TED Talks in Coconut Grove

By: Rebecca Cofino/ Blogger

Is your life what you want it to be? Are you able to translate your dreams into your reality? Are living to the boundaries of your potential?

The phenomenal of TED Talks tackles these types of big ideas and more. If you don’t know about TED, let me fill you in. TED began as a conference in 1982 to share ideas from three disciplines: Technology, Entertainment and Design. At the conference speakers shared creative and innovative ideas. It took off. Now TED has grown to be the most powerful inspirational speaking organization in the world. Their two annual conferences in the US, in Long Beach and Palm Springs, are hot-ticket items and people spend thousands of dollars to attend and be inspired by leading innovators like Bill Gates, Al Gore and Jane Goodall.

Most people can’t afford to attend these conferences, but they can see those speeches broadcast on TED’s website and also now on late night TV. On September 28, Coconut Grove will host an independent TED conference at the Lewis Auditorium, sponsored by Ransom Everglades School. This is the first year of what organizers (and I) hope will become an annual event. Coconut Grove is the perfect location to hold such an event. Residents here are concerned about ideas relating to the living ethically, responsibly and creatively.

The conference will take place from noon until 9 pm. The ticket is $50 ($10 for students) and includes dinner catered by some of the Grove’s best restaurants. Attendees will listen to various speakers from all sorts of backgrounds approach the theme: Square One: The Power of Reinvention. The diversity of speakers will surely reflect a broad spectrum of ideas. TED’s motto is Ideas Worth Sharing. At Coconut Grove’s event, speakers include a teacher, a horticulturist, a physician, a writer, a memory champion among others. There will also be live performances by Fushu Daiko, the New Birth Baptist Church Gospel Choir and Reckless Youth.

You have to attend the conference in order to know exactly what will be said. The only guarantee is that you will be inspired. Perhaps at the end of the conference, you will answer my original three questions differently.


TEDxCoconutGrove is coming to Coconut Grove on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 12 pm to 9 pm.

The event is being held at:

Ransom Everglades School, Lewis Family Auditorium, 3575 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

TEDxCoconutGrove is an independently organized TEDx event that will bring the inspiration of the TED conference to Ransom Everglades School. Featuring ideas and passions from our community, we hope to foster a day of “ideas worth spreading” with distinguished and dynamic speakers confirmed. They include:

Emilio Estefan – Musician/Producer

Joe Greer – Founder of Camillus House

Pamela Golbin – Museum Curator at the Louvre, Paris

Phil Lord – Writer/Producer/Director (21 jump street/How I Met your Mother/Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs)

Jamer Jiler – Founder of Urban Greenworks

Thelma Gibson – Nurse and Activist

Nelson Dellis – Memory Champion and Alzheimer’s activist

For their bios and information on all our speakers, please visit www.tedxcoconutgrove.org

TED believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world. Over 20 years ago, TED started a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design, but it has become a phenomenon that embraces and appeals to people in all fields, of all ages, in every part of the world. Our TEDxCoconutGrove will bring the excitement and optimism of TED to our community.

At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. TEDx gives communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently. We have been licensed by TED, but are independently organized.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $10 for students – the ticket price includes dinner provided by La Bottega, Jaguar, Peacock Garden Cafe, Gazpacho Alcaraz, Glaser’s Organic Farms, Akashi and Misha’s cupcakes.

Any unused food will be donated to Camillus House and delivered to those in need by Feeding South Florida and any proceeds from our event will go to funding future TEDxCoconutGrove events.

The theme for our event �Square One: The Power of Reinvention� was developed initially by Madison Papir, RE �13. Madison herself was inspired by a TED Talk, that of Temple Grandin, to think about different kinds of minds and to value the opportunities provided by �square one� rather than wallow in frustrations or disappointments. Square One, we believe, is a place for new ideas, new meanings, and new creations, and our TEDx is certain to empower our audience to appreciate the new perspective Square One can provide to them. We want to involve the entire Coconut Grove community in celebrating the idea of square one as a place of reinvention.

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