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2016年度的 TEDxSungaiSegget 即将在来临的8月27日（星期六）於新山 Berjaya Waterfront 举办。这个自2015年起由新山自愿社区组织者赖佳燕 所主导策划的活动，缘于一次其与依斯干达特区发展机构（IRDA）的负责人偶然提起后，双方一拍即合，新山有史以来第一届 TEDx 大会因此诞生！大人今日特别感谢其中三位参与本年度 TEDxSungaiSegget 的幕后工作者抽出宝贵的时间，为《杂志大人》的读者们深入介绍这项别具意义的活动！
TEDxSungaiSegget returns to Johor Bahru on 27 August (Saturday) for the second year in a row, on the back of a successful debut held nearly a year ago for the city’s first-ever TED-like event that helps to share an idea with our community. Conceived by a group of aspiring individuals who were (still) excited by the beauty and power of ideas, the proposal received widespread support from IRDA (Iskandar Regional Development Authority), and the first ever TEDx event in JB was born. We caught up with three of the young curators and driving force behind this meaningful initiative.
The place, where it all began…
在 TEDx 获得官方支持后，佳燕便着手让此活动以朝望各族皆能参加为主旨。之所以会以新山的母亲河 – 纱玉河来命名，缘於纱玉河乃孕育新山数代人的地标。19世纪中叶后新山先贤们开始以此为经商据点，纱玉河百年来可说静默见证了新山的发展史。
According to Confucius, “A study of the past will allow us to define the future”. So what better way to mark this inaugural occasion by naming the event after Sungai Segget – the “mother” river that exemplified and brought up the city of Johor Bahru from its humble beginning back in the 19th century, and remained central to the lives of many Johoreans?
然而，经年累月的污物累积导致这母亲河於上世纪末开始身陷 “臭河” 之名，河道上再也瞧不见过往的清澈面貌。大人开始回想起过去老一辈总爱诉说一切对于母亲河的种种美好回忆；中生代所看见的河道污秽景象；新生代竟连河道在哪儿都未必知晓，一河三景，可见鸿沟之大。
However, when the causeway to Singapore opened, roads and railway transportations became more popular, and lesser people used the river as a medium of travelling and transporting goods. Sungai Segget began to decay slowly and fade amidst the development that was taking place at the time.
「90年代时，纱玉河被盖了起来，我觉得这件事对新山人来说，是一个标志性的动作，当一个社会的发展与人文的需求有了代沟之后，我们该怎么去处理曾经对我们来说很重要的(某样) 事物，(那个时候) 她被盖起来，但其实她并没有消失，而今天又因为我们对这个城市有了另外的期许，我们又把她打开了。所以我觉得，纱玉河本身被处理的方式以及她怎么去见证这个城市，其实是件很有趣的事。对更年轻的孩子们来说，他们甚至不知道有这条河的存在，所以我就觉得以此来命名新山第一场 TEDx 非常有意义。我们要讨论的，不止是这个城市，也与城市的记忆有关。」佳燕向大人娓娓道来这名字的背后含义。
The state government had to cover up the river to deal with the issue of the river’s stench. Pathways were built around it for tourists and locals to walk by. The once majestic Sungai Segget now lay underneath layers of concrete, hidden away from residents and visitors. With that, JB’s arguably most crucial piece of history looks to be consigned forever to memories…
「另一方面，当很多人问起何谓 Sungai Segget
The Johor Baru city centre (JBCC) is finally getting its long overdue boost, beginning with several abandoned buildings there to be rehabilitated, while the restoration and beautification of Sungai Segget will also see the riverfront getting a facelift akin to “Little Venice” under the city’s transformation programme. The unveiling of the new Sungai Segget can be expected not too long in the future.
