October 18, 2016
The TEDx series is an “independently organized” group of TED events. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. After working on my fifth TEDxMinneapolis event last Friday, “independently organized” grossly distorts how TEDx events are successful. They take a village. A community, if you will, from the core team of volunteers, food vendors, sponsors to the speakers themselves who make it unforgettable. As anyone who has worked on an event knows, it just takes one miscalculation, one mistake, oversight or weak link to leave a large blemish on your otherwise wonderful get-together. I’ll just say every single person involved killed it.
Last Friday, the MacPhail Center for Music hosted the final TEDxMinneapolis event of the year, and it was the most flawless of my experience. A “salon” event, this TEDx was a smaller gathering, hyper-focused on one topic. The theme was titled “Reverb” and addressed how we consume, unleash and create power with music and sound in Minneapolis. Sure, you could say the “smaller” sold-out audience of just about 300 people made it easier to pull this off, but then I would call you out for never planning an event before. All four of the speakers received standing ovations – the first time in TEDxMinneapolis history. Our performers pulled off the incredible, including an improv performance with a beatboxer, a flatist and a cellist. (Also received a standing ovation). The food was a hit. If you know events, that can be the worst! And did I mention it was sold out?
For those of you who couldn’t partake in this experience, well, I guess I just feel bad for you. But not to worry! The talks will be up on YouTube before the end of the year. In the meantime, here are my top moments from the evening:
October 25, 2016