Almost a year ago, I enthusiastically wrote about my first live TED experience at TEDxCSU, it was amazing! And since I’ve chronicled my journey with TED from video watcher, to attendee, to speaker. Now I’m circling back around to being an attendee. Anyway, I’m thrilled to inform you that my anticipation, and excitement is just as strong as last year (if not more).
This past year I had the pleasure of getting knowing the founder of TEDxCSU, Hannah Toole. She helped me with my TEDxFoCo talk last fall, and she is totally fun to work with. Suffice it to say, it’s been a real honor to get to know this awesome young woman and learn about her experiences organizing TEDxCSU.
Anyway, Hannah and I talked a few months ago during the speaker search about the theme for TEDxCSU this year. Last year’s theme was “Growing Greener Generations,” which the leadership team decided before putting out the call for speaker submissions. This year, they just asked for talks and let a theme emerge from the speakers….how very organic and cool!
What’s even better is that I couldn’t be more excited about this years theme: Expanding Your Perspective. I’m all about changing, shifting, growing and enhancing one’s perspective. In fact, that’s one of my most commonly used tags on my blog. Gaining new perspective is so important for questioning our mental models, changing, growing and improving on a personal level.
So, how did they come about this new theme? “Our goal with this years event is to create change on an individual level. We want to challenge people to change their perspectives, broaden their horizons, and live their best life possible. This years series of talks will challenge your perspective in many ways, but most importantly it will challenge the perspective of your potential.” Hannah Toole.
And I think that the impressive speaker lineup will do just that! These are three of the 11 talks which I’m particularly excited to see. Tell me which ideas you’re most looking forward to hearing about?
- Jeni Cross “Three Myths of Behavior Change: What You Think You Know That You Don’t” – I know Jeni personally and her research, and insights are so invaluable. Her talk is bound to share practical knowledge that’s applicable to you.
- Josh Kaufman “The First 20 Hours – How to Learn Anything” – This talk is oh-so-very EntrepreNerds, and completely inline with my own passion, learning. I’m excited to hear the insights Kaufman has to share and why 20 hours, what’s the magic there?
- Tamara G. Kleinberg “How Entrepreneurs Elevate Communities and Change the World” – Ok, this isn’t all about me, but my mission in business/life is to help foster healthy communities through entrepreneurship and by helping small businesses thrive. I always want to learn how I can do more of that.
I’m practically salivating, I can eat this stuff up all day long.
I’ll let Liz Lemon summarize my feelings about TEDxCSU for you