This brings home the question what Sungai Segget means to each and every soul, as we prosper and flourish along with our city as time flows…
有鉴于此，佳燕希望更多的年轻观众们能亲身临场参与。开放予各族参与的 TEDxSungaiSegget，课题其实相当广泛，主办方积极邀请了各领域的专业代表，以小众(100人以下)的方式分享想法与见解。在话匣子大开之前，大人觉得有必要先让看官们了解 TED 与 TEDx 的分别。
Through TEDxSungaiSegget, Jiayan and Co. attempt to help Johoreans rediscover their identities, and to engage people young and old, from every discipline and culture who believes in seeking a deeper understanding of the world, and wanting to turn that understanding into a better future for us all.
So for the uninitiated, what’s the big idea behind TED and TEDx?
TED大会，是一个跨界的智库，一个对话的平台，更是一个用想法改变世界的舞台。这三个字母分別代表的是科技、娱乐、设计（Technology, Entertainment, Design, ）。每年，筹办单位邀请各领域的杰出人士，分享他们对世界的洞见。如今，TED大会已经是各界人士一年一度的创新盛会。
每位讲者都有独特的「故事性」，他可能是个科学家、设计师、创业者、作家、音乐家，但每一位讲者最多只有18分钟的时间，来阐述自己的好点子。这使得 TED 演讲本身就如同一场精彩的表演秀，同时又能具有强大的启发性和感染力。
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 110 languages.
Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes, and the roster of presenters broadened to include scientists, philosophers, musicians, business and religious leaders, philanthropists and many others. For many attendees, TED became one of the intellectual and emotional highlights of the year. The talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.
为了让全世界更多有热情、有能力的人能循著TED的模式经营一个 TED 大会，TED 在2009年开放品牌授权（TEDx license），推出了一个叫TEDx的项目，让类似佳燕的TED粉丝自愿发起、自行组织的小型聚会，让本地的TED粉丝能够聚到一起共享TED一刻。”x”即是独立组织的TED活动之意，通过邀请当地演讲人进行现场演讲、共同观看TED演讲视频，就一些课题进行深入的交流和讨论。
In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x= independently organised TED event. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED and subject to certain rules and regulations.
As the first ever TEDx event in Johor Bahru, TEDxSungaiSegget attempts to engage the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading to our community by celebrating the stories and ideas of people living the “Iskandar Malaysia” transition, and effecting positive change in our community to encourage a greater consciousness of the elements and their manifestations.
The unsung heroes…
(左起) 蔡皓威、朱翰均与赖佳燕 (From left: Haowei, Wesley & Jiayan)
除了佳燕外，翰均与皓威今年也将各自在协调、媒体接待及票务等领域献力。来自台湾的翰均去年其实也参与了小部分舞台的运作，今年则接下了活动的协调工作。「去年初次举办时，其实反应超越预期，包括不同媒体业者、部分发展商也展现诚意参与。令我印象最深刻的是有位研究历史的演讲者 ZamZam (讲题为 Heritage & History of Sungai Segget) 他是因为 TEDx SungaiSegget 名字里提及纱玉河才特地答应赴会，他对于纱玉河在新山或马来西亚发展史上的地位有着非常长时间的专研与见解。」翰均对去年的活动仍然历历在目。
了解过去，放眼未来，2015年 TEDx SungaiSegget 一切关于纱玉河的分享，确实让民众逐步了解了这条孕育老新山的母亲河，从而有了承先启后的概念。
然而，来到了2016年的 TEDx SungaiSegget，团队依然将面对周而复始的那一道问题，「何谓 TEDx？何谓 Sungai Segget？」这让主办方更坚定地以分享纱玉河在这个城市的发展地位来作为主体内容与课题。
Beginning with Soundwav(r)e of the city – at the heart of everything from birds chirping to the conversations we have with friends, the inaugural theme and team from 2015 attempts to unearth the local voices to enhance the experience of Ideas Worth Spreading and foster connections between speakers, audience and community, by returning to the basics through the purest and most powerful form of communication – soundwave. TEDxSungaiSegget intends to be a source of the wave and community as the recipient to be aware (soundware) and receive it.
