Amidst the flow of good cheer and craft beer at the TEDxCharlotte Open House at NoDa Brewing Company last night, the crowd got a sneak peek of the TEDxCharlotte 2013 UNLIMITED – Ideas Take Shape video teaser and speaker lineup.
Myjive’s Ron Edelen and Eddie Paik, TEDxCharlotte’s Candice Langston and Assistant Professor, Department of Dance, College of Arts + Architecture at UNCC, Kim Jones, and Donell Stines-Jones came together to masterfully visualize the 2013 theme of “UNLIMITED – Ideas Take Shape” in a one-minute video teaser. Stunning dancers tumbled and slid across the floor, their sleek movements varied and striking under the sophisticated edginess of Danny Paquette and Shelton Clinard’s videography. Like tiny water droplets gliding and pooling together, the dancers’ bodies unite to form one shape.
From world traveller to grow-local restauranteur, from wealth manager to homelessness fighter, this year’s roster of speakers come to the stage to from all walks of life to explore how ideas come together to form a community and inform many. They include:
Manny Ohonme – Founder, Samaritans Feet – Welcome Address
Patricia Shafer – Founder, Mothering Across Continents
Cassie Parsons – Award-winning Chef and Restauranteur and Owner, Grateful Growers Farm
Dale Mullennix – Executive Director, Urban Ministries Center of Charlotte
Molly Barker – Founder, Girls on the Run
Robin Emmons – Founder, Sow Much Good
Chad Henderson – Award-winning Brewmaster, NoDa Brewing Company
Karla Williams – Principal, The Williams Group
JD, Buck and Jackson Lewis – Founders, Twelve in Twelve
Jocelyn Ellis – Singer, Songwriter
Check for updates to speakers biographies on the website, http://www.tedxcharlotte.com/speakers.
December 26-January 2, tickets go on pre-sale for past attendees. January 3, tickets go on sale to the public. For more information, go to http://www.tedxcharlotte.com/attend.
Past TEDxCharlotte speakers and performances are available for viewing at http://www.YouTube.com/TEDxCharlotte. Liveblogs of speakers are available at http://www.tedxcharlotte.com/. TEDxCharlotte organizers 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.
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.
TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.
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.
For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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