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I’m in love with TED and his “x” in Charleston.
Often, when falling in love, it’s your heart that reacts first. What I just experienced was a full-on let’s-elope-right-now experience, with heart and head leading the way. Yup, I just fell completely in love with TED, TEDx, TED Talks, everything TED at the TEDxCharleston inaugural event yesterday at Pure Theatre on King Street. If he was a man, he’d be in my bed right now.
There’s not much that’s more attractive than an entire room full of extremely intelligent, fascinating people from completely different walks of life that are all avid seekers of knowledge. And not only do these people want to grow and learn, but the majority of them are catalysts of positive growth and change. These are some of the brains and hearts that make (or will make) the world a better place. I’m certain of it.
Here’s what one of the attendees, Amber Ludeman, at TEDxCharleston 2013 had to say about the event on the Levelwing blog
Social Analyst Amber Ludeman had the good fortune of attending the TEDxCharleston event this week in downtown Charleston. She reports how her day dedicated to ideas went:
The miracle of your mind is that you can see the world as it isn’t.
By Brendan Kearney
Since he was speaking on a Lowcountry peninsula Wednesday, the Rev. Bill Stanfield couched his community development argument in terms of rivers.
In the upper-income Greensboro, N.C., neighborhood where he grew up, Stanfield explained, most of the capital coursing through was controlled by the citizenry and flowed to “strengths,” such as high-achieving students or institutions.
In poorer areas, however, such as the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood where he now lives and works, most of the money comes from the government and “agencies,” Stanfield said as images and graphics flashed on a screen behind him, and it tends to go to “problems.”
If I had a million bucks, I’d give it ito Bill Stanfield at Metanoia. Hand it right over.
In the spirit of the “Reinvent” theme at TEDxCharleston (an all-day immersion program happening today at PURE Theatre, designed to enrich the community via a stellar line-up of speakers and exchange of ideas), the Rev from North Chuck (via Princeton Theological Seminary) is reinventing the title “Reverend” with “revolutionary” in the Chicora-Cherokee neighborhood where he’s lived and worked for the last 11 years. And he delivered a tight, funny, thoughtful, rousing, well-spun hellfire and brimstone talk In this morning’s opening line-up of TEDxCharleston speakers.
TEDx is coming to Charleston with a live, licensed event tomorrow at PURE Theatre downtown.
Because this is the first TEDxCharleston event, the TED license required organizers to limit attendance to 100 people that had to apply to get a ticket.
In late February, organizers streamed the live national TED Conference from Long Beach, Calif., into the Charleston County Library. Attendees were able to see Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk talk about the future of technology and hear environmentalist and futurist Stewart Brand discuss genetic breakthroughs that could see the resurrection of the extinct Carolina parakeet.