“You can run me, you can starve me, you can beat me and you can kill me. Just don’t bore me.” -Gunny Highway


You’ve probably observed by now that we want AgoraFest to be a festival of doing, not listening. We don’t absolutely forbid lectures, but we discourage them. Why? Because they are almost useless for learning – you retain on the average maybe 5% of what you hear. Group discussions, workshops, projects, debates, and experiments are all much better at transmitting knowledge that will be remembered, and most importantly, be acted upon.

But we acknowledge that sometimes a short speech is necessary in order to introduce an idea that the audience has never heard before. It is a way to set the stage, so to speak, for the real learning that will come after through discussion and debate. We often do this in our small groups.

Thus TENtalks. Short speeches or presentations, from 2 to 10 minutes long, on the topic of your choice. You can include visual aids, music, poetry, song, but it all counts against your time limit. Check the schedule for when TENtalks will happen at AgoraFest this year – they are challenging, humorous, sometimes incredibly profound, and sometimes the speaker crashes and burns spectacularly – we all do, this is how we learn.

Want to give a TENtalk? Let us know. Don’t think you can fully deliver your message in less than ten minutes? Well tough shit – that’s all you got.

TENtalks – HTFU!

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