TEDxVirginiaTech Lab – Exhibitor Application is now open! Submit your application HERE. Applications due October 20, 2014.
“Illuminate” will be the theme for the TEDxVirginiaTech 2014 event to be held on Nov. 20, at the Moss Arts Center. TED enthusiasts and great speakers, thinkers, and doers are invited to “give the talk of a lifetime” at the third annual event.
Intentionally broad, the theme is meant to inspire multidisciplinary and transformative ideas in line with the principles of TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to ideas worth spreading. The 2014 event will be held in the evening, so the theme casts a deliberate contrast between light and dark. It evokes a broad range of literal and figurative interpretations and proposes intriguing questions, such as: Keep reading »
TEDxVirginiaTechLive is a live stream of Session 2: Retrospect and Session 3: Reshape of TED in Vancouver. It will be held at The Lyric in Blacksburg, VA from 11:30 am to 3:45 pm on March 18, 2014. This event is free and open to the public. The concession stand will be open during this event. Find out more at tedxvirginiatechlive.com.
As a speaker at the 2013 Virginia Tech TEDx event I was impressed by the 3D projector that lit up the words TEDx on the stage into a very dynamic 3D object. It was classy, it was innovative, and just plain cool. As I reflect on my experience with Virginia Tech’s TEDx event I find the 3D projector to be an appropriate analogy of what TED talks mean to me.
TED talks move ideas from a two dimensional print world into a 3D experience that champions not only the idea but the emotion that the idea evokes. We see a glimpse of a concept from every angle and most importantly through a very humanistic angle. In TED talks we find an intersection of science and society, of passion and logic, of reflection and action. We are pulled in, both heart and mind, into the crux of an idea.
We need to feel the gravity of ideas. To me TED Talks do that in a very communal way. They bring a shared gravity to our discovery. A gravity that brings us into a virtual orbit, seeing an idea from every angle. For a few minutes we as an audience we are invited to be the scientist, to be the dancer, to be the kid in the outfield at their first softball game. We become not only witnesses to someone’s epiphany but we are given a chance experience it ourselves. We are pulled into the gravity of a performance and unwittingly we are moved to become an actor.
The information age brings us an infinite salad bar of information to consume but rarely savor. TED talks take us into a rhetorical kitchen of how thoughts and ideas are formed and we are given a firsthand view of the ingredients that make an idea worth sharing. We are allowed to sample the soup, we are encouraged to savor. Keep reading »