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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.

 

NEW For TEDxTraverseCity 2018

For 2018, we are taking everything that makes TEDxTraverseCity great - a conscious and curious community, a first-rate venue, the power of incredible TEDx talks - and boldly aspiring to take it to a new level. To do this, we have partnered with FLI, a leading facilitation firm that helps transform the learning environment with communities around the world. 

New this year, is an infusion of experiential learning moments, intentionally spaced throughout the day, allowing participants to more deeply connect with the inspiration and information delivered through the power of TEDxTraverseCity talks, as well as with each other. These experiential learning moments are designed using the latest evidence-based approaches, grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and leading social learning techniques. 

Participants will have opportunities to reflect on and capture meaningful ideas, connect with each other through purposeful conversations, as well as explore the possibilities of new visions for themselves and their communities… all inspired and fueled by the power of what is lining up to be awe-inspiring TEDxTraverseCity. 

 
 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, May 16, 9 AM - 4 PM (Doors open at 8 AM)

Session 1: Opening; Music by brotha James, Seth Bernard, and Sean Reisig; Welcome by Jon Berghoff; Talks by Betsy Crouch & Zoe Galvez, and by John Israel; Awakening Activity; Break.

Session 2: Music; Talks by Dr. Michael Klaper, Kristy McDonald, Jay Papasan; Awakening Activity; Lunch.

Session 3: Music; Talks by Paul Canaan, Julianna Raye, Jon Vroman; Awakening Activity; Break.

Session 4: Music; Talks by Joseph Sanok, Dr. Peter Sneed, Mohamed Hammoud, Sue Houghton; Closing Activity.

Continue the Discussion:

Meet-Up at Cambria Suites Hotel immediately following Session 4.

Meet-Up at Workshop Brewery at 6 pm. 

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

Simulcast Location: State Theatre    |    Price: FREE

Awake & Aware Speakers:

Pitch Night Winners:

Facilitation Host (Milliken)

Jon Berghoff
 

 

Facilitation Host (State Theatre) 

Deanna Moffitt

Musical
Host

Jeremy Reisig
"brotha James"

Musical
Guest

Seth Bernard
 

 

Musical
Guest

Sean Reisig

 
Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.
— CARL GUSTAV JUNG
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.
— HENRY DAVID THOREAU