TEDxGainesville | Courageous Conversations

  • 09 Feb 2019
  • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Cade Museum - 811 S Main Street, Gainesville, FL

Saturday, February 9, 2019
Cade Museum
811 S Main St, Gainesville, FL 32601



The mission of TEDxGainesville is to inspire courageous conversations that open minds and transform the Greater Gainesville community. Participants will have the opportunity to be immersed in both live and video presentations, and to participate in facilitated discussion sessions that will take place in open social spaces. Live presentations will consist of some of the most inspirational speakers and performers from the Gainesville area. While the event is limited to 100 participants, the presentations will be broadcast in real-time in the nearby Depot Park area to encourage community involvement.

Courageous Conversations is conceptualized along four themes:

P2P – Person to Person Conversations: The P2P theme challenges us to begin the difficult, often uncomfortable, conversations that might occur between two people or a small group people.

Societal Conversations: The societal conversations theme brings to light issues that highlight inequities in our world and present innovative solutions.

Innovative Conversations: The innovation theme envisions conversations that challenge us to think about something in a different and new way.

Breakthrough Conversations: This theme invites speakers to challenge us to engage in conversations that tackle novel ideas.

We are looking for ideas that

 - inspire and invite conversations
 - challenge our conceptions of what is possible
 - expose us to cutting edge ideas and solutions
 - reflect new voices that may not have been heard before
 - represent diverse speakers by demographic, ethnicity, background and/or topic

We will reject ideas that

 - vague or underdeveloped or unsupported by data
 - purely motivation or personal in nature
 - already ubiquitous
 - are motivated by or seek to promote corporate, political, or religious agendas


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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on 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.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.

More Information

Event Website: https://tedxgainesville.org/ 

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TEDxGainesville/

Media Contact: John Coffill, john.s.coffill@rrd.com

Presenter Info: Ester de Jong, edejong@coe.ufl.edu

Sponsorship Info: Kevin Spellicy, spellicy@campbellspellicy.com

Volunteer Info: Jennifer Phelps, jphelps@digitalbcast.com

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