If you aren’t familiar with the TED movement, let me tell you – you’ve been missing out! TED is an organization committed to Ideas Worth Spreading. The TED movement began in 1984 as a way to bring people together from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Now, the scope is even broader! Using the TED concept, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. On October 23, 2010 the TED movement came to Flint, MI. Thanks to the vision of Kevin Simpson, Flint experienced an event like never before.
I was fortunate enough to be a speaker for this inaugural event, along with 15 great minds. My fellow speakers all delivered powerful messages and truly had Ideas Worth Spreading. Ideas ranging from Sophia Taylor’s “Rehabin Da Hood” to Mike Antonacci’s “Walking up the Down Escalator”. As speakers, it was our charge to take a strategic approach in developing our TED Talks, by using Flint as an acronym: Focus. Learn. Innovate. Nurture. Transform.
Kevin Simpson, who organized TEDxFlint along with Kettering University’s Daniel Kurin, Dr. Doug Melton, and Brian Beck are truly to be commended for their efforts. A new flame has been lit in Flint, MI – a flame of ideas that I pray will never die. For more, and upcoming, information on TEDxFlint and the speakers visit: www.tedxflint.com
With God, nothing is impossible…