TEDxCharlotte’s Final Preparations

(Charlotte, NC) October 5, 2011 – Final preparations for TEDxCharlotte 2011 “Risk-takers and Dream-makers” are underway as October 15th approaches. The staging at Queens University of Charlotte is near completion, artists are selected, speakers are rehearsing and a title sponsor – Signature Healthcare – has signed on.
The Floating Brain
Focusing on the Technology and Design aspect of TED with a big dose of Entertainment, the TEDx team of Mike Wirth, Mike Watson, Drew Kinney, Rick Fitts and Pat Dortch are building “the Floating Brain”, which will bring the theme of “Risk-takers and Dream-makers” to life during TEDxCharlotte. The brain–constructed of wire wood, wire, polyester batting and foam, and covered polycotton –will hover above the stage, and transmit thoughts and observations throughout the day.  The structure is being assembled by the Queens University of Charlotte art club.
Mike Wirth, professor at Queens, explains, “The brain will visually communicate where dreams are created by having a variety of images and terms projected onto the sides of the brain that relate to the talks, speakers, the idea of creativity, dream-making and risk-taking. The brain relates to dreams which lead to creativity and ideas—all of which happen when we lay our heads onto pillows and sleep.”
After the conference, these new pillows will be delivered to Crisis Assistance Ministry.
Dream Makers is an exhibit designed in tandem with the TEDx Charlotte conference for 2011, shaped by Crista Cammaroto. Exhibit foci is on artwork that illustrates the transitioning states of the unconscious mind with a lucidity of melding visual metaphor. Participating artists are interdisciplinary in their craft and defy any static categorization of medium. Although this exhibit can certainly be seen as a cross section of great artists from the southeast region, works were chosen for their visual and conceptual ability speak with duality. The artists will be present to discuss and engage attendees during the breaks throughout the day. They are,

• David Wilson
• Mary Tuma
• Michael J. Marshall
• Nathaniel Lancaster
• Kit Kube
• Craig Coleman
• Shaun Cassidy
• Malena Bergmann

Signature Healthcare
Signature Healthcare has signed on as a Title Sponsor of TEDxCharlotte.  A local practice, they provide concierge and executive healthcare. Signature Healthcare serves the Charlotte community by participating in various philanthropic groups, most notably with the HeartBright Foundation as members of the Medical Advisory Board, and as volunteers with the Cardiac Resource Center, a free clinic in the South Tryon community. During the breaks, TEDxCharlotte attendees can visit Signature Healthcare’s Relaxation Lounge for a mini massage, a blood pressure check and meet the physicians.

“The most important lesson a doctor learns is to listen to one’s patient. The same is true for a community. How can you know what a community needs until you’ve had a finger on its pulse?  That requires engagement, involvement, and listening.  We believe TEDxCharlotte is a great forum that engages our community and shares the best ideas and practices this community has to offer,” explains Marshall Silverman, MD.
The following speakers are confirmed and will be in attendance. However, JD Lewis and his sons Jackson and Buck are planned to be transmitting via Skype from a remote Buddhist monastery as they are currently on their 12-month “Twelve in Twelve” journey around the world.

Rebekah Fergusson, Documentary Filmmaker
Kirsten Hemmy, Poet/Educator
David Johnson, photographer/Founder, Silent Images
JD Lewis, Jackson Lewis, Buck Lewis, Founders, Twelve in Twelve/Bloggers/Humanitarians
Manny Ohonme, Sports Hero/Founder, Samaritans Feet
Dr. Mark Moore, NASA Scientist
Charla Muller, Author of 365 Nights
Susan Harbage Page, Artist
Dolph Ramseur, Founder, Ramseur Records
Scott Swimmer, Founder, drumSTRONG
Loan Tran, Human Rights Advocate/Student
Max Wallace, Hackerspace Charlotte

The Afterparty
TEDxtra—the official after party of TEDxCharlotte hosted by Emcee Mike Watson–will take place at Butter at the NC Music Factory. Free admission and TEDxCharlotte drink specials plus a hot playlist from DJ Edouard. The party starts at 5:00PM after the conclusion of TEDxCharlotte.
We do recommend carpooling, public transport, cycling or walking to the event, if possible.  Though limited, free parking is available, and maps will be posted on the TEDxCharlotte web site three days prior to the event date – October 15th.
The TEDxCharlotte volunteer organizers continue to work diligently to provide a stage from which to present original, thought-provoking ‘ideas worth spreading’. The all-volunteer team strives for the highest standards of authenticity, transparency and inclusion.

http://www.tedxcharlotte.com / http://www.twitter.com/tedxcharlotte / http://www.youtube.com/tedxcharlotte

TEDxCharlotte media contact: Sarah Hada, sarah_hada@hotmail.com, @sarahada

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
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TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
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