TEDx Ripple Effect in Charleston – Lowcountry High-Tech

When I walked into TEDxCharleston yesterday I felt like I was on a movie set. Those big red and white letters, the red carpet onstage, and a room full of energized people. I was transported inside my computer screen, and participating in the TED movement in the flesh. The lunch room in Memminger Auditorium housed buffets of food, long community tables, and the buzz of inspired conversation. The day’s “Ripple Effect” theme was palpable in the 600 attendees’ bright faces and gesticulations.

TED stands for technology, entertainment and design. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1984 in response to the rising digital age. The TED motto has become to share “ideas worth spreading.” What was once an annual conference of 800 people is now a global movement and online empire that gets a million views a day. TED events now present social ideas that have an adhesiveness to them. The TEDx programs offer local communities the opportunity to reinvent the experience and curate it to fit the local culture.

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