Why We Volunteer: Meet Roger Nairn


October 15th, 2015

One thing that many people may not realize is that TEDxVancouver is an event that is completely volunteer-run. The team, which consists of well over 200 individuals, dedicates hundreds of hours to make TEDxVancouver happen.

Meetings upon meetings, endless emails, and last minute deadlines are what these volunteers commit to, and they all do it with a willing smile.

Each team member has their own unique reasons as to why they joined the team. Roger Nairn, Director of Community Engagement, is in his first year with the organization. Here’s why he’s volunteering this year.

What do you enjoy most about your position at TEDxVancouver?
I get a chance to connect with our communities. For us, TEDxVancouver consists of three main communities—attendees, sponsors, speakers—and within each are their own little tribes, each having their own unique connection to TEDxVancouver. I’m lucky enough to get to work with these communities, to get them engaged with TEDx, not only before and at the actual event, but more so throughout the rest of the year (between shows). Its important to us that TEDxVancouver doesn’t end once the lights come up.

What’s the best thing about volunteering with TEDxVancouver?
The best part about volunteering with TEDxVancouver is that I get to be a part of something bigger than myself.

What have you learned about Vancouver and its people through working with TEDxVancouver, a wholly committee-run event?
I already knew this, but my work with TEDxVancouver has affirmed that there is an incredibly talented pool of hard-working people in this city. I truly believe that the volunteers for TEDxVancouver are some of the most talented and committed people that Vancouver has to offer. And i’m lucky to get a chance to work and learn with them.

What’s your favourite thing about Vancouver?
I love the entrepreneurial excitement that seems to be lighting up the city right now. There is so much energy, so many ideas flowing and it seems to be creating a whole new vibe in the city.

Which is your favourite TED talk? Why?
I like the classics‚and it’s hard to pick just one—but I still think Sir Ken Robinson’s talk about how schools kill creativity is an incredible talk. I’m constantly reminded of his quote that “if you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

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