TEDxSpartanburg Scheduled for Sept. 10

August 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

TED began in 1984 as a gathering place for innovators and leaders in the fields of technology, entertainment and design. Twenty-six years later, TED has become a nexus for a global community of individuals who believe in the power of Ideas Worth Spreading. What began as a four-day conference in California has grown exponentially to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at www.TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is part of a revolution in global education made possible by local organizers wanting to engage their communities. Every week, in multiple cities, people are coming together to pursue ideas worth spreading. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.

The event scheduled for September 10, 2011 is called TEDxSpartanburg.

The theme of TEDxSpartanburg is “Together: Creating a New Vision.” Our lives move at a rapid pace and it’s easy to miss one another: we live in different neighborhoods and we work in different fields. We lead different lives, yet we are all part of one community. It’s time to bring that community together to explore the lives we lead, the work we do, and the way we experience the world. Together, we can share our own personal visions, and create new ones, for our community, our neighborhoods, our city, and maybe even the world. We come together in so many small ways everyday: over coffee, over a film in a bookstore or in a park. It’s time for the whole community to come together for our environment, our local business, our artists, our musicians, and makers – for equality and opportunity and, above all, community.

When: Saturday, September 10, 2011, 2:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Where: The Showroom @ Hub-Bub – 149 S. Daniel Morgan Ave., Spartanburg AND at each of the viewing party locations to be held at USC Upstate, Converse and Wofford
Organizers:  Curator: Ximena Herrera, Team: Anne Catllá, Denise Frazier, Kim Rostan, Matt Johnston, Norberto Gliozzi, Ian Curcio, Lizabeth Zack, as well as a diverse group of people from several local businesses, organizations, and educational institutions including Converse College, Wofford College, and USC Upstate.
Audience: 100 @ The Showroom and 100 more @ at each of the viewing parties held at the colleges through live stream. USC Upstate’s viewing party will be held in the Health Education Complex room 2001. Contact Cindy Jennings (cjennings@uscupstate.edu) or Dr. Lizabeth Zack (lzack@uscupstate.edu) for more information on the USC Upstate viewing party.

Want to learn more? Visit www.tedxspartanburg.com for a roster of speakers and ticket information. TEDxSpartanburg is also on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TEDxSPTBG) and on Twitter (@TEDxSpartanburg).