TEDxCharleston 2023 – Re-Emerge – was held March 29, 2023 at the Charleston Music Hall. Check out the videos of our speakers and performers to get a flavor of the inspirational event.
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RE-EMERGE - Following an unprecedented time over the last two+ years, we are slowly but surely re-emerging to a brave new world, fraught with new challenges and risks, but full of opportunities. Creativity, innovation and thoughtfulness are all needed to deal with this new reality. We’ll explore many important and inspiring ideas in our 2023 TEDxCharleston event, appropriately themed “Re-Emerge.”
Mastering the art of communication across all aspects of our lives is an on-going goal of Dr. Andrea Abbott. As a preeminent surgical oncologist, Abbott understands the need for clear, concise and honest communications. Using skills and experience honed in her medical role, she is particularly interested in creating confident, unapologetic techniques that help people […]
A Gullah/Geechee lowcountry creative, who is a renowned vocalist, recording artist, songwriter, poet, mixed-media visualist and music cultural preservationist who believes in arts advocacy through strategic partnerships. In her work she explores “time travel” “portals” and Afrofuturism. Mahoganee traces her roots to the orginal Gullah Geechee Corridor. Her indigenous soul music celebrates resilience and commemorates […]
As a long time practicing Emergency Department physician, Dr. Michael Bauerschmidt’s life took a turn to Environmental Medicine after an accident and resulting illness that changed his professional direction. He now studies the “why” as well as the “how” of illnesses and focuses on hard-to-treat cases. His focus on Environmental Medicine specializes in chronic and autoimmune issues, chemical sensitivities, pain management and a wide range of brain disorders.
A serial entrepreneur, tech evangelist, investor, advisor, and a veteran of launching 8 companies himself, Patrick understands how entrepreneurs must delve through streams of advice as they plan their strategies. How do you rationalize seemingly opposite recommendation – like never give up and fail fast? Patrick has mentored dozens of startups and business leaders and […]
If you ask Earl Bridges, host of the PBS show The Good Road, life isn’t like a box of chocolates – it’s more like a bowl of ramen. What you put into your bowl can make all the difference, Bridges says, enhancing the good – or the bad. He’ll explain how his travels and focus on “philanthropology” have taught him the wisdom of ramen can be used to craft a compelling message that will make people want to follow you and solve the world’s most pressing problems.
Bonnie Compton is on a mission to wake people up to the fact that death is inevitable while inspiring them to live their life fully. Bonnie is an End of Life Doula and Conscious Living & Dying Coach. She believes in the importance of planning for the end and at the same time living life […]
Learning to live again after the suicide death of her 16-year-old son is the ongoing goal of Dominique Cooper. There are many things that prompt the grief and aftermath that comes after the suicide death of a loved one, especially a child. Using her background as a massage therapist which offers a calming of the body through therapeutic massage, Dom’s mission is to show how there are steps in the eternal journey to the recovery process.
As Executive Director of the Warrior Surf Foundation, Stephanie Dasher teaches the power of surf therapy work to change lives. Using surf therapy as a catalyst for change in our society not just helping to overcome trauma in Veterans, but our communities as a whole. As a Navy veteran herself, her personal life experiences with PTSD have given her a passion for Veteran advocacy and have driven her desire to push for expanded Veteran services and access to alternative therapies.
When a delinquent youth loses a loved one, it can mean deeper involvement in the juvenile justice system. Sydney Ford, an adjunct faculty member at the Charleston School of Law, wants people to know that if high-risk juveniles get the kind of grief counseling they need, when they need it, their lives don’t have to […]
Almost everyone has some sort of “smart” device and Dr. Leon Geter is making students – as young as kindergarten – through college and beyond of the need for caution. Increased cybersecurity awareness and protections are critical toward being safe. The better protection of one’s personal data and information in the face of constant risks, […]
Where do you go to solve a healthcare problem, help a hungry child find a meal or reinvent yourself? Your local public library may not be the first place that comes to mind, but Natalie Hauff thinks it should be. A former journalist, Hauff is now Deputy Director of the Charleston County Public Library and she wants to share her passion for the evolving role of public libraries where everyone is welcome to come learn and grow.
Gun violence is the number one killer of children and is a leading cause of death for young adults. Dr. Ashley Hink is a trauma surgeon who sees the devastating effects of violence firsthand, and says healthcare should do more than treat the physical injuries caused by violence. Ashley will explain how healthcare systems can work with survivors and communities to break cycles of violence by addressing its root causes, and will make the case for others to do the same.
An occupational therapist by trade, non-profit executive by chance and opportunity, Paige is a fierce advocate for the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. Her life's work is a focus on raising awareness of the need for, and value of, the disability population. Paige believes any DEI discussion needs to include this silent population and her mission is to catapult this community to the forefront of the DEI conversation. Their inclusion in our community is key for us to begin to see and appreciate that, more than different abilities, they bring a host of strengths to be seen and appreciated.
This renowned spoken word artist understands that artists tend to experience emotions on deeper levels, sometimes such being dark/heavy, which can immensely effect their lives. As a poet, Christian's performance acts a catalyst to remind the audience it's okay to speak out and re-emerge into the world.
Piloting the last American C-17 aircraft to lift off from the chaos on the ground in the final evacuation of military and civilians from Afghanistan, Col. Alex Pelbath was awarded the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross. The path of a 20+ year Air Force career led him to flying over 4,000 hours of flight, multiple deployments, command of a number of large military organizations and capping his career as the former director of C-17 Special Operations out of Joint Base Charleston.
Alex Spiotta, MD, a thought leader in the field of Neurosurgery who has authored greater than 300 peer reviewed publications and three textbooks, Vice Chair of Neurosurgery and Director of Neuroendovascular Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, and Co-Founder and Principal Investigator of STAR (Stroke Thrombectomy & Aneurysm Registry), an international research consortium involving Neurosurgeons from greater than 100 hospitals, utilizes entry into flow state to complete long distance endurance events such as Ironman 70.3 triathlons. But life is rarely an individual sport. His emphasis is on achieving Team Flow, a much harder skill of the superior leader and will describe the neuroscience underpinnings of achieving peak performance in teams as well as practical methods of improving your team's success.
Watoto Charleston Ensemble
Featuring students from the WatotoAcademy of the Performing Arts at Meeting Street Schools, this stage production entitled The Happy People features the music, costuming and movements from African to Cuba, Brazil, Puerto Rico the Caribbean. It is a colorful, exciting festival on stage representing cultural diversity through the arts.
Back for her 2nd stint as Emcee of TEDxCharleston, LB brings her dynamic style, wit and insights to keep the show moving along. LB was a popular 2019 TEDxCharleston speaker, and spoke most recently at DisruptHR Charleston. She is the CEO of Practical Dramatics, a communication training company that builds better teams by building better conversations.
Full Circle Featuring Grace McNally, The Plantation Singers, Gino Castillo, Abdiel Iriarte & Tim Khayat
This Lowcountry group, led by the indomitable Grace McNally, fuses traditional styles of music such as gospel, Gullah, Malian Kora and Brazilian folk music. These styles ‘re-emerge’ as a new sound reflecting the cultural and musical narrative of the Lowcountry and the Americas. They will be performing two orginal compositions.
A successful businessman, artist and publisher, Okeeba wears many hats in fueling his creative passions for creating curating, enabling and sharing art and culture. From his local gallery, to his touring exhibitions, to his latest media project and his own creative agency, he draws inspiration for his newest role as the TEDxCharleston 2023 featured artist and stage designer.
CASCADES embodies the spirit that triggers great force and movement within the Charleston community and beyond. The city is overflowing with energy and momentum, and Cascades illustrates that dynamic renaissance our whole area is experiencing. Our 2022 event explores timely, relevant and inspiring ideas with the power to cascade throughout the rest of the world.
Enamored with biology from an early age, Austin looks to nature for clues on improving our own human interactions. Who knew that the much-maligned snake would give us a template on how to treat each other in life, by using environmental responsibility as a natural bridge to culture and environment?
Otto Borsich & Ro Diaz
A unique performance duet combining musical and visual arts that features a Cuban-born internationally recognized artist and a renowned chef and best-selling author. Euforia is a treat for all your senses that is a showcase of collaboration and coordination.
2020 Pandemic in the Lowcountry A discussion with local experts and TEDxCharleston alumni on where our community stands as the Covid-19 situation evolves. TEDxCharleston presents an interactive discussion with two noted experts on the science and medical facts behind infectious diseases. Hosted by award winning Post and Courier journalist Tony Bartelme, the session will present timely information and insights into where we stand, and where we are likely to head next, in the Lowcountry's battle with the coronavirus.
2020 Pandemic in the Lowcountry
MIchael Schmidt, Satish Nadig, Tony BartelmeAn interactive discussion with two noted experts on the science and medical facts behind infectious diseases. Hosted by award winning Post and Courier journalist Tony Bartelme, the session presents timely information and insights into where we stand, and where we are likely to head next, in the Lowcountry's battle with the coronavirus.
CURRENTS bring together unstoppable, incredible energies for a convergence of conversation. We’ll learn together what forces have taken hold and empower each other to dive in, explore, and take action with open minds and hearts. All photographs by Alice Keeney.
Take Charge of Your Words – Out Loud
LB AdamsTeaching others to frame themselves in the light they want to be illuminated is essential for building confidence and empowerment. Discover how words used to narrate their stories help shape how others perceive them.
Plankton – Our Breath of Life
Tony BartelmeOn a mission to expose the connection between plankton, oxygen and carbon dioxide, this three-time Pulitzer Prize finalist gives us the deep dive on major climate threats waiting just below the ocean’s surface.
Porn – A Mother’s Concern and Action
Stephanie BoyeWith increased accessibility to porn, the perspective of healthy sex and relationships for teens is increasingly skewed. This mom turned activist says parents can impact the trajectory of their teens’ sexual experiences.
Opioid Epidemic – One Fix from a Physician
Jay DeMarcoThink every broken bone requires a prescription to opioids? This 18+ year orthopedic surgeon is urging others to think again. Learn about post-op healing using non-narcotic methods to combat the current opioid epidemic facing the US.
Detecting Concussions in the Blink of an Eye
Ryan FioriniWhat if you could determine in 20 seconds whether a patient is suffering from a concussion, and if necessary, provide immediate care. Learn how one biotech entrepreneur is changing the game of neurological damage.
The Flow of Dance
Annaliesa GoweFrom ballet to contemporary, dance flows from movement to movement. This teen dancer shares this in an expressive performance that offers a glimpse into the backstage elements necessary for a dancer’s preparations.
Atrocity to Apology: Beginning The Path for Change
Melissa Maddox-EvansWorking to break down barriers of race relations, this champion and community leader insists apologizing for past atrocities is necessary for progressive dialogues and collective change.
For the Love of Jazz
Robbie Madison and Kanika MooreWhat are the sounds of modern jazz? Meet this dynamic duo, whose mutual love for this genre led to the forming of their band. Their performance celebrates, honors and modernizes the classics for music to be enjoyed and shared by all.
The Future of Hearing Is Loud and Clear
Keith McElveenWhat would life be like without the ability to hear and pick out one voice from many? For some, it’s an every day challenge.This audio engineer has cutting-edge technology to perceive the acoustic depth of different voices for thousands with hearing loss.
Police and Communities – How to Build Trust
Kylon MiddletonWith the critical divide between law enforcement and the communities they protect and serve, discover how one Charleston-based program is working to fill that void. Kylon Middleton shares strategies for uniting our communities and police.
Music – Medicine for the Brain
Jacobo MintzerCan music heal? Some say it heals the spirit; heals the body; but what about healing the brain? As the Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Research at Roper St. Francis, Dr. Jacobo Mintzer says that early evidence suggests yes.
40% of Homeless Youth Are LGBTQ – What We Can Do
Melissa MooreComing out at a young age is difficult in the LGBTQ community—but being homeless? That only deepens the isolation many experience in an already confusing time. With over 40% of the homeless population identifying as LGBT, Melissa Moore is working to break the perpetuating cycles.
Your Brain In Space
Donna RobertsWith the probability of space tourism on the horizon, the question shifts from how to send humans to the moon, to how to bring them back—without permanently altering their brain and body. As long-duration human missions to Mars and other celestial spots become closer to reality, this NASA-funded neuroscientist is researching such concerns.
Small OperaWhat happens when we care more about the screens than the people around us? Better yet, what happens when this modern day conflict is put to the test with opera as its medium? Service Provider by Christopher Weiss and John De Los Santos is performed by Small Opera, an opera group found popping up on a moment's notice.
AGEs Might Kill You. Do You Know What They Are?
David TurnerFoods you are eating on a daily basis is literally taking years off your life. From processed foods to the ways you cook your meals, discover exactly what these toxic AGEs (advanced glycation end products) are doing to our bodies—and how to prevent it.
Mary Edna Fraser, 2019 Artist
This artist’s life work is from an aerial perspective, a view of the earth she chooses to transcribe onto silk using dyes in the ancient medium of batik. Her stage design were panels from “Charleston Coastline”, an aerial view of the Charleston Coastline, commissioned for the Charleston Visitor Center over 20 years ago.
Shake It Up! Speakers, Artists and Performers: SHAKE IT UP flips the script on conventional wisdom by enriching our community with unlikely conversation. As an audience of many gathered as one, we’ll explore new perspectives that transcend normal expectations – and kickstart the future by setting invigorating ideas into motion. Photographs by Vince Musi unless otherwise noted Click on presenter's name to learn more
Making Sense in a Fake News World
Dan BellackIt may be newsworthy, but is it news? This professor studies ways confirmation bias alters perception, and is sharing techniques for finding credible news sources and questions that separate fact from fiction.
Drive Innovation through Cognitive Diversity
Li ChangPowerful problem solving is rooted in diverse thinking. Discover how this technologist embraces a spirit of celebration and inspires his team to use their unique creativity, logic, and reasoning to do better together.
College Is for People with Intellectual Disabilities
Edie CusackDisability is not a life sentence, but a cause for celebration. This advocate has programs in place to give students with intellectual difficulties tools and resources to living, working, and thriving as equals in society.
What’s in Your Water
Sarayu DasPharmaceuticals aren’t just in our medicine cabinets, but are in our tap water. This student invented prototype filters to combat contaminated water and is educating others on the importance of proper disposal.
Can We Save Our Reefs
Phillip DustanEcology begins at the grassroots – or in the bottom of the ocean. Our reefs, marshes, and waterways are slowly degrading due to warming oceans and rising tides. Learn how you can take action.
Mind Your Monkeys
Feral CreativeYou know how to mind your manners, but do you know how to mind your monkeys? Watch as these puppets, people, and masks uncage your innermost thoughts to unleash your most creative thinking.
Embrace a Future with Robots
Jason KerestesRobots aren't as you see them in movies. This technologist is disrupting how we see robotics in everyday spaces, and how robotics is changing industries.
Toys Are for Grown-ups
Michael KleissThink toys are all fun and games? Think again. This Clemson University architecture professor is redefining play, exploration, and experimentation as necessities for unlocking the genius within the human spirit.
Sober Reality for the F&B Industry
Steve PalmerThis celebrated restaurateur knows the strains and successes of his industry can drive employees to the darkest of places. With a focus on service, he’s committed to flipping the tables on professional support.
Men, Own Your Role in Domestic Violence
Christan RaineyIt takes a cycle-breaker to shake up generations of domestic violence. Meet the man who is encouraging men everywhere to own their role in breaking the chain.
Contemporary Twist to Gullah Sounds
Ranky TankyGet down with this Gullah quintet, celebrating the timeless sounds of the Southeastern Sea Island region with contemporary arrangements.
Strings of Change
Rene RussellFreedom is yours to grasp – if you’re bold enough to pick up your instrument. This Lowcountry guitarist and singer-songwriter share her stories of choice, change, and the hope that talks between twelve strings.
Global Connections Begin at the Dinner Table
Tina SingletonBreaking down barriers starts with breaking bread together. Tina Singleton traveled to the hostile corners of the world to find what all humans desire: to belong and to be fed.
Game Your Brain
Jake StauchYour brain is a muscle you can train! This neuroscience entrepreneur is sharing how live feedback can change the landscape of ADHD, giving access to attention and controling impulsivity and hyperactivity.
Emotive Tools to Empower Human Connection
Brian SullivanDoes reach equal engagement? This clinical psychologist isn’t convinced. Learn how emotion science empowers human connection through new emotive tools.
Let’s Give Face to Mental Illness
Emily TorchianaTo break the stigma, we’ve got to shake up the silence. Emily’s brave quest is to bring invisible illnesses into the light by giving herself and others permission to see the strength in their struggle.
Marcus AmakerCharleston’s first Poet Laureate and performer for TEDxCharleston 2016, Marcus Amaker returns as our 2017 emcee.
Zak CollinsBalancing art with aesthetic, Zack captures the mysterious and the mystical in his landscapes. Photograph by Jennifer Collins
Tipping Point Speakers, Artists and Performers: Experience today’s change agents who have reached Tipping Points to harness ideas, actions and events are positively impacting our community and the world. Explore the concept that Tipping Points are not easily reached, but can and do lead to constructive outcomes if the idea is buoyed by sufficient energy, passion and purpose. Expect results as speakers inspire a diverse audience of bold, bright, inquisitive people who in turn will strive toward reaching Tipping Points in their vocation or avocation. All photographs by Fia Forever Photography. Click on presenter's name to learn more
Head In A Bucket
Don AldermanIn this TEDxCharleston talk, Don shares his story of helping a family create a sustainable dairy farm, and build a life for themselves that in turn enriched the community
Roll Down The Windows, Unlock The Doors
Jack AltermanIn a desire to “roll down his windows and unlock his doors” and get to know his neighbors, Alterman launched a photo project called East Siders Matter. Here he shares his story of how it impacted the neighborhood.
Poetry And Jazz
Marcus Amaker & Quentin BaxterTake the mesmerizing rhythm of spoken word verse and add the percussive magic of drums and you get the genre-blending marriage of poetry and jazz. Marcus Amaker and Quentin Baxter perform “The New Foundation” with an intuitive syncope that is both riveting and inspiring.
Cuban Jazz Experience
Gino Castillo with Abdiel IriarteCuban samba rhythms and New Orleans’s style jazz piano are an intoxicating combo in this jiving performance by Castillo on drums and Iriarte on keyboard.
More Ocean Less Plastic
Lia ColabelloEight million tons. That’s a lot of plastic to swallow, and a lot of straws to bear even if you’re the world’s oceans (yes, who knew we use 300 million plastic straws a day?). Or rather, especially if you’re the ocean, according to the startling data that Lia Colabello delivers in this talk on the global marine crisis of plastic pollution.
Correcting Corrections: Why I Am In Prison
Lefford FateWe’ve all heard the startling statistics regarding incarceration rates, and our burgeoning prison industrial system. What’s less known or acknowledged is the high rate of mental illness among our prison population. Nearly one in five offenders in our correctional system suffer from mental illness, and Lefford Fate believes this is unacceptable.
Forget What Your Mom Said: Laugh At Me
Jason GroceNeed to laugh today? Listen to Jason Groce present his very dry, self-deprecating sense of humor and material which borders on both clever and bizarre.
Ignore The Gap: Connections Are Key To Disrupt Aging
Kate JeromeThink vertical, says Kate Jerome. Make connections between generations—it’s the best kind of problem solving: mutually beneficial, easy and not costly to do.
Creating An Ecosystem of Good
Catherine LeCourCatherine LaCour is keen on disruption. But mostly, she’s a champion of innovation, and here she challenges TEDx viewers to be catalysts of shaking things up in a positive way by the power of enterprises and the cloud. That may sound simple, but as she makes clear, it’s pretty radical.
Cyber Insecurity: Why You Are The Vulnerability
John LaCourWarning: don’t watch this TEDx talk if you a) currently feel invincible on the internet; b) have little stomach for vulnerability or c) shy away from FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt).
Brighter Than A Billion Suns: Imaging Life On Earth
Phil ManningPaleontology is often viewed as a 'blue sky' science, one with little relevance, beyond Indiana Jones movie scripts, in the 21st Century. Phil Manning buries this prehistoric notion in a compelling talk that first and foremost reminds you just how totally cool scientific research can be (plus, his British accent doesn’t hurt).
And You Thought History Was A Snore
Joseph McGill Jr.Plenty of museums and cultural sites sponsor living history programs, but Joseph McGill is likely the first person to dream up a “sleeping history” program. But five years ago, when he began sleeping around, so to speak, in former slave dwellings, he realized he was on to something.
Silence Is Not Always Golden
Kat MorganSpeak up. Speak out. Speak loudly, especially in calling out racism. That’s the quick take-away of Kat Morgan’s compelling and heart-felt talk that we all need to hear, especially those of us who are white and may think racism isn’t “our issue.”
The Sea Also Rises: Prepare For A Changing Shoreline
Eric MorrisIf you’re on the fence about whether or not the sea rising is real, you better find a taller fence, at least if you plan on watching Eric Morris’s absolutely riveting talk about sea level rise. (You’re going to need that fence’s elevation).
Bollywood Finds Its Roots
Anuradha Murali with Mrudani School of Performing ArtsDid you know that Bollywood dancing originated from classical forms of Indian dance? Kathak, Mohini Attam, Bharathanatyam and Kuchipudi are a few styles of the Indian classical dance. Anuradha Murali with the Mrudani School of Perform Arts show that classical dance provides the foundation for Bollywood.
How To Win Transplants And Influence People
Satish NadigAs one of only five transplant surgeons in the state, Satish Nadig is pursing innovative research to prolong the life of organs through immunosuppressive nanoparticles or to create groundbreaking technology which can enhance or replace the functions of the damaged organs.
Kid Power: Small But Mighty
Jackson SilvermanWhat if you were 7 years old and you were told that you could not help feed hungry kids, what would you do? Well, Jackson Silverman decided this was unacceptable and started a nonprofit where kids help kids, packing backpacks to feed hungry children on the weekend in an area where one in four children are at risk of hunger, with poverty rates as high as 44 percent in some pockets.
Heirs Discover Money Does Grow On Trees
Jennie StephensAcross the South, land that has been in African American families for generations is often untitled. The family may wish to hold on to their land, but economic pressures make it difficult. That’s where Jennie Stephens comes to the rescue.
Embrace Chaos Speakers, Artists and Performers: Experience today's change agents who have Embraced Chaos to harness ideas, actions and events that are positively impacting our community and the world. Explore the concept that chaos, disorder and uncertainty indeed abound, but can and do lead to constructive outcomes if embraced with passion and purpose. Expect results as speakers inspire a diverse audience of bold, bright, inquisitive people who in turn will Embrace Chaos in their lives and community and use it creatively. All photographs by Fia Forever Photography Click on presenter's name to learn more
The Science Of Yogic Breathing
Sundar BalasubramanianARather than examining what takes your breath away, Sundar Balasubramanian, a radiation oncology researcher studies what breath gives you. A deep breath relaxes, and as he explains it creates significant beneficial changes in physiologically relevant biomarkers.
Our Disposable Architecture
Jenny BevanWhen admiring an old building's fine craftsmanship and durability, have you wondered if a new building would be similarly admired 100 years from now? Jenny Bevan is glad you are asking. A designer from the birthplace of historic preservation in the U.S., Bevan outlines how old ways hold new, sustainable solutions.
Zero Equals One: Creating A Business From Nothing
Riley CsernicaRiley Csernica makes entrepreneurship a simple equation, especially for young adults. The 24-year-old biomedical engineer explains how she co-founded a medical brace device company to create a job she would love.
Not Just Ebola
Jeffery Deal"Write it down," advises Jeffrey Deal, inventor, physician, author, and the director of health studies for a global non-profit. Additionally, Dr. Deal prescribes collaboration and sharing credit as the other key elements to put an idea into action.
The Business of Hope
Randy DobbsFollowing a long business career, Randy Dobbs, a three-time CEO, describes a challenge he never anticipated. An expert in turning around businesses and motivating people, Dobbs was equipped to handle that which would be daunting for many. Confidently, Dobbs shares how he has lived his motto, “I will never give up on whatever I do! " to apply his business skills to make an inspiring and meaningful difference for his family in their endeavor to overcome his daughter's pancreatic cancer.
Seth GilliardViolinist Seth Gilliard fuses different times and places for a unique experience. In this riveting performance Gilliard, combines elements of a classical Bach piece with a violin arrangement of Flo Rida's piece Good Feeling. Accompanied by electronics, Gilliard has mixed, Gillard's violin music mesmerizes.
Digitizing The Family Doctor: Put Care Back Into Healthcare
Nicholas Glover, Sr.Violinist Seth Gilliard fuses different times and places for a unique experience. In this riveting performance Gilliard, combines elements of a classical Bach piece with a violin arrangement of Flo Rida's piece Good Feeling. Accompanied by electronics, Gilliard has mixed, Gillard's violin music mesmerizes.
Lucky Is A Lie
JamieSue GoodmanA self-taught computer programmer, JamieSue Goodman explains that no one really knew about computers or computer programming in her native, rural town of Manning, South Carolina when she was a student. That's changing. Implementing a pilot program to cultivate future computer programmers, Goodman provides several examples of how fourth to eighth grade students create programming from what they know and love.
Indigo Dreams: Downhome Roots Of The Blues
Donna HardyA blues artist of a sort, Donna Hardy is a plant-loving native of Augusta, Georgia. She shares where her interest in a new-found species, descended from a 270 year old indigo plant inspired her to specialize in growing and harvesting indigo in Charleston, South Carolina. Farmer, chemist, historian, entrepreneur and artist, Hardy digs into how the plant used to create the beautiful blue is a culture all its own.
