As we prepared to celebrate our eighth TEDxTraverseCity, we believed this year provided 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 were questioning how, as a community, we could 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.
We believe it is essential that each TEDxTraverseCity event makes a strong impact and even alters participants’ consciousness. The 2018 event was no different; however, at this time 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 enjoyed a full day of examining what it is to be “awake and aware” in today’s world.
For 2018, we took everything that makes TEDxTraverseCity great - a conscious and curious community, a first-rate venue, the power of incredible TEDx talks - and boldly aspired to take it to a new level. To do this, we partnered with FLI, a leading facilitation firm that has helped transform the learning environment with communities around the world.
New in 2018, was 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 were designed using the latest evidence-based approaches, grounded in neuroscience, positive psychology, and leading social learning techniques.
Participants had 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 lined up to be an awe-inspiring TEDxTraverseCity event.
We would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in our 2018 Pitch Night! More than 300 people attended for a night of listening, learning, and engaging with eighteen movers and shakers in our community. We were excited and inspired by the Pitch Makers and their "ideas worth spreading." All pitches fell within 2018's theme, “Awake and Aware.” Please join us in congratulating our three winners who will speak at TEDxTraverseCity on May 16, 2018. Learn more about each Pitch Maker below.
Pitches are up to, but do not exceed three minutes. Tell us your "idea worth spreading." Maybe not the whole thing—just enough to clearly connect with the theme and make us curious about hearing a full six-minute talk!
You are committing to showing up in-person at Pitch Night to deliver your Pitch. We get questions about video Pitches. We will accept a short video during the application process, but Pitch Nights are in-person experiences, in front of a live audience.
We welcome everyone to this free event. We do not issue tickets. Doors open at 5:00 PM and the event runs on a first-come, first seated basis. Attendees will have the opportunity to weigh in on their favorite speakers through ballot forms. These results will be taken into account, along with the judge panel’s evaluation.
How I reclaimed my name: Your name defines you and how the world sees you.
Consciously communicating will make us feel better about our lives and our world.
Fostering "Aha" moments through Slowing Down
Your brain is the most expensive real estate you own, wouldn't it make sense for you to keep yours functioning at its optimal level?