This endeavour to rediscover our heritage and historical roots also led the team back to the very source where it all began – Sungai Segget, which was fast becoming “obsolete” but far from being forgotten. It was this very theme that attracted the attention of notable speakers such as ZamZam to grace the stage and shared his rare insights into the Heritage & History of Sungai Segget, much to the delight of the organisers and those who attended last year’s event.
Fast forward to 2016, the connection and conversation continue, with many familiar faces such as Wesley and Hao Wei from the original team having brought in some new blood to provide new ideas and energy. Wesley (who hailed from Taiwan and a therapist by profession), was particularly intrigued by the “stories” surrounding the much-maligned river, and the overwhelming response from last year’s event, that he took it upon himself (and his team) to curate content and ideas that can further strengthen this unique identity and positioning among the local community.
TEDxSungaiSegget 认同「ideas worth spreading」的理念，「其实宣导上我们面对两层的挑战。」 佳燕说道。「一方面 TEDx 本身原本就不那么为人所知，加上大众对 SungaiSegget 的陌生程度远超所想，所以一般上我们都得先宣传TEDx， 再来宣传 SungaiSegget，接着再告知大众两者之间的来源与关系等。」话虽如此，佳燕与团对们依然非常享受这份传承的使命感。每一个18分钟分享的背后，其实都代表了这个城市动人的故事。能将两代的新山人透过 TEDx 紧靠彼此，「当我们看到两代人因为一条河开始共筑了话题，对我们来说这是过程中辛苦却享受的一部分。」团队直言一切都是值得的 🙂
Much to our surprise, the initial response to JB’s first-ever TEDx event was lukewarm, and it took some “superhuman” effort on the part of the marketing team to first break the ice and shed some light on this independently organised event, before making the connection to this lesser glamour part of the city. Despite the original standstill (reminiscent of the river in its current state), Jia Yen and Co. relish the idea to “bridge the gap” and took great strides and pride in now witnessing a renewed interest in the subject, having successfully organised the initial event to a sell-out crowd last August.
经过了一年的发展，TEDxSunggaiSegget的理念逐渐为人所知，从去年「Soundwave」开始，已先后邀请了许多讲者来到这个舞台，如 HAJI MD. Ismail Zamzam、Yasmin Rashid、Eddin Khoo、Stevens Chan 等国内外各领域的指标人物。至今为止，目前累积了7支的演讲影片，是本地一个重要的知识性媒体和对话平台。
From prolific writer & cultural activist (Zamzam), environmentalist (Yasmin Rashid), cultural anthropologist (Eddin Khoo) to a social entrepreneur (Stevens Chan) who has lost all his vision due to glaucoma, TEDxSunggaiSegget continues to live and amplify the spirit of TED itself: multidisciplinary, focused on the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world – all in the space of 18 minutes.
So, what is the one thing you want to say to your audience?
「今年 2016 年的主题是 HEAR IT IS，除了有着“听”的意思，其实也取了Here的谐音，“听 & 在这里”。去年我们发出音波Soundwave，那今年我们希望可以让新山人听到Sungai Segget在新山的重要性，也听到未来这个城市的可能性。新山近几年的迅速发展，在往后的5至10年，整个城市可能会是非常不一样的面貌。HEAR IT IS 就是希望大众能听到新旧不同的Sungai Segget 价值与观念，然后再带着这些新的观念去和城市的每一个人对话，甚至和自己的内心做个深层的讨论，了解自己生活的城市。一个城市的变化不会只由政府或机构带动，我们希望大家“听”到了之后，都能成为未来这个城市发展的主要动力。」团队为今年的主题下了注解。从Soundwave 到 Hear It Is, 甚有抛砖引玉的意味。
Upon seeing the wordplay between “here” and “hear”, Jia Yen wants the audience to grasp the idea of TEDxSungaiSegget 2016 instantly, but at the same time arousing their curiosity to find out more about the event. Upon hearing a good idea, the power of that information can inspire, empower and enrich, while it’s ingenuity would also spark a discussion not only with others but also from within one’s self. At the same time when your idea is heard, the viewpoint could create a significant impact on the audience and encourage them to twist their minds even to challenge preconceived notions.
