Our presenters, sponsors, and volunteers–not to mention an ethusiastic, engaged and dynamic audience–helped make the inaugural TEDxRiversideAvondale an outstanding success. Back in March of this year, when the organizing team first came together, our one goal was to create a program that would promote positive change by disseminating ideas worth sharing. On October 20th, that goal was beautifully realized.
It was a day of revelation and inspiration. We blasted off into the eternal cosmic sea with Jon Cowart and peered into the future of space travel. Wayne Wood made a strong case for us to respect our landmarks of the past while not forgetting those of the future. Bill Miller and Parvez Ahmed helped us realized that we must include social equity into our decision-making process and that choices without conscience are not sustainable. Who can forget how important it is to feed our minds, our relationships, and our curiosities? We think that Dr. Bert Herring would agree that events such as TEDxRiversideAvondale certainly accomplished all three. Maybe just maybe, we can live longer by having opportunities such as these made more available. And of course, quality of life must include an understanding of our interdependence with the natural world around us. One cannot reach out into the cosmos without first taking on one’s responsibility as a steward of Spaceship Earth.
And then there was the incredible variety of music! Could there be a better preface to Roger Nierenberg than the musical textures and complexities offered up by both the violin and cello of Aurica Duca and Sophia Zappi? How about the transcendental reverberations of Mike Pearson’s guitar as he accompanied Lauren Finchem? Or the pictures painted of a lonesome cowboy stepping off the bus in Nashville as sung by Louise Mosrie and Anna Denison? Was it you that we saw dancing or swaying while Morton Perry and Zack Wing jammed on stage? What incredible energy! And speaking about energy… Shhh… did you hear him? Did you hear Al Letson weave his magical story-telling, captivating everyone in the audience? What an inspiration!
Shhh… did you feel it? Did you feel the energy in the room throughout the breaks and into the afterglow party?
That was YOU.
You were a key component to making TEDxRiversideAvondale the success that it was and we applaud you for that! It is our sincere hope that you keep the momentum of that day going, through the new relationships that you have made and ideas that you have shared. You are the pioneers; the first to experience what we hope will be an annual tradition of TEDx Talks right here in River City.
If inspiration is the seed of change, then on October 20th, together, we planted quite a garden.
We’ll be posting videos of each presentation as soon as editing is complete, but for now, check out Ed Hall’s terrific cartoon’s from TEDxRiversideAvondale. Also, Kirk Chamberlain has posted some terrific photos of the day here. Enjoy!