Sopheak Sun: Reflections on TEDxPhnom Penh

Posted on: February 21, 2011 Posted by: Manin Oem Comments: 0

Sopheak Sun: Reflections on TEDxPhnom Penh


I think the TEDxPhnomPenh event should be set up more often around Cambodia. It could be in other parts of Cambodia where young people in other provinces can come together to share and spread their words. I think we lack voices from them and we all need to open our eyes and hearts! It means a lot to me. I’ve found a place to free my voice, to meet amazing people, to talk, to exchange, to find opportunities, to learn, to question, to respond, to make friends … this is what Cambodian people need to start doing. I think if we make a habit of sharing our ideas, the owners of those ideas will take action to make those ideas come alive!

My favorite speaker in TEDx was Mike Rios. His talk helped us to start thinking about things in a new and different way. He encouraged us to not just be satisfied with what we have, but to always reach for a better future. If we support our own communities, it makes life more meaningful.

It was a wonderful feeling to be a part of TEDxPhnomPenh. There were so many valuable ideas that people should not miss. There were many lessons learned through real life experiences. We shouldn’t let history repeat itself; we need to be aware of mistakes that have been made so that we can avoid them in the future. The stories I heard at TEDx were a real wake up call to me.

My hope for Cambodia’s future is that Cambodian people can reach their dreams to be leaders, business owners, entrepreneurs, chemists, scientists, and astronauts … the possibilities are uncountable.