If you have an idea to change or improve the society that we live in? If you are creating something meaningful to society, or you may be using transformational teaching-learning approach to educate our future generations, the stage is set for you to be heard at TEDxSungaiSegget. According to Jia Yen, the same stage is also where support is forthcoming, not just for themselves, but also to help turn some of your great ideas and dreams into reality. Now we are really talking, and listening…
As we wrapped up this morning teh-tarik session, we were highly impressed by the deep passion and energy among the many talented ‘thinkers and doers’ and TED-sters like Jia Yen, Wesley and Hao Wei, who thrived on this opportunity to reach out to more people in Johor Bahru, and build into this vision. We look forward to an awesome weekend ahead and wish the team at TEDxSunggaiSegget a roaring and deafening success!
Johor Bahru, are you ready to turn up the volume and make yourselves heard – loud and clear?
The sound makers
A messengers of borneo legacy
Opah and Roy
Opah and Roy are members of Nading Rhapsody; an avant-garde Borneo ethnic music band from Sarawak. They are known as “The Messengers” of Borneo’s Legacy, Culture and Heritage.
Their music and choreographed dance moves is distinctive, with avant-garde instillation to the traditional dances, folk songs, poems, ritual chanting, lullabies and myths of Sarawak’s many diversed ethnic groups. Their adaptation of the old practices are deemed as radical and provocative.
Opah and Roy have a shared mission on their passion for performing arts, to rediscover their roots, revive their family’s legacy, and pass on their knowledge and experiences to the next generation.
Mohd Yusri Bachok @ Brama
Local Johor boy, who graduated from Polytechnic Ibrahim Sultan in Graphic Design. With more than 10 years experience in planning and projecting ideas and experiences with visual and textual content, Yusri is currently leading Creativist Idea Sdn. Bhd. as the Chief Executive Officer.
A truly Johorean, who went to pursue higher learning education at Fachhoschule Aachen, Germany in electrical engineering. With an extensive experience as power plant engineer, Zul is currently driving Creativist Idea Sdn. Bhd. as Chief Operating Officer to another level as the local key player in Creative Entrepreneurship since 2013.
Dzameer Dzulkifli is Managing Director and a Co-Founder of Teach For Malaysia. Armed with his M. Eng. (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, Dzameer is a passionate educational devotee. He truly believes that Teach For Malaysia will be the nurturing ground for future visionary leaders that will enhance Malaysia’s educational and national landscapes.
Community Chap Agriculture (CCA)A new term in farming, a model for cities to feed their loved ones locally grown, environmentally sustainable, healthy food.
Dr. Lemuel Ng
A Medical Doctor by training, Lemuel began a career in serving the poor and marginalized before venturing into community development, currently invested in organic farming and nutritional medicine. His journey of service has taken him from a 3-year multi-million-dollar children’s heart disease screening and treatment program in Tibet to community development programs all over ASEAN. He is a day dreamer who believes in freely giving what we have freely received. Story teller, tea drinker, plumber, sometimes occasional chef, definitely always ready to eat what is set before him.
