TEDxTehran 2015


Dec 4, 2015


8:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Razi International Conference Hall

The New Paradigm

The following story from an unknown author inspired us to choose New Paradigm as our theme this year:
“A man spent hours watching a butterfly struggling to emerge from its cocoon. It managed to make a small hole, but its body was too large to get through it. After a long struggle, it appeared to be exhausted and remained absolutely still.

The man decided to help the butterfly and, with a pair of scissors, he cut open the cocoon, thus releasing the butterfly. However, the butterfly’s body was very small and wrinkled and its wings were all crumpled. The man continued to watch, hoping that, at any moment, the butterfly would open its wings and fly away.
Nothing happened; in fact, the butterfly spent the rest of its brief life dragging around its shrunken body and shriveled wings, incapable of flight.

What the man – out of kindness and his eagerness to help – had failed to understand was that the tight cocoon and the efforts that the butterfly had to make in order to squeeze out of that tiny hole were Nature’s way of training the butterfly and of strengthening its wings.”

Sometimes, a little extra effort is precisely what prepares us for the New Paradigm to be faced. Anyone who refuses to make that effort, or gets the wrong sort of help, is left unprepared to think and act in a creative and innovative way and never manages to fly off to their destiny.


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TEDxTehran 2015 Speaker Lineup

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Kiana Shafiei

Classical Music With Persian Twist

Alireza Tahmasebzadeh

What If Technology Could Be Personalized For You?

Azadeh Yasaman Nabizadeh

Iranian Craftsmanship Preserved through Modern Designs

Azita Houshiar

Food & Social Media: Changing the Conversation One Taste bud at a Time

Gilda Gazor

Stories Behind Iran

Mashallah Naghilou

What I Did After My Heart Attack: Climbed Mount Damavand, 5 Times!

Mohammad Ali Inanlou

Half a Century with Iran Nature

Dr. Nasser Aghdami

Crossing the Boundaries of Science

Sasan Behzadi

Innovation Vs. Copy


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