TED Talk Spinoff: TEDxRaleigh Tickets Go On Sale Feb. 19

TED Talk Spinoff Comes to Town
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Presenters set to talk at the March 19 TEDxRaleigh conference. Pictured from left are Jeff Singh, Peyton Holland, Nilda Cosco, Darian Colbert, Veena Misra, Bill Cummings, Lynette Lewis, Doug Stewart, Wayne Anderson, Jason Goldberg, Larry Burk and Michael Penney.

You’ve heard about TED Talks — short, powerful talks on technology, entertainment and design and other topics drawing audiences across the nation. They’ve spawned TEDx Talks that bring local people together to share a TED-like experience. At 10 a.m., Friday, Feb. 19, tickets go on sale for a March 19 TEDxRaleigh conference from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Nash Hall at 136 East Morgan St. in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are expected to sell out quickly. UPDATE: Tickets are now sold out.

TEDxRaleigh will feature 14 innovative thinkers with 13 compelling stories—ranging from CEOs to a magician to a high school student — chosen from an application pool of about 250 Triangle residents. They will be speaking on the theme “Wonderlust,” defined by being in a constant state of wonder and awe. 

“It was an extremely competitive selection process this year, and we ultimately narrowed it down to some of the most interesting people and stories to ever grace Raleigh’s stage,” says Kevin Snyder, TEDxRaleigh curator. “The vision for TEDxRaleigh is to focus entirely on people living and working within this great city. There’s so much Raleigh has to offer, and these enormously impactful individuals have something truly beautiful to share. It’s going to be an event to remember!”

Browse TEDxRaleigh.org  to buy tickets that include options for half- or full-day attendance. If you can’t go, you can join in the discussion at facebook.com/tedxraleightwitter.com/TEDxRaleigh and instagram.com/tedxraleigh. Ticket prices are $65 (full day w/ lunch); $50 (full day no lunch); $30 (1/2 day either morning or afternoon).

The 2016 TEDxRaleigh presenters include:

• Peyton Holland, executive director SkillsUSA North Carolina: An entertaining case for valuing American’s education differently, respecting skill equally (whether the trade is a plumber or cardiologist) and empowering students with opportunities to explore their passion.

• Nilda Cosco, North Carolina State University College of Design, Natural Learning Initiative: Exploring how being outdoors and gardening are huge child development opportunities.

• Wayne Anderson, magician: Using magic as a metaphor, Anderson will implore the audience to “find your joy,” whether early or late like he did at age 55.

• Jeff Singh, writer/speaker/coach: An interactive journey to step out of how we see the world and reawaken common humanity to take a radically different approach to solving the world’s problems.

• Veena Misra, director of NSF ASSIST Center and Professor at NCSU: A jarring talk about health-monitoring devices that don't need a battery, running off the power of your own body heat and motion to help us move from managing illness to managing wellness.

• Ricky Hopper, lead software developer at DXLab Design: A case that artists will create the future of technology, elevating people from building "stuff" to creating experiences.

• Larry Burk, holistic radiologist at Duke University Medical Center: Stimulating research on warning dreams derived from studies of cancer patients that aims to return dreams to a position of importance in the medicine of the future.

• Dhvani Bhatia, (pictured below) high school student at Apex High and member of the school's award-winning Academy of Information Technology: An exploration of the word “no,” which currently symbolizes rejection and inhibits people from traveling outside comfort zones to discover the undiscovered.

• Jason Goldberg, international speaker and coach with MEometry: The consideration that people can create imagination, engineer enthusiasm and manufacture fascination, regardless of the situation — from the inside out.

• Michael Penney, entrepreneur, military mentorship, podcaster and author: An empowering talk on how everyone has the ability to add value to every situation, empowering those of us who wish to add positivity into our world.

• Lynette Lewis, self-employed, The Lewis Leadership Group LLC: A heart-felt talk of Lewis’ first-hand loss and grief, and how a few crucial Live-Again moves can lead to a sustainable, wonder-full life.

• Bill Cummings, CEO and cofounder of Lemonade International; and Darian Colbert, CEO and founder of Cohesion Network: A conversation on how people from diverse backgrounds can live, work and serve in solidarity with each other by leaning in to the idea that the best version of "me" is "we."

• Doug Stewart, Dale Carnegie Training: A touching personal story from feeling like the victim of a learning disability to the realization that he was a victim of his own thinking, all through the unlocked secret of mentorship in the digital age.

Close to 50,000 TEDx talks have been given at 10,000 events since the TEDx program launched in 2009. 

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