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.

2014

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.

Watch TEDxCharlotte 2014 online on the day of the event through Livestream.

Feb 21

LIVE: Melissa Mummert

Category: Video

“Most days, I go jail willingly.” – Melissa Mummert She never really knows who is going to come in. Sometimes they come in for selling drugs, getting caught shop lifting, and sometimes she has already seen them on the news for allegedly doing horrible things. There are hundreds of women from all walks of life [...]

Feb 21

LIVE: Carol Quillen

Category: Video

Carol grew up reading in the “she likes books more than people” kind of way. She read anything and everything. Many of her sharpest and most important experiences have come through encounters with books. One such encounter is what she focuses her talk on today. Advancing Luna by Alice Walker is a story about two [...]

Feb 15

LIVE: Robin Emmons

Category: Media

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 [...]

Feb 15

LIVE: Karla Williams

Category: Media, News

“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 [...]

Feb 15

LIVE: Molly Barker

Category: Media, News

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 [...]

Feb 15

Dear Congress: A Letter from Molly Barker

Category: Media, News

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 [...]

Feb 15

LIVE: Dale Mullennix

Category: Media, News

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 [...]