TedxAkron 2017 at The Goodyear Theater

by Floco Torres

We spoke last month about the term “entrepreneurship” and its potential overuse when it’s not clearly defined. The internationally recognized media organization, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has been giving the term meaning while encouraging community members to see themselves as gatekeepers of ideas worth spreading. TED has been providing general guidance for TEDx events in cities all over the world. At the Goodyear Theater on Saturday, May 20, Akron will host its first TEDxAkron event since 2011.

TED was founded by architect and designer Richard Saul Wurman in 1984 and began as a conference (that still happens yearly) focusing on technology and design. In its 33 years, TED has expanded to cover science, art, education and more. Thousands of TED Talks are online for free viewing, and some of these talks have launched careers into the stratosphere. I was even able to cross “Ted Talk” off my bucket list in the summer of 2012 when I spoke at TedxMacon down in Georgia.

TEDxAkron, like other TED talks, is self-organized and will feature 13 speakers throughout the evening. From Jim Mullen, United Way of Summit County’s seventh President and CEO, to Kara Ulmer, Director of the World Relief Akron office focusing on refugee resettlement, the stage is set for an array of perspective on Akron’s future. Organizers Sam Faletta and Ned Parks did a great job in assembling a group of speakers that are not only diverse in background but in career paths and energy.

Being a Tedx speaker is definitely good to have on your resume, but being an attendee is just as powerful. It’s not everyday you get to be in the same room with this many like-minded individuals with this many jewels to drop. If you need any more encouragement, then consider that the event is at 1 pm and you’ll still have the rest of your day to start working on that idea you’ve been putting off.

TedxAkron 2017 will be held at the Goodyear Theater on Saturday May 20 at 1 pm. Tickets are between $15-50 and are available at goodyeartheater.com.

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