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My first TEDx experience
My first TEDx experience

GRAND RAPIDS, MI -  I just attended my first TEDx session and it was an eye-opening experience.  TEDx Grand Rapids drew a sold out crow of 600 people to the Civic Theatre downtown. 

A diverse group of 16 speakers from different areas of expertise shared their ideas on innovation.   One of the speakers summed TEDxGR this way:  this allows communities to come together and reimagine the way we do things.  Some of the ideas:

  • Sheryl Connelly, a futurist from Ford Motor Company, talked how Ford considered the possibility of oil hitting $100 per gallon, so Ford never sought the federal government's bailout money.
  • Sam Harrington, Ecovotive Design, talked about his bio degradable product called "Ecocradle", which can replace petroleum based Styrofoam that does not break down in landfills.
  • Mickey McManus, from Maya, asked us to “imagine that we live in a future and anyone can make anything and make it right.”
  • Christina Keller, Cascade Engineering, talked about how to help poor developing countries.
  • Layli Miller-Muro, Tahirih Justice Center, focused on how to protect women from human rights abuses around the world.
  • Gabor George Burt, author of the book "Slingshot”, says an innovation conference is a perfect way to bring everyone together and have a shared vision of what a city like Grand Rapids can be.

TEDx is inspired by the annual TED conferences, which are global events that draw thousands of people, who want to hear from some of the most innnovative people froma round the world.

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