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About TEDx Asheville

TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit https://www.ted.com/registration

Follow TED on Twitter at https://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TED



TEDx

x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

TEDx Asheville

In 2020 the doors closed – literally – on our businesses, schools and faith communities, everywhere. Almost overnight, our lives went from interconnected to disengaged and disconnected. For many of us, it’s been a thought-provoking, and perhaps necessary, journey inwards.

But within this contraction, some unforeseen developments have occurred. Barriers have been broken, assumptions challenged, creativity and unlikely connections emerged, hearts and minds opening – change is afoot! Tedx Asheville is joining this momentum as we re-enter the conversation and re-engage our community – both local and global.

We look to become a ‘hub of hope’ by sharing inspirational stories of personal growth, community engagement and, as always, groundbreaking ideas. We will explore building bridges and opening doors through shared perspectives, robust conversations and listening deeply, to help us make sense of this year of disruption. We see TEDx Asheville as an invitation to reconnect and provide hope for this transformation – within ourselves as well as our communities. We hope you will join us as we walk the path of re-engagement, together.

Meet The Team

Barrie Barton

Barrie Barton

Vanessa Bell

Vanessa Bell

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty

Stephanie Swepson-Twitty

Amber Victoria

Amber Victoria

Jacob Sutton

Jacob Sutton

Brian Hennessy

Brian Hennessy

Laura Wagenknecht

Laura Wagenknecht

Aisha Adams

Aisha Adams

Kathey Avery

Kathey Avery

Chris Burbach

Chris Burbach