One year ago, as the rest of the world moved into lazy summer mode, we TEDxPeachtree volunteers began gearing up for our November 2012 event. Today, I take us back one year in time to see the topics that captivated audiences while we were working behind the scenes, preparing for what would become our most successful event to date.
When you’re Lynda Gratton of TEDxLondonBusinessSchool, you don’t get summers off! Gratton gave an impassioned TEDx Talk on How to Get Ready for the Future, Now. She began with a narrative of a trip she took to Africa with her then 12-year-old son, where a Maasai warrior in full regalia with spear in hand showed them his people’s territory and explained its traditions…then his cell phone went off. Gratton’s talk centers on being prepared during this modern and transformative era we live in.
Another talk with ideas worth spreading took place at TEDxGrandRapids in June 2012. Against a backdrop of different faiths offering conflicting views, Rev. Michael Dowd spoke on Why We Struggle Now, staking his position that “scientific, historic, and cross-cultural evidence [serves as] modern-day scripture.” He talked about the addictions modern man has to substances that weren’t even around hundreds of years ago, and contends once you understand how the brain works, the answers fall into place.
In addition to numerous TEDx videos posted last June, we can find a few from TED itself. One, in particular, caught my eye, Marco Tempest‘s story of Nikola Tesla. I’d heard Tesla’s name mentioned, knew he had something to do with electricity, but didn’t know his whole story. Tesla discovered the alternating current, and died penniless. Denied his rightful place in history books, Tempest uses an elaborate pop-up book to tell this genius’s story.
Summertime is a time to kick back, but not for TEDxPeachtree volunteers–because we’re getting ready for our next event! This means crafting blog posts, connecting with sponsors, evaluating speaker nominations and making sure the community is well informed about the event. Multiply the amount of effort by the number of TEDx events held annually, and you’ll get a feel for how this has become an international movement. Last month alone, 221 TEDx events took place globally. An article from Forbes last year gives some perspective as well. Impressive. And that was one year ago. We’ve grown since.
Forget a lazy summer. Take the time to view some videos. They’re addictive. They’re fun. If you don’t believe me, see for yourself. Check out some TED videos. Or, let us whet your appetite with past TEDxPeachtree talks from 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009. Either way, save the date: TEDxPeachtree 2013 will be held on November 8 at the historic Buckhead Theater in Atlanta, and it’s not to be missed.
Wendy Kalman attended the 2009 TEDxPeachtree event and became hooked, volunteering each year ever since. By day, she works as a Proposal Manager, and by night, her alter ego as involved parent, engaged volunteer, music lover, and Facebook addict emerges.