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.