The expert speeches at WikiStage events are called WikiTalks. They are at the very heart of WikiStage.
A speaker enjoys the audience’s uninterrupted attention for 3, 6 or 9 minutes to address one specific question.
The vision of WikiStage is to create a free and open library of knowledge. Where Wikipedia has articles, WikiStage has WikiTalks. Our video platform for learning and debate can only exist because people like you are mobilising to add their piece to this global puzzle of free and open knowledge. We challenge you to share your insights with us and the world - with a short WikiTalk.
Why speak at WikiStage?
We invite you to give a talk to contribute to the knowledge of the world and add your piece to a global debate about the most important and most interesting questions that we can collectively think of.
The video of your talk may help to stimulate others to build on your ideas. A great talk has the potential to inspire people many years after it has been recorded. In fact, if WikiStage had existed earlier, we would have loved to invite Einstein, Mozart or Picasso for a talk or a performance on stage to capture a part of their legacy.
WikiStage is the place where you can share your passion with both a local and a global audience. It is a chance for you to break prejudices and rectify misconceptions. By sharing your particular insights, you may well gain or foster a reputation as an expert in your field. WikiTalks are watched in many different countries in the world.
WikiStage events are splendid opportunities to meet fascinating people - become part of the community.
The three golden rules of a WikiTalk:
1. Address a question
- Chose a question as the title for your WikiTalk
Speakers at WikiStage are encouraged to go deep instead of broad. Use a short time on stage to focus on one clear message or lesson. To help you focus your thoughts and to help the users to quickly find the right talk, we ask you to formulate one specific question for your talk.
Nobody expects you to exhaustively answer a complex question in 3 minutes. The idea of a WikiTalk is rather to give an introduction and make your audience curious to find out more.
2. The length is 3, 6 or 9 minutes
- Keep it short. Rehearse the timing
There are three possible lengths for a WikiTalk: either 3, 6 or 9 minutes. We recommend shorter talks because shorter videos are more likely to reach a larger audience and shorter talks create a more dynamic atmosphere at an event.
Whether you are invited to speak for 3 or 6 or 9 minutes depends on your event organiser. Our recommended time for the WikiStage Studio is 3 minutes. For a WikiTalk at a WikiStage Session or WikiStage Conference, we recommend the 6 or 9 minute format.
3. No promotions in a WikiTalk
- A WikiTalk is not a project or sales pitch
All WikiTalks are completely free of any kind of promotion. The purpose of your WikiTalk is to add a piece of knowledge to the video library. We do not allow any speaker to promote a company, product, book, project, religion, political party or dogmatic worldview.
For this reason, we ask you to not use your company logo or any other kind of promotional references in your presentation. Don't try to sell us something - share your curiosity and passion!
You want to share your ideas with the world and become part of WikiStage global network?
Apply to become a speaker HERE.
We can't wait to hear your WikiTalk!
Barkha Sengar has recently organised WikiStage ESCP Europe on 5 different campuses across the continent. She invited speakers to deliver their WikiTalks at events spreading from Paris to Madrid to Torino, London and Berlin. Barkha is a student at ESCP Europe Paris, where she is a Master’s candidate in Management and Finance. She wanted to host the event because she saw it as a great opportunity to gain experience in leadership and event management. She says herself, “I wanted to be a leader, but when I first became an organiser I wasn’t so sure in myself […] however, after the event, I feel like a better leader and I would organise a WikiStage event again.”
The theme of the events was “Direction Europe,” which was intentionally created to give the co-organisers at the other campuses the possibility to invite the speakers whom they preferred. In total Barkha managed 36 people all over Europe, and she says that it wasn’t always easy. At one point, Barkha’s team had difficulties finding an organiser in Berlin and when they finally found one, she had to organised the event herself. However, with a new plan and a lot of encouragement they hosted a great event in Berlin. All of the WikiStage events around Europe were hosted with success thanks to Barkha and the team the she had recruited. Which brings us to another extremely important task - recruitment. She needed people with knowledge in different fields such as marketing, raising sponsorships, finance, et cetera. Ultimately, this experience gave her an opportunity to manage and lead a team, as well as to learn a lot about team work and management. As she says “when I work in teams today I know how it is to be the leader and what responsibility that carries along.”
At the onset of the event, Barkha didn’t have much previous experience in event managing. Yet, she organised the WikiStage event with a considerable success. In fact, she did it with so much success that at the very end of it, many were interested in organizing and participating in a WikiStage event themselves.
The WikiStage team is very thankful to Barkha and other organizers who constantly invest their best efforts to maintain and further build our community. They are the most valuable part of our network and we are always looking forward to working with exciting and motivated people all over the world.
Thanks to technology today, the world feels like a smaller place. Because of this, it's important to understand what's going on in other parts of the world.
On Monday May 25, WikiStage IRIS SUP' addressed the importance of understanding the world by hosting 15 speakers to talk on topics ranging from environmental issues to think tanks to international relations.
