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.
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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