By Melissa Ricksecker
Six hours, 14 speakers and performers, two breaks (one for sweet and one for salty treats), and more people doing live twitter feeds (#tedxcbus) than I could count added up to more that the sum of their parts at the TEDxColumbus conference that took place at CCAD’s Canzani Center auditorium on Friday, October 22. An overflow crowd of students watched the event via simulcast upstairs.
People and topics as diverse as Doug Kridler, president of The Columbus Foundation, reminding us how Columbus is a place where an “inner go” moves people to become community influencers, to Meagan Jones, a recent graduate of Columbus’ Metro High School who told how she moved seamlessly from Metro’s rigorous STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program to study history at OSU.
Throw in performances by Matt Slaybaugh, artistic director of Available Light Theatre and pianist Andrew Varner, who connected the dots of the speakers with some nice boogie-woogie piano chops, and you get a potent recipe for cranial combustion.
Check out the TEDxColumbus website www.tedxcolumbus.com for a rundown of the event. It’ll get you thinking. And maybe it’ll get you doing too. Just don’t let your head explode.
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