TEDx Talks from TEDxJacksonville’s October 2014 conference, (un)knowing, are being made available to the public for the first time at YouTube.com/TEDxJacksonville. The 12 Talks by local and international speakers were recorded live during a 300-person conference at WJCT on October 25.
While each Talk is relevant to Jacksonville and issues timely to our community, in true TED fashion the 12 Talks cover a broad range of topics from art as a medium for social change, to the prevalence of murder among black males, to assigning gender identities, to placemaking and urban planning.
TEDxJacksonville is licensed by TED to independently organize TED-like events throughout the city of Jacksonville, year-round. This year’s capstone live conference was themed (un)knowing and asked the question: What knowledge if unlearned, would open minds? Conference attendees were challenged to think beyond their limits, shift perceptions and explore tensions between the known, unknown and vastness of potential. The twelve Talks were curated in four sessions classified as follows:
- “Belonging to the Universe,” from local environmental lawyer Warren Anderson
- “We Don’t Have a Privacy Problem,” from Cullen Hoback, documentary filmmaker and director of “Terms And Conditions May Apply” from Los Angeles.
- “Art – A Powerful Conduit for Change,” from Jacksonville expressionist artist also known Keith Haring’s Ghost, Chip Southworth
- “When Your Mind Works Against You,” from nonprofit consultant and leadership coach, Ted Powell
- “Where am I? The Power of Uniqueness,” from Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow for sustainable development at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C.
- “Reimagining Urban Space: Sustainability and Creativity in the City,” from Ali Butcher – geographer, historian and city-enthusiast from Vancouver, Canada
- “Gender Bound: Lessons from the World Between,” from Judi Herring- Jacksonville-based urologist
- “The Dynamic Future of Neuroscience,” from Spring Behrouz, neuroscientist, One Spark Winner and founder of Neuro Initiative
- “Beyond Face Value: Unraveling Perceptions to Look Past Physical Disabilities,” from Sara Gaver, student at the University of North Florida majoring in Mathematics
- “How to Survive and Execution,” from Herb Donaldson, playwright, freelance writer and book author from Wakulla, Florida
- “Black Murder is Normal,” from Michael T. Smith – counselor, philosopher, Senior Pastor at the Church of Jacksonville
- “Swimmin’ with Existential Gators, Gone with the Wind, and the Geography of Self,” from Aman Mojadidi, Afghan artist and TED Fellow who resides in Paris
Later this month, the individual musical performances from TEDxJacksonville (un)knowing by Jacksonville-rooted musicians JJ Grey, Mama Blue, Joseph Shuck and The John Carver Band, as well as the conference closing, audience-acclaimed group performance of Sam Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” will be uploaded to YouTube and available to view and share online.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) TEDxJacksonville exists to open minds with inspired ideas. Learn more about TEDxJacksonville at http://www.TEDxJacksonville.com, on Twitter @TEDxJax and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TEDxJacksonville.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast event in nearby Whistler. The annual TEDGlobal conference will be held this October in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.