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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
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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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What Makes a TED Speaker?

What makes a TED speaker special? Anyone can give a speech. But when you are able to speak passionately about something that you have created and that has made a positive impact on our world, and with that speech inspire others to impact their communities for the better, then you are at the TED level.

The common threads that are woven through all of these speakers are the willingness to give freely of their knowledge, authenticity, and outgoing personalities.

They have ideas worth spreading. Not selling, but spreading. Sharing far and wide. Because they can make an impact. Yes, they can even illuminate.

Ideas that resonate most with audiences are those that propose answers to the questions that plague so many of us. Here are a few of the ones that most stand out in my eyes:

Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on creating more nurturing educational systems has more than 28 million views and is one of the most popular talks of all times. His combination of humorous anecdotes, acerbic wit, and scientifically proven facts engage and entertain audiences. While we grapple with trying to win the educational race to the top, we must ask ourselves: Are we training our racers to use their strongest talents? The ability to share knowledge without preaching is an attribute that is crucial to all TED speakers and one that Robinson has in abundance. 

Dan Habib’s TEDxAmoskeagMillyard talk examined the trailblazing concept of having everyone in our communities included in our communities. Habib’s story of the support his son, who was born with a disability, received from their town of Concord, New Hampshire proves that the answer to many of our problems can be found from being open-minded. His theme of advocating for inclusion supports the idea that diversity is natural and should be embraced. Habib’s authenticity comes from his observations of what is possible and what has been done. The credibility and purity of TED talks like his makes them both instantly memorable and fascinating.

Anyone who describes herself as “Shakira meets Muhammad Ali” has to be the life of the party; TEDWomen 2013 speaker Maysoon Zayid  is just that. Smart, beautiful and self -deprecating, she draws the audience in with her wit and candor. Zayid’s gregarious personality serves her well in connecting with her audience and lighting up the stage in a way that only a talented few can.

Enamored by the abilities of these speakers to excite audiences? Would you like to experience it firsthand here in Atlanta? Come see the talented men and women selected this year to bring these same gifts to the stage of TEDxPeachtree 2014. Don’t miss your opportunity to be illuminated. Buy your tickets today.


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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