Will is currently a co-founder of FOLO Farm. After spending the first 7 years of his career as a civil engineer and family business sidekick in Malaysia’s gruelling construction industry, a quarter-life crisis led him to pursue further studies in Public Policy and International Affairs. Joining Singapore’s public service, he headed, and had headaches from, a dynamic all-women team managing the country’s International Organizations portfolio at the Economic Development Board. After 2 years of passionate work, an unexpected third-life crisis hit him when he found himself physically overweight and emotionally unable to accept an offer to be posted overseas. With the support of his amazing ex-boss, he foolishly embarked on a year in search of meaning, somehow always ending up on the grounds of Plum Village. These days, he is thankful that he can just grow food with his loved ones for his loved ones, relieved that he will not be facing his next life crisis alone 🙂
Syed Azmi Alhabshi
Syed Azmi Alhabshi is someone you would call an NGI (Non Government Individual). NGI is a newly recognised platform for individuals who actively make changes in society no matter how big or small, with the most minimal cost. NGIs thrive on ideas and dare to try new pilot innovations. Their main aim is to bring out more individuals to be change-makers in their local setting without the hassle of paperwork, group coordination, and man-made rules. Think of it as a fire starter.
Syed Azmi has a degree in Pharmacy from UKM and still practices till today in a small kampung shop. His main love is pharmaceutical care in the elderly which resonates with what he does on the sideline.
The causes that he champion has always been about the beneficiaries and he highlights the issue in his Facebook page Syed Azmi. The causes may not be big, sustainable or measurable but plays an impact to the beneficiaries. To him, that is what matters. At this juncture, he has dabbled in more than 30 causes but as of 2016, he is streamlining his causes on alternative education, poverty and employability, mannerism and racial harmony based on knowledge, discussion, excursion and an open mind. He did the infamous “I Want To Touch A Dog” event that invites death threats and scorn but have leaps higher to where he is now. With followers more than 100 thousand total with a diverse range of age, race and religion, he is now at his peak to reach out to many Malaysians.
By August, he will embarking into a new adventure which will slowly slow down all of his current activities.
The Internal Calling to Stay in Malaysia
Gershwin Isaac Singh Bhall
Being different from his peers, Isaac has a strong motivation to build a life in Malaysia after tertiary studies. He aspires to inspire the younger generation to find a deeper sense of belonging to their nation, which will eventually allow them give back to their community and build a brighter future for Malaysia.
Integrating Social Interactivity in High School Design
Raja Nur Syaheeza bin Raja Mohd Yazit
Raja is an architecture enthusiast that approaches built environment designs towards urbanism, community and social, and sustainability. Two main focus and interest of him are urban sociology and sustainable design. He is currently doing a research based on healthy, productive and sustainable learning environment in educational spaces such as classrooms. Taking his advantage as a PhD candidate in Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM) and experience as a researcher in Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and as a tutor in Raffles University Iskandar (RUI), he is pursuing an opportunity to enhance the educational scene and conditions in Malaysia through design and built environment.
The Identity and Behaviour of a Building
Ar. Razin Mahmood
Razin is a reputable and well-known architect. He won numerous design awards and his works were widely published in local media as well as online international design news. His philosophy and notions of a house are evident in his use of a common and simple building typology – believing that a building should be truthful to function, time and place; stressing upon the emphasis on being responsible to the client while ensuring the functional, aesthetic and budget requirements are translated satisfactorily.
Early Bird – RM80 (Ends on 31/07/2016)
Regular – RM100
Student – RM80 (Valid identity required, see below)
All prices are in Malaysian Ringgit (MYR).
Student Ticket Validation
If you’d like to purchase a student ticket, follow the following validation process.
- Scan or photograph both sides of your student ID card or other equivalent ID.
- Send the picture of identity and email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “[Student Validation]”.
- The organiser will respond with the result within a few days, provided the information is sufficient to determine validity. A discount code will be provided for your ticket with the discounted price. Due to limited seats for student ticket, the sequence will be according to the time your email is received.
- Please show your student ID at the reception on the actual event day.
You must be at least 13 years of age and enrolled in one of the following:
- University or college – accredited public or private university or college (including community, junior, or vocational college)
- High School or Primary School – accredited public or private primary or high school providing full-time instruction
Before we leave you for the day, here’s a recap of last year’s event highlights, and to build your anticipation for what lies ahead. Happy viewing!
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