TEDx in Edmonds: An event that could change your life | Art & Appetite

By James Spangler | Nov 17, 2016

I first became aware of TED Talks back in 2007 when a friend posted a deeply meaningful link on her Facebook page. Meaningful, but not so meaningful that I could begin to tell you what it was about.

At the time, I thought, “How wonderful is this! There's no way this doesn't just take over all the media platforms and dominate our collective consciousness from here on out. Heck, this might even be that singularity thing that we've been waiting for. This will catapult our species to a new level of awareness!”

Well, as you probably have noticed, that didn't happen. Seems that our appetite for innovative ideas is pretty scant, after all. Although there have been many thousands of TED Talks since that time, there has also been “Duck Dynasty,” “The Bachelor” and “Dancing With the Stars.”

Nevertheless, TED Talks have had a positive impact on our culture.

Who can forget Elizabeth Gilbert’s (“Eat, Pray, Love”) fascinating observations about genius, or the lecture on the positive effects of striking power poses by social psychologist Amy Cuddy?

I feel the same sinking guilt when I think of Cuddy as I do when I think of my dentist and the unused dental floss in my bathroom cabinet.

I know it’s supposed to help, but I just don’t seem to find the time. It’s all me, not Amy – I could be a lot more powerful and have a lot less plaque, for that matter, but I'm deeply flawed, what can I say.

Brene Brown and I probably couldn’t disagree more about the importance of male vulnerability, but her talk was fascinating, and I’m richer for having experienced it.

Tim Urban’s presentation on procrastination tops my list of hilarious yet informative TED Talks.

Local billionaire Nick Hanauer’s talk on inequality gets my vote for all time most powerful and important message from a socioeconomic perspective.

“TED,” which stands for technology, entertainment and design, but which has come to also include many other subjects, has inspired and enlightened millions of us with a constant stream of new ideas, brilliantly presented by some of the best thinkers we have.

TEDx (the local, independent version of TED) has taken place in thousands of small, local venues. It’s the logical consequence of the almost limitless number of brilliant ideas that are constantly percolating in every corner of the globe.

Sno-Isle Libraries is presenting its second TEDx summit this Friday, Nov. 18, at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.

Just as last year, tickets are next to impossible to acquire at this late hour. However, there are several overflow viewing areas that will be live-streaming the events. The Edmonds Library and Edmonds Community College are two of these venues.

Seventeen local presenters will be sharing their unique worldview from a variety of fields of endeavor.

“The speakers are chosen by a team of Sno-Isle Libraries staff members, starting from a list of nominations that we solicit from the public,” Sno-Isle Libraries Director of Communications Ken Harvey said.

“But that’s just the beginning. Once chosen, the speakers go through a substantial orientation and training to help hone the presentation of their messages.”

If you're lucky enough to be free this Friday, you might consider taking in our local TEDx talks. It might just have a positive transformative impact on you.

James Spangler is the owner of Spangler Book Exchange in Edmonds and an aficionado of all things art and appetite. Do you know of a Snohomish County restaurant, art gallery or theatrical show worthy of a review? Call him at 206-795-0128 or email him at jamessspangler@gmail.com.

 

 

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