TEDxFlint 2011

Oct 6, 2011

"The 16th Letter" is the theme for the 2011 TEDxFlint event Oct. 22 in the Kiva on the campus of the University of Michigan-Flint.

TEDxFlint is back for a second year!

Scheduled for Oct. 22, the theme for 2011 comes from the very last talk given at the 2010 TEDxFlint event by David McGhee.  The phrase “16th Letter,” in this context, comes from the belief that when approached with logic, many of life’s critical issues are tied to a word that begins with the letter “P.”   Therefore, this year’s talks will be related to the 16th letter, such as Passion, Purpose, Plan, Pride, Pedagogy, Progress, Perseverance, Politics, or Preparation.

In order to attend TEDxFlint, individuals must apply on www.tedxflint.com and receive a confirmation. If you are not able to attend, the event will be webcast on www.tedxflint.com.  Like all TED-style events, space is limited for this event to 150 people and there is an application committee that chooses applications to ensure the people attending the conference are as interesting as the people presenting.

Organizers have set up a digital suggestion box using the “all our ideas” site that the public is invited to cast votes in answer to the following question: “Which is the most important idea associated with the 16th letter?”  Visit http://www.allourideas.org/tedxflint2011ideas to participate create, contribute and discover through the digital suggestion box.

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.com. The event is being produced locally by Kevin Simpson, Daniel Kurin, Doug Melton, Natasha Thomas-Jackson, and Alex Benda.The host for this year’s TEDxFlint is Joel Feick, a former local TV anchor-man.

Speakers for this year’s event include:

  •       Tom Crawford
  •       Matt Gaidica
  •       Alexis Harvey
  •       Doug Knight
  •       Tamika Lamison
  •       Matt Langdon
  •       Josh Linkner
  •       Tara Michener
  •       Elexis Nelson
  •       Bill Newman
  •       Neil Sheridan
  •       Catalina Talero
  •       Terry Wisner

Entertainers include:

  •       Tunde Olaniran
  •       Brave New Voices Poetry Team
  •       Embers
  •       Hannah Fralick
  •       Vertical Ambition Dance Company
  •       Flint Public Art Project
  •       Rolando Calip Jr.

More information about the speakers, performers and organizers is available at: www.tedxflint.com.

After a full day of inspiring ideas, join the official after party the “TEDxFlint Reception,” where anyone can mix and mingle with the TEDxFlint speakers, entertainers, sponsors, and attendees to keep the conversation going! The reception will be in the UM - Flint Michigan Rooms from 6 to 8 p.m., cost is $10 per person at the door and includes food and beverages (non-alcoholic).