Last Friday I had the honor of spending my day with my Executive Director at the TEDx Charlottesville event on the Downtown Mall. I’m sure many of you are familiar with TED, but if you’re not, “TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED conferences bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).”
People at the local level independently organize TED conferences for their communities to be inspired by their own neighbors, peers, and friends. All the people that spoke at TEDx Charlottesville are either from Charlottesville or recommended by someone from Charlottesville.
What a fantastic day it was! I was amazed by the breadth of topics, ranging from humorous to serious or a mix of the two. From why we study astronomy, to curing progenia, to ending AIDS in the U.S., to embracing your “weird,” to empowering impoverished women to express themselves on stage at the Kennedy Center… everyone can be inspired from a TED conference. The day left me so happy knowing there was so much good going on in the world. There are so many people seeking the “difference that makes a difference.” Click here to view the speakers at the Charlottesville event and read their bios by clicking on their photos. Such interesting people! A couple of them are Rob’s professors at Darden – so cool!
If you have some time, you can watch the archived live stream of the TEDx Charlottesville event here to watch what I got to see.
If you only have a few minutes, you can watch the news recap here.
And to leave you with a thought for the day, check out this talk from the TED archives: