Share your TEDx experience

I shared the below passage with the TEDx, organizer network on 11/14/2010.  Now I spread my appreciation to the global community of TEDx-ers and invite you to share your thoughts about attending a TEDx.  What surprised you?  What ideas meant the most?  What was your favorite part?   Did you meet other interesting TEDx attendees?  If you had to describe your TEDx experience in one word, what would it be?

(mine is marvelous)

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Few things compare to hosting your first TEDx..

TEDxHuntsville was a week ago and I’m still beaming.  To the extent
that I am compelled to share this extraordinary excitement with you,
fellow TEDx-ers.  Isn’t it marvelous?!!

The feeling you get when you walk on stage and see a room full of
people waiting in anticipation of “TEDx”, not knowing what to expect..
(I was probably as nervous as they were).

Queuing the welcome video made it sink in for me.  The entire
experience was surreal.  I watched the crowd watching the video and
involuntarily smiled ear to ear.  TEDx was in my city!

What a rewarding, compelling, humbling opportunity, bringing together
hundreds of humans to explore thought through ideas worth spreading.

I am inspired.  Delighted is an understatement.  TEDx is an
extraordinary catalyst for passion.

Wow..what did I think after hosting my first TEDx?  To answer my own
question,

I thought:  humanity is a beautiful thing when reminded to thrive.

Thank you, TED, for extending TEDx to the world.  And thank you, TEDx
hosts, for inspiring me and setting the bar high.

Please share your first TEDx experience.  I am
excited to hear about it.

Cheers, to ideas worth spreading!

Amy Robinson

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FYI – event summary:  our first TEDxHuntsville hosted a sold out crowd
of 275 people who traveled from 6 different states to experience four
hours of “Perspectives on Innovation.”  Presenters ranged from a
debut performance chronicling the evolution of jazz to next generation
space travel.  We explored what’s next in genomics, the transformation
of atmospheric physics, acrobatic dance, the mathematics of war, and
then took a break to conclude the first session.  I was amazed.

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Excel at Innovation

The other day while carousing Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues for the umpteenth time, two thoughts intersected, simultaneously stirring a bit of curiosity.

Junto is Franklin’s 1727 charter improvement and mental exploration club. Upon initiation, members swore to “endeavor impartially to find [truth] and receive it, and communicate it to others”. This group is responsible for the first public library, fire departments, public hospital, police departments, paved streets, and University of Pennsylvania. Perhaps even more importantly, it fostered an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and discussion. It provided means for men to share ideas and exchange structured argument; to experiment with thoughts and expression and learning and reap the benefits of an environment conducive to exploration.

Junto is one half of my thought intersection. The remaining is TED. It is an acronym for Technology, Entertainment, Design. Excelling beyond this definition, the “ideas worth spreading” house of ingenuity hosts conferences boasting internationally renowned speakers across categories such as creativity, discovery, simplicity, and wisdom. Intriguing conversations abound.

Junto. TED. Is today’s idea sharing group a reincarnation of Ben Franklin’s improvement society? Do the colaborations and developments TED has fostered over the years compare with the first library or public hospital? Difficult questions to answer without empirical datasets to directly link project development and implementation with TED events and networking (if such data exists, please share). In my opinion, then, Yes.

One thing is certain. Openness in mind and disposition, be it the 1700’s or the 21st century, always fares well for mankind. We social creatures must share inspiration to excel at innovation. One man quintessentially becomes many when he combines others’s thoughts and ideas with his own. And many men can become few if they disregard the potential of the world around them. Junto offered, as TED does today, the invaluable opportunities to develop and elucidate what we already know in pursuit of what we have yet to discover. And that, to me, is the most exciting thing in the world.

Be an open book,

Amy

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