First Meredith TEDx Event A Success

More than 60 students, faculty and staff gathered in Carswell Auditorium on Saturday for Meredith’s first TEDx event. Presentations given by student and faculty presenters centered on the theme, “Through a Sustainable Lens: Economic, Educational and Environmental Sustainability.”

Kristen Gallagher, ’13, organizer of the event, hoped those in attendance would have their definition of sustainability stretched beyond just “being green.” Through presentations that covered multiple definitions of the word, attendees were challenged to think about the social, political, and environmental impacts of the daily choices they make.

On Facebook, attendee Samantha Noland, ’16, remarked, “It was an awesome event. It has inspired me to look at things differently and try new things!”

For those who could not attend, all of the TEDx talks on Saturday were filmed and will be posted on TEDxMeredithCollege’s Youtube channel.

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.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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