Creating Opportunity From Chaos
Earl Hewletteways to stir things up. Answering the "why" in the midst of chaos has resulted in two of his biggest successes. A natural skeptic, Hewlette matter-of-factly outlines the opportunity and value that disruption provides.
College: Necessary, But Insufficient
Will JamiesonA self-confessed computer geek, Will Jamieson says he doesn’t play video games. He's interested in pragmatic applications—in both technology and in education. Jamieson, a student at the College of Charleston published his first million-plus-user app at age 16. Though his apps have been used in more than 50 countries, and featured on several online blogs, he explains why, he's still in school, and talks about the value of incorporating a practical component— as there should be more to school than just the "A."
Lightning, CO2, And A Microbe Walk Into A Bar…
Harold MayHarold May introduces all the elements and encourages scientists, elected officials and business people to work together for a sustainable outcome. Trained in microbial physiology and ecology, May shares a new field of environmental research. He illustrates how microbes use carbon dioxide and electricity to make fuels and chemicals. This process, unlike conventional biofuels, doesn't depend on food crops, arable land or water, but rather waste, making his discoveries a two punch impact.
Life Is Full Of Delays: Finding Peace With That
New Music CollectivePercussionist Ron Wiltrout and saxophonist Dan Voss transport listeners to a new realm of music. This structured improvisation, titled Life is Full of Delays— Finding Peace reflects the emerging patterns of natural systems, which seek balance. From the field recording of nature sounds, the two performers respond from opposite ends—one simple, the other elaborate, and they subtly begin connecting, as they play towards the other's direction.
Secrets Of A Wounded Healer
Nancy SimpsonNancy Simpson describes herself as uniquely positioned to de-stigmatize mental illness because she has been on both sides of the locked door. With great honesty and humor, Dr. Simpson, who is a licensed clinical psychologist, courageously uncovers what can lay behind the milk and honey. Walking the talk, Dr. Simpson offers a personal testimony for the need to de-stigmatize mental illness.
Finding Home Among The Homeless
Derek SnookNot long after graduating from Furman University, Derek Snook embarked on an unusual career path, and lived at a homeless shelter in his hometown. There he observed first-hand the difficulties for those who were trying to get ahead. Snook shares how he was challenged by someone whom he least expected. From this experience, Snook found the support and courage to write the next chapter of his own story, in order to help others find voice to theirs.
Drawing The Line With Political Cartoons
Steve StegelinFrom the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, Steve Stegelin recognizes the two sides of the same coin - one that provokes to instill fear, and the other to instill awareness and thought. A published satirist since college, Steve Stegelin passionately believes in the power of the pen. This editorial cartoonist in only a few square inches of space and a “deceptively cute” style targets hypocrisy and chaos from his adopted hometown of Charleston, South Carolina.
Return From Chaos: Treating PTSD
Peter TuerkPeter Tuerk, the director of a VA PTSD program, introduces how we process experiences and trauma. Using examples from his research, he describes how it's possible to process memories and their associated meanings to overcome a traumatic incident. When active avoidance impedes natural recovery the most effective healing is facilitated through treatment designed to limit avoidance and to assist with the processing of relevant information.
Wona Womalan West African Drum and Dance EnsembleUshering a colorful, vibrant energy of ancient times, Wona Womalan awakens the collective unconscious. This performance celebrates the seasons and the elements of life. The Charleston-based ensemble is influenced by traditional Guinean rhythms. Celebrating the distinctive style of an all-female Dun-Dun (bass drum) section, they are dedicated to preserving the arts and culture of West African dance, drum, musical and folkloric traditions.
Entanglement: Aerial Silks Duo
Wonderson DuoJordan Anderson and Clayton Woodson elegantly suspend themselves and the audience's breath. This duo's performance exhibits strength, flexibility, fearlessness, and trust. With the grace of ballet dancers and the daring of circus performers, they create beauty as they spin through the air supported by silk and their skill.
Navigating From Storm To Agreement
John ZinsserWhether at home, school or in the workplace, John Zinsser observes that most people want to avoid disagreement, but at what cost? Like a summer thunder storm, conflict regularly occurs and has benefit. Zinsser makes the case that it's the legal-based model of how we react to conflict, which creates the maelstrom. For a more fulfilling path forward, he encourages people to embrace conflict, using three waypoints to negotiate a beneficial outcome.
Kristy BishopA textile artist working in locally sourced natural dyes who finds inspiration in what most people think of as weeds: indigo, goldenrod and tickseed.
Vince MusiAn award-winning photographer for National Geographic, this 2014 TEDxCharleston speaker will do about anything to get into a TEDx talk for free.
Ripple Effect Speakers, Artists and Performers: Experience today's change agents whose ideas, actions and events are creating an ever expanding Ripple Effect in our community and the world. Explore the concept that even the smallest ideas and actions can have exponential impact. Expect results as speakers inspire a diverse audience of bold, bright, inquisitive people who have the potential to create their own exciting Ripple Effect. All photographs by Fia Forever Photography Click on presenter's name to learn more
Annex Dance CompanyMemminger Elementary School's fifth graders are on the move, on the stage and in the classroom, thanks to Annex Dance Company's extraordinary blend of math, science and modern dance.
Rock ‘N Ripple: Double Standard
Laura BallThere was nothing standard about the songs Laura Ball and Ann Caldwell rolled out, popular tunes that created a ripple effect right there on the spot.
Teach Life Skills And Change Our World
Jill ChalstyThe way to help young people succeed, is to build their schooling on a strong foundation of communication, decision-making and goal setting tools.
Successful Thinking: It’s A Know Brainer
Heather CollinsCognitive neuroscientist proves that what holds you back from happiness and lifelong growth is all in your mind, and so is the solution.
Gullah Geechee: The Me I Tried To Flee
Ron DaiseGift yourself with the impact of your own culture, says educator and historian, and enrich the lives of others around you.
Simple Solutions for Colossal Problems
Derreck KayongoUsing an ordinary object to make an extraordinary difference in the world, human rights hero transformed the lives of those most in need.
Your Roof – Why Green Is the New Black
Hunter LegertonOnly in high school, this student is sure to go over your head, as he speaks passionately about sustainable engineering which led him to design a modular, green roof.
Beauty And The Beast – Photographing Animals
Vince MusiTaking pictures of animals was doggone challenging for this National Geographic photographer until he learned how to channel his inner Doctor Doolittle.
Schoolhouse Rock – Changing Status Quo
Ben NavarroWhy is the American dream nothing more than a dream for so many children? The problem isn't the kids, says businessman and educational reformer, the problem is the system, and the solution is in our hands.
Art Is My Soap Box
Kate NevinAs a citizen artist in a creative community, this talk paints a picture that illustrates the many colorful ways in which you, too, are a citizen artist.
Rather Have HIV Than A Broken Leg
Edward O’BryanTravel halfway around the world to explore how healthcare practitioners can make a difference by treating what hurts.
Your DNA Speaks – Do You Have A Choice
Jorge RoigDoes leaving DNA threaten your civil liberties? Learn how corporations can use genetic material you leave everywhere you go.
Libraries Bridging The Digital Divide
Andrew RoskillEntrepreneur advocates for a public library of the future, a multi-purpose techno center that exists and thrives in cutting edge communities.
Taiko CharlestonA dynamic musical art form, grounded in core aspects of the martial arts, dance and percussion, . Taiko Charleston drums up awe and excitement.
Fun Kills Fear
Greg TavaresImprovisational comic becomes head coach and lead cheerleader show us how fending off what frightens us most is indeed a laughing matter.
Graham WhorleySongwriter and instrumental virtuoso presents a moving and breathtakingly beautiful acoustic set that gives us all "permission to think."
Why They Call It Play – The Joy of Sports
John WilsonProfessional soccer player talks about what's really at stake when we forfeit our love of the game and lose sight of the real goal.
Solving Obesity Crisis One Child At A Time
Louis YuhaszInspired by love and driven by pain, advocate is determined to change the way society disregards and discards overweight youth.
Lisa AbernathyA papercut artist, inspired by Chinese medicine and Southern storytelling, to create work emphasizing parallels between human emotions and natural landscape.
Teresa BruceA one-time Olympic hopeful turned memoirist and screenwriter, and former Ogilvy PR executive, who was a featured speaker at TEDxCharleston 2013.
Reinvent Speakers, Artists and Performers: Our speakers share transformative concepts backed by inspired action - exploring breakthrough ideas that honor the past while bringing forth the full potentioal of something new. Our goal is to provide a platform where thinkers, visionaries and fascinating teachers will inspire us and in turn, be inspired. All photographs by Fia Forever Photography Click on presenter's name to learn more