Theme for 2018

Awake & Aware


As we prepare to celebrate our eighth TEDxTraverseCity, we believe this year provides an excellent opportunity for our audience to be inspired and challenged. We are at a pivotal time when our culture and society are being tested as never before, in multiple ways.

So, we are questioning how, as a community, we can challenge ourselves to become more conscious and more awake to possibilities of change. Ideas spring from being aware—sufficiently aware for us to take notice and, we hope, to create an impact. Crossing the threshold of awareness, an idea can spread and be shared throughout our communities.


The simplest definition of awake is to cease sleeping—so have we been sleeping? Has our society become too complacent and comfortable?


We believe it is essential that each TEDxTraverseCity event makes a strong impact and even alters participants’ consciousness. This year’s event is no different; however, right now there seems to be a collective energy in our community to be engaged and to tune in to issues that matter. We first need to identify any blinders we may have on, then engage in positive change events.

We look forward to a full day of examining what it is to be “awake and aware” in today’s world.


Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 9 AM - 4 PM

Live Event Location: Milliken Auditorium at NMC    |    Price: $99

Simulcast Location: State Theatre    |    Price: FREE

Tickets will go on sale on April 18 at 10 AM.

Awake & Aware Speakers:

Pitch Night Winners:

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
Those who are awake live in a constant state of amazement.
— Jack Kornfield
Only that day dawns to which we are awake. There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.