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December Newsletter Article

TEDx Peachtree 2012

On November 2, 2012,  Business RadioX ® Trade Show Radio was live at the Buckhead Theatre for TEDx Peachtree 2012.

Leading creatives, scientists, technologists and luminaries gathered to experience Atlanta’s “brain spa” firsthand.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

According to Al Meyers, recent studio guest, “Our event is called TEDxPeachtree, where x=independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPeachtree event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.”

Meyers described the presenters as unique, unconventional and personal. There is no pitching or promoting an agenda, but more just telling a story. “The speakers are the secret sauce to this day-long Brain Spa,” says Meyers.

When asked to explain how TEDx chooses who will take the stage, Meyers explained that there is a team who assesses possible speakers. Each speaker chosen must be in alignment with the theme (which this year was Transcend), they must have a uniqueness of idea, and they must be able to make people laugh, cry and be emotionally stimulated and challenged.

Interviews with over a dozen attendees can be heard at Trade Show Radio.