In 2016, we brought you to the chaos and uncertainty in “Haphazard”. Then in 2017 “Niyata” was staged to complete the cycle by bringing patterns and order.

With this year’s theme, we invite you to visit the journey of mankind. An odyssey to take a closer look at the landmark that made by these entities, who made chaos and order happen in the universe.

Presenting you the theme of our 2018 event:


(Universe of Mankind)

From the first time we decided to make better use of our opposable thumb,
we have appeared on top of the food chain.
And as we end our thousands of years of hunting and gathering,
settle down, and experiment with farming and herding,
the earth enters a new epoch in the geological time scale:
The anthropocene.
An extraordinary achievement,
knowing our brief existence in this blue planet,
while never before an era was driven by a single species.

But,
having a geological time scale attributed to us doesn’t necessarily mean we’re doing a good job.
Humanity have their impediment, our passion can sometimes be so divisive
and our presence may scarred the earth to years and years to come.

The earth is not the only place where we leave our mark.
We also already leave our mark in the cosmos.
In this time of compartmentalization and false nostalgia,
ironically, the Space Age’s Magellan, Cheng Ho, and Ibn Battuta may already walk among us.

So join us where the universe is the stage and mankind is the actor.

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JAGAD MANUSIA

Sedari awal kita belajar mengasah peralatan bebatuan,
kita telah berdiri di puncak rantai makanan.
Dan ketika gaya hidup pemburu-pengumpul berakhir, dan mulai bercocok tanam,
dunia ini memasuki era geologis terbaru:
Antroposen.
Pencapaian yang luar biasa mengingat keberadaan singkat kita di planet biru ini
--belum pernah era geologis dinamakan oleh satu spesies.

Akan tetapi,
memiliki kala dinamakan karena keberadaan kita tidak selalu berarti itu suatu keberhasilan.
Manusia memiliki kekurangannya, hasrat kita kadang kala membuat kita saling beradu,
dan kehadiran kita meninggalkan jejasnya yang akan membekas bertahun ke depan.

Malah, bumi mungkin bukan satu-satunya tempat kita akan meninggalkan goresan,
kita telah meninggalkan jejak di semesta.
Dan walaupun kini kita masih saling berkubu dan merevisi kenangan semu,
Mpu Nala dan Pati Unus di era ruang angkasa mungkin telah hadir di antara kita.

Maka marilah bergabung
di mana jagad raya menjadi panggung dan umat manusia menjadi pemerannya.

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Take time to let the words and meanings seep into your soul.
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Best wishes,

TEDxJakarta Team