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Taking Time for Thankfulness

In the fast pace in which we live and work, it can be difficult to slow down and notice the beauty that is around us. And, during the holiday season, this is even more evident. Already our stores are filling up and work is piling on as we rush so as not to miss out. What if the key to thankfulness is actually slowing down? Would we actually experience more pleasure than in trying to do it all?

Louie Schwartzberg uses time-lapse photography to show nature’s stunning ability to stop us in our tracks, if we would only pay attention.  Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TEDxPeachtree. Experience the beauty around you and say “Thanks.”


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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Team Connections at TEDxPeachtree

Each year, we are excited to meet outstanding leaders and their teams who attend TEDxPeachtree to connect with others and inspire their staff. This year, we were grateful to get to talk with Linda Beyea after the event to hear about her experience.


I lead the innovation program at the American Arbitration Association. While our organization has existed for 88 years, we recognize the importance of changing and adapting to better serve our customers. Looking at trends and developments in other industries is a powerful way to stimulate ideas for innovations in your own industry. TEDxPeachtree is the perfect opportunity for our Atlanta Innovation Team to hear the ideas and experiences of several outstanding speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

Connection and conversation are key to nurturing innovation, and the TEDxPeachtree event allows our team to connect with like-minded people we might not otherwise meet in our day-to-day business. Our team regularly seeks opportunities to get out of the office and into the field to open our minds and gain fresh insight into how we can better serve our customers. TEDxPeachtree had been on our wish-list for a field trip, and we knew that we would be inspired!



Linda Beyea is a Vice President with the American Arbitration Association, the world’s leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services.











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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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