Alessandra Nicole
“The Power of Paper Letter Exchange”
TEDxWilmingtonLive: Age of Amazement
Saturday, April 28th, 2018
Wilmington Friends School MORE INFO

Alessandra Nicole, TEDxWilmingtonLive, TEDxWilmington, Wilmington, Delaware

I don’t even know where to begin on my TEDx process. I have stared at this blinking cursor for the past twenty minutes and each sentence is taking that long to create. So much has transpired that I could never have foreseen. My journey and process have been tough to keep up with given the short amount of time I have to nail each deadline. Even having worked on the other side as a core tribe member through 13 events and knowing about our low and no tolerance policy for turning in videos, outlines and slide decks late it has been a steep climb. Getting a strongly-worded email from my own associate producer in the name of our founding organizer was stressful!

Last week I was given the profound gift to travel to NYC for 6 days for TEDFest2018 where I interacted and bonded with more than 600 TEDx organizers from 58 countries as we enjoyed direct live-streaming from TED2018 in Vancouver. Recalling the deep dive conversations I have had and the new meaningful friendships I have made is making my gratitude overflow from my eyes and stream down my cheeks. I returned to Wilmington, Delaware on Sunday evening a changed human feeling supported by this phenomenal global community and even the universe itself.

When some organizers last week heard I would be giving my first TEDx talk at the end of the month, they drew it out of me for constructive criticism and powerful feedback. I got coaching from Canada to Brazil, France to Dubai, in the backs of shared Ubers from event to dinners, in the corners of bars at after parties and after-after parties. With so much travel and my attention divided this month keeping one speaker coach on has been impossible. My global tribe though filled in the spaces and with great care and amazing interest helped me to break down my talk and rebuild it to be more effective. I have some work cut out for me in a short amount of time! But I have confidence now that was missing a week ago. I have come out of my neurotic little shell and evolved into someone much more sturdy on her own two legs within her unique passions. I can’t ever thank my new friends enough for it.

Our TEDxWilmingtonLive event carries the same theme and branding that I have been steeped in all week with TED2018; to step onto our local stage feeling like a micro-extension of the brand new TED talks from Vancouver as we explore the same theme at a local level — I am so honored, thrilled, excited, and overall grateful grateful grateful. The way certain things have aligned for me since my grandmother’s passing in the middle of February has been miraculous. Making it full circle from TEDFest2018 to our red circle at TEDxWilmingtonLive on April 28th will be very powerful for me as I step into the light of my own Age of Amazement.

Alessandra Nicole is German born raised in Delaware who has been working on the east coast of the United States as a commercial photographer and writer since 2001. She attended the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA where she studied illustration, filmmaking, and creative writing. Many of Alessandra’s essays have been published in magazines local to the northeast region of the US. Her documentary photography in NYC on September 11-12, 2001 went on national tour as part of a larger exhibit in 2002, the events of which have contributed to her compulsion to archive history and moments on a personal level using still and motion photography and writing ever since. She has been a part of the TEDxWilmington tribe since 2016 and is founder of the Paper Letter Exchange. READ MORE

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TEDxWilmingtonLive: Age of Amazement // Saturday, April 28th, 2018 // Wilmington Friends School