A Question of Trust: The Impact Across Generations in Atlanta Salon was a great launch of our candid discussion of how local and regional issues around (dis)trust shapes infrastructure, lifestyle, interactions and productivity across Atlanta from the perspective of Millennial, Gen X and Boomer generations. The development of trust is one of the most important elements of the establishment of groups and communities — it can be the difference between social cohesion and social solidarity. Trust can influence people’s attitudes and behaviors, and the effects of these attitudes and behaviors can have lasting impacts.
Our goal for this salon was to develop real solutions to real challenges around the question of trust within our communities. We shared Rachel Botman’s TED talk: “The Currency of the New Economy is Trust” to spur our diverse and intergenerational audience into deep thought. Attendees came up with issues of trust as it relates to public officials, law enforcement, equality in neighborhood growth and the education system. Because of unique generational experiences, the audience was able to leverage its broad life experience in a very open and candid environment, which was well received by all. The group broke into small pods which will focus on the key issues and their thoughts on the solution over the coming months. The TEDxPeachtree Salon Squad will vote on the pod that makes the most progress on implementing their solution and they will be invited to present at the annual TEDxPeachtree event in November.
There are many things that are synonymous with Atlanta. The Majestic diner, Piedmont Park, the Peachtree Road Race, Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the list goes on. Many people would agree that Evereman deserves a spot on that list.
Since taking the stage at TEDxPeachtree 2012, Jay Wiggins’ Evereman glyph has appeared in the most unexpected places around the world. Its image has been projected onto the side of buildings, wooden objects bearing its image perched atop tents at Burning Man and affixed to street signs, lamp posts, etc. Most recently, Evereman was selected to be among the nine TEDx street artists featured by the Google Cultural Institute.
The message behind Evereman is simple – there is power in giving and that co-operation yields better results than competition. Evereman is for all!
Watch his talk below, find your own Evereman treasure by following him on Twitter @evereman, and learn more about the Evereman at his website www.evereman.com.
Since Paul Wolpe’s talk on bioethics at TEDxPeachtree 2010, his talk has been featured on TED.com where it has received almost one million views and spurred much debate about the guidelines and rules, or lack thereof, governing the world of biotechnology.
Most recently, through his work with Emory University’s Center for Ethics, Wolpe has founded Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit (BEINGS). BEINGS is the first event of its kind to bring the public together with academic, civic, corporate and political leaders from 30 countries together to discuss the complicated implications and regulations of biotechnology. More than 1,000 participants will meet and address issues such as cloning, stem cell research, labeling laws for genetically modified products, and more May 17-19 at the Tabernacle in downtown Atlanta.
If you would like to attend this historical event, registration is now open on the BEINGS website, www.beings2015.org. You can follow along with updates on the summit on twitter at @beings2015 or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BEINGS2015.ORG.
TEDxPeachtree is excited to share that our own Erico Mattos was named 2015 Emerging Leader of the Year by the Georgia Bio Association. Georgia Bio is the private, non-profit association whose members include pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies, medical centers, universities and research institutes, government groups and other business organizations involved in the development of life sciences related products and services. This award honors young professionals for outstanding contributions to the success of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) and the growth of Georgia’s life sciences community.
Erico spoke at TEDxPeachtree 2014 about the use of biofeedback in hydroponics to allow plants to monitor their own sunlight exposure. We had the wonderful experience of hearing and seeing a demonstration of his work. Erico cofounded Photosyntex in 2013 and the Emerging Leader of the Year Award celebrated his success there as well as his presentation at TEDxPeachtree. We are thrilled to have shared the stage with Erico and wish to congratulate him on this accomplishment!
Nia Baker has been thrilled to serve as the TEDxPeachtree Content Manager this year. Having roots in Atlanta almost ten years, she 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.