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Keeping Your TEDxPeachtree Light Shining with Gratitude

Keeping Your TEDxPeachtree Light Shining with Gratitude


It has been one month since the Buckhead Theatre was taken over by a group of men and women to hear from a small number of wonderers, innovators and tinkerers. TEDxPeachtree 2014 Illuminate held the minds of its audience captive with new ideas in science, health, community building, and dance. Yes, talking dogs, origami in space, and leaps in cancer research have a way of grabbing your attention, but now what? We’ll have to wait another year until the next TEDxPeachtree. The cold weather is settling in and the early darkness that results from the end daylight savings time has commenced. A bit of illumination would be nice right about now.

If you are need of some light at the end of this blustery tunnel, check out these TED talks. Guaranteed to brighten your spirit, they may even kick off your list of what you are thankful for this upcoming Turkey Day. There is nothing more energizing than the light that comes from within. These talks can help you create some inspiration for your own continued motivation.

Tania Luna’s TED@New York tale of gratitude and finding value in the smallest things remind us that you don’t need a pile of cash to feel like a millionaire. Be illuminated from her unique perspective, her journey from a small town in Russia to a homeless shelter in America. Tania sees the blessings we often overlook.

The truth is that caring, knowing and acting upon what other people think about us can be completely scary. Brené Brown, in her 2010 TEDxHouston talk, speaks on how to turn the concept of shame into the beauty of vulnerability and be grateful for who we really are.

Sometimes we look backward and are grateful for a stroke of luck that has come our way. In his TEDMED 2012 talk, Ed Gavagan shines a light on the moments that test us, when we beat the odds and why we should always “push back against the chaos.”

At TEDGlobal 2013, Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast teaches us about the root of all happiness – gratitude. In this lesson – take the time to see the wonderful things in your world and be present in the gift your days bring to you – Steindl-Rast gives us the key to true happiness.

What TED or TEDx talks have illuminated your lives in ways you never predicted?


M.PinkeltonPhotoMaria Pinkelton is the Communication Specialist for the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur with her husband and son, along with a fine collection of books, craft beers and size 11 shoes.

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Top Tweets of TEDxPeachtree 2014

Top Tweets of TEDxPeachtree 2014

While the speakers took to the stage, audience members took to social media to share their “Ah-ha” moments of TEDxPeachtree 2014. There were so many tweets with the #TEDxPT hashtag that it was a trending topic for the day. So…what were people sharing with their followers in the Twitterverse? Here are a few of the top tweets of TEDxPeachtree 2014:


@KarenRussell: Why I love #TEDxPT: an engineering doc student talking about origami as an inspiration for space exploration.

@juniabaker: An origami solar sail that is larger than Piedmont Park. Can you imagine? #TEDxPT

@GeekMomTLH: TEDx is a wonderful marriage of Alice in Wonderland to Revenge of the Nerds. Total coolness!#TEDxPT

@TEDxBirmingham: “Recognize the little bits of inspiration that will help us change the world.” Shannon Zirbel at @TEDxPeachtree. #TEDxPT

@Deborahschild: We have to find a solution to the wasted energy problem when we grow plants indoors! #ericomattos #TEDxPT

@Potusottis: Love seeing #women in #science #tech and #innovation at #TEDxPT

@sharkespearean: When a car breaks down, smoke is not the cause of the problem. We need to treat the cause. Same goes with cancer. @Notmadscientist #TEDxPT

@JimHoganConsult: E-N-E-R-G-Y with HeaveN Beatbox. The voice is so powerful. #TEDxPT

@Deborahschild: While the tech is amazing, it can also be scary. How will it be monetized? How will you keep up with your real life? #TEDxPT #derekfridman

@kelseykdaniels: “This is meaningful for people beyond rehab.” – Realization after teaching a grandpa how to play “Happy Birthday” for his grandson. #TEDxPT

@wendybritt: Abby Norman is talking about the wrong way HS dress codes are conveyed. Agreed. So wish my sons’ HS principal would hear this. #TEDxPT

@Deborahschild: We teach men that they are victims of their bodies when we say that they can’t help themselves or boys will be boys. #TEDxPT #abbynorman

@felfoldi: “I worried about my problems all the time, as if that extra mental effort would solve them.” – Genna Duberstein #TEDxPT

@elizaday: “Your creative play is a gift to your city.” ATL Chantelle Rytter lantern parade #TEDxPT

@Deborahschild: Civic play is happening in Atlanta and it’s making people fall in love with the city! #TEDxPT

@Notmadscientist: #tedxpt is the only place where a cancer researcher like myself and a beatboxer like @heavenbeatbox share the same stage

@hypepotamus:  Just heard a dog speak! #TEDxPT @TEDxPeachtree
@lady_gee20: I had an amazing time at #TEDxPT, this is not the end, i will continue to be illuminated until i touch the earth. Awesome #TEDxPT experience
@aklahaie: Inspirational day at #TEDxPT! Space travel & Origami, talking dogs & plants, beatboxing, tapdancing & more > #mindexpanded #ILLUMINATED
Were you illuminated by TEDxPeachtree 2014? Share your thoughts on Twitter or on our website at

M.PinkeltonPhotoMaria Pinkelton is the Communication Specialist for the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur with her husband and son, along with a fine collection of books, craft beers and size 11 shoes.

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TEDxPeachtree 2014 Illuminate Line-Up

TEDxPeachtree 2014 Illuminate Line-Up

We hope you’ve enjoyed “meeting” our speakers over the last couple of months as we’ve counted down to TEDxPeachtree 2014. In case you’ve missed any of our introductions, it’s not too late to check out this year’s presenting team.  Here are 140 characters to share why I’m over the moon about these speakers and how their ideas will illuminate Atlanta this Friday.


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Your turn! Give us 140 characters about why you’re excited to be there. Follow @TEDxPeachtree and send out some love and encouragement to our speakers!



Nia_Baker_BioPicNia Baker has been thrilled to serve as the TEDxPeachtree Content Manager this year. She has had roots in Atlanta almost ten years, the longest she’s lived anywhere, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last five, focusing on effective systems and creative communication. She will complete her Masters in Professional Counseling and Trauma Specialization this spring and believes in the dignity of each experience. Nia enjoys running past Atlanta street art, steaming French press coffee, and a really effective adjective.



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