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The best ideas are meant to be shared

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Have you ever played telephone?

You know…

Everyone stands in a row. Then, a sentence or phrase is passed from one end of the line to the other. Anyone familiar with this game knows that this task is accomplished via a tried and true messaging system – the whisper. Usually, when the message reaches the end of the line the original statement is unrecognizable.

Sure telephone is a fun game, but it’s a terrible method for sharing ideas.

A better idea, about spreading ideas…

If you’re searching for new ideas, or you have some of your own that you’d like to share, we have a better approach than the whisper.

You see, we LOVE ideas!

We think that the best ideas, the kind worth spreading, aren’t meant to be whispered; they’re meant to be shared from high atop a mountain (Mt. Washington maybe?).

Trouble is it’s really hard to get your idea noticed; even if you scream.

Thankfully, TEDx is trying to change that. Officially, the “x” stands for independently organized, but at TEDxGrandviewAve the “X” could be a “U” because that’s what we’re all about, you – the community, the local voices redefining the Steel City.

How we’re spreading ideas

Of course coming up with an idea isn’t all that difficult, it’s spreading it that’s the real challenge. Lucky for you, we’re making it easier by providing the “who” and “how”.

WHO: Surround yourself with people that want to change the world. The rest will follow.

Exactly! That’s why we’re undertaking a thoughtful curation of speakers and attendees who listen to and engage with ideas on the local level.

HOW: Increase distribution channels

With all of the region’s change-makers and do-ers united under one roof, ideas, resources, and stories will flow freely. These conversations create a cooperative environment that sparks collaboration.

Take some advice from Harvard Medical School professor Nicholas Christakis who said; “Things don’t just diffuse in human populations at random. They actually diffuse through networks.”

You don’t have to tell us twice.

We’re doing our best to build a network of individuals and ideas that will inspire and inform our city and its people.

We hope you’ll join us. We can’t wait to hear all about your ideas.


We are what’s next

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Pittsburgh is a tale of two cities – the old and the new.

Steel and skyscrapers built its foundation. Now, innovation and entrepreneurship are shaping her future.

But, it’s not as if we’ve severed ties with our historic past.

Here, the former and future are indelibly linked. These two worlds have come together to create a community and a culture where hard work really does pay off, and it pays to be a good neighbor.  We ride an incline, a coal cart, to work in a thriving metropolis. The buildings and landmarks we pass each day bare the names of our cities pioneers and powerhouses – Carnegie, Mellon, Warhol, Frick.

Like the titans of industry and art who preceded us, we’re empowered to leave our fingerprints on the city in which we live. Our impact marks a shift towards co-working and community, business and biotech, medicine, education, sustainability and startups.

Although the signs still read under construction, there’s no doubt that we’re in the midst of reclaiming our destiny as a region whose influence spans the globe.

As we work, we wear the coal on our hands as a badge of honor, paying homage to our city’s heritage. It’s a heritage that has earned us a place among the ranks of the Rust Belt. But for us, the rust is not a sign of decay.  Rather, it’s a reminder that we’re capable of building something bigger than ourselves, something that will outlast us.

It’s the story of two cities – the old and the new; a tale of rust and resilience.

Words do this story a disservice; its better if you see it for yourself.

Standing on Grandview Avenue, high atop the hills of Mt. Washington, the lines of this comeback story become crystal clear. Visions of what was and what is converge there.

The story of what’s next, of what could be, is being written here; at TEDxGrandviewAve.

It’s no coincidence that our name mirrors that of the iconic overlook. Melding the old with the new – building on our past while looking to the future – we’re mixing imagination with inspiration; creating the platform for Pittsburgh and its people to tell stories of ideas worth spreading.

Because we are what’s next.

You are what’s next.

What will you create? What legacy will you leave?