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How to Host a TEDxPT Party…or Simply Watch From Afar

It’s here. You’ve waited all year for this day. You’ve followed the speakers’ Twitter and Facebook feeds, Googled them, checked Wikipedia, and maybe even followed them on Instagram. These educated experts will be speaking with passion and insight into their areas of focus, ready and willing to share their ideas.

There is only one problem…you can’t attend the event in person. Your dream of applauding your favorite presenter after he or she finishes speaking seems out of reach now.

But, wait, our creative team has a solution! Thanks to technology, you can watch live, right along with the audience inside of the Buckhead Theatre on October 17. Check out the TEDxPeachtree Live Cast which will be streaming the talks live beginning at 9:00 AM EST.

But, why stop at watching by yourself. Consider shining the light on local talent in Atlanta and illuminating new ideas by throwing a TEDx Peachtree Viewing Party. We thought we’d make a step-by-step guide to get you pumped for the big day.

  • Invite some friends to watch with you.

Atlanta does community really, really well; we know you have lots of awesome friends and neighbors in your community. What a great way to engage co-workers, neighbors, and friends this Friday, by inviting them to take part in 6th annual TEDx Peachtree event.

  • Prepare yourself for making October 17th a Brain Gain Day!

If you haven’t already checked out our speakers, now’s your chance. And then share the speaker spotlight blog posts below with your friends!

Shannon Zirbel            HeaveN Beatbox            Christopher Erk

Erico Mattos                 Melody Jackson             Abby Norman

Adam Marcus               Thad Starner                   Genna Duberstein

Chantelle Rytter           Keith McGreggor           Derek Fridman

Ion Popian 

  • Get comfortable and grab a pen. Or an iPad.

Put on a pot of tea, grab a cup of joe and your favorite pen or device. With so many new ideas, talent, products and solutions, we know you’ll want to take notes.

  • Ready. Set. Go!

It’s time! Set your alarm to 9:00 AM and then click the lovely link provided HERE!

  • Shout out!

Our social media team (and the rest of the world!) can’t wait to hear from you during the event. So make sure that you don’t forget to hashtag your photos, tweets, and posts with #TEDxPT and tag us @tedxpeachtree.


10346225_604704979992_4533583507906774147_nDeborah Lubbe is the Institute and Evaluation Program Coordinator for Wellspring Living in Atlanta, Georgia. Deborah has worked with several social enterprises and nonprofits in both the US and India. Her heart is to identify needs and cultivate effective and manageable solutions for both organizations and individuals. She lives in Smyrna with her husband and likes food truck Tuesdays, organized closets, French press coffee, and her 110 lb Old English Mastiff Oliver.


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Artist Spotlight: Chris Erk

Chris Erk is a dancer whose feet speak volumes. He not only performs, but also illuminates students’ lives so that they too can experience the beauty of dance. We at TEDxPeachtree are extremely proud to showcase his talents this year. Please come see for yourself on October 17th!


Is this your first time performing at a TEDx event? What are your thoughts on presenting on October 17th?

This is my first time speaking at a TEDx. First and foremost, I have to say that it is an honor to be able to share the passion for my work amongst the esteemed TEDx community. I look forward to the enrichment that will come from this experience.

At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?

What keeps me going in my work is the fact that I can take it anywhere. Although I am in the arts, what I find to be most valuable, are elements that can be shared across any field of interest.

What is your passion?

I am passionate about teaching. I love equal exchange of insight that is shared amongst a student and a teacher. These roles are one and the same.

What keeps you centered in this crazy world?

What keeps me centered is the understanding that each and everyone of us are on a similar journey of the unknown. Whenever things get complicated, I resign to the fact that I am not alone in my efforts towards deeper understandings.

What is one place you’ve visited that you’ll never forget?

One place that I have visited that I will never forget is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. I remember in the first 10 minutes of the tour the guide cautioned us to save our film because it was going to be a long journey of amazing scenery. Every corner turned offered an image more magnificent than before.

What is your motto?

Action speaks.

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Artist Spotlight: HeaveN Beatbox


Not only do we have some one-of-a-kind speakers this year at TEDxPeachtree, we are excited to share with you some of the artistic representation that you’ll experience on October 17th. One incredible talent we have the privilege of hosting is HeaveN Beatbox, also known as Steven Cantor. We asked him a little bit about his perspective on life.

Is this your first time speaking at a TEDx event? What are your thoughts on presenting on October 17th?

This will be my first time speaking and performing at a TEDx event. I am very excited to be apart of TEDx especially because I am a big fan and supporter of the TEDx platform. I watch TEDx online all the time so being able to speak at TEDx is a huge honor for me.

This year’s theme is “illuminate.” What does “illuminate” mean to you?

Enlightenment or even the process of adding value to others or myself which beatboxing has literally been a catalyst in structuring my life.

At the end of the day, what is it about your work that keeps you going?

I was inspired by and love to inspire others through the art of beatbox. I like the general feeling that inspiration brings regardless if you are the one feeling the inspiration or providing it and every time I see someone smiling and enjoying what I do it reminds me its all been worth it.

What is your passion?

I was quite the “character” growing up. I use to love trying to imitate characters in movies and shows I’d see on TV and so I feel like that passion for imitation and creation was always there. Now I love imitating and creating not just what I see but also what I hear using the vocal art of beatbox.

What is one place you’ve visited that you’ll never forget?

The Slums of Ahmedabad, India. Never before had I seen such a bizarre contrast where in what some may consider the poorest and dirtiest place on earth you can find some of the happiest and most beautiful people.

What is your motto?

Do whatever you’re truly passionate about because you will always put positive energy into things you care about and that’s what I believe leads to a path of happiness and success.

What are three words to best describe you?

Eccentric, Passionate, Open-Minded


Connect with HeaveN Beatbox on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube and get ready for him to illuminate spoken word at TEDxPeachtree 2014! Get your ticket today!

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