Rachel Marsden, CEO of the leading global strategic communications and political advisory firm Rachel Marsden Associates, asked an interesting question in her talk: "Why is China a humble power?" It almost sounds like an oxymoron, but Marsden brought up interesting points to support her theory.
But she warns, "it would be a mistake to equate humble with benign."
Other talks discussed the impact of psyops, the relationship between Cuba and the USA after the embargo lift and the influence of think tanks.
Mika Mered, CEO of POLARISK Group, brought up a controversial topic about: "Will the Arctic compete with Suez and Panama?"
In his talk, Mered informed listeners about the growing number of shipping hubs in the Arctic. It is predicted that by 2035, there will be more than 2000 hubs changing the way we ship items.
"You can't fight what's happening in the Arctic, just adapt," he says.
At the end the successful two hour event, you left with your mind processing the informative talks that got you thinking about everything happening in the world today!
WikiStage is a non-profit Wiki Project of event organisers who create a free library of educational videos. How is this different from Wikipedia, YouTube, TED and open university lectures?
At the heart of WikiStage are WikiTalks, where experts address one specific question in 3, 6 or 9 minutes. These WikiTalks are recorded at WikiStage events and uploaded as short educational clips to the free video library of WikiStage online.
Wiki Spirit and Wiki Project
We love the spirit in which Wikipedia editors engage and contribute to what has become the largest encyclopaedia on the planet. This “Wiki Spirit”, which causes people to collaborate to create this vast text-based library, inspired our choice to associate our project with the Wiki brand. With WikiStage, we want to build a “Wiki Project” where people work together in a similar spirit.
How is a WikiTalk different from a Wikipedia article?
Besides the obvious difference of text vs. video, the content of a WikiTalk can be very different from a Wikipedia article. While Wikipedia lets its articles be edited by a great number of people, a WikiTalk is given by one expert who is responsible for his content.
Diversity is created at WikiStage when one particular question is addressed by different experts in several WikiTalks.
For this reason, we do not expect our speakers to simply cite factual information but to bring otherwise dry knowledge to life and to make it relevant and accessible. At times, what counts is not just the content of a message, but also who delivers it, and how.
A common format for educational videos
At WikiStage, we love the freedom that video platforms, such as YouTube, provide to the user. Unlike traditional TV, people are now empowered to create their own content and to watch what they are interested in whenever they need it. However, we do not consider a commercial video platform to be a Wiki Project. For this, the content is too diverse and the users do not work together towards a common objective. What we propose to establish with WikiStage is a library of educational videos where users can expect a consistent format and quality content.
How is it different to TED?
While TED has one main event and all TEDx events are only small satellites, we at WikiStage understand that each new organiser makes our community stronger and a stronger community can give greater visibility to each organiser. WikiStage is shaped by a creative community of idealists who can create better events by adapting to their local situation and by allowing their teams to be creative.
Ideas for Change
We are a non-profit association created by students in Paris. Our bottom-up organisation is supported by grassroot-style volunteers who believe in our potential impact for free education.
Our objective is not to spread ideas from a few to many, but to share them from many to many.
WikiStage is not about selecting only the top 1% of the talks that may change the world, but our aim is to create a searchable video library of intriguing questions through a Wiki Project that invites you to contribute. This is why we offer not just the format of big events; we propose the additional format: WikiStage Café.
We strive to make it easy for you to become an event organiser and instead of imposing a large catalogue of rules, we trust and support you when you decide to enrich our collective puzzle with your piece of knowledge.
Curiosity vs teaching
Universities are a great place to host WikiStage events. This raises the question of how WikiStage is different from traditional conferences or open online courses. We know that at times, professors and conference speakers tend to get into a speaking or teaching routine that focuses more on giving you the information or the answers rather than to arouse your interest for the question.
At WikiStage events, we work to create an environment that encourages the expert to use the short time of a WikiTalk to help the audience understand why he is passionate about his subject and why his question should matter to us.
“Ideas for Change” expresses our ambition that new generation of innovators share new and bold ideas to change our societies and improve the status quo.
The objective of a WikiTalk is to create an open and global community to share Ideas for Change.
Team Enactus ENSET Mohammedia is organising the 19th of March 2016 at 2pm an event called WikiStage ENSET Mohammedia. The central theme of this event is “Dynamic of young social entrepreneurs: Where are we now?“. Wikistage is a succession of interventions of specialists, artists and enthusiasts who will have the distinction of being filmed and shared on the WikiStage platform to create a library of videos that is totally free to use: the WikiTalks.
This event aims to transmit a clear message: that “the Moroccan youth is a movement”; it allows to know the place of entrepreneurship within the scholar environment. Also, the goal of this event is to realize the steps to follow and to move from the will to act - to the courage, to dare, to achieve the objective which is the societal progress.
We promise very interesting workshops, and musical performances for a warm and rich atmosphere. We hope for all of you to come or at least follow us on Facebook for updates.
