My TEDxMidAtlantic Experience

A couple of weeks ago I attended TEDx MidAtlantic at the Harman Theatre in DC. It was one of the most inspiring and educational things I have ever attended. I always watched the TED talks online, and have a few favorites like this Brad Meltzer’s talk. I always wanted to see random talks, about people I didn’t necessarily know, and just see what they had to say. I wish the TED site had a random button.

I expected attendance to be filled with creative’s like myself, but found people from all walks of life. I talked to a married couple, she’s a teacher / he’s a programmer. During one of the breaks, I met an IT professional from Richmond, and even a lady that turned out to be a general contractor.

It would be impossible for me to talk about every single person that spoke and inspired me, so I’ll hit a few of my favorites below:

  • Alessandro Acquisti ( Bio ) spoke about being self aware and said “Don’t want comfort, want freedom, even if freedom means you maybe unhappy.”
  • Erica Saben ( Bio ) performed her rope walking act after speaking about doing what you love. “Life is what happens when you stop following a well conceived plan.”
  • Jonathan Haidt ( Bio ) said “morality binds and blinds” while speaking about his website www.asteroidsclub.org and making the case to elect fewer hyper-partisan politicians and rebuilding across party relations. “Common threat’s make common ground”.
  • Charity Tillemann-Dick ( Website , @CharityTD ) Soprano and two time lung transplant survivor sang and later spoke about her life. She said “Not everything terrifying is meaningful, but most things meaningful are terrifying.”
  • Alec Ross ( Bio@AlecJRoss ) Senior Advisor for Innovation for Hillary Clinton talked about a shift in power from Hierarchy to citizens and networks of citizens. “The 21st century is a terrible time to be a control freak.”
  • Colin Powell ( Facebook Page ) spoke about the gift of a good start (which is the title of a chapter in his book). He said children need structure; that the education process begins even before a child is born and that “it ain’t were you start in life, it’s what you do in life, that determines were you end up in life.”

Here are the photos I tweeted during the event itself, you can find all my tweets in my feed here.



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