A team from Bohlsen Group joined TEDx Indianapolis at Hilbert Circle Theater on Oct. 21, curious to hear the crop of “next big ideas” selected for Indy. An urban vintner, a geographer, a pastor and numerous entrepreneurs comprised this year’s speakers. But it’s who wasn’t there that has us mulling over how the event could be better next year.
In case you’re not familiar, TED Talks is a national conference where speakers share world-changing ideas in concise snippets—published in popular online videos. TEDx is an independent local conference.
Indy Star’s Erika D. Smith published a noteworthy wish list of future TEDx Indianapolis speakers. Like Erika, we’ve been thinking about the vast network of native Hoosiers who are in the cutting edge of their fields across the country and the world.
Next year, let’s dip into the deep pool of tech talent here in Indy. Let’s tap into the alumni networks from our state schools. Let us think big, and make bigger asks.
That being said, we had a glimpse on Oct. 21 of what’s possible when community leaders share big ideas. Here are a few of the big takeaways each of our team members took away from TEDx Indianapolis 2014:
Emily Wilson: I found the concept of finding and telling stories about people and places that are otherwise invisible to society deeply compelling. As a PR pro, I already recognized the importance of storytelling, but DeAmon Harges (Roving Listener at Indy’s Broadway United Methodist Church) made me think about the secret gifts we all possess that are just waiting to be unveiled.
Vicki Bohlsen: My biggest takeaway was to walk and talk, to do walking meetings at work. The idea came from Nilofer Merchant’s video talk.
Jessica Redden: I think my takeaway was really centered on the importance of being present. I think it’s easy to get caught up in the need to constantly move forward, but a lot of the presentations emphasized the significance of our current experiences and actually being present within them or making changes within them, and thus finding a way to move toward new ideas and ways of thinking as a result. I think it was Mansfield Frazier who kind of tied this idea back to our environment when he said “You shouldn’t have to move to live in a better neighborhood.” That resonated with me.
Mandy Bray: I really enjoyed the reminder from Ed Woodham that art should be accessible and life-changing for everyone, not just in a place where we would expect to encounter “Art,” but seamlessly integrated into the environment. This quote stuck with me: “Art is anytime anyone of any age sees the world in a new way.” Woodham’s organization, Art in Odd Places, has a public art exhibit right now on Market Street in downtown Indy.
Susan Davis: My takeaway was to use TED Talks videos as a free Continuing Education tool for our staff—for example, TED Talks Tuesdays during the lunch hour. View free TED Talks at: www.ted.com
Did you attend the TEDx Indianapolis event? Tweet us your wish list speaker @BohlsenGroup.