Loubna Terrada - Communication Manager of WikiStage ENSET Mohammedia.
“Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.”
― Gautama Buddha
Can an inclination of a person towards knowledge change the world? If you think “No”, then meet Johannes Bittel, Founder of WikiStage, a free platform for learning and democratic debate.
I met Johannes in a cafe in Berlin where he confessed his passion as a student to search on Youtube for information ranging from Electric Cars to benefits of Vegetarianism. However, he felt a bit lost because he could not easily find quality videos on many topics. As a result, he started to get involved in organizing conferences such as LSE London Development Forum at LSE and he organized the first TEDx event at a French Grande Ecole: TEDxESCP in Paris.
Yet, he felt that something was wrong, that made these conferences elitist and hindered the free flow of democratic knowledge and that obtaining a license for, for example, a TEDx event is very expensive. As he elaborates that to apply to organize a larger TEDx Event one must attend a TED Conference that costs $8,500-13.500.
This became the founding idea of WikiStage, where people around the globe who share the same quest and motivation can fill a simple form on www.wikistage.org and organize free WikiStage events, inviting experts in community to discuss issues ranging from education to refugees or from corruption to free speech. The first conference was organized in Paris in 2013, and since then there is no turning back. The network has seen exponential growth to 45 conferences in 2015 and in 2016, he expects a 100 unique conferences such as the recent conference at École Militaire: Necessity to think differently, where people who decide over life and death discuss what it takes to have such responsibility.
He believes that this flexibility towards organizers combined with democratic and creative thinking of organizers is taking this concept to new heights such as upcoming WikiStage Conference at ESCP in March 2016. The organizers at ESCP will organize 5 conferences simultaneously in Paris, Berlin, Madrid, London, and Turin, where eminent speakers will discuss the “Good of Finance”. Recent events such as the possibility of a Brexit, the refugee crisis and debt woes of Europe, together with anemic growth have threatened or posed serious questions to the European identity and global financial order. As the future becomes uncertain ESCP Europe wants to emphasize on unity and strength of European identity, leading to an idea of 5 conferences.
Christian Wortmann, president of WikiStage ESCP Europe sees a great future for the format of a unique pan-European conference which allows speakers, the audience and those who join the debate online to look at European challenges from five different perspectives. Moreover, he and his team are already working on the third edition in 2017 while organising the conference series of 2016. One team member from Madrid recently said “It is a truly European initiative and it is enriching in terms of personal network, shared knowledge and understanding of other cultures”.
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!
When it comes to creativity, most assume you have it or you don't. People have this idea that some are just born with it. But according to two WikiStage speakers, creativity takes time and work.
Creativity is not a simple eureka moment admits Martin Kupp, associate professor for entrepreneurship at ESCP Europe. At the moment, these ideas might feel like "AH HA" moments, but you have to actively see them through.
"Everyone has the creative, creative abilities that it takes to solve these kind of problems and to come up with these new ideas. But you have to work hard," Kupp says.
While people tend to describe me as creative, I still have to work hard and dedicate my time. I might have several "sparks of curiosity" as creativity speaker Petronela Zainuddin calls them, but not all of my sparks turn into flames.
I admit I have countless unfinished projects floating about because I never gave these sparkles a chance to become flames. I didn't nurture my ideas, and they died out. But why?
After listening to both Zainuddin's and Kupp's WikiTalks, I felt inspired. When Zainuddin asked the audience to take an object out of their bags and ask 10 questions, I pulled out my journal.
Why do I carry this notebook everywhere? What would happen if a stranger read it? Why did I get it in black? Would I be sad if I lost it?
The questions came easily. My journal is the place where I record all my thoughts and ideas. So it was only fitting I picked it.
After finishing both WikiTalks, I replayed them so I could jot down notes in my journal. I clung onto every word, and I became aware of what was holding me back.
Zainuddin said it is important for one to find a passion to help turn our sparkles into creative flames. Passion. That's what had been missing from my creative endeavors and the reason why I had countless unfinished projects. Passion. That's what's necessary to maintain one's creativity.
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.
(This article is a contribution from Loubna Terrada, coordinator for WikiStage ENSET Mohammedia's first event May 27)
We are all aware that young people today face many difficulties in seeing their ideas through. The fear of failure is present and can prevent projects from being completed. However, it does not negate the fact of wanting to build a brighter future.
The support for a new business start-up is a common concern in numerous countries. Recently, Morocco was encouraged to enact public policies that will help increase the number of entrepreneurs and stimulate company growth. Business incubators are included.
To speak about incubation means speaking about the accompaniment, about the inspiration and about the help to facilitate the creation of future projects.
With this vision in mind, WikiStage ENSET Mohammedia will host an event May 27 under the theme: "Business Incubation: Incubators as tools for entrepreneurship promotion" to show the importance of incubators in encouraging and supporting young, project leaders.
Of course, we should all be optimistic when thinking about the future and work hard to see our projects through.