Robin Emmons starts her afternoon talk at TEDxCharlotte with a personal story. She quit her Corporate America job in 2008 so she could take care of her homeless older brother. He had been living on the streets for a decade. Emmons decided to follow her brother through the prison and mental health system until the [...]
TEDxCharlotte 2014 comes together on February 21st.
Unexpected: Converging Contradictions
It’s inevitable. Ideas are everywhere and mixing them together with different perspectives brings out fresh ones from new faces. Let’s discover how converging ideas you never thought would come together results in ideas that are remarkably fresh, brave, bold... and unexpected.
Join an intimate fourth edition of TEDxCharlotte. Our upcoming conference will continue a fresh tradition of focusing on brilliant speakers, but the event will be smaller due to a new TEDx license. That means we can only offer 100 in-person seats to both returning and new attendees who apply and embody the TED-spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading.” Tickets are free. The conference takes place at The Chop Shop on February 21, 2014. If you can’t make it, please join or host a Viewing Party and encourage others to apply.
“I think this was a setup,” began Karla Williams, addressing the emerging theme of this year’s TEDxCharlotte. “Holy cow! If I were your age, and I was sitting in this audience, whatever age you are, I’d be thinking ‘This is a very big world, how am I going to find that place, if I haven’t [...]
Molly Barker gets out of the “leader box” and discovers that she is a leader in her letter to Congress. Read it here. Molly Barker Veteran TEDxCharlotte speaker Molly Barker is the founder of Girls on the Run. Through the organization, Molly has helped girls all over North America understand that it’s OK if [...]
Dear Congress: I’ve been wanting to write you for awhile. I need to come clean with you. I haven’t liked the way you seem to communicate with each other. There appears to be a lot of name-calling, bullying and downright mean-spiritedness. If we can’t respect each other within our own house, how can we possible [...]
The theme of big ideas and big dreams continued with Dale Mullennix, from Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte, who described his dream to end homelessness. But Mullennix decided to take it one step further: “How about how to end homelessness and heal your own soul at the same time.” Most people don’t want to talk [...]
Chad Henderson told the audience at TEDxCharlotte about his typical work day. He starts at 4 a.m. and by 4:30 a.m. he’s already sweating, running numbers in his head about temperature and ingredients while carrying heavy bags and hops. The man is non-stop, and all before 6 a.m. But all Henderson can think is, “God, [...]
jocElyn Ellis kicked off the afternoon session of TEDxCharlotte with the inspirational song, “Dawn of Inspiration,” a song that encourages people to be limitless in their thinking and actions, whether they are a performance artist like her or work at a 9-to-5 desk job. “Art is in everything that we do,” said Ellis. “Once you [...]