Food: (N) any nutritious substance that people eat or drink in order to maintain life and growth- a human necessity, a basic right, and yet, there are countless communities across the country without access to clean and healthy nourishment. In 2008, Robin Emmons set out to plant the seeds of change to make a difference, founding Sow Much Good. Experiencing through her brother the detrimental effects of malnutrition, and lack of access to wholesome food in the communities around her, Robin dedicated herself to putting an end to obstacles in our food system that largely affect the poorer and working populations. Since starting the project,Read More →

  Valaida Fullwood – Author, “Giving Back” and Charles Thomas – Photographer, “Giving Back” Valaida Fullwood is a true multi-hyphenate: writer, project strategist, and award-winning author who together with Photographer Charles Thomas, created “Giving Back,” a book of stories and images that reframe portraits of philanthropy, which won the McAdam Book Award in 2012. The two have known each other for five years and speak together around the country. In addition to being the Photographer of “Giving Back,” Charles Thomas is the Executive Director of Queen City Forward, which works to help socially conscious entrepreneurs meet what he calls their triple bottom line: people, planning, and profit. TheRead More →

When you hear people talk about the Charlotte craft beer scene, you may wonder what exactly is a craft brew? Craft breweries produce 6 million barrels or less Microbreweries produce 15,000 barrels or less A brew pub is where 25% or more of the beer is sold on site Nanobreweries and home brewers also produce small batches of tasty craft brew concoctions Deeply rooted in homebrewing, the craft beer industry is unlimiting American beer culture. It has even has helped to repeal laws which helped make opening microbreweries easier. In 1978 homebrewing was finally re-legalized in the United States, in the years that followed theseRead More →

It’s a rare opportunity to get the story of the “snappy” lady behind the lens. Deborah Triplett is not only a TEDxCharlotte organizer several years going, she’s also been documenting and capturing all the happenings before, during and after the TEDxCharlotte event as one of our principal photographers.  Through her lens, we see the story of the TEDxCharlotte journey- past, present and future. Learn a thing or two about the gifted and fun Deborah Triplett in our interview below. What do you love about TEDx? The diversity of ideas that are shared. The intellect involved – creativity – heart & hope. It does a body good.Read More →

You’ve seen the logistics video.  You know where to go, where to park, and what to do.  But do you wonder what you will be eating at TEDxCharlotte this Friday?  Well, wonder no more because we have your day-of menu from Harvest Moon Grille! Breakfast will be served from 9:00am till 9:45am.  There will be coffee to help spark unlimited ideas!  Your taste buds and  stomach will pleased with the assorted Danish, muffins, organic apples, and fruit juices. Lunch will be served from 12:00pm till 1:30pm with plenty of time for networking and sharing ideas.  The lunch menu includes: Chicken Salad Wraps Roasted Veggie WrapsRead More →

Only a few more days left until TEDxCharlotte 2013! Here are some key facts that YOU need to know! Location. The even will be held at the Silver Hammer Studios in the NC Music Factory in uptown Charlotte. WATCH THIS VIDEO to get the lay of the land! Parking. There will be free parking in designated areas. There will be signs pointing you to these areas. Please arrive early to get a spot! Registration. Upon walking into the building, you will have to register. There will be signs designating you on where you need to go. Registration starts at 9 AM and you will needRead More →

Cassie Parsons @harvestmoonclt                         Chad Henderson @beermadchad                       Valaida Fullwood  @ValaidaF & Charles Thomas   @sankofaphotog     Dale Mullennix  @Urban_Ministry                         jocElyn ellis  @mindofjE   Manny Ohonme  @Samaritans_Feet   Molly Barker  @MollyBarkerGOTR   Patricia Shafer       DJ: ThatGuySmitty @thatguysmitty     Robin Emmons @sowmuchgood     Karla Williams     Mike Watson@emcmike     JD, Buck and Jackson Lewis @twelveintwelve   Leave a comment below and connect with the author, KatieRead More →

Manny Ohonme, Samaritan’s Feet International Manny Ohonme was inspired to start Samaritan’s Feet International after his difficult childhood in Lagos, Nigeria. Growing up, he didn’t even have shoes. His life changed when a stranger from Wisconsin gave him his first pair of shoes. He went on to get a full basketball scholarship in the U.S. and eventually earned a Master’s degree in International Business. Although he became successful, he never forgot his home country and has been giving back since the founding of his nonprofit in 2003. Here, Ohonme reveals what he’ll discuss at TEDxCharlotte on Feb. 15! TEDxCharlotte: What do you plan to talk about atRead More →

Though Dale describes himself as “someone who is not all that comfortable describing himself,” his many achievements in social justice entrepreneurship around the Charlotte area paint an admirable and fascinating picture. From helping to bring Habitat for Humanity to Charlotte, along with a small group of pastors, to creating the Share-a-Home of Charlotte program, Dale has continually demonstrated that an individual’s passion truly can create significant, positive change. In his current position as Executive Director of the Urban Ministry Center of Charlotte, Dale and his community partners have been working to end local homelessness, with “efforts known for their innovation and reliance on talented, compassionateRead More →

Jackson Lewis, of the Twelve in Twelve Foundation has accomplished so much, and done so much good in the world, particularly for his age.  He has traveled the world with his family and touched the lives of others internationally.  He has documented it all in his blog,, has done what many of us can only dream to do and seen places most of us can only dream to see. Yet many of us do dream to see the world to the same extent as Jackson.  All of us have causes for which we hope to contribute our time and efforts towards, to the same extent thatRead More →