TEDxJacksonville 2013

TEDxJacksonville 2013 was a unique, one-day multi-disciplinary conference, inspired by TED, which examined the myriad meanings of our theme: Connecting Currents. Dynamic speakers, inspiring performers, and engaged participants converged to deconstruct, decipher and explore some of the greatest challenges, innovations, concepts and realities that shape and are shaped by the currents flowing through our city. 

On October 26th, under the theme of Connecting Currents, our speakers gave voice to a diverse set of imperatives—from climate change, food insecurity, and the inequalities in our justice system, to the rights of nature, the value of improvisation, and the blurring of mental and physical landscapes. Joining the speakers were a gifted group of musical and theatrical performers. Whether it was the very personal performance art of Bob-n-Me, the passionate vocals and guitar pyrotechnics of Sam Pacetti, the meticulous stylings of the Jacksonville University Honors String Quartet, or The 5 & Dime Theater Company’s moving staging of “Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens,” the performances were outstanding.

This city is what it is because our citizens are what they are. ~Plato

Beyond listening to speakers and performers, TEDxJacksonville participants connected with each other by actively participating in several audience-engagement activities that stimulated dialogue and bridged connections. An audience-mapping activity and a shared-knowledge board were two of the exercises that generated discussion and showcaseed the diversity of participants while illustrating the individuality and unique knowledge each person brought to the experience. Before, during and after the event, participants were able to network with each other and continue conversations using an app called Feathr, developed in our neighboring city of Gainesville.

TEDxJacksonville Connecting Currents took place October 26th in the sound stage and gallery spaces at WJCT, the community-supported public broadcasting station for the First Coast.

View photos from the event on our TEDxJacksonville FLICKR feed.

Couldn’t attend? You can still catch up on all the excitement by checking out the following links: