Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Ted X Buffalo. The event is based on TED talks which are focused on sharing ideas. Every speaker has 18 minutes to get their idea across – which is a very short amount of time.
Each presenter spoke whole heartedly and passionately about their ideas which ranged from beer drinking, storytelling, education, sustainability and land use patterns, choosing quality over quantity, music and taking a stand for what you believe in. Each speaker shined with passion, innovation and love for their idea. Remy DeCausemaker stated “Building on the efforts of others is progress” and wow, that quote was truly reflected throughout each idea presented.
I can’t even begin to quote or explain each presentation however I will say that at least one almost brought me to tears. Stacy Watson, creator of Drop In Nation talked about the importance of what happens to students when they drop out and shared her experiences and success with Ted X Buffalo. She learned that teaching educational material is only one piece of the puzzle and the rest is about self esteem and showing a little love for each student. It hit home for me as I thought about all the teachers that helped me along the way because if it wasn’t for them, I am not sure where I would be right now. That’s the whole hearted truth.
Leaving the room, I felt empowered and idealistic – almost that I too can do something to change the world. Thank you for all the Ted X Buffalo organizers – little do you know how far the goodness of this event will spread.
Here is the flickr link to my photos taken at the event. http://www.flickr.com/photos/bernicebuffalove/sets/72157627755939563/