TEDxGlasgow is a volunteer-run organisation with a core leadership team of five very unique individuals. In this five-part series, we’ll introduce each of these team members and provide just a small snapshot into who they are, what makes them tick and what they do here at TEDxGlasgow. In today’s blog, we talk to Gurjit Singh Lalli, our Curator.
Tell us a bit about your background
I’ve spent most of my younger years building startups with a mission to make profit and be sustainable, whilst helping people and the environment. During most of my middle years, I have enjoyed mentoring high growth and impact entrepreneurs. And now, I spend most of my life in the world of sharing ideas worth doing and with my wonderful family.
Now my day job is as Founder and Curator of TEDxGlasgow – something I love and have great passion for.
How did you hear about TEDxGlasgow?
My mentor Guy Spier put me onto TED as he knows how much I love learning. From there it was a natural progression onto TEDx. Having looked into it and realising that no one was organising TEDx events in Scotland and the platform could be leveraged to showcase great ideas and encourage others to challenge and collaborate, I jumped at the chance to get involved and bring it to Scotland.
How did you get involved in TEDxGlasgow?
When I learned that Scotland was missing out on TEDx, I applied for the license and then did a call out for other volunteers to get involved. This was the beginning of an incredible voyage of discovery.
Tell us a little about your role
I mainly work with our Brain Trust – a group of inspirational decision makers and business leaders who advise and support us in our mission – and supporting the project manager and leadership team in their roles. As curator, my role is to be an ambassador for the brand and so I’m regularly out speaking at events about the work we do here at TEDx. I’ll bend anyone’s ear about the virtues of sharing ideas and building stronger communities.
What is your favourite TED/TEDxTalk?
Like everyone, I have many favourite TED Talks. Here’s just a few of my top picks at the moment (although there are many more I’d love to mention and will happily tell you about should you catch me out and about).
“Inspiring a life of immersion” – Jacqueline Novogratz, TEDWomen, 2010
“The Power of Small Nation Diplomacy in the 21st Century” – Mark Muller Stuart, TEDxGlasgow, 2016
“A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami” – Manu Prakash, TED, 2012
“My creations, a new form of life” – Theo Jansen, TED, 2007
What is the biggest challenge in your TEDx role?
Staying focused. As you can imagine, you read or hear about something amazing and then you want to immediately share it with the right person in the team… that can be very distracting for both them and me. I’m a curious mind by nature, so I need to work hard to remain on track.
What is your favourite thing about TEDx?
I love the team and the challenge of bringing together such a diverse group of people. I love searching for amazing ideas and then being able to showcase them. I love, then, helping them scale to global levels. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a speaker we’ve brought to the stage go on to achieve great things.