at Panthéon Sorbonne. Around 50 people showed up to hear eight different WikiTalks centered around one theme: innovation. The atmosphere was bright and relaxed. Listeners were told to be curious and seek answers. Solutions to any problem can be found, but we need to pay attention to everything around us. The first speaker, Mika Mered, talked about different innovative projects in the Arctic and Antarctic from floating cities to developing tourism. For him, adaptation is key. Oliver Rohou encouraged the audience to not be ashamed about sharing their ideas. As long as you are passionate, no idea is a bad idea. For Jeanne Dussueil, people are the media innovation and anyone can be a decision maker. By using visions from abroad, we can enrich national debates. Through their talks, you can tell each speaker is driven and passionate about their ideas. It's hard not to listen and feel inspired! If you are wanting a little push in being more innovative, keep an eye out for these WikiTalks on the website!
The importance of enthusiasm
(This article is a contribution from Oana Besnea, former PR officer at la Cité universitaire internationale universitaire de Paris.) Us, millennials, are very selective about the way we spend our time. When we attend an event, we want it to be short, energetic, and worth it. I attended a WikiStage event because of the energy and enthusiasm Johannes showed when talking about his project! I first met Johannes in a monthly brunch I used to organise with a team of brilliant students in the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris campus. We invited young individuals from around the world to give a short talk on a project of theirs. It was then that Johannes talked about WikiStage. He reached to every individual in the room, and I knew it was soon going to become global. That’s the secret if you ask me. That’s what the world needs nowadays: people with energy and initiative that make their actions matter.
WikiStage La Paillasse: The voice of the community
On Thursday, March 26, we had the opportunity to meet and to get to know the people behind La Paillasse: a biohacking laboratory co-created by the inspiring team of young researchers, entrepreneurs, inventors, designers and hackers. Fourteen speakers put their innovative ideas into the form of a WikiTalk, each delivering a speech in only three, six or nine minutes. The topics ranged from bioproduction and autonomy to alternatives for polluting properties of chemical pigments to knowledge in the sense of shared good. Some speakers gave their own answers to questions such as, "What to do in order to manage fashion"?, "How collective intelligence could transform energy"?, and "Is Arctic the future of Saint Pierre and Miquelon"? The event was conducted by the irreplaceable Diane Lenne, manager of our WikiStage team. A big thank you to Olivier Michelot who managed to create a unique setting for the speakers, inviting the audience into the magical world of scientific experiements. Soon we will be able to share these talks with you thanks to Cyrille Tassart from the Videaux crew. Stay tuned!
Traveling off the beaten path
I'll never forget the day I boarded my first, long distance flight from Charlotte, North Carolina to Madrid, Spain. Passport clutched in my hand, my heart was pounding with adrenaline. I couldn't contain my excitement. For as long as I can remember, I've had the travel bug. I have always wanted to go and see and do. Sitting still was never an option. And four years after boarding my first long distance flight, I have been living abroad in Paris for three of those years and have visited over fifteen European countries. In his talk, "Why you should, and how you could, travel off the beaten path?" Jeremy Ximenez of WikiStage Stanford breaks down the "Where?" "How?" and "When?" for traveling off the beaten path. Ximenez has tons of experience visiting countries that most wouldn't dare out of fear and uncertainty. While I myself haven't traveled to the countries he mentions, I have visited ones that aren't in the top five for most European travelers, and these tend to be some of my favorites. But why? In the "Where?" section, Ximenez answers that question by explaining that there are less tourists in these countries. And since there are fewer, people tend to be more hospitable and eager to meet foreigners. When I took a cab ride from the Sarajevo airport to the center of the city, my cabbie tried to give me a quick, historical tour of his city with his broken English while whizzing in and out of traffic. The man was proud of his country, and despite a language barrier, he was eager to tell a young American traveler everything he possibly could. Traveling is already something important to learn more about yourself and other cultures. But sometimes when you travel somewhere filled with tourists, it can be difficult to fully experience what the country has to offer. I've discovered that when you travel somewhere with few tourists, locals are more likely to offer a helping hand and try their hardest to ensure your visit is memorable. My stories are not as extreme as Ximenez, but they just as important to me and serve as a reminder for why I love traveling to places most people wouldn't think twice about. And this is something I keep in mind as I plan my next adventure. If you itching to travel but aren't sure where, just take a few minutes to listen to Ximenez's talk, and maybe you will have the urge to travel off the beaten path.
WikiStage recording March 21
On Saturday, the WikiStage team met at ESCP Europe to hold one of its studio recordings. While it was a small gathering, the atmosphere was open and positive. Everyone was chatting amongst each other trying to get to know the person behind the talk. 'It was quite impressive to see people from any kind of background, any kind of studies, jobs that are pitching in three minutes what they have learned from years', said Diane Lenne, WikiStage manager. Lenne, one of 11 speakers, gave her first recorded WikiTalk on the question 'What if you would die tomorrow'? Her excitement and energy helped make her first talk a success. While there wasn't a set theme for the session, the talks were interesting and diverse. Alexandre Maurin discussed 'How to live in the present'?, Pierre Chevelle explained 'How to change the world in two hours'? and Abhinav Agarwal gave his opinion on 'How Shrek is an entrepreneur'? (And yes, that last one is about Shrek from the DreamWorks animated film.) The recordings will be up on the website in the next week giving you the chance to listen and see what sticks in your mind. 'What had been said, it stuck in our minds'. said Lenne. 'We remember it very well, and I can almost repeat all the talks by heart'.
WikiStage SoScience: improving the world through responsible research and innovation
WikiStage SoScience welcomed over 50 guests to its first WikiStage event on May 16 to learn about Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). The day was divided into three sessions, each dealing with the point of RRI and the form it can take. The first session had the difficult task of introducing the audience to the basics of RRI. Thomas Busuttil introduced the goals of RRI by answering the question, "Is sustainable development a major leverage for a new humanism?" Daphne Carthy followed by showing how responsible research can be profitable by answering the question, "How to combine responsibility and performance during the innovation processes?" Since funding is crucial to complete research, Gilles Bruneaux explained how to select research projects that can be most profitable for society. Finally, Anastasia Mandraveli convinced us about the deep relationship between innovation and law. Following a quick snack break, thanks to our partner Puerto Cacao, audience members were able to discover exceptional RRI projects during the second session. The session started in an unusual way because theatre actors “Mises en Pièces” tried to humorously explain how to cook french fries in a responsible and eco-friendly way. Akpéli Nordor talked about translational research while both Adel Mebarki and Redhouane Abdelloui showed us how social networks can be useful for future health system. Ladislas De Toldi explained how robotics can improve the lives for some children, and Sandra Rey presented nature as an infinite source of inspiration for innovation After another break, we were ready to learn how to help RRI become viral and inspire everyone in society. This third session kicked off with another humorous skit from “Mises en Pièces” who pretended to perform irresponsible research as a way for audience members to better understand the importance of responsible research. Celya Gruson-Daniel explained the importance of developing open science for both society and for RRI. Lionel Larqué had the audience reflect about the complex relationship between science and society. The event ended with Alexandra Ivanovitch discussing new educative methodologies for the future relationship between science and society. At the end of the day, all of the participants at WikiStage SoScience were aware of RRI's goals and how crucial it is to continue spreading spread this idea over the world!
Welcome to the new blog!
Hello and welcome everyone! We have been working hard for a while now, and so it gives us great pleasure to present our new website. It is finally ready and so are we! We want to make this blog an important part of WikiStage, and what’s more, we want you to contribute! We would love to hear your stories and your experiences with WikiStage from all over the world. After all, we are the space for global, open debate. Even though WikiStage is a video platform, we praise the written word. All contributions need to be written in English, but don’t let lack of confidence get in the way! We will read and edit everything making sure it is coherent before posting. If writing is your cup of tea, we will be more than happy to welcome you as a regular contributor. Moreover, since we deeply believe that you learn and progress your entire life, we are always open for suggestions. Do not hesitate to contact us if you think you can help us improve. Having said that, let’s get started! Follow us and send your contributions to the email address in the picture!
WikiStage Team Profile: WikiStage Geneva Innovation
Since its first event in 2013, over 50 organisers spanning over 10 countries have volunteered to participate in WikiStage's mission. One of this year's newest organisers is WikiStage Geneva Innovation, founded by Yves Zieba. Participant Valérie Le Gall recalls the first meeting as being warm and relaxed yet professional. A small group of people sipped fair trade coffee from a sponsor "Fix," chatted getting to know one another and discovered how they could get involved. There was an obvious entrepreneurial spirit present at the meeting. "A beautiful energy emerges from the WikiStage Geneva [Innovation] team," said Le Gall. "The collaborative spirit, the presence of multiple skills and openness to the world are the ingredients that will undoubtedly lead WikiStage Geneva [Innovation] to success!" However, the turnout to the first gathering was small, and the team is in need of more key players to help get the ball rolling in Geneva. The team is planning on having its first WikiStage event within the next two months. So if you are in Geneva and want to join in on the action, feel free to join their Facebook group and get in contact with their team!
How can you enable your team to be creative?
Creativity is something we all strive for. It is an element for success in business as well as in other areas of life. Artists are perhaps individuals that feel creative pressure the most since they work tirelessly to craft something beautiful. Since ancient times, they have tried to boost their creativity in various ways, some more respectful than others. But when we move past the individual 'single genius' creativity and more towards the creativity of a team, it becomes complicated. In his talk, Martin Kupp discusses how the collective creativity is a concept exceeding the simple sum of individual creativities. In his own words: 'Complexity is really important, you have to raise complexity, so that is almost overwhelming. Only then people are forced to work together and to really build upon each other, instead of coming up with individual ideas'. Kupp breaks down a simple, yet efficient, formula capable of fostering the creativity of a group consisting of different types of individuals. After watching this video you won’t have any excuse not to make your team a creative machine!