Why We Volunteer: Meet Jamie Hughes

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October 22nd, 2015

Jamie Hughes is the Program & Curation Project Manager for TEDxVancouver. Though it is only his first year with the organization, he has already incorporated a number of exciting and creative ideas into this year’s program, bringing experience from his time working in the entertainment television industry. TED holds particular significance to Jamie, having helped him shape his current direction in life, making his involvement with TEDxVancouver all the more meaningful.

Learn more about why Jamie volunteers his time below.

How did you get involved with TEDxVancouver?
Whether it was spinning vinyl as a DJ back in London, producing globally recognized television shows or expressing myself through fashion or music, I have always been drawn to creative and forward thinking environments. However, even with this creative energy and willingness to succeed, I found myself feeling a little lost and confused as to what my future would hold.

Two years ago, I decided to take matters into my own hands and began a journey of self-discovery. Reading new materials, watching online resources, and asking quality questions of my mentors I was on a quest for new knowledge. I began sharing this information with friends, conducting seminars, and even set up an online space for people to share educational content.

Looking back to this time last year, remembering myself spending each day watching a different TED Talk, it would be hard to imagine being in the position I am today. However, due to my clear vision, goal setting, and personal connections, an opportunity at TEDxVancouver eventually presented itself. I am extremely happy that my path led me down this route and I couldn’t have ever imagined a more natural progression.

What do you enjoy most about your position at TEDxVancouver?
My position at TEDxVancouver has re-sparked the creative energy inside of me. From the moment I began working on this project I have felt alive, energized and inspired. My imagination has been running wild with new ideas and I have loved being able to provide my own insight and vision to shape the content of this year’s show. I am grateful for my role and feel a strong sense of pride knowing that I am working to progress the creative culture of Vancouver.

Which is your favourite TED talk? Why?
My favourite TED Talk of all time has to be “Embrace your fears” by Daniel “Cloud” Campos performed at TEDxKalamata.

Using dance, visuals, humour and sound to enhance his key points, this talk is both informative and highly entertaining. Daniel concludes his piece with a dance performance which summarizes the talk as a whole. I feel that I can relate to his message and have a lot of respect for the creative angle he took. I highly recommend checking it out!

What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
I would have to say the Sea Wall! During the summer months, I love nothing more than cruising around Stanley Park on my longboard with a group of friends, listening to good music, and stopping off at each beach along the way. The views are spectacular and the vibes are amazing!

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