Talking the Talk: Walking The Happiness Street


Never get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.”

– Dolly Parton

Relaxing is a collective responsibility. And Essentialism is the disciplined practice of less but better. Where we separate the trivial many from the vital few. The modern day industrial complex of capitalism has moved the needle for most of us. We have become ‘ human doings ‘ from what we were naturally supposed to be i.e ‘ human beings ‘. It is time to recalibrate the script. Work and life can get along like the tweedle dee and tweedle dum. Yes. So, let’s not get in its way.
That being said, let’s accept that there is no ‘perfect‘ work-life balance.

Don’t strive for the perfect schedule; strive for a realistic one. Some days, you might focus more on work, while other days you might have more time and energy to pursue your hobbies or spend time with your loved ones. Balance is achieved over time, not each day.

Towards that quest, wherein we inspire people to live their full life and realise maximum potential whilst balancing work and life, vocation and avocation, a motivated individual has taken it upon herself to set the ball rolling. Pooja Unni is a visionary entrepreneur and walks the talk on passion, practice and professionalism. She has taken upon herself to be this vital cog in our wheel of life and embarked on a journey with a pioneering concept called ‘ TEDx Happiness Street ‘. Kicking off in Dubai with the first edition on the 17th of December, 2023.

Pooja Unni | Chief Curator | TEDx Happiness Street

“At TEDx Happiness Street, our primary objective is to provide a platform for showcasing talents within the UAE, with a specific emphasis on both Emirati individuals and the diverse expatriate community. My inspiration for launching this initiative sprouted when I sought the opportunity to share my ideas on a TEDx platform. It came as a surprise to me that there were limited standard TEDx events. 

Recognizing this noticeable gap, our mission took shape. TEDx Happiness Street is a platform where a wide spectrum of talents in our nation can receive the recognition and global exposure they truly deserve. Fortunately, even though an organizer cannot be a speaker, here I am, in a role larger than a speaker—being a TED licensee and organizer. 

In our inaugural season, I have curated this event to feature 9 impactful speakers and 3 talented artists who will perform. The event will be held on December 17th. After our event, our Speaker talks will be uploaded to reach millions and retain a permanent online viewership. On our website, we have a Speaker Interest Form that has garnered interest from hundreds over the months. Our website boasts impressive global traffic, with individuals from around the world expressing a desire to stand on the Red Dot and make a lasting impact “, avered Pooja Unni, Chief Curator, TEDx Happiness Street.

The esteemed speaker panel that will take the stage on December 17th

It promises to be a path breaking and inspiring day that will set the stage for positive impact and change. Where one gets to learn from those who are practicing vocation avocation, day in and day out.

” At ISD Global, we believe in a culture of connection, collaboration and community. The power of a creative collective is unimaginable. Stories that inspire, enrich, enlighten and enhance is the need of the hour and ideally the order of the day. That is exactly what Pooja Unni is passionately curating with the TEDx Happiness Street. We, at ISD Global, are privileged and grateful to be the Brand Strategy and Communication Partners for the first edition of the TEDx Happiness Street in Dubai and look forward to making this a benchmark event in the Dubai calendar “, echoed, Suresh Dinakaran, Chief Storyteller, ISD Global.

Here’s a bit more optimism. And here’s to a large dose of happiness. Ready?

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Suresh Dinakaran

Suresh Dinakaran is the Chief Storyteller at Dubai headquartered branding agency ISD GlobalManaging Editor of BrandKnew and FounderWeeklileaks. Feedback welcome at

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