TEDxBuffalo promotes ideas that are centered in and relevant to Buffalo, by Buffalonians.
TEDx is ENGAGING
TEDxBuffalo does not have keynotes, panels, or hotel shuttles. It’s a day of engaging and refreshing your brain.
TEDx is PEOPLE
Teachers, brewers, dancers, organizers, astronomers, business leaders—all with something to say to you.
Ideas Worth Spreading
In the spirit of TED, a global platform devoted to 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 videos 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.
Our 2013 speakers put hours of their own time into their talks and gave up the chance to broadly promote themselves or their affiliated organizations to bring you these ideas, for free. We are quite proud of them and the product we can share with you today.
On a less serious note: they are really fun to watch. Make time in a lunch break, a quiet moment after dinner, or when you’re in need of a change-up while at work. Some are quite short, others will make you wonder where 18 minutes went. See what ideas came out of months of work and preparation.
Thank you to everyone who spoke, sponsored, attended, organized, and otherwise helped at TEDxBuffalo 2013. We are already working on 2014.
Here are the last two videos shown at TEDxBuffalo 2013, selected by TEDxBuffalo’s own polymath Carl Skompinski.
First up, Neuroscientist Beau Lotto tells and shows us what we’re missing when we restrict science and experiments to only accredited professionals. He enlisted 26 12-year-olds, including Amy O’Toole, to study bees, and the results are remarkable, funny, and worthy of further study.
Next up, National Geographic photo editor David Griffin makes a simple but remarkably strong case for how photojournalism tells stories that none of us could ever hope to capture in words. Talking to many attendees after the event, this is one that stuck with people. Having an adorable but carnivorous seal as a character probably helped.
Check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our TED video series to journey further along through our 2013 event. And stay tuned: official videos from our own Buffalo-based speakers are coming very, very, very soon.
As we noted recently, TEDxBuffalo is required to show TED talks videos at its annual events—but we really like that requirement. It’s like making a mix CD, for a party where every single person is eager to hear your selections, in a room perfectly tailored for talks and performances.
We played Grandin’s “The World Needs All Kinds of Minds” at our first event, TEDxBuffalo 2011. I remember how strange it was to row after row of people not looking down at a smartphone, not fidgeting in their seats, but just taking in a compelling narrative about how we learn, how we teach, and what we can do differently to unlock the potential of unique minds. Seeing how engaged people could be with just a well-picked video is one of the things that made TEDxBuffalo seem like something that could be ongoing.
Grandin’s talk is embedded below. Your chance to see her speak in a workshop-type setting, for much more than 18 minutes, is coming soon.