There's hardly such thing as too much TED, but its presence in Cincinnati is getting a little confusing. There are a number of different TEDx events popping up this spring, each with a different theme and set of speakers. Each of the three impending events are to follow the same format as the original TEDTalks, but the TEDx Cincinnati events are independently organized and executed, although each procures a license to do so from TED. (The "x" constitutes an independently organized TED event — find others all over the world here.)
For audience members looking to juice up their noggins, this is a good thing. More events means more opportunity for thought-provoking discussion and debate, and more chances to examine critical issues affecting Cincinnati populations and otherwise.
With TED's presence looming around Cincinnati this spring, there's no excuse to not visit at least one TEDx talk. Open your mind, feed your soul, tickle your conscience. Be aware, though, that each event requires either an RSVP or a request for tickets, so it's best to start thinking about it early.
Various TEDx events around Cincinnati are as follows. What peaks your interest?
TEDxCincinnatiChange - Saturday, April 7, St. Michael’s Art Sanctuary
Theme: "Big Picture, Small Details," set to examine issues with global and local impact and zeroing in on small details to make big ideas work. This a satellite event of a national TEDxChange, which marks a partnership between TED and the Melinda Gates Foundation. The Cincinnati event will kick off with a live streaming of a TEDxChange talk from Berlin.
Click here for a current list of speakers or to nominate a worthy candidate. Speakers are still being selected and finalized.
Find the application for a TEDxCincinnatiChange ticket here. If you're selected (there's somewhat of an application process), you'll be invited to purchase a ticket on a sliding scale from $20-$100, based on what you can afford.
* This branch, TEDxCincinnati, is also set to host a TEDxYouth and TEDxWomen discussion in December. Other TEDxCincinnati talks are still in the works.
TEDxXavierUniversity - Thursday, April 26, 1-5 p.m., Cintas Center's Schiff Banquet Hall. Free.
Theme: "Touching the hearts and minds of others through innovation, service, and leadership," which will bring together leaders stimulating change in leadership and service for the greater good.
Click here for a current list of speakers.
RSVPs are being accepted on a waitlist basis. Apply for a seat here.
TEDxCincy - Thursday, May 10, SCPA
Theme: "Plugged and Unplugged: The Crossroads of Technology and Artisanship."
Details on this event, including a list of speakers, is expected to be released next week. Check TedxCincy's Facebook page for updates. RSVP information, theme details and price is TBA.