The necessity to belong to a place, a community, a cultural or national identity is at the heart of our nature as human beings, is the natural balance of our human existence. Cut off from others and from the whole, we simply atrophy. At TEDxTirana 2016 we aim to deepen our individual and collective sense of the common (in terms of place, connection and culture) through bold and engaging talks from visionary individuals. Some of the questions we are aiming to investigate deeper are: Can one be an individual and part of a collective at the same time? Are we able to manage individualism in the wider framework of the collective? How capable are we Albanians to modernize, yet to safeguard our shared values